Which of these movies about South Dakota are the best? It's time to vote up the best movies set in the Mount Rushmore State. Some of these movies were actually filmed and made in South Dakota but all of them are about or partially set in South Dakota. With a few movies set in or around the Badlands National Park, the state of South Dakota is the inspiration or setting for classic movies and cult favorites. From Terrence Malick’s Badlands to Dances With Wolves, it's time to finally determine the greatest South Dakota movies.
Vote up the best movies based in South Dakota. Be sure to check back to see what other voters think about these films that take place in South Dakota. Don't see your favorite famous South Dakota movie? Add it to the list and find out how other film aficionados rank your additions.
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- 1Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
Directed by: Alejandro G. IñárrituThe Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G.... more
Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeAnna Paquin, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Yves SimoneauThis film is a 2007 television film adapted from the book of the same name by Dee Brown. The... more
- 3Val Kilmer, David Crosby
Directed by: Michael AptedThunderheart is a 1992 contemporary western mystery film directed by Michael Apted from an... more
- 4Doris Day, Howard Keel
Directed by: David ButlerCalamity Jane is a "Wild West"-themed film musical released in 1953. It is loosely based on... more
- 5Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell
Directed by: Kevin CostnerDances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more
- 6Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen
Directed by: Terrence MalickBadlands is a 1973 American film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin... more
- 7Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan
Directed by: Robert SiodmakCuster of the West is a 1967 American Western film directed by Robert Siodmak. It tells a... more
- 8Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma
Directed by: Michael AptedOn June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South... more
- 9Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser
Directed by: Steve RashSon in Law is a 1993 American comedy film starring Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith,... more
- 10Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears
Directed by: Michael LinnImprint is a 2007 independent drama/thriller film co-written and directed by Michael Linn and... more
The BetrayalLeroy Collins, Verlie Cowan
Directed by: Oscar MicheauxThe Betrayal is a race film written, produced, and directed by Oscar Micheaux.
- 12Robert Forster, Roy Jenson
Directed by: Tom GriesJourney Through Rosebud is a 1972 drama film directed by Tom Gries. It stars Robert Forster... more
- 13Dinosaur 13 is a drama, adventure and thriller documentary directed by Todd Douglas Miller.
- 14Irene Bedard, Dakota Brown
Directed by: Chloé ZhaoSongs My Brothers Taught Me is a 2015 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao.
- 15Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau
Directed by: Chloé ZhaoThe Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal... more
- 16Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant
Directed by: Daniel MinahanDeadwood: The Movie is a 2019 American western film directed by Daniel Minahan, based on the... more