Over the years, so many people have been inspired by Big Sky Country. From Hollywood directors and legendary artists to naturalists and even singers, Montana inspires great works of art. It’s amazing how many songs about Montana there are, and movies that were filmed in Montana. For example, Frank Zappa once sang a quirky little tune about the experience of moving to Montana. Singer-songwriter Jewel was so inspired by Missoula that she wrote “The Missoula Song.” These two weren’t the first artists to sing Montana songs, either – and we have a feeling that they certainly won’t be the last. Here’s a small sample of some of the Montana music that was inspired by the spirit of our great state:

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What are some of your favorite songs about Montana? Please share your suggestions in the comments with your fellow Montana music lovers!

 

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What are some movies that were filmed in Montana?

The following movies have scenes that were filmed in Montana:

  • Though the movie is primarily shot in the South, Forrest Gump runs through Montana in the film, and two scenes shot in Montana appear in the movie. One scene 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.
  • Glacier served as the inspiration for Heaven in 1998 from "What Dreams May Come," and it's no wonder why! Robin Williams was apparently so impressed with Glacier that he said, "If it isn’t God’s backyard, He certainly lives nearby."
  • Missoula, too, is a popular film location in Montana, serving as the main setting for "A River Runs Through It." But what many don’t know is that the scenes that supposedly took place in Missoula and the Blackfoot River were actually shot in Livingston, Bozeman, and parts of Yellowstone. The church scenes were filmed in the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Livingston.
  • The 2013 movie "Nebraska" may have been about the Cornhusker State, but parts of it were filmed in Billings and Laurel. The movie’s main character, played by Bruce Dern, was from Billings. Watch the first 15 minutes and you’ll see some familiar territory.

 

Check out some of the movies filmed in Montana.