Films set in South Dakota

by Mike_Noga | created - 14 May 2012 | updated - 12 Jun 2012 | Public

In no particular order here's a list of films set at least partially in South Dakota

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1. Incident at Oglala (1992)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, History

This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Robert Redford, Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma, Darelle 'Dino' Butler

Votes: 957 | Gross: $0.54M

2. The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)

G | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren, John Davidson

Votes: 650

3. Why Sturgis? (2005)

89 min | Documentary

Sturgis, South Dakota, hosts the world's oldest, largest motorcycle rally of its kind, but also shares history with Native Americans, soldiers, agriculture, and the national anthem. "Why ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Schliessmann | Stars: Mark Baker, Lanky Boers, Pearl Hoel, Neil Hultman

Votes: 7

4. Little Big Man (1970)

PG-13 | 139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam

Votes: 29,290 | Gross: $31.56M

5. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 255,544 | Gross: $13.28M

6. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

64 Metascore

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 145,957 | Gross: $32.77M

7. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 54,505

8. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 133 min | Drama, History, Western

A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin

Votes: 5,204

9. Thunderheart (1992)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward

Votes: 12,422 | Gross: $22.66M

10. Imprint (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

Shayla Stonefeather, a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial, returns to the reservation to say goodbye to her dying father. After the teen is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Linn | Stars: Tonantzin Carmelo, Carla-Rae, Michael Spears, Cory Brusseau

Votes: 460

11. Son in Law (1993)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett

Votes: 14,984 | Gross: $36.45M

12. Powwow Highway (1989)

R | 88 min | Drama

Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Wacks | Stars: Gary Farmer, A Martinez, Joanelle Romero, Amanda Wyss

Votes: 1,407 | Gross: $0.28M

13. Imprint (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

Shayla Stonefeather, a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial, returns to the reservation to say goodbye to her dying father. After the teen is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Linn | Stars: Tonantzin Carmelo, Carla-Rae, Michael Spears, Cory Brusseau

Votes: 460

14. Die Söhne der großen Bärin (1966)

92 min | Western

Although the Indians were assured their lands adjacent to the Black Hills by contract, the Whites want to expel them. Meanwhile, gold has been discovered there and the unscrupulous settler,... See full summary »

Director: Josef Mach | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Jirí Vrstála, Rolf Römer, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff

Votes: 272

15. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Family

48 Metascore

Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight

Votes: 198,132 | Gross: $219.96M

16. Woman City (2008)

90 min | Action, Drama

Some Midwest women start a new city in a ghost town in western South Dakota. Local rednecks come to harass them and a war begins between the local sheriff, the state police, the rednecks, and the women.

Director: Sidi Cherkawi Benzahra | Stars: Natalie Howe, Monica Marie Johnson, Sarah Lappin, Mary Newsome

Votes: 9

17. The Story of Mount Rushmore: America in Stone (1994 Video)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Family

The story behind the creation of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Director: Bob Muller | Stars: William Tower, Gutzon Borglum, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt

18. The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | 68 min | Drama, Comedy

A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,102

19. 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: 209,000 | Gross: $184.21M

20. The Iron Sheriff (1957)

Approved | 73 min | Western

When the sheriff's son is placed on trial for murdering a stagecoach driver, the sheriff desperately searches for the real killer - and finds the trail leads back to his boy.

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Constance Ford, John Dehner, Kent Taylor

Votes: 276

21. The Exile (1931)

93 min | Drama, Romance

A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her, but realizes that she's involved in the rackets and won't leave them,... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Celeste Cole, Kathleen Noisette

Votes: 49

22. Down in the Valley (2005)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

65 Metascore

Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the project revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman.

Director: David Jacobson | Stars: Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse, Rory Culkin

Votes: 17,149 | Gross: $0.57M

23. Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo

Votes: 1,209

24. Black Hills Express (1943)

Approved | 56 min | Western

Lon Walker is an outlaw with a price on his head, but the manager, Raymond Harper, of the Black Hills Division of Wells Fargo is sure Lon is the only man tough enough to stop the holdups ... See full summary »

Director: John English | Stars: Don 'Red' Barry, Wally Vernon, Ariel Heath, George J. Lewis

Votes: 7

25. Cangleska Wakan (2010)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

Cangleska Wakan addresses the 'Sacred Hoop' of the Lakota Nation through candid and revealing opinions from contributors on various reservations in South Dakota.

Director: Aitken Pearson | Stars: Tim Apell, Roland Bisonette, Dallas Chief Eagle, Ryan M. Hall

Votes: 6

26. Calamity Jane (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Votes: 7,026

27. Calamity Jane (1984 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Western

Biography of the famous cowgirl Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane) is the Wild West character.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Jane Alexander, Frederic Forrest, Ken Kercheval, Walter Olkewicz

Votes: 120

28. The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950)

Not Rated | 71 min | Western

This movie finds Calamity Jane learning that her ownership of the "Prairie Queen" saloon, bequeathed to her by the late unseen Frank Mullen, is going to be disputed by Frank's niece, ... See full summary »

Director: Ande Lamb | Stars: Evelyn Ankers, James Ellison, Lee 'Lasses' White, Ruth Whitney

Votes: 48

29. The Plainsman (1936)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, History, Romance

Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Charles Bickford

Votes: 1,688

30. Bad Man of Deadwood (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Musical, Western

Roy and Gabby have to establish fair business practices in the town of Deadwood, currently dominated by entrepreneurs who scare off potential competitors.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Carol Adams, Henry Brandon

Votes: 122

31. Wild Bill (1995)

R | 98 min | Action, Biography, Western

The early career of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickock is telescoped and culminates in his relocation in Deadwood and a reunion with Calamity Jane.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt, Diane Lane

Votes: 5,511 | Gross: $2.17M

32. The Hard Ride

Action, Drama, Western | Announced

Action and death follow a legendary gunfighter and his close friends to 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory.

Director: Thadd Turner | Stars: Ryan Merriman, Christopher Atkins, Mark Rolston, Marshall R. Teague

33. Calamity Jane (1963 TV Movie)

90 min

A Wild West cow town is starving for entertainment, and it falls upon Calamity Jane, a rowdy, gun-toting,jeans-wearing tomboy, to go to Chicago to bring back a famed stage actress. She ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Altman | Stars: Carol Burnett, Art Lund, Bernard West, Beryl Towbin

Votes: 22

34. The Paleface (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Western

Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong, Iris Adrian

Votes: 3,128

35. Custer's Last Stand (I) (1936)

Approved | 328 min | Adventure, History, Romance

When some men are attacked by Indians, a survivor obtains an Indian medicine arrow. An Indian tells Blade he has found gold but will not tell him where until he has that arrow. So Blade ... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Rex Lease, Lona Andre, William Farnum, Ruth Mix

Votes: 173

36. Courtin' Wildcats (1929)

Passed | 58 min | Comedy, Western

College boy Clarence Butts has been sent west by the Doctor to join McKenzie's circus. There he finds Calamity Jane running roughshod over everyone. So the dude decides to tame her.

Director: Jerome Storm | Stars: Hoot Gibson, Eugenia Gilbert, Monte Montague, Joseph W. Girard

37. Buffalo Girls (1995– )

180 min | Western

Wild. Untamed. Legendary. Buffalo Girls celebrates the bold escapades of tough-talking Calamity Jane Canary and her illustrious cohorts. It's the waning days of the Wild West and Jane, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Peter Coyote

Votes: 694