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The Best Movies Based In South Dakota

Updated August 1, 2019 86 votes 18 voters16 items

List RulesRegardless of where the movie was filmed, it must be set in South Dakota. Vote up the best movies with South Dakota as the backdrop.

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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  • The Revenant1
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    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2015

    Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

    The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G.... more on Wikipedia
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee2
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    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Anna Paquin, J.K. Simmons

    Released2007

    Directed byYves Simoneau

    This film is a 2007 television film adapted from the book of the same name by Dee Brown. The... more on Wikipedia
  • Badlands3
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    Badlands

    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

    Released1973

    Directed byTerrence Malick

    Badlands is a 1973 American film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin... more on Wikipedia
  • Thunderheart4
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    Thunderheart

    Val Kilmer, David Crosby

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Thunderheart is a 1992 contemporary western mystery film directed by Michael Apted from an... more on Wikipedia
  • Dances with Wolves5
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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Released1990

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Calamity Jane6
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    Calamity Jane

    Doris Day, Howard Keel

    Released1953

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Calamity Jane is a "Wild West"-themed film musical released in 1953. It is loosely based on... more on Wikipedia
  • Custer of the West7
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    Custer of the West

    Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Siodmak

    Custer of the West is a 1967 American Western film directed by Robert Siodmak. It tells a... more on Wikipedia
  • Incident at Oglala8
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    Incident at Oglala

    Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Apted

    On June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South... more on Wikipedia
  • Son in Law9
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    Son in Law

    Tiffani Thiessen, Brendan Fraser

    Released1993

    Directed bySteve Rash

    Son in Law is a 1993 American comedy film starring Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith,... more on Wikipedia
  • Imprint10
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    Imprint

    Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Linn

    Imprint is a 2007 independent drama/thriller film co-written and directed by Michael Linn and... more on Wikipedia
  • The Betrayal11
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    The Betrayal

    Leroy Collins, Verlie Cowan

    Released1948

    Directed byOscar Micheaux

    The Betrayal is a race film written, produced, and directed by Oscar Micheaux.
  • Journey Through Rosebud12
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    Journey Through Rosebud

    Robert Forster, Roy Jenson

    Released1972

    Directed byTom Gries

    Journey Through Rosebud is a 1972 drama film directed by Tom Gries. It stars Robert Forster... more on Wikipedia
  • Dinosaur 1313
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    Dinosaur 13

    Dinosaur 13 is a drama, adventure and thriller documentary directed by Todd Douglas Miller.
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me14
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    Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    Irene Bedard, Dakota Brown

    Released2015

    Directed byChloé Zhao

    Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a 2015 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao.
  • The Rider15
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    The Rider

    Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau

    Released2018

    Directed byChloé Zhao

    The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal... more on Wikipedia
  • Deadwood16
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    Deadwood

    Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2019

    Directed byDaniel Minahan

    Deadwood: The Movie is a 2019 American western film directed by Daniel Minahan, based on the... more on Wikipedia