The Last Frontier Movies

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

The Last Frontier is the official nickname of Alaska. Alaska is thought of as "America's Last Frontier" because of its distance from the lower 49 states and because of its rugged landscape and climate. This remote and rugged perception is evidenced by the fact that only about 1/3 of the state has been organized into political units; 13 boroughs (similar to counties) are defined (source: netstate.com). Alaska became the 49th state of the United States of America in 1959.

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

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1. Mystery, Alaska (1999)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

49 Metascore

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack

Votes: 24,822 | Gross: $8.89M

2. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 546,188 | Gross: $18.35M

3. Balto (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

An outcast Husky risks his life with other sled dogs to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings

Votes: 38,147 | Gross: $11.35M

4. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 262,611 | Gross: $67.36M

5. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 94,205 | Gross: $5.45M

6. White Fang (I) (1991)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama

62 Metascore

Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jed, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 18,825 | Gross: $34.79M

7. Big Miracle (2012)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

61 Metascore

In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney

Votes: 18,127 | Gross: $20.11M

8. Alaska (1996)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Family

While searching for their missing father in the mountains of Alaska, two siblings come across a baby polar bear on the run from a pair of poachers.

Director: Fraser C. Heston | Stars: Thora Birch, Vincent Kartheiser, Dirk Benedict, Charlton Heston

Votes: 4,969 | Gross: $11.57M

9. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 350,468 | Gross: $13.78M

10. The Frozen Ground (2013)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 54,457

11. The Big White (2005)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

31 Metascore

To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Robin Williams, Giovanni Ribisi, Holly Hunter, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 13,674

12. Wildlike (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

74 Metascore

After conditions in her new home become unbearable, a teenage girl runs away and befriends an older man preparing for a hike through the Alaskan wilderness.

Director: Frank Hall Green | Stars: Ella Purnell, Brian Geraghty, Diane Farr, Nolan Gerard Funk

Votes: 4,164

13. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 170,942 | Gross: $122.01M

14. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 67,574 | Gross: $74.89M

15. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 234,647 | Gross: $51.58M

16. Snow Dogs (2002)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

29 Metascore

When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he's got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqó, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 24,431 | Gross: $81.17M

17. The Proposal (I) (2009)

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

48 Metascore

A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 283,751 | Gross: $163.96M

18. The Edge (1997)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 65,561 | Gross: $27.78M

19. Limbo (I) (1999)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Michael Laskin

Votes: 5,641 | Gross: $2.00M

20. Lost in Alaska (1952)

76 min | Adventure, Comedy

Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder, they travel with the prospector to Alaska to help ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mitzi Green, Tom Ewell

Votes: 1,809

21. Runaway Train (1985)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner

Votes: 25,383 | Gross: $7.94M

22. 30 Days of Night (2007)

R | 113 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

53 Metascore

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster

Votes: 159,750 | Gross: $39.57M

23. On the Ice (2011)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

In Barrow, Alaska, teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq find their bond tested when a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, resulting in the death of their friend.

Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean | Stars: Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, John Miller, Teddy Kyle Smith

Votes: 921 | Gross: $0.07M

24. On Deadly Ground (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

33 Metascore

A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.

Director: Steven Seagal | Stars: Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C. McGinley

Votes: 21,428 | Gross: $38.59M

25. The Guardian (I) (2006)

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

53 Metascore

A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward, Melissa Sagemiller

Votes: 85,154 | Gross: $55.01M

26. North to Alaska (1960)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian

Votes: 6,655

27. The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13 | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

34 Metascore

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Votes: 71,792 | Gross: $25.46M

28. Road to Utopia (1945)

Passed | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Hillary Brooke

Votes: 3,084

29. The Spoilers (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Western

In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 2,292

30. The Last Winter (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

The American oil company North Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seeking oil. The independent environmentalists together ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Fessenden | Stars: Ron Perlman, James Le Gros, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford

Votes: 8,389 | Gross: $0.03M

31. Out Cold (2001)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Sport

22 Metascore

A snowboarder's plans for his own snowboard park go awry when an ex-girlfriend returns to town.

Directors: Brendan Malloy, Emmett Malloy | Stars: Flex Alexander, David Denman, A.J. Cook, Caroline Dhavernas

Votes: 16,405 | Gross: $13.90M

32. Never Cry Wolf (1983)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama

A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah

Votes: 7,378 | Gross: $29.60M

33. Hold the Dark (2018)

TV-MA | 125 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

63 Metascore

After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the the mother of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate her son in the Alaskan wilderness.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough

Votes: 30,487

34. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

80 Metascore

After Homer deliberately pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the family are declared fugitives.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 300,935 | Gross: $183.14M



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