Famous Hollywood Movie Productions in Wyoming

Famous Hollywood Movie Productions in Wyoming

Wyoming is a state in the mountainous area of the western United States with Cheyenne as its capital. It is the tenth largest by area and one of the least populated states in the Untied States.

Wyoming And Hollywood

Wyoming remains a central location to many famous Hollywood scripts and films about Wyoming. With its well-known history of cattle ranches, Wyoming has directed several popular films. In fact, the age of Hollywood westerns went to Wyoming for its idealised landscapes and infamous images of cowboys and cattle. Due to the numerous Wyoming movie productions,[1] cowboy boots and stetson hats became the stereotype for the citizens of Wyoming in the eyes of society, and with Hollywood movies, John Wayne, Charlton Heston and Kenny Rogers, Wyoming is shown as the western state of outlaws, cowboys and vigilantes.

Famous Movie Productions In Wyoming

Normally, you would not think of Wyoming as a source of big budget movies from Hollywood.[2] However, you might be surprised how many legendary films have been recorded, or is based on our great country.

When you think of Wyoming, in general, you don’t usually think of Hollywood. However, Wyoming is a place of many successful films. Of course, many of them westerns, but also other kinds of movies are filmed in this area also.


Here is a list of famous movies that were filmed in this attractive state.

1. Brokeback Mountain

This is a 2005 romantic drama directed by Ang Lee and producer Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Adapted from the novel by Annie Proulx in 1997, the script was written by Larry McMurtry and Ossana. Brokeback Mountain was established in Wyoming.

2. The Outlaw Josey Wales

It’s the American revisionist western deluxe colour and panavision film set in 1976 during and after the Civil War. Some of the scenes were filmed in remote parts of Wyoming.

3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

It is a science fiction film written and directed in 1977 by Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban and Cary Guffey.


Talk about Roy Neary (character in the movie), a white collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after meeting with an unidentified flying object (UFO). Several scenes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind were filmed near Devils Tower, outside Moorcroft.

4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

It is a science fiction film released in 1979 by Paramount Pictures. Some of the scenes were filmed in Wyoming

5. Every Which Way But Loose

It is an American comedy from 1978. The film follows Clint Eastwood around the country and was recorded in several countries, including California, Colorado and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

6. Rocky IV

This is an American drama film written in 1985, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film’s co-stars include Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl weather, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen and Michael Pataki. Rocky IV  remained in the sport’s biggest hit movie for many years. This is the fourth and biggest financial success in a series of Rocky movies. Areas near Grand Teton National Park have been used as a setting for frozen Russian landscape when Rocky went to the Soviet Union to fight against Ivan Drago.


7. Nebraska

This is an American film in black and white, directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. Stars include Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk. The film follows a resident of Montana and his son trying to win the lottery prize of one million dollars for the long trip to Nebraska. Several scenes of American Nebraska were shot in Buffalo.

8. Django Unchained

This is an American film in 2012 western. Established in the wild west and Antebellum south, it is a very stylized variation of spaghetti westerns, and gives recognition to the 1966 Italian film, Django, by Sergio Corbucci, by having the Django star, Franco Nero make a cameo. Grand Tetons were used as a backdrop to the western film, Django Unchained.

9. Flicka

It’s a family adventure drama 2006 British-American film loosely based on the 1941 novel, My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara. The film was directed by Michael Mayer and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. The film also includes Maria Bello, Ryan Kwanten and country singer, Tim McGraw, who was also the executive producer on the soundtrack album. Some parts of the film were shot in Sheridan.

10. Shane

This is an American film in the 1953, known for the landscapes, film editing, performance and contribution to the genre. The film is produced and directed by George Stevens; the screenplay was written by Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr., and is based on 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer. The film was shot in Jackson Hole.


11. Starship Troopers

It’s an action American military satirical (1997) directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. Parts of Starship Troopers was shot around the canyons Half Acre Hell.

Featured photo credit: Onset Hollywood via


More by this author

Elise Bauer

Freelance Writer, Lawyer & Blogger

15 Awesome Things Google Does for You and Want You to Have a Try What to Do When We Don’t Know How to Fix a Marriage Alone Tips for Designing Your Plastic Surgery Website for Optimal Marketing Tips for Fashion Designers and Clothiers on Choosing the Best Zippers Faradarmani: The Practice of Complementary and Alternative Healing

Trending in Art

1 18 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo 2 See How Sketches Created In 10 Seconds And 10 Minutes Differ: Everything Starts Small 3 Famous Hollywood Movie Productions in Wyoming 4 Museums in a Changing World – The Evolution of museums 5 5 Tips to Make Sure Autumn Memories Stay With You

Read Next


Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.


2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!


5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.


8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.


11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Featured photo credit: rawpixel via

Read Next