Top 15 Movies filmed in Wyoming by US Box Office

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Lights, Camera, Wyoming: Unveiling the Silver Screen Magic in the Wild West

Hey there, fellow movie adventurer! Need a break from the humdrum of everyday life? Ready to embark on a thrilling cinematic journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Wyoming? Well, you’re in for a treat!

Wyoming, our picturesque gem from the wild west, has played host to some iconic movies over the years. So put on your cowboy boots, grab your hat, and let’s dive into the mesmerizing world of movies filmed in Wyoming!

Key Takeaways:

  • Wyoming: Where Movies and Nature Collide!
  • Explore the stunning vistas that have graced the silver screen.
  • Discover your favorite actors’ footprints on Wyoming’s sacred ground. Well, figuratively speaking!
  • Relive iconic moments from your favorite movies in stunning Wyoming.
  • Discover the unparalleled charm of Wyoming’s natural beauty.
  • Bring out your inner movie star and create unforgettable memories in the heart of the wild west.

Now, let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to explore the very spots where their favorite movies were filmed? Picture yourself standing right where the legendary Clint Eastwood once did, squinting at the horizon like a true gunslinger. Feel the goosebumps as you immerse yourself in the very essence of the scenes that gave you chills. Wyoming’s filming locations offer this and so much more!

Imagine walking through the same winding trails where Leonardo DiCaprio embarked on his treacherous journey in “The Revenant.” Okay, maybe leave the bear encounters to Leo, but the majestic beauty of those locations is a must-see! From the rugged mountains of the Grand Tetons to the pristine waters of the Snake River, Wyoming’s natural wonders have captivated filmmakers for decades.

But wait, there’s more! Did you know that Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park, has also had its starring moments on the big screen? Gushing geysers, spectacular wildlife, and bubbling hot springs have added an extra touch of magic to films like “Shane” and “Dances with Wolves.” Talk about blockbuster scenery!

Now, before you hop on your trusty steed and ride into the sunset, don’t forget to grab a map of Wyoming’s famous movie spots. Embark on a thrilling road trip, filling your journey with movie magic at every turn. You never know when you might stumble across a Hollywood crew capturing the next big thing!

So, grab your camera, dust off your favorite movie quotes, and set off on an adventure like no other. With Wyoming’s incredible filming locations as your backdrop, you’ll feel like the star of your very own blockbuster. Lights, camera, Wyoming – action!

Ready to explore the magic of Wyoming’s silver screen moments? Check out the listicle below and start planning your cinematic expedition. Let the movies guide you through this unforgettable journey! Lights, camera, adventure!

Dances with Wolves – US Box Office: USD$184.21million

Director: Kevin Costner

Main Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney Grant, Floyd Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, Robert Pastorelli, Charles Rocket, Maury Chaykin, Jimmy Herman, Michael Spears, Tom Everett, Larry Joshua, Kirk Baltz

Release Date: 21 November 1990

Filming Locations: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA; Black Hills, South Dakota, USA; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA; Nebraska, USA; Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

Main Plot: Lieutenant John Dunbar is an intolerable outlier in the military because he makes friends with wolves and Native Americans while serving in a remote Civil War outpost in the west. He is assigned to a lonely outpost in the Dakota Territory during the American Civil War and meets and finally becomes adopted by the local Sioux tribe. He is known to them as “Dances with Wolves,” and as time passes, he falls in love with the lovely “Stands With a Fist.” Soon after, the frontier is no longer a frontier, and as the army advances on the plains, John must make a decision that will influence not only his life but also the lives of the locals he now refers to as his people.

Famous quotes:

Ten Bears: “Let us smoke a while.”

John Dunbar: “With Ten Bears, it was always more than a while. There was purpose in everything he did, and I knew he wanted me to stay. But I was sure of myself. I would be an excuse, and that’s all the Army would need to find this place. I pushed him as far as I could to move the camp. But in the end, he only smiled and talked of simple pleasures. He reminded me that at his age, a good fire was better than anything. Ten Bears was an extraordinary man.”

John Dunbar: How did you get your name?

Stands With a Fist: “When I came to live on the prarie, I worked every day… very hard… there was a woman who didn’t like me. She called me bad names… sometimes she beat me. One day she was calling me these bad names, her face in my face, and I hit her. I was not very big, but she fell down. She fell hard and didn’t move. I stood over her with my fist and asked if any other woman wanted to call me bad names… No one bothered me after that day.”

John Dunbar: [smiles] “I wouldn’t think so. Show me… where you hit her.”

[Stands With a Fist balls her fist and touches John at the base of the chin. John feigns being knocked unconscious as Stands With a Fist laughs]

Fun Fact about Dances with Wolves:

  • The Library of Congress chose the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 2007 because it was culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Django Unchained – US Box Office: USD$USD$162.81million

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Main Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, David Steen,
Dana Gourrier, Nichole Galicia, Laura Cayouette, Ato Essandoh, Sammi Rotibi, Clay Donahue Fontenot, Escalante Lundy, Michael Parks, Don Johnson

Release Date: December 25, 2012

Filming Locations: Evergreen Plantation, 4677 Highway 18, Edgard, Louisiana, USA; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA; Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA; Ahmanson Ranch, Victory Boulevard, Lasky Mesa, West Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA; Melody Ranch – 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, Newhall, California, USA

Main Plot: Christoph Waltz, an undercover bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz, meets Django Unchained (Jamie Foxx) on a lonely road in 1958 from the deep South, two years before the Civil War. The goal of Dr. King Schultz is to locate the Brittle Brothers. He asks Django to assist him in his search for the men he seeks. The King agrees to grant Django a horse, money, and liberty in exchange for his assistance. Django agrees because the funds will be used to free his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who was kidnapped by a ruthless plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). They killed the Brittle Brothers when they discovered them. Django’s next task will be to help his wife. However, the King offers another deal if he teams up with him after being set free and developing the necessary hunting skills to complete a difficult mission: He would give more of what he offered and finally free his wife.

Famous quotes:

Dr. King Schultz: [aiming .45-70 rifle at fleeing Ellis Brittle] “You sure that’s him?”

Django: “Yeah.”

Dr. King Schultz: “Positive?”

Django: “I don’t know.”

Dr. King Schultz: “You don’t know if you’re positive?”

Django: “I don’t know what ‘positive’ means.”

Dr. King Schultz: “It means you’re sure.”

Django: “Yes.”

Dr. King Schultz: “Yes, what?”

Django: “Yes, I’m sure that’s Ellis Brittle.”

[Schultz shoots Brittle off his horse]

Django: “I’m positive he dead.”

Fun Fact about Django Unchained:

  • When Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) smashes his hand on the dinner table, he accidentally crushes a small stemmed glass with his palm and begins to bleed. He ignored it, remained in character, and finished the scene. Quentin Tarantino was so impressed that he used this take in the final print, and the room erupted in a standing ovation when he called cut. DiCaprio’s hand was bandaged, and he proposed smearing blood on Kerry Washington’s face. Tarantino and Washington both liked it, so Tarantino gathered some fake blood.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – US Box Office: USD$132.09million

Director: Steven Spielberg

Main Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara, Warren J. Kemmerling, Roberts Blossom, Philip Dodds, Cary Guffey, Shawn Bishop, Adrienne Campbell, Justin Dreyfuss, Lance Henriksen, Merrill Connally, George DiCenzo, Amy Douglass, Alexander Lockwood

Release Date: 15 November 1977

Filming Locations: Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, USA; Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming, USA; Bernal, Querétaro, Mexico; Fairhope, Alabama, USA; 1613 Carlisle Drive East, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Main Plot: Roy Neary, an Indiana family man, is tormented by strange, unexplained visions following what appeared to be a close encounter of the first kind. Meanwhile, as reports of unprecedented phenomena and tangible UFO manifestations spread like wildfire, single mother Jillian Guiler’s world is turned upside down. The US government is now attempting to run the show. French scientist Claude Lacombe hopes to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors. But Roy has to know if is the image in his mind real. If we are not alone in the universe, what will it take to make first contact—a close encounter of the third kind?

Famous quotes:

Air Traffic Controller: “TWA 517 do you want to report a UFO, over? TWA 517 do you want to report a UFO, over?”

TWAPilot: [over radio] “Negative, we don’t want to report.”

Air Traffic Controller: “Air East 31, do you wish to report a UFO, over?”

AirEast Pilot: [over radio] “Negative, we don’t want to report one of those either.”

Air Traffic Controller: “Air East 31, do you wish to file a report of any kind to us?”

AirEast Pilot: [over radio] “I wouldn’t know what kind of report to file, Center.”

Air Traffic Controller: “Uh Air East 31, uh, me neither.”

Fun Fact about Close Encounters of the Third Kind:

  • This movie became one of the top-grossing films of the 1970s despite having a $20 million (considerable at the time) budget.

Rocky IV – US Box Office: USD$127.87 million

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Main Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen, Michael Pataki, Dolph Lundgren, Stu Nahan, R.J. Adams, Al Bandiero, Dominic Barto, Danial Brown, James Brown, Rose Mary Campos, Jack Carpenter, Mark De Alessandro, Marty Denkin

Release Date: 21 November 1985

Filming Locations: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA; Jackson Airport, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA; Fremont Mansion – 56 Fremont Place, Los Angeles, California, USA; The Agrodome, Pacific National Exhibition Grounds, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Main Plot: Rocky Balboa is the proud owner of the world heavyweight boxing championship. However, a new adversary has emerged: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound boxer with Soviet Union support, is thought to be scientifically trained. Drago will face Rocky’s friend Apollo Creed in the ring. Drago, unfortunately, kills Apollo during the match. Rocky repents to what happened to his friend and vows vengeance on Drago in the ring for Apollo and the United States. Rocky travels to the Soviet Union to face Drago, despite his wife Adrian’s objections, and recruits Apollo’s former manager Duke to assist him in preparation. Rocky toughens up at a camp in the freezing Soviet countryside under Duke’s supervision. At the same time, Drago improves his striking power with high-tech equipment.

Famous quotes:

Duke: “Hey, Champ.”

Rocky: “Hey.”

Duke: “Can I come up?”

Rocky: “Yeah sure.”

Duke: “Some weather we’re having here huh?”

Rocky: “Yeah it’s pretty rough.”

Duke: “But it’s perfect for what you gotta do it’s good. Toughen you up.”

Rocky: “I guess.”

Duke: “I know you think you’re gonna have to do everything by yourself but you know I’ll be with you.”

Rocky: “Yeah”

Duke: “Apollo was like my son. I raised him. And when he died a part of me died. But now you’re the one. You’re the one that’s gonna keep his spirit alive. You’re the one that’s gonna make sure that he didn’t die for nothing. Now you’re gonna have to go through hell. Worse than any nightmare you ever dreamed. But in the end, I know you’ll be the one standing.”

Rocky: “I’ll try.”

Duke: “You know what you have to do. Do it. Do it.”

Rocky: “Thanks, Duke.”

Fun Fact about Rocky IV:

  • Over 8,000 people auditioned for the role of Ivan Drago. Dolph Lundgren was initially turned down by casting directors due to his height. However, he later had the opportunity to send photos and meet Sylvester Stallone, who told him he had a good chance of getting the part if he gained twenty pounds of muscle. It took Lundgren several months to land the role.

Every Which Way but Loose – US Box Office: USD$106.00million

Director: James Fargo

Main Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D’Angelo, Walter Barnes, George Chandler, Roy Jenson, James McEachin, Bill McKinney, William O’Connell, John Quade, Dan Vadis, Gregory Walcott, Hank Worden, Ruth Gordon, Jerry Brutsche, Cary Michael Cheifer, Janet Cole Notey

Release Date: 20 December 1978

Filming Locations: Palomino Nightclub – 6907 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Georgetown, Colorado, USA; State Route 126, California, USA; San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA; Olympic Coffee Shop – 12192 San Fernando Rd, Sylmar, California, USA

Main Plot: The adventures of trucker turned prizefighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde in the San Fernando Valley. Philo Beddoe, Clint Eastwood, is a laid-back trucker with a strong fist. He roams the San Fernando Valley searching for cold beer, country music, and the occasional punch-up. He was with his two friends, Orville Geoffrey Lewis, who promotes prize-fights for him, and Clyde, Manis the Orangutan, the orangutan he won on a bet. But he’s taken aback by Lynn Halsey-Taylor Sondra Locke, a dainty little country and western singer who gives him the slip when she realizes he’s getting too serious. Phil, Clyde, and Orville set off in pursuit, pursued by motorcycles.

Famous quotes:

Lynn Halsey-Taylor: [Philo takes Lynn back to her trailer after the attempt on them by Schuyler… Philo parks the truck and prepares to get out… Lynn stops him] “Philo… I’m scared.”

Philo Beddoe: “Don’t worry… I’m not going to let anything happen to you.”

Lynn Halsey-Taylor: [crying] “That’s not what I’m afraid of. I’m afraid for Schuyler… please don’t hurt him!”

Philo Beddoe: “Well, that sonofabitch tried to blow my head off and he didn’t even care that you were sitting next to me!”

Lynn Halsey-Taylor: “That’s just it! He was trying to scare you! He doesn’t even know how to shoot!”

Philo Beddoe: “I sure as hell don’t like the way he’s trying to find out!”

Sequel: Any Which Way You Can

Fun Fact about Every Which Way but Loose:

  • This movie is among the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies by the American Film Institute in 2000.

Brokeback Mountain – US Box Office: USD$83.04million

Director: Ang Lee

Main Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid, Valerie Planche, Dave Trimble, Victor Reyes, Lachlan Mackintosh, Larry Reese, Marty Antonini, Tom Carey, Dan McDougall, Don Bland, Steven Cree Molison, Anne Hathaway, Duval Lang, Dean Barrett, Hannah Stewart

Release Date: 2 September 2005

Filming Locations: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA; Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada; La Mesilla, New Mexico, USA; Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada; Cowley, Alberta, Canada

Main Plot: This is the story of two shepherds who fall in love sexually and emotionally. When they marry their respective girlfriends, their relationship becomes more complicated. In the summer of 1963, in Wyoming, the two young men are sent to work together, herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain. Ennis is a ranch hand, and Jack is an aspiring rodeo bull rider. What was expected to be a rather uneventful venture quickly turns into an affair of love, lust, and complications that will span 19 years of their lives. Through marriage, children, and the powerful grip of societal confines and expectations of what it means to be a man.

Famous quotes:

Ennis Del Mar: “Tent don’t look right.”

Jack Twist: [pauses from playing the harmonica] “Well, it ain’t goin’ nowhere. Let it be.”

Ennis Del Mar: “That harmonica don’t sound quite right either.”

Jack Twist: “That’s ’cause it got kinda flattened when that mare threw me.”

Ennis Del Mar: “Oh yeah? Thought you said that mare couldn’t throw you.”

Jack Twist: “Well… she got lucky.”

Ennis Del Mar: “Yeah? Well, if I’d got lucky that harmonica would have broken in two.”

[Jack laughs]

Sequel: Brokeback Mountain 2

Fun Fact about Brokeback Mountain:

  • Ang Lee struggled with the sheep throughout the shoot. It appears that sheep do not drink from running water but rather from ponds and dams. Ang tried to persuade them to drink from a stream all day, but they refused. He had to abandon the shot. Furthermore, American sheep carry a bacteria or virus that Canadian sheep do not. The scene in the film in which two herds of sheep become mixed up has some terrifying real-life parallels. The Canadian government had explicitly warned them of dire consequences if they caused any disease to spread to local animals from the south-of-the-border variety.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – US Box Office: USD$82.26million

Director: Robert Wise

Main Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins, Grace Lee Whitney, Mark Lenard, Billy Van Zandt, Roger Aaron Brown, Gary Faga, David Gautreaux, John Gowans, Howard Itzkowitz

Release Date: 6 December 1979

Filming Locations: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA; Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA;

Main Plot: As it approaches Federation space, a massive alien spacecraft with enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers. Admiral James T. Kirk is given command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since the ship’s historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station also alerts the Federation but is also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The Enterprise is the only starship in range, having recently completed a major overhaul in drydock orbiting Earth. Kirk gathers the rest of his crew and some new recruits and intercepts the alien spacecraft. However, it has been three years since Kirk has been in deep space; is he capable of saving Earth?

Famous quotes:

Captain James T. Kirk: [33:14] “Well, for a man who swore he’d never return to the Starfleet…”

Dr. McCoy: “Just a moment, Captain, sir. I’ll explain what happened. Your revered Admiral Nogura invoked a little-known, seldom-used “reserve activation clause.” In simpler language, Captain, they DRAFTED me!”

Captain James T. Kirk: [in mock horror] “They didn’t.”

Dr. McCoy: “This was your idea. This was your idea, wasn’t it?”

Captain James T. Kirk: “Bones, there’s a… thing… out there.”

Dr. McCoy: “Why is any object we don’t understand always called “a thing”?”

Sequel: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Fun Fact about Star Trek: The Motion Picture:

  • Almost all of the dialogue in the Enterprise bridge scenes had to be dubbed in post-production by the actors. This was due to dozens of 16 mm projectors projecting the animation/graphics seen on the bridge station display monitors from behind the bridge set walls (one for each display screen). Computer technology was not advanced enough to make using real computer monitors practical. As a result, the clattering sound of the loud projectors nearly drowned out the actors’ voices, and their dialogue had to be dubbed over later, adding significant time and expense.

Any Which Way You Can – US Box Office: USD$70.69million

Director: Buddy Van Horn

Main Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, Ruth Girdon, Michael Cavanaugh, Barry Corbin, Roy Jenson, Bill McKinney, William O’Connell, John Quade, Al Ruscio, Dan Vadis, Camila Ashland, Beans Morocco, Michael Brockman, Julie Brown

Release Date: December 17, 1980

Filming Locations: Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, 25 North Cache Drive, Jackson, Wyoming, USA; Snow King Resort Hotel, 400 East Snow King Avenue, Jackson, Wyoming, USA; Palomino Nightclub – 6907 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; U.S. 101 & Interstate 405, Los Angeles, California, USA; Jackson Town Square, Jackson, Wyoming, USA

Main Plot: A comedy film in which a former truck driver turned prizefighter, his brother, and their pet orangutan get involved in a series of mishaps involving motorcycle gangs, corrupt cops, a mob, and pretty women. Philo Beddoe, played by Clint Eastwood, engages in a bare-knuckle fight to supplement his income from car repairs. He decides to stop fighting but is forced to participate when the Mafia organizes another battle. The episode begins with Philo beating out a new victim. At the same time, Clyde (the orangutan) empties himself on the seat of a police cruiser, setting the tone for the rest of the episode.

Famous quotes:

Lynn Halsey-Taylor: “What are you gonna do with them?”

[referring to the tarred Black Widows]

Philo Beddoe: “We can’t leave ’em here. Dogs’ll come along and piss on ’em.”


Philo Beddoe: “Ain’t fair to the dogs.”

Cholla, Black Widow Leader: “You’ll pay for that, too!”

Sequel: Every Which Way but Loose

Fun Fact about Any Which Way You Can: 

  • The final fight scene in Jackson Hole’s town square took two days to film, closing the streets during the busy June tourist season. Merchants in the court were upset, and many were compensated, primarily for their signage appearing on film and others due to complaints that they were losing customers. For background extras in the fight scenes, up to 300 locals were used. Gerry Spence, a nationally known trial lawyer, and Jackson Hole morning D.J. Skip Mahoney were among the well-known locals who made brief appearances. Tourism to Jackson Hole increased 30% after the film was released the following summer.

Starship Troopers – US Box Office: USD$54.81million

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Main Cast: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jake Busey, Clancy Brown, Seth Gilliam, Patrick Muldoon, Michael Ironside, Rue McClanahan, Marshall Bell, Eric Bruskotter, Matt Levin, Blake Lindsley, Anthony Ruivivar, Brenda Strong, Dean Norris, Christopher Curry

Release Date: 4 November 1997

Filming Locations: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA; Hell’s Half Acre – Mile 41, US Highway 20/26, Powder River, Wyoming, USA; The Henman House – 33583 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, California, USA; Kaiser Permanente Medical Center/Hospital – 1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard, Baldwin Park, California, USA; Powder River, Wyoming, USA

Main Plot: Starship Troopers is an action-adventure science fiction movie. In a not-so-distant future, with the Earth under the militaristic United Citizen Federation and multitudes of highly evolved Klendathu Arachnids trying to seize the solar system, high school athlete Johnny Rico needs to be ready to fight for these bugs. Johnny is a young student dating a girl name Carmen. When Carmen decides to join the military, he follows her because he doesn’t want them to be separated. He then realizes that being in the military is not for him and decides to quit. But as soon as he plans to go, an asteroid hits his hometown Buenos Aires. The asteroid is from the orbiting planet Klendathu and kills Johnny’s family. Johnny and his fellow troopers then join forces to destroy and kill the inhabitants, a type of deadly and very large-scaled space bugs. 

Famous quotes:

Dizzy: “My mother always told me that violence doesn’t solve anything.”

Jean Rasczak: “Really? I wonder what the city founders of Hiroshima would have to say about that.”

[to Carmen]

Jean Rasczak: “You.”

Carmen: “They wouldn’t say anything. Hiroshima was destroyed.”

Jean Rasczak: “Correct. Naked force has resolved more conflicts throughout history than any other factor. The contrary opinion, that violence doesn’t solve anything, is wishful thinking at its worst. People who forget that always die.”

Sequel: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

Fun Fact about Starship Troopers:

  • In a 2016 interview, Casper Van Dien revealed a funny incident when he was picking up his two daughters from school, “I went by the line at school to pick up my kids. You know, you drive up to the school, and when I get there, these six 10 and 8-year-old boys hang out with my daughters. I pull up in the line, and the boys go, ‘Johnny Rico! Why didn’t you tell us your dad was Johnny Rico?’ And I said, ‘What are you boys doing watching STARSHIP TROOPERS?’ And they said, ‘Our dads made us watch it with them!’ Then my daughters get in the car, and my 10-year-old says, ‘Dad, were you naked in STARSHIP TROOPERS?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,’ and she said, ‘How could you do that to me?!’ Then my 8-year-old says, ‘Wait, like naked?’ And I said, “Yup,” and she said, ‘Oh my God, my life is ruined!’ That was the longest three-minute ride home I have had in my life.”

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

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: 13 September 1992

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

Jessie Burns: “If he came back next summer, would you try and help him?”

Norman Maclean: “If you wanted me to.”

Jessie Burns: “Well, he’s not coming back.”

Norman Maclean: “Well, at least, he’s got friends out there.”

Jessie Burns: “Who Ronald Coleman? Why is it the people who need the most help… won’t take it?”
Norman Maclean: “I don’t know, Jess.”

Sequel: A River Runs Two It

Fun Fact about A River Runs Through It:

  • George Coonenbergs was a retired railroad engineer. He taught Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer, and Tom Skerritt how to fly fish for this movie. He also taught fly-fishing and fly-tying to his fellow residents and staff members of his retirement community. He grew up near the Maclean family in Missoula, Montana. His family’s cabin was built next door to the Maclean family cabin in Seeley Lake, Montana. He learned to fly-fish and tie flies from Rev. John Maclean and considered Paul Maclean to be his best friend. The friendship between the Maclean and Coonenbergs families continues to this day, into its fourth generation.

On Deadly Ground – US Box Office: USD$38.59million

Director: Steven Seagal

Main Cast: Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, Shari Shattuck, Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Hamilton, Chief Irvin Brink, Apanguluk Charlie Kairaiuak, Elsie Pistolhead, John Trudell, Mike Starr, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Jules Desjarlais, Moses Wassillie, Nanny Kagak, Irvin Kershner

Release Date: 18 February 1994

Filming Locations: Fletcher Oil Refinery – 24721 Main Street, Carson, California, USA; Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, USA; Carson, California, USA; Cody, Wyoming, USA; Valdez, Alaska, USA

Main Plot: On Deadly Ground is a movie about an environmental agent Forrest Taft who works for Aegis Oil in Alaska and discovers his boss’s corrupt and dirty move in business. Aegis Oil’s corrupt CEO Michael Jennings is the kind of person who doesn’t care about whether he destroys the environment while doing business as long as it benefits him. He even makes commercials where he acts as if he cares about nature, but in reality, he’s also one of the destroyers. Jennings project, AEGIS-1, is almost finished within 13 days if not, the land rights will be returned back to Eskimos and the Alaskan Government. And then Jennings discovers about the disk that Palmer, Taft’s best friend, was keeping. It has all the information about the low-quality equipment that Jennings used. That is when he ordered his men to kill Palmer, and Taft tried to interfere and was also targeted by Jennings. Then Masu comes to his rescue, an Eskimo girl who has a tribe that also helps them to get back to AEGIS-1 before anything bad happens to the forest. 

Famous quotes:

McGruder: [McGruder is protesting the presence of the FBI] “I thought you wanted us to KILL this motherfucker, Mr. Jennings? How are we supposed to shoot him with all these cops standing around, huh? I don’t think so.”

Liles: “McGruder! It is essential that we have the FBI here to cover ourselves legally! And it sure as hell will help with the press. They’ll take the fall for anything that happens.”

Michael Jennings: “Look, don’t worry about the FBI. We all know they couldn’t find a hooker in a whorehouse anyway.”

McGruder: “But seriously. He’d have to be out of his fucking mind to try to get into this place now.”

Michael Jennings: “Then we should COUNT on that, Mr. McGruder! Forrest Taft is the patron saint of the impossible. And if you had only done your job like you’re supposed to, it wouldn’t have COME TO THIS!”

Fun Fact about On Deadly Ground:

  • Producer and director Steven Seagal filmed almost 40 minutes of footage for the environmental message at the end of this movie and planned to use it all in the final cut. After pressure from Warner Brothers and a disastrous preview screening, where audience members booed, laughed, and made obscene gestures for the entire sequence, Seagal cut the final scene down to about seven minutes.

Paul – US Box Office: USD$37.41million

Director: Greg Mottola

Main Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Mia Stallard, Jeremy Owen, Jeffrey Tambor, David House, Jennifer Granger, Nelson Ascencio, Bobby Lee, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Mark Sivertsen

Release Date: 7 February 2011

Filming Locations: Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, USA; New Mexico, USA; Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos, New Mexico, USA; Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA; Zia Pueblo, New Mexico, USA

Main Plot: Paul is a movie about the encounter between two humans and an alien. Two sci-fi comic book geniuses take a trip to America’s UFO heartland. While traveling, they encounter an alien who brings them on an extreme road trip that changes their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been captive at a top-secret military base. When Paul got the opportunity to escape, he jumped into the vehicle in front of them, and there he met Graeme and Clive, English sci-fi nerds traveling to UFO heartland. Chased by federal agents, together with the father of a young woman who they kidnapped accidentally, Graeme and Clive made a make-slip escape plan to return Paul to his mother’s ship. 

Famous quotes:

Paul: [1980 collaboration phone call] “Okay Steven, how ’bout cellular revivification?”

Steven Spielberg: “I don’t know what that is.”

Paul: “Oh. Restoration of damaged tissue through telepathic manipulation of intrinsic field memory.”

Steven Spielberg: “What’s that mean?”

Paul: “It means healing, Mr. Spielberg.”

Steven Spielberg: “Yeah right, healing. Like by touch or something like that. Like maybe his finger lights up on the end when he reaches out and touches?”

Paul: “Maybe… You know, sometimes I find less is more.”

Steven Spielberg: “Hey, trust me.”

Fun Fact about Paul:

  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost came up with the concept for Paul while waiting out a rainstorm on the set of Shaun of the Dead (2004). They handed producer Nira Park a sketch drawing of Paul wearing an FBI t-shirt, flipping off the viewer, with a caption that read, “In the U.S., everybody is an alien.” The actual drawing can be seen during the closing credits.

Wind River – US Box Office: USD$33.80million

Director: Taylor Sheridan

Main Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Graham Greene, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, Teo Briones, Apesanahkwat, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Lange, Gil Birmingham, Althea Sam, Tokala Black Elk, Martin Sensmeier, Tyler Laracca, Shayne J. Cullen, Dallin Tusieseina, Austin R. Grant, Ian Bohen

Release Date: 21 January 2017

Filming Locations: Lander, Wyoming, USA; Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming, USA; Fremont County, Wyoming, USA; Park City Studios, Utah, USA

Main Plot: Wind River is a crime mystery drama type of movie and is all about how a veteran hunter helps the FBI to solve a murder case. A wildlife officer finds the body of a young Native American girl named Natalie out in the middle of the cold Wyoming wildlife. East of Boulder Flats, deep into the vast and avenging white territory of the Wind River Indian Reservation, is where Natalie’s body was discovered. Inexperienced but courageous agent Jane Banner led the investigation with the help of a local hunter. They discover the cold body frozen, barefoot, without proper winter attire, too far from any building, and with a blood stain on the lower abdomen near her thighs. FBI investigate the possible homicide. The next day, Natalie’s father, Martin, told the FBI that his daughter was dating a new man, but he did not know whom or where he was residing. The autopsy report also shows blunt trauma and sexual violence, and she died from the cold hitting her lungs due to so much body exposure. Jane is upset that this case is not labeled as homicide, even though it’s clear that Natalie is fighting for her life. While on the investigation, they come across Chip Hanson, Natalie’s brother, in a drug den, and an exchange of gunfire happens. They were able to catch Chip and able to know about Matt, Natalie’s boyfriend, who is a security guard at a local oil drilling camp. While arresting Chip, Cory saw a snowmobile up on the hill and tracked it; there, they saw the dead body of Matt being eaten by the birds. Further investigation occurs, and they find the co-security guards Matt being suspicious, and there they arrest them for the rape and murder of both Matt and Natalie.

Famous quotes:

Martin: “You’re driving this Fed around so she don’t get lost, is that it?”

Cory Lambert: “It’s what they asked me to do, not what I’m doin’.'”

Martin: “Then what are you doing?”

Cory Lambert: “I’m a hunter, Martin. What do you think I’m doin’?”

Martin: “If you find out who did this… I don’t care who it is. You understand me?”

Cory Lambert: [nods] “Right where they stand.”

Martin: “Then get off my porch and go do it.”

Fun Fact about Wind River:

  • During the course of the shoot, writer-director Taylor Sheridan was visited on set by some Shoshone tribal leaders who astonished him with the revelation that, at that very time, there were 12 unsolved murders of young women on a reservation of about 6,000 people. Due to a 1978 landmark government ruling (Oliphant v. Suquamish), the Supreme Court stripped tribes of the right to arrest and prosecute non-natives who commit crimes on native land. If neither the victim nor the perpetrator is native, a county or state officer must make the arrest. If the perpetrator is non-native and the victim an enrolled member, only a federally-certified agent has that right. If the opposite is true, a tribal officer can make the arrest, but the case must still go to federal court. This quagmire creates a jurisdictional nightmare by choking up the legal process on reservations to such a degree many criminals go unpunished indefinitely for serious crimes.

The Outlaw Josey Wales – US Box Office: USD$31.80million

Director: Clint Eastwood

Main Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney, John Vernon, Paula Trueman, Sam Bottoms, Geraldine Keams, Woodrow Parfrey, Joyce Jameson, Sheb Wooley, Royal Dano, Matt Clark, John Verros, Will Sampson, William O’Connell, John Quade, Frank Schofield

Release Date: 26 June 1976

Filming Locations: Kanab Movie Ranch – 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, USA; Old Tucson – 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA; Oroville, California, USA; Lake Powell, Arizona, USA; Wyoming, USA

Main Plot: The Outlaw Josey Wales is all about how a farmer fights for his family. Josey Wales is a Southerner whose whole family was killed by a sadistic Union officer. To get back to his family, he decided to join a group of guerilla fighters. After the war, they refuse to surrender, but their leader Fletcher negotiates to allow his men to get freed. Josey refuses to join them, and after the group arrives, they get executed. They learn that Josey is still out there, alive. Then they hunt him and put a large amount of money in his head. The man who was ordered to kill him was the man who killed his whole family. 

Famous quotes:

Lone Watie: “Guess we ain’t going to see that little Navajo girl again.”

Josey Wales: “Nah, I guess not. I kinda liked her. But then, it’s always like that.”

Lone Watie: “Like what?”

Josey Wales: “Whenever I get to likin’ someone, they ain’t around long.”

Lone Watie: “I notice when you get to DISlikin’ someone they ain’t around for long neither.”

Sequel: The Return of Josey Wales

Fun Fact about The Outlaw Josey Wales:

  • Because of Chief Dan George’s age, he would have trouble remembering his lines, so, during takes, Clint Eastwood would begin to mouth his lines without realizing it and had to be told to stop because it would ruin the take. In a featurette on the DVD about making this movie, Eastwood says he’d have people drill Dan George on his lines, but when it came time to shoot the scene, he’d say, “Chief, just forget about the lines, tell me the story about the man who rode over the hill.” And Dan George, who was apparently a natural storyteller, would then tell the story perfectly.

Flicka – US Box Office: USD$21million

Director: Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello, Ryan Kwanten, Danny Pino, Dallas Roberts, Kaylee DeFer, Jeffrey Nordling, Dey Young, Nick Searcy, Buck Taylor, Wade Williams, David Burton, John O’Brien, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Emery, Bob Tallman, Angel Santana

Main Cast: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden

Release Date: 19 October 2006

Filming Locations: Sheridan, Wyoming USA; Wyoming, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sylmar, Los Angeles, California, USA

Main Plot: Flicka is an adventure movie about a girl who wants to prove something to her family. Young Katy owned a wild horse in an effort to prove to her family that she was capable of running their ranch someday. At the age of sixteen, Katy wanted to work on her family’s mountainside ranch, but his father wanted her to finish school first. Hard-headed Katy then finds a wild horse up on the hill near their ranch. Wanted to prove something, he tried to tame the wild horse to show her father that she was capable of running their ranch. She owns the wild horse and calls it Flicka. Her father disagrees about the idea, but without her father’s knowing, she still continues taming Flicka even after the horse is sold to a rodeo to use for a wild horse race. With the help of Natalie’s brother, they were able to get Flicka back.

Famous quotes:

Rob McLaughlin: “How bad is the horse? Go back and put her down.”

Jack: “She’ll hear the shot.”

Rob McLaughlin: “She’ll think its thunder.”

Jack: “No she won’t. Look, Katie’s smart. She sees things. Little details most people ignore. The ones that make a difference.”

Gus: “She’ll know it’s Flicka.”

Rob McLaughlin: “I can’t let that animal suffer. I’ll do it myself.”

Sequel: Flicka 2

Fun Fact about Flicka:

  • Filming was interrupted on 25 April 2005, when a thoroughbred, halter-broke horse used in the film died in a freak accident on the set at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lakeview Terrace, California. After extensive, independent investigations by both LA Animal Services and American Humane, no negligence was found on the part of the production or animal handlers, and the death was unanimously determined to be an accident.

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