Top Mountain Ranges and Movies Made in Montana

Glacier National Park

You probably have heard that Montana is known as “Big Sky Country,” yet did you know that the state is also home to over 100 BIG mountain ranges? And that the name “Montana” is Latin for ‘mountainous?”

Throughout our blogs, we always enjoy the opportunity to highlight all the reasons why we love living and working in some of the most beautiful settings on earth.

Today, we are sharing a list of the top 17 mountain ranges in Montana that deserve to be highlighted for their magnificence and soul-stirring beauty.

Thanks to (which provided content for this blog), you can experience the beauty within the mountains in Montana.  In fact, some of the finest movie makers in the country appreciated Montana’s magnificence and set their scenes within some of the Big Sky’s national parks and surrounding mountain ranges.

If you can’t make it to Montana this summer, check out the movies from the big screens at the bottom of this blog and enjoy some Big Sky Country right at home!

And if you have dreams of living in Montana, please reach out to the Hollinger Team for your personal tour of lakefront homes, ranches, and open land for sale in Montana.

Top Mountain Ranges in Montana

Movies Made in Montana

Movies made in Montana

Within the website, you can explore all there is to do and see in our “Treasure State.”  One of the most enjoyable ways to truly appreciate the natural beauty is through some of the most popular movies that include scenes from our most scenic spots. Take a look at this brief list provided by the website, then see the entire list of movies filmed in Montana through this link:

Forrest Gump – Forrest Gump runs through Montana in the film, and two scenes shot in Montana appear in the movie. One set was filmed in Cut Bank (the one where wheat fields appear briefly), and the other was filmed at the St. Mary Entrance to Glacier National Park. Run, Forest, Run!

What Dreams May Come – With a movie that has so many scenes in Heaven, it’s no wonder that a few of those scenes were filmed at Glacier National Park! Robin Williams was so impressed with Glacier that he said, “If it isn’t God’s backyard, He certainly lives nearby.”

A River Runs Through It – Considering the book’s plot was set in Missoula and on the Blackfoot River, it’s not surprising that it was filmed in Montana. But many don’t know that the scenes were shot in Livingston, Bozeman, and parts of Yellowstone. The church scenes were filmed in the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Livingston.

Little Big Man – This 1970 Western starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway was filmed in Virginia City, Nevada City, Billings, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, as well as Alberta and Calgary, Canada.

Heartland – The scene for this 1979 drama was rural Wyoming, but the scenes were actually filmed in Central Montana.