10 Movies That Were Filmed in Wyoming
Wyoming doesn’t exactly scream “Hollywood,” but its shimmering rivers and scenic mountains have served as the backdrop for more than a few major motion pictures over the years. Today we’re looking at 10 of them. We’re betting you recognize a few of the titles.
The Outlaw Jose Wales
Parts of The Outlaw Jose Wales were shot in rural Wyoming, a classic Western starring Clint Eastwood in the titular role. The film follows Jose Wales, a Missouri farmer who becomes an outlaw after his family is murdered.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
In Steven Spielberg’s Sci-fi flick Close Encounters of the Third Kind, aliens give earthlings coordinates that lead to the Devils Tower in Wyoming. The scene and others were filmed on location in the Equality State.
In February 2012 Quentin Tarrantino and company completed filming Django Unchained in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole area. The film is a modern day Spaghetti Western chronicling the adventures of Django, a freed slave who seeks to use his skills with a pistol to free his wife from the grip of a ruthless slave master.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Yellowstone National Park served as a backdrop for the mysterious planet Vulcan in 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The scenes featuring “Vulcan” were originally meant to be filmed in Turkey, but their budget wouldn’t allow it. Filming for the sequence involving the park took place over the course of three days.
In Rocky IV, the Sylvester Stallone’s titular hero takes on the soviets in the midst of the Cold War, and the snow-covered mountains of Wyoming served as the film’s Russia. The farm where Rocky trained was located in the Jackson Hole area, while seems focusing on the Soviets were shot at the Grand Teton National Park.
Dances With Wolves
Parts of this Kevin Costner classic were shot in Jackson Hole. The film follows First Lieutenant John J. Dunbar as he adapts to living alongside Native Americans in the Western frontier.
At least a few scenes from this 2013 comedy-drama were filmed in Wyoming. The events of the film actually take place in Billings, Montana and South Dakota, but Wyoming is a pretty good substitute.
Parts of Flicka, which follows the story of a young woman’s relationship with a horse of the same name, were filmed in Sheridan, Wyoming.
This 1953 technicolor Western film was shot largely in Jackson, Wyoming. In 2007 Shane was listed as one of the American Film Institute’s top 100 greatest American films.
SLC Punks was shot mostly in Utah's Salt Lake City, but at least one scene was filmed in Evanston, Wyoming.