The Equality State Movies

by Hoekkie | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public

The Equality State is the official nickname of Wyoming. Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869 (more precisely, women were granted the right to vote so there would be enough voting citizens to meet the population requirement for statehood). This action lead to the nickname The Suffrage State and then later The Equality State (source: statesymbolsusa.org). Wyoming became the 44th state of the United States of America in 1890.

These movies have a connection with Wyoming. They are (partially) filmed there or it's a topic in the story. Which movie (or movie poster) do you associate the most with Wyoming?

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1. Wyoming (1940)

Passed | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After the Civil War, an ex-Confederate soldier is murdered by cattle-rustlers when he returns home to Wyoming but a fugitive train-robber steps-in to avenge his death and aid his family in their fight against a local land-grabber.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Ann Rutherford, Lee Bowman

Votes: 212

2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 175,328 | Gross: $132.09M

3. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 310,846 | Gross: $83.04M

4. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 35,199 | Gross: $20.00M

5. Wind River (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

Director: Taylor Sheridan | Stars: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Teo Briones

Votes: 186,692 | Gross: $33.80M

6. Wyoming Outlaw (1939)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Western

Will Parker has been destroyed by a local politician and now must steal to feed his family. He steals a steer from the Three Mesquiteers.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Raymond Hatton, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 278

7. Starship Troopers (1997)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey

Votes: 258,491 | Gross: $54.81M

8. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,281,070 | Gross: $162.81M

9. Flicka (2006)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

Young Katy claims a wild horse as her own -- an effort to prove to her father that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 7,173 | Gross: $21.00M

10. Rocky IV (1985)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

40 Metascore

Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 178,375 | Gross: $127.87M

11. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | 135 min | Western

69 Metascore

Missouri farmer Josey Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

Votes: 62,580 | Gross: $31.80M

12. Star Trek (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 78,089 | Gross: $82.26M

13. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 230,007 | Gross: $184.21M

14. SLC Punk! (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

50 Metascore

In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.

Director: James Merendino | Stars: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 25,046 | Gross: $0.30M

15. Spencer's Mountain (1963)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Family

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,275

16. Every Which Way but Loose (1978)

PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy

41 Metascore

The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo

Votes: 22,179 | Gross: $106.00M

17. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 357,651 | Gross: $101.16M

18. Nebraska (2013)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 108,698 | Gross: $17.65M

19. White Feather (1955)

Approved | 102 min | History, Western

In 1877 Wyoming, during the peace negotiations between the Cheyenne and the USA, an Indian girl falls in-love with a land surveyor, causing the ire of her Cheyenne fiance.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, John Lund, Debra Paget

Votes: 831

20. Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Family, Western

In Wyoming, several ranchers have their prized mares stolen by a big wild white stallion and must recover them before the Governor's Stake trotting race day.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Peggy Cummins, Charles Coburn, Robert Arthur, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 309

21. The Wild Country (1970)

G | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A family leaves city life to take possession of a Wyoming ranch.

Director: Robert Totten | Stars: Steve Forrest, Vera Miles, Ron Howard, Clint Howard

Votes: 239

22. Nightfall (1956)

78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Through a series of bizarre coincidences, an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith, Jocelyn Brando

Votes: 2,953

23. Bright Angel (1990)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

Road-movie from Montana to Wyoming. A gullible, innocent young man (Mulroney) assists a versatile girl (Taylor) on her long quest to get her brother out of jail.

Director: Michael Fields | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Lili Taylor, Sam Shepard, Valerie Perrine

Votes: 455 | Gross: $0.16M

24. The Hateful Eight (2015)

R | 168 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins

Votes: 482,020 | Gross: $54.12M

25. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 195,327 | Gross: $102.31M

26. Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

27 Metascore

In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small town Wyoming as part of the Witness Protection Program.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Elisabeth Moss

Votes: 36,377 | Gross: $29.58M

27. Heaven's Gate (1980)

R | 219 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

57 Metascore

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston

Votes: 12,941 | Gross: $3.48M

28. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 104,533 | Gross: $47.84M

29. The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)

GP | 103 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

An aging cowboy finds to his embarrassment that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Sue Ane Langdon

Votes: 3,882 | Gross: $0.11M

30. Druid Peak (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

A troubled teen is sent to live with his estranged father, a park ranger. During his time there, he develops an unusual affinity with and passion for the wolves in a local pack.

Director: Marni Zelnick | Stars: Spencer Treat Clark, Rachel Korine, Andrew Wilson, Damian Young

Votes: 380

31. Red Rock West (1993)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, Craig Reay

Votes: 19,267 | Gross: $2.50M

32. Rancho Notorious (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Western

After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry

Votes: 3,660

33. An Unfinished Life (2005)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Family, Romance

49 Metascore

Desperate to provide care for her daughter, down-on-her-luck Jean moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas

Votes: 28,102 | Gross: $8.59M



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