The Peace Garden State Movies

by Hoekkie | created - 8 months ago | updated - 8 months ago | Public

The Peace Garden State is the official nickname of North Dakota. In 1889 it became the 39th state of the United States of America. These movies have a connection with North Dakota. It's a topic in the story or they are (partially) filmed in North Dakota.

Which movie (or movie poster) do you associate the most with North Dakota?

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1. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 562,151 | Gross: $24.61M

2. Dakota (1945)

Passed | 82 min | Western

In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

Votes: 1,161

3. The Messengers (2007)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

34 Metascore

An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart, John Corbett

Votes: 36,607 | Gross: $35.37M

4. Three Faces West (1940)

Approved | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Viennese surgeon Dr. Braun and his daughter Leni come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips leads the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie, Charles Coburn, Spencer Charters

Votes: 637

5. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

51 Metascore

Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland, Chaske Spencer

Votes: 3,802 | Gross: $0.06M

6. Man in the Wilderness (1971)

GP | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper recuperates and pursues his former companions through dangerous Indian territory.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon, Percy Herbert

Votes: 2,448

7. Leprechaun (1993)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.

Director: Mark Jones | Stars: Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Mark Holton

Votes: 20,918 | Gross: $8.56M

8. The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | 68 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 1,228

9. Devil's Gate (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

37 Metascore

Seeking a missing woman in North Dakota, an FBI agent and a sheriff focus on her religious zealot husband but discover something far more sinister.

Director: Clay Staub | Stars: Amanda Schull, Shawn Ashmore, Milo Ventimiglia, Bridget Regan

Votes: 2,974

10. Valley of Bones (2017)

R | 90 min | Crime, Thriller, Western

A disgraced paleontologist struggling to raise her son is tipped off to a groundbreaking dig site in the Badlands by a recovering meth addict, but his tie to the cartel threatens to bury them both under the weight of their criminal pasts.

Director: Dan Glaser | Stars: Autumn Reeser, Rhys Coiro, Steven Molony, Mason Mahay

Votes: 433 | Gross: $0.17M

11. Prairie Love (2011)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy

Three lost souls look for love on the North Dakota tundra.

Director: Dusty Bias | Stars: Jeremy Clark, Holly Lynn Ellis, Garth Blomberg, Bryant Mock

Votes: 149

12. Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)

Approved | 85 min | Romance, Western

After violently attacking a fellow officer Lt. Edward Garnett, cavalry Captain Kern Shafter is court martialled. Later, he rejoins the army with Custer's regiment at Fort Lincoln, Dakota, becoming a sergeant, where he runs into his old foe.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Ray Milland, Helena Carter, Hugh Marlowe, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 261

13. Pinching Penny (2011)

R | 104 min | Crime

A British hypochondriac turns to crime after becoming addicted to consumerism. As his obsession worsens, his life falls quickly into the absurd and he continues to spend himself deeper and ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Glaser | Stars: Steven Molony, Timothy J. Meyer, Maddisyn Carter, Lauren Wertz-James

Votes: 202

14. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 561,287 | Gross: $226.28M

15. Wooly Boys (2001)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

A sheep rancher's visit to the big city triggers a mischevious adventure with his teenage computer-whiz grandson.

Director: Leszek Burzynski | Stars: Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Joseph Mazzello, Keith Carradine

Votes: 622 | Gross: $0.34M

16. Buick Riviera (2008)

86 min | Drama

The story of Buick Riviera is told through fates of two men, both Bosnian (ex Yugoslavian) emigrants, belonging to the two different religious groups that fought for the city of Sarajevo ... See full summary »

Director: Goran Rusinovic | Stars: Slavko Stimac, Leon Lucev, Aimee Klein, Krissy Lynn Hibbard

Votes: 226

17. Supermoto (2016)

90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A young woman wakes up alone in a motel room. Her boyfriend has ditched her, leaving her with a few dollars, a toothbrush, racing leathers, and a supermoto motorcycle. She's just learned ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Maggio | Stars: Jeannine Kaspar, Travis Hopkins, Jesse Burgum, Amanda Martinez

Votes: 13

18. You Are the One (2006)

115 min | Romance

Sally Malasmas applies for a US visa. There she meets the young and dashing vice-consul Will Derby with a wide, warm and inviting smile. Sally feels it's her lucky day! But Will thinks ... See full summary »

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina | Stars: Toni Gonzaga, Sam Milby, Jodi Sta. Maria, Susan Africa

Votes: 129

19. Little Woods (2018)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Western

74 Metascore

A modern Western about two sisters who work outside the law to better their lives

Director: Nia DaCosta | Stars: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Lance Reddick, James Badge Dale

Votes: 614 | Gross: $0.15M

20. Brothers (1977)

R | 105 min | Drama

Thinly disguised account of the relationship between radical black activist Angela Davis and Black Panther and prison inmate George Jackson, who was one of those killed in a failed 1971 prison breakout.

Director: Arthur Barron | Stars: Bernie Casey, Vonetta McGee, Ron O'Neal, John Lehne

Votes: 108

21. 7th Cavalry (1956)

Approved | 75 min | Western

An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Hale, Jay C. Flippen, Frank Faylen

Votes: 918

22. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 31,713 | Gross: $0.66M

23. The Far Horizons (1955)

Not Rated | 108 min | History, Western

After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale

Votes: 886

24. Iron Will (1994)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family

When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Haid | Stars: Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, August Schellenberg

Votes: 6,623 | Gross: $21.01M

25. Monster Trucks (2016)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

41 Metascore

A young man working at a small town junkyard discovers and befriends a creature which feeds on oil being sought by a fracking company.

Director: Chris Wedge | Stars: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper

Votes: 13,544 | Gross: $33.37M

26. A Star Is Born (1937)

Passed | 111 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Jack Conway | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson

Votes: 7,675 | Gross: $4.36M

27. 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: 24,476 | Gross: $0.30M

28. Killer Movie (2008)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A reality TV director copes with a spoiled celebutante and a show gone haywire when a masked killer starts bumping off the crew in this slasher-movie satire.

Director: Jeff Fisher | Stars: Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco, Gloria Votsis, Torrey DeVitto

Votes: 2,602

29. The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy (2011)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, History

The story of how 'Hell's Gate' at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas came to have its name. Relive the story of how three outlaws' expeditions and encounters through historical 1870s Texas were remembered for a lifetime.

Director: Tanner Beard | Stars: Eric Balfour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan

Votes: 654

30. Dead Dogs (1999)

90 min | Crime, Thriller

A young security guard works the late shift at the Driftwood Inn along with a desk clerk and a married night maid with whom he is having an affair in whatever room is available. ... See full summary »

Director: Clay Eide | Stars: Joe Leroy Reynolds, Jay Underwood, Margot Demeter, John Durbin

Votes: 76

31. Exscind (2016)

80 min | Horror

After reading a magazine article about a case of multiple murders 50 years ago, an excited paranormal group sets out to investigate the site where the serial killers lived and where the ... See full summary »

Director: Les Sholes | Stars: Dave Andrews, Louie Babcock, Philip Bumgardner, Amy Byzewski

Votes: 50

32. Boomtown (2017)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

A young father and husband looks towards the oil fields for a better life for him and his family. But will the fast money and glamour detour his agenda?

Director: Sabyn Mayfield | Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Boyd Holbrook, Dwight Yoakam, Jocelin Donahue

Votes: 43

33. Van Hook (2001)

Two young men from North Dakota, Kip and Job are shown their "Alternate lives" as an escape from what they called, "Minot-ony." Their journey begins when they visit Van Hook (arm), a part ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Biehn | Stars: Kirk Roos, Bo Brown, Sam J. Jones, Charlie Talbert

Votes: 10

34. Deadwood Dick (1940)

Approved | 285 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Deadwood Dick, a masked and mysterious hero, is in reality Dick Stanley, editor of the Dakota Pioneer Press and a leading member of Statehood For Dakota. He is on the trail of a masked ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Donald Douglas, Lorna Gray, Harry Harvey, Marin Sais

Votes: 45

35. The Black Dakotas (1954)

Approved | 65 min | Action, War, Western

During the American Civil War, Confederate spies aim to steal Union gold intended for the peace treaty with the Sioux and thus pit the Indians against the Union Forces.

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Gary Merrill, Wanda Hendrix, John Bromfield, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 199



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