Top 15 Movies Filmed in Montana by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Montana: Uncover the Silver Screen Magic in Big Sky Country

Hey there, adventure seeker! Looking for an exciting getaway that combines the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature? Well, get ready to be dazzled as we invite you on a cinematic journey through the wilds of Montana. We’ve got a reel treat for you!

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover the real-life locations of iconic movies
  • Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes
  • Experience the magic of the silver screen come to life
  • Feel like a star as you explore movie sets
  • Get behind-the-scenes insights into filming
  • Snap envy-inducing photos to make everyone back home jealous

Imagine strolling through the very spot where some of your favorite movies came to life. Montana, with its rugged mountains, wide-open plains, and charming small towns, has played host to many big-screen blockbusters. From heart-pounding action flicks to timeless love stories, this state has seen it all. And now, you have the chance to be a part of it.

Visiting movie filming locations is not just about striking Instagram-worthy poses (though that’s definitely a bonus!). It’s about stepping into the shoes of your favorite characters, exploring their worlds, and bringing the magic of the silver screen to life. Who knows, you might just stumble upon hidden gems that aren’t on the typical tourist radar.

So pack your bags, grab some popcorn (because movie marathons are made for road trips), and embark on a Montana adventure like no other. Whether you’re a film buff, a nature lover, or just someone yearning for a unique experience, this cinematic tour is sure to light a fire in your imagination.

Ready to hit the road? Just remember to keep your eyes peeled for any “Quiet on set!” signs, resist the urge to shout “Action!” in the middle of a crowd, and most importantly, have a blast exploring the movie filming locations of Montana. Lights, camera, action!

Lights, camera, explore! Grab your map, check out the listicle below, and dive into the world of movies filmed in Montana. Get ready for a reel adventure you won’t soon forget! Lights, camera, explore!

Jurassic Park – US Box Office: USD 402.45 million

Director: Steven Spielberg

Main Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, BD Wong, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Gerald R. Molen, Miguel Sandoval, Cameron Thor, Christopher John Fields, Whit Hertford, Dean Cundey, Jophery C. Brown

Release Date: 11 June 1993 

Filming Locations: Tehachapi Pass, California, USA; Manawaiopuna Falls, Hanapepe Valley, Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA; Kualoa Ranch – 49560 Kamehameha Highway, Ka’a’awa, O’ahu, Hawaii, USA; Jurassic Kahili Ranch, Kilauea, Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA; Blue Hole, Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA

Main Plot: Jurrasic Park is a 1993 movie. On Isla Nublar, a new park with genetically engineered dinosaurs was in. A tragedy arose when a velociraptor killed one of the workers. The founder of the park, John Hammond, assigned Dr. Alan Grant and his assistant Dr. Ellie Sattler to check if the park was safe. They were also joined by Hammond’s lawyer Donald Gennaro and chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm. When they get to the Island, they are amazed by the living dinosaurs that Hammond created. However, they also doubt this new project. Later on, Hammond’s grandchildren also join the tour in the park. Sattler then left the tour to engage in an important and crucial matter, taking care of the ill triceratops. But then a power shutdown happens, and it is all because of Dennis Nedry, who wants to steal the embryos from the park to sell them. They attempt to get the power bank by confronting Nedry, and a tragic event also happens when velociraptors are on the loose hunting the visitors.

Famous quotes:

John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!

Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.

Muldoon: [Just before he gets attacked by a raptor] Clever girl.

Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.

Dr. Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.

[last lines]

Dr. Alan Grant: Hammond, after careful consideration, I’ve decided, not to endorse your park.

John Hammond: So have I.

Dr. Alan Grant: [later, after the T-Rex fight, everyone is leaving on the helicopter] Come on. Come on.

Dr. Ellie Sattler: So, what are you thinking?

Dr. Alan Grant: We’re out of a job.

Dr. Ian Malcolm: Don’t you mean extinct?

Sequel: Jurassic World (2015); The Lost World: Jurassic Park; Jurassic Park III; Jurassic World Dominion; Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Fun Fact about Jurassic Park:

  • This movie and the book generated so much interest in dinosaurs that the study of paleontology has had a record increase in students.

Arrival (II) – US Box Office: USD 100.55 million

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Main Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, Tzi Ma, Abigail Pniowsky, Julia Scarlett Dan, Jadyn Malone, Frank Schorpion, Lucas Chartier-Dessert, Christian Jadah, Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld, Andrew Shaver, Pat Kiely, Sonia Vigneault, Mark Camacho, Sabrina Reeves

Release Date: 11 November 2016

Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada; Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada; Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada; Place des Arts, Montréal, Québec, Canada; 35 Chemin de l’Île, L’Île-Cadieux, Quebec, Canada

Main Plot: Arrival is a movie released in the year 2016 that talks about aliens and their arrival on Earth. Aliens have landed on Earth in twelve different locations. Louise Banks, a language professor, joins the US army in one of the locations the aliens landed, Montana. Her job was to learn and understand the language of an alien and try to communicate with them. With the series of meet-ups with the aliens, she compiled a record of the alien’s “language,” a series of drawn symbols. And the thing that they need to know is if these aliens were good or bad. Other nations where aliens landed also started to think that aliens were a threat and time was running out because aliens have different means of communication to convey information.

Famous quotes:

Louise Banks: Despite knowing the journey… and where it leads… I embrace it… and I welcome every moment of it.

Louise Banks: If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?

Ian Donnelly: Maybe I’d say what I felt more often. I-I don’t know.

Louise Banks: But now I’m not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived.

Ian Donnelly: [reading from a book by Louise Banks] “Language is the foundation of civilization. It is the glue that holds a people together. It is the first weapon drawn in a conflict.”

Ian Donnelly: You know I’ve had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as I can remember. You know what surprised me the most? It wasn’t meeting them. It was meeting you.

Fun Fact about Arrival (II): 

  • Director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer created a fully functioning, visual, alien language. Heisserer, Villeneuve, and their teams managed to create a “logogram bible,” which included over a hundred different completely operative logograms, seventy-one of which are actually featured in the movie.

Star Trek: First Contact – US Box Office: USD 92.00 million

Director: Jonathan Frakes

Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige, Michael Horton, Neal McDonough, Marnie McPhail, Robert Picardo, Dwight Schultz, Adam Scott, Jack Shearer, Eric Steinberg

Release Date: 22 November 1996

Filming Locations: Titan Missile Museum – 1580 W. Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, Arizona, USA; Union Station – 800 N. Alameda Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA; Angeles National Forest, California, USA; Green Valley, Arizona, USA; Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 movie that talks about a Borg travel back in time just to prevent a specific event from happening. In the twenty-fourth century, the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 E team was ordered to check the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Federation to avoid obstruction in their battle against Borg. Witnessing loss in the battle, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard rejects orders and takes command of the fleet, engaging the Borg. Unfortunately, Borg was planning to go back to the twenty-first century through a vortex to prevent the alien’s first landing on Earth. Following the Borg, Picard and his crew realize they have taken over the Enterprise to achieve their mission. The only chance they have right now to get away with the Borg and their queen is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous “faster than the light” travel to stars.

Famous quotes:

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [Quoting “Moby Dick”] And he piled upon the whale’s white hump, the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.

Lily Sloane: What?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: “Moby-Dick”.

Lily Sloane: Actually, I never read it.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Ahab spent years hunting the white whale that crippled him, a quest for vengeance, but in the end, it destroyed him and his ship.

Lily Sloane: I guess he didn’t know when to quit.

Lieutenant Commander Data: Captain, I believe I am feeling… anxiety. It is an intriguing sensation. A most distracting…

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data, I’m sure it’s a fascinating experience, but perhaps you should deactivate your emotion chip for now.

Lieutenant Commander Data: Good idea, sir.


Lieutenant Commander Data: Done.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data, there are times that I envy you.

Lt. Commander Worf: The Defiant?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Adrift but salvageable.

Cmdr. William Riker: Tough little ship.

Lt. Commander Worf: Little?

Lily Sloane: Borg? Sounds Swedish.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I’m about to commit a direct violation of our orders. Those of you who wish to object, you do so now. It will be noted in my log.

Lieutenant Commander Data: Captain. I believe I speak for everyone here, sir, when I say…


Lieutenant Commander Data: To hell with our orders.

Sequel: Star Trek: Insurrection; Star Trek Generations; Star Trek: Nemesis; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek Beyond; Star Trek Into Darkness

Fun Fact about Star Trek: First Contact

  • Due to budgetary restrictions, the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) was never quite satisfied with the Borg sets and costumes used during the series. However, the significantly bigger budget for this film finally allowed them to design the Borg closer to what they had intended. As a result, the suits and sets were reused extensively in Star Trek: Voyager (1995).

The Horse Whisperer – US Box Office: USD 75.38 million

Director: Robert Redford

Main Cast: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, Ty Hillman, Kate Bosworth, Austin Schwarz, Dustin Schwarz, Jeanette Nolan, Steve Frye, Don Edwards, Jessalyn Gilsig, William ‘Buddy’ Byrd, John Hogarty, Michel Lalonde

Release Date: 15 May 1998

Filming Locations: Livingston, Montana, USA; Big Timber, Montana, USA; Hadley, New York, USA; Melville Lutheran Church, Sweet Grass County, Montana, USA; Springhill Pavillion, Ross Peak Ranch – 8360 Springhill Community Road, Belgrade, Montana, USA

Main Plot: The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 movie that talks about how a mother did everything for her injured daughter and her horse. It is a cold winter night when Grace and her friend Judith go on a ride with their horses, but an accident happens. A truck hits them, resulting in Judith and her horse’s death. While her friend and horse both died, Grace and her horse Pilgrim were badly injured physically and mentally injured. In an attempt to help her daughter Grace and Pilgrim go back to their old happy life, Annie takes them to a ranch in Montana to meet a horse whisperer that can help them heal. Tom Brooker, the ranch owner, is a cowboy who can talk and communicate with horses. As Tom slowly helps Grace and Pilgrim heal from the tragic past, Annie also develops special feelings for Tom.

Famous quotes:

Tom Booker: There was a boy from the Blackfeet reservation, he used to do some work around here for a while. Sixteen, strong kid, good kid. He and I were really, really good friends. One day he went swimming and dove headfirst into the lake… and right into a rock. And it snapped his neck, paralyzed him. And after the accident I’d look in on him from time to time. But he wasn’t there. It was like his mind, his spirit, whatever you want to call it, just disappeared. The only thing left was just anger. Just sort of as if the… the boy I once knew just went somewhere else.

Grace: I know where he goes.

Tom Booker: I know you do. Don’t you disappear. You do whatever you have to do to hold on.

Grace: Are you afraid of anything, Tom Booker?

Tom Booker: Of growing old. Being of no use.

Tom Booker: I didn’t know that it was right to love her. I just loved her.

Annie: I’ve never been on a cow farm before. It seems to me that the bulls have the best time. Just laying around the fields waiting for someone to come along and ask them to do their work.

Tom Booker: You get born a bull you have a 90% chance of being castrated. Served up as hamburger. So on balance, I reckon I’d choose bein’ a cow.

Tom Booker: Knowing is the easy part; saying it out loud is the hard part.

Sequel: The Horse Whisperer 2

Fun Fact about The Horse Whisperer

  • This was the first movie directed by Robert Redford in which he appeared on-screen. However, he previously served as the narrator of A River Runs Through It (1992).

Legends of the Fall – US Box Office: USD 66.64 million

Director: Edward Zwick

Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, Henry Thomas, Karina Lombard, Tantoo Cardinal, Gordon Tootoosis, Paul Desmond, Christina Pickles, Robert Wisden, John Novak, Kenneth Welsh, Bill Dow, Sam Sarkar, Nigel Bennett, Keegan MacIntosh, Eric Johnson

Release Date: 13 January 1995

Filming Locations: Ghost River, Alberta, Canada; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Morley, Alberta, Canada; Alberta, Canada; Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Main Plot: Legends of the Fall is all about the life of a father and his three children and how they face different kinds of challenges in life. In the early 1900s, living with his three sons, Tristan,  Alfred, and Samuel, Colonel William Ludlow decides to live in a wild place in Montana to start a new life away from the government and society that he hates. The three brothers seemed to grow mature and formed a solid bond, not until Susannah came into their lives. It all started when the youngest, Samuel, came back from school and brought home his fiancé Susannah. Alfred, the eldest, then starts to have a feeling for Susannah, but then he discovers more. Susannah and Tristan also started to form an unusual bond. Tristan was his father’s favorite, wild son like the mountains. The brothers then started to fight against each other, and their solid bond will put to the test.

Famous quotes:

Alfred: I followed all of the rules, man’s and God’s. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more. Samuel, Father, and my… even my own wife.

[First lines]

One Stab: Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy, or they become legends.

One Stab: Every warrior hopes a good death will find him.

One Stab: I thought Tristan would never live to be an old man. I was wrong about that. I was wrong about many things. It was those who loved him most who died young. He was a rock they broke themselves against however much he tried to protect them.

Colonel Ludlow: Indians! Indians were the issue in those days. I can assure you, gentlemen, there is nothing quite so grotesque as the meeting of a child with a bullet; or an entire village slaughtered while sleeping. That was the Government’s resolution of that particular issue and I have seen nothing in its behavior since then that would persuade me that it has gained either in wisdom, common sense, or humanity.

Fun Fact about Legends of the Fall:

  • Calgary was chosen as the main filming location because of its dry weather. Once production started, they were met with record rains.

Open Range – US Box Office: USD 58.33 million

Director: Kevin Costner

Main Cast: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Michael Jeter, James Russo, Dean McDermott, Kim Coates, Herb Kohler, Peter MacNeill, Cliff Saunders, Patricia Stutz, Julian Richings, Ian Tracey, Rod Wilson, Diego Diablo Del Mar

Release Date: 15 August 2003

Filming Locations: Stoney Indian Reservation, Alberta, Canada; Longview, Alberta, Canada; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Morley, Alberta, Canada

Main Plot: Open Range is a 2003 movie about a group of friends who manage castles. Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison, and Button free graze their cattle across the wide grassland of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a devoted code of honor and living a life without a barrier of civilization. When their rebellious shepherd forces them near the small town of Hamonville, they then encounter the corrupt sheriff Poole and kingpin rancher Denton Baxter who run the place through fear, tyranny, and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves drawn towards an unavoidable situation as they are forced to defend their freedom and values that may take away easily. In the middle of this disruption, the loner Charley finds himself a lover, Sue Barlow, a beautiful woman who embraces both his heart and soul.

Famous quotes:

Mack: Shame what this town’s come to.

Charley Waite: You could do something about it.

Mack: What? We’re freighters. Ralph here’s a shopkeeper.

Charley Waite: You’re men, ain’t you?

Mack: I didn’t raise my boys just to see ’em killed.

Charley Waite: Well you may not know this, but there’s things that gnaw at a man worse than dying.

Sue Barlow: I don’t have the answers, Charley. But I know that people get confused in this life about what they want, and what they’ve done, and what they think they should’ve because of it. Everything they think they are or did, takes hold so hard that it won’t let them see what they can be.

[Charley Waite kicks Button off his horse. He falls into the river]

Button: What you do that for?

Charley Waite: Cheatin’ at cards.

Button: I apologized to you for that.

[to Boss Spearman]

Button: Eh, Boss? I apologized to him for that.

Boss Spearman: Evidently he ain’t over it yet.

Charley Waite: [burying Mose and Tig] Be right to say some words.

Boss Spearman: You want to speak with the man upstairs, go on and do it. I’ll stand right here and listen, hat in hand, but I ain’t talking to that son or a bitch. And I’ll be holding a grudge for him letting this befall a sweet kid like Mose.

Charley Waite: Well, he sure as hell wasn’t one to complain. Woke with a smile, seemed like he could keep it there all day. Kind of a man that’d say ‘good morning’ and mean it, whether it was or not. Tell you the truth, Lord, if there was two gentler souls in this world, I never seen ’em. Seems like old Tig wouldn’t even kill birds in the end. Well, you got yourself a good man and a good dog, and I’m inclined to agree with Boss here about holding a grudge against you for it. I guess that means Amen.

Boss Spearman: It’s a shame to go forever without takin’ a taste of somethin’.

Sequel: Open Range 2

Fun Fact about Open Range

  • Originally, Touchstone Pictures had Kevin Costner top-billed over Robert Duvall, but Costner asked the studio to top-bill Duvall instead.

Shooter (I) – US Box Office: USD 47.00 million

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Main Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Elias Koteas, Jonathan Walker, Louis Ferreira, Tate Donovan, Rade Serbedzija, A.C. Peterson, Ned Beatty, Lane Garrison, Zak Santiago, Michael-Ann Connor, Shawn Reis, Brian Markinson, Michael St. John Smith

Release Date: 23 March 2007

Filming Locations: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada; Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada

Main Plot: Shooter is a 2007 movie about the life of a marksman living in the running out who is forced back to action. Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world’s great marksmen and the son of a Medal of Honor recipient, is living alone in the Rockies. He left the military and has been hiding out from his job for two years ago in Ethiopia. A colonel then recruited him to help him find a way to prevent the US president’s assassination in one of the three cities he would visit in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired without prevention, and he’s the victim. Wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to hide and finds two allies, searching for the truth and those who double-crossed him. All this puts him back in Ethiopia.

Famous quotes:

Bob Lee Swagger: I don’t think you understand. These boys killed my dog.

Mr. Rate: Would’ve been a bad job to take, though.

Nick Memphis: How come?

Mr. Rate: Whoever took that shot’s probably dead now. That’s how conspiracy works. Them boys on the grassy knoll, they were dead within three hours. Buried in the damn desert. Unmarked graves out past Terlingua.

Nick Memphis: And you know this for a fact?

Mr. Rate: Still got the shovel!

[last lines]

Senator Charles F. Meachum: Are you out of your mind? Are you out of your damn mind? I am a United States Senator!

Bob Lee Swagger: Exactly.

Colonel Isaac Johnson: What the hell am I doing here? You’ve got nothing on me. I’m covered. Call the Joint Chief.

Attorney General Russert: That won’t be necessary, Colonel, as I have already received no less than a dozen calls from highly-ranked and powerfully-placed individuals telling me to let you go, but the joy of checks and balances in our government is that I can, and am, indeed, required by law, to tell them to fuck off.

Bob Lee Swagger: Suppose I was looking for man who could make a 2200 yard cold bore shot. Who’s alive that could do that?

Mr. Rate: Seems I heard about a shot like that being made not too long ago, said the guy’s name was Bob Lee Swagger. Never met the man, so I wouldn’t know him.

Bob Lee Swagger: Ya, they said that all right.

Mr. Rate: They also said that artificial sweeteners were safe, WMDs were in Iraq, and Anna Nicole married for love.

Sequel: Shooter II

Fun Fact about Shooter (I)

  • According to the movie’s script, doctors William Goldman, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, and Harrison Ford passed on the movie. These men would have fit the literary Bob Lee Swagger’s age a bit more closely than Mark Wahlberg (born in 1971). Author Stephen Hunter introduced Swagger as a Vietnam veteran in a 1993 novel taking place in 1992; however, to accommodate Wahlberg’s age, this film has Swagger active in Africa in the 1990s instead of Vietnam in the 1970s.

Always – US Box Office: USD 43.86 million

Director: Steven Spielberg

Main Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman, Audrey Hepburn, Roberts Blossom, Keith David, Ed Van Nuys, Marg Helgenberger, Dale Dye, Brian Haley, James Lashly, Michael Steve Jones, Kim Robillard, Jim Sparkman, Doug McGrath, Shereil L. Bowens, Ascension Fuentes

Release Date: 22 December 1989

Filming Locations: Sprague, Washington, USA; Ephrata, Washington, USA; Idaho, USA; Lind, Washington, USA; Bull Lake, Montana, USA

Main Plot:  Always is a 1989 movie that is all about how a deceased pilot who still roams around as a ghost and gives advice to his fellowmen. Pete is a pilot who drops water into a forest fire at a very low height. His lover Dorinda was also a pilot who does the radio control for the pilots who do the job. Pete always takes chances that he thinks will help him and that his skills will bring him through. But one day, these skills didn’t work out and got him killed. Pete finds himself returning back as a ghost whose presence is barely felt. He’s giving advice to his replacement, Al. And then he discovers that his buddy is also falling in love with his lover, Dorinda.

Famous quotes:

Dorinda Durston: It’s not the dress… it’s the way you see me.

Pete Sandich: [Speaking to Dorinda after he’s dead] I know now, that the love we hold back is the only pain that follows us here.

Dorinda Durston: …so he sees this building on fire and then just outside of town is this reservoir, so what he does is…

Ted Baker: He takes a plane, he goes over the reservoir, fills it with water, dumps it, puts the fire out.

Dorinda Durston: No! He missed. He hit the post office next door. Knocked it on its ass! It took him three tries. The town was awash; the groceries were burned. It was fire, flood and famine. If he could have managed plague, it would have been the four horsemen of the apocalypse in one PBY. I mean he was unique.

Al Yackey: I miss him too! I miss him too. I miss him every day. I loved him like I’ve never loved a guy. And I don’t love guys. You don’t have an excuse, you quit. You quit, you gave up. He never quit on anything ’til it killed him, and that was his way, and there’s much worse ways, and boy you sure found one.

Dorinda Durston: I can’t live with it!

Al Yackey: Bullshit.

Dorinda Durston: He’s too beautiful. He’s too much twisted steel and sex appeal. I can’t be with a guy that looks like I won him in a raffle.

Fun Fact about Always

  • This was Audrey Hepburn’s final film before her death on January 20, 1993, at the age of 63. She accepted the role of Hap because she wanted to work with Steven Spielberg.

A River Runs Through It – US Box Office: USD 43.44 million

Director: Robert Redford

Main Cast: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd, Edie McClurg, Stephen Shellen, Vann Gravage, Nicole Burdette, Susan Traylor, Michael Cudlitz, Rob Cox, Buck Simmonds, Fred Oakland, David Creamer, Madonna Reubens, John Reubens, Arnold Richardson

Release Date: 30 October 1992

Filming Locations: Granite Falls, Wyoming, USA; Livingston, Montana, USA; Redeemer Lutheran Church, Livingston, Montana, USA; Bozeman, Montana, USA

Main Plot: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean and his brother Paul. The Maclean brothers, Paul and Norman, live a simple life in an untouched place in rural Montana, spending more of their time fly fishing. Their father was a strict minister who they wanted to escape most of the time. The boys eventually parted ways when Norman moved east to attend college. When Norman finished his study, he returned to their hometown as a professor, and his brother Paul was a rebellious journalist and engaged in gambling and liquor. Their morning was spent in school and religious study, while in the afternoon, they were in the river doing fly fishing. 

Famous quotes:

Rev. Maclean: Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true, we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.

[last lines]

Older Norman: [narrating] Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

Norman Maclean: Dear Jesse, as the moon lingers a moment over the bitterroots, before its descent into the invisible, my mind is filled with song. I find I am humming softly; not to the music, but something else; some place else; a place remembered; a field of grass where no one seemed to have been; except a deer; and the memory is strengthened by the feeling of you, dancing in my awkward arms.

Older Norman: [narrating] As time passed, my father struggled for more to hold on to, asking me again and again: had I told him everything. And finally I said to him, “maybe all I know about Paul is that he was a fine fisherman.” “You know more than that,” my father said, “he was beautiful.” And that was the last time we spoke of my brother’s death.

Older Norman: [narrating] My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation – came by grace; and grace comes by art; and art does not come easy.

Sequel: A River Runs Two It

Fun Fact about A River Runs Through It

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s film debut. He plays young Norman at the beginning of the film.

Little Big Man – US Box Office: USD 31.56 million

Director: Arthur Penn

Main Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan, Jeff Corey, Aimee Eccles, Kelly Jean Peters, Carole Androsky, Robert Little Star, Cal Bellini, Ruben Moreno, Steve Shemayne, William Hickey, James Anderson, Jesse Vint, Alan Oppenheimer, Thayer David

Release Date: 23 December 1970

Filming Locations: Little Bighorn River, Montana, USA; Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – 756 Battlefield Tour Road, Crow Agency, Montana, USA; Crow Agency, Montana, USA; Crow Indian Reservation, Montana, USA; Billings, Montana, USA

Main Plot: Little Big Man is a 1970 movie about 121-year-old Jack Crabb and how he looked back into his old age. Jack ask by a collector of oral histories about his past. Jack then recalled his life from being caught by the Cheyenne at the age of 10 to being raised by them to living with white people, marrying an Indian, watching her killed by General Armstrong Custer, and ultimately, being present at Custer’s Last Stand at Little Bighorn, and many more adventures, interesting people behind, life stages and tragedies in between.

Famous quotes:

Old Lodge Skins: There is an endless supply of white men. There has always been a limited number of human beings.

Jack Crabb: Do you hate them? Do you hate the White man now?

Old Lodge Skins: Do you see this fine thing? Do you admire the humanity of it? Because the human beings, my son, they believe everything is alive. Not only man and animals. But also water, earth, stone. And also the things from them… like that hair. The man from whom this hair came, he’s bald on the other side, because I now own his scalp! That is the way things are. But the white man, they believe EVERYTHING is dead. Stone, earth, animals. And people! Even their own people! If things keep trying to live, white man will rub them out. That is the difference.

Old Lodge Skins: Today is a good day to die.

Old Lodge Skins: Let’s go back to the teepee and eat, my son. My new snake wife cooks dog very well.

Jack Crabb: All right, Grandfather.

Old Lodge Skins: She also has a very soft skin. The only trouble with snake women is they copulate with horses, which makes them strange to me. She say’s she doesn’t. That’s why I call her “Doesn’t Like Horses”. But, of course, she’s lying.

Younger Bear: I have a wife. And four horses.

Jack Crabb: I have a horse… and four wives.

Sequel: The Return of Little Big Man

Fun Fact about Little Big Man

  • In order to get the raspy voice of 121-year-old Jack, Dustin Hoffman sat in his dressing room and screamed at the top of his lungs for an hour.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot – US Box Office: USD 25.00 million

Director: Michael Cimino

Main Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach, Gary Busey, Jack Dodson, Eugene Elman, Burton Gilliam, Roy Jenson, Claudia Lennear, Bill McKinney, Vic Tayback, Dub Taylor, Gregory Walcott, Erica Hagen, Alvin Childress, Virginia Baker

Release Date: 24 March 1974 

Filming Locations: Diversion Lake, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana, USA; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hobson, Montana, USA; Fort Benton, Montana, USA; Choteau, Montana, USA; Augusta, Montana, USA

Main Plot: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 movie. A middle-aged man with an alias Thunderbolt has been pretending to be a preacher at a church in the western American countryside. When found by someone who knows his real identity, he manages to escape and runs off to a man in his twenties with an alias Lightfoot. Despite not knowing about each other’s real identity, they decided to hang out together. They have similar personalities and enjoy being together and doing things against the law. As they travel the American west, some men follow and try to kill them. When Lightfoot brings up a topic about a bank robbery, the past life of Thunderbolt comes to light. He robbed a bank before and hid the money with his other accomplice. Will these two men continue to do dirty or not?

Famous quotes:

Young Boy: [Goody, with Red along, are in a tiny ice-cream vendor’s truck] You’re early. You’re supposed to go down the next street first, then come up here.

Eddie Goody: Well, listen. While we’re here, can I sell you anything?

Young Boy: No, I’m waiting for Judy Ann. They have a better flavor of pistachio.

Red Leary: Look, kid, go fuck a duck.

Lightfoot: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. That sounds like something.

Lightfoot: Hey. You stick with me kid. Your gonna live forever.

[Lightfoot is driving a truck and he sees a woman riding a motorcycle in shorts]

Lightfoot: Hey where did you get those pants?

[the woman pulls out a hammer, pounds the truck and rides off]

Lightfoot: You freak! I love you, come back!

Red Leary: Go… fuck… a duck.

Eddie Goody: [when the Thunderbolt and Lightfoot’s car goes off a cliff] What do we do now, Red?

Red Leary: [shouting in sign to follow them] GERONIMO!

Fun Fact about Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

  • When writer and director Michael Cimino was discussing this movie with Jeff Bridges, he told Bridges it was his job to make Clint Eastwood laugh both on and off-camera, and he did.

Nebraska – US Box Office: USD 17.65 million

Director: Alexander Payne

Main Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Mary Louise Wilson, Rance Howard, Tim Driscoll, Devin Ratray, Angela McEwan, Glendora Stitt, Elizabeth Moore, Kevin Kunkel, Dennis McCoig, Ronald Vosta, Missy Doty, John Reynolds, Jeffrey Yosten

Release Date: 24 January 2014

Filming Locations: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Billings, Montana, USA; Hooper, Nebraska, USA; Osmond, Nebraska, USA; Osmond, Nebraska, USA

Main Plot: Grants family, the father Woody, mother Kate, and sons Ross and David, live in Billings, Montana. Old Woody is experiencing dementia, but his family thinks that it is all just his delusions and it all happens because of his drinking habits. One of Woody’s claims was winning $1 million, which his family thinks is a scam that only made him buy some magazines. Believing the winning was true, Woody was determined to go to Lincoln, Nebraska, the headquarters of the company, and get his real winning certificate. He only wants to get the 1 million dollars to buy a pickup truck that he never had, an air compressor that stoles from him years ago, and to leave a little for his son David and Ross. Just to distract himself after his breakup with his girlfriend, David agrees to drive his father to Lincoln to humor him. But not before making a stop in Hawthorne, Nebraska, Kate’s hometown, and meeting with her relatives together with Ross for a few days. Woody wanted to hide the $1million thing from the relatives. Unfortunately, they already knew about it. And staying in this town made David realizes facts about why his father is like this as he is now.

Famous quotes:

Receptionist: Does he have Alzheimer’s?

David Grant: No, he just believes what people tell him.

Receptionist: That’s too bad.

Kate Grant: That’s Ed Pegram singing.

Ed Pegram: And his momma cried, cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need, it’s another hungry mouth to feed… in the ghetto. people don’t ya understand…

Kate Grant: He always did have a nice voice. It was the only nice thing about that bastard.

Woody Grant: It’s all right.

Kate Grant: All right? Did you know… he was always trying to get into my bloomers?

David Grant: Jesus mom. Was the whole town trying to seduce you?

David Grant: …and all your brothers are coming over today, remember?

Woody Grant: Some of ’em are dead.

David Grant: The dead ones won’t be here.

David Grant: How did she die?

Kate Grant: Saw herself in the mirror one day.

Kate Grant: [upon learning Woody has “won” a million dollars] I never knew the son of a bitch even wanted to be a millionaire! He should have thought about that years ago and worked for it!

Fun Fact about Nebraska

  • Bruce Dern claimed that he and Will Forte were stuck in the car for hours while filming the driving scenes because cameras were mounted on both doors. Since they were unable to take bathroom breaks between takes, Dern remarked, “We found out what bottles are for.”

The Missouri Breaks – US Box Office: USD 14.00 million

Director: Arthur Penn

Main Cast: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, John McLiam, John P. Ryan, Sam Gilman, Steve Franken, Richard Bradford, James Greene, Luana Anders, Danny Goldman, Hunter von Leer, Virgil Frye, R.L. Armstrong, Daniel Ades

Release Date: 19 May 1976

Filming Locations: Red Lodge, Montana, USA; Virginia City, Montana, USA; Billings, Montana, USA; Bovey Restorations, Nevada City, Montana, USA; Nevada City, Montana, USA

Main Plot: Missouri Breaks is a 1976 movie about a horse thief and how they hunted him. Tom Logan is a horse thief and rancher David Braxton owns a lot of horses and a daughter worth stealing for. But Braxton, being aware of Logan’s job, hired Lee Clayton, an infamous regulator, to find the horse thieves no matter what.

Famous quotes:

Tom Logan: [to Clayton, whispering] You know what woke you up? You just had your throat cut.

Hellsgate rancher: They call this country Hell’s Gate. When my dad came in here, it was nothing but a bunch of savage Indians. And Jesuits. Old Thomas Jefferson said that he was a warrior so his son could be a farmer, so *his* son could be a poet. And I raise cattle so my son can be a merchant, so his son can move to Newport, Rhode Island and buy a sailboat and never see one of these bastard-ass sons of bitching mountains again.

Si: Who was Thomas Jefferson?

Hellsgate rancher: A guy back east.

Tittle Tod: Damn, I don’t know why they had to put Canada all the way up here.

Jane Braxton: Why don’t we just take a walk and we’ll just talk about the Wild West and how to get the hell out of it!

Tom Logan: I couldn’t get no credit at the whorehouse, so I picked up this chubby little girl off some sodbuster’s outfit.

Tittle Tod: How was she?

Tom Logan: About like a Swiss clock – same exact movement over and over again.

Fun Fact about The Missouri Breaks

  • Marlon Brando’s performance in this film was mostly improvised. Director Arthur Penn eventually gave up on him and decided just to let him act in whatever way he wanted.

Knockaround Guys – US Box Office: USD 11.63 million

Director: Brian Koppelman and David Levien

Main Cast: Jennifer Baxter, Dennis Hopper, Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper, Andy Davoli, Seth Green, John Malkovich, Arthur J. Nascarella, Tom Noonan, Nicholas Pasco, Shawn Doyle, Kevin Gage, Andrew Francis, John Liddle, Kris Lemche, Dov Tiefenbach, Catherine Fitch, Ceciley Jenkins

Release Date: 11 October 2002

Filming Locations: Glendive, Montana, USA; Glasgow, Montana, USA; Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada; Alberta, Canada; Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Main Plot: Knockaround Guys is a 2001 movie. The wannabe sons of mobsters went into a remote area in the Midwest and put themselves into trouble that anyone wouldn’t want to experience. The four sons of a major Brooklyn thug need to team up to get back the bag full of cash in a town in Montana that a corrupt sheriff rules. The story gets started when Matt Demaret delivers the money for his thug father with the recommendation of his uncle. But things didn’t go according to plan.

Famous quotes:

Taylor: 500 fights, that’s the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that’s what you are.

Teddy Deserve: In the old days ya could just wack a guy and be done with it. Now everyone’s feelings are involved.

Matty: Cops are involved.

Chris Scarpa: Dirty fucking cops.

Teddy Deserve: Yeah, he said cops.

Teddy Deserve: We’ree gunna get one of the three R’s: the roof, the river, or the revolver.

Johnny Marbles: Yeah, cause you wouldn’t wanna misplace your cow or anything.

Fun Fact about Knockaround Guys

  • When Seth Green is in the plane drinking coffee, you see him wince a little – not because the coffee is hot – but because Vin Diesel had put his cigarette out in the coffee prior to the filming of that scene.

Disorganized Crime – US Box Office: USD 7.72 million

Director: Jim Kouf

Main Cast: Hoyt Axton, Corbin Bernsen, Rubén Blades, Fred Gwynne, Ed O’Neill, Lou Diamond Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, William Russ, Marie Butler, Gregory Wurster, Patrick Collins, Mitch Carter, Dean Norris, Thomas Schellenberg, Robert K. Feldmann, David Hart, Jeff Duus, Noah Keen

Release Date: 14 April 1989

Filming Locations: Missoula, Montana, USA; Ravalli County District Courthouse, 205 Bedford Street, Hamilton, Montana, USA; Darby, Montana, USA; Hamilton, Montana, USA; Ravalli County, Montana, USA

Main Plot: Disorganized Crime is a 1989 film. This movie shows some top thieves finding to steal money from a bank. Career criminal Frank plans to rob a bank and sends his mates to help do the heist. Before his men arrive, he’s caught and forced to do the job independently. Frank soon manages to escape and is now planning to get back his revenge on the police who chased them.

Famous quotes:

Carlos Barrios: Only $600 dollars, not enough.

Max Green: We need another $900.

Carlos Barrios: Why don’t we just take out a loan?

Max Green: We can hit one more.

Carlos Barrios: Are you out of your mind? We’re going to get nailed.

Max Green: This isn’t Miami, you know. Every cop they have’ll be swarming over that market. If we hit another right now they won’t be ready.

Carlos Barrios: They won’t be ready? I’m not ready! I haven’t done this since I was 17!

Max Green: Any of you got toothpaste.

Nick Bartkowski: Yes.I got some fucking toothpaste!

Ray Forgy: What’s his problem.

Carlos Barrios: I don’t know.I think he wanted to kill me.

George Denver: [George is crossing river when he loses his clothes] AH AH AH AH AH! My fucking clothes! In the fucking river!

Bill Lonigan: [chasing after clothes] Ah shit.

George Denver: Son of a BITCH!

Nick Bartkowski: Now what about getting inside?

Carlos Barrios: The place next door is a real-estate office. We pick the lock. We get in, and go through the wall. It is made of brick, like your brain. It’s one foot thick, two layers.

[Ray Forgy revvs the getaway car]

[Carlos opens a door running out of a building wearing a stocking over his head]

Carlos Barrios: Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go

Fun Fact about Disorganized Crime

  • In several scenes, Max suffers from heart problems. In a later interview, Fred Gwynne said he had a real heart attack while filming one of those scenes. The cameras kept rolling as they called 911, and the director decided to keep the footage of the real heart attack in the movie. Fred got out of the hospital a few days later and managed to finish the filming on schedule.

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