Photos: Top ten movies filmed in Colorado

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Our Melanie Asmar has been reporting about efforts to attract more moviemakers to Colorado -- and one great selling point is to check out the classics that have been partly filmed here over the years.

Below, count down our ten favorites, as culled from the flicks listed on the FilmInColorado.com website, including vintage posters, the Colorado locations included and the film office's description of each. Check them out here.

Number 10: Thelma & Louise (1991)

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Filming Locations: Gateway, Bedrock

Colorado Film Office description: "In this film about friendship and loyalty, Louise (Susan Sarandon) and Thelma (Geena Davis) decide to take a road trip in order to escape from their dull and challenging lives. But when a man threatens to rape Thelma, Louise kills him, and before they know it, the pair find themselves being hunted by the police."

Number 9: WarGames (1983)

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Filming Location: Colorado Springs -- Cheyenne Mountain Complex

Colorado Film Office description: "A teenager, played by Matthew Broderick, is a computer game afficianado who accidentally taps into a top secret super-computer that controls the U.S nuclear arsenal. The teen becomes involved in a game between the United States and Russia that could lead to World War 3."

Continue to keep counting down our picks for the top ten movies filmed in Colorado.



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Alan Rose
Alan Rose

The orgininal True Grit (1969)...True Grit

Henry Kelsey
Henry Kelsey

I can't believe "things to do in Denver when your dead" was not on this list!!!!

Leo S. Delati
Leo S. Delati

oh thats awesome that you know of that movie, they filmed some of it in the field behind my parents first house which lead to the Res. My brother and his friends tired multiple times to sneak on to the set. "Over The Edge" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079688/

Tres Morley
Tres Morley

What's the movie from the early 80's where kids are around cherry creek reservoir?

Boothang Kretsinheimer
Boothang Kretsinheimer

National Lampoons Vacation and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: filmed in the slv.

John Jones
John Jones

Things to do in Denver when you're dead!

Colleen Herbert
Colleen Herbert

While The Shining was inspired by the Stanley Hotel, it wasn't filmed there. (I think it was filmed in Oregon.)

Tear Mon
Tear Mon

Indian Jones and the last crusade.. the beginning train part was filmed by the 4 corners ..

Jay Chapman
Jay Chapman

Did i miss seeing The Shining. Or am just tired this morning. Filmed at the Stanley hotel.

Jeff Witkoff
Jeff Witkoff

you would think Sleeper would be on the list... not like the house isnt iconic or anything

shawntel1l
shawntel1l

Things to do in Denver when you're dead!!

Kris Lane
Kris Lane

"Swithback" with Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover was predominantly filmed and took place here, yet not on either list.

Amanda Simpson
Amanda Simpson

Shining was filmed in England and partially in Oregon.

Courtney McDonough
Courtney McDonough

Ice Castles with Robby Benson not because it was a good movie but because I was an extra in the arena scenes.

Grace SuperMom S
Grace SuperMom S

And so was dumb and dumber. It's the famous bar and famous stairs. Stephen king even stayed at the Hotel for ideas.

Grace SuperMom S
Grace SuperMom S

The Shining has parts filmed in Colorado at the the Stanley hotel. The bar ad the staircase are directly from the hotel.

John Asbury
John Asbury

They did a remake in the 90's based on the book at The Stanley Hotel.

So What! The Club
So What! The Club

The Shining wasn't filmed in Colorado :( Sets were recreated.

Erika Gemba
Erika Gemba

Seriously. How did The Shining not make this list??

John Asbury
John Asbury

You guys totally left off Dumb & Dumber and The Shining (TV) both in Estes Park.

chinobalam
chinobalam

what about every which way but loose?


Paul Scherzer
Paul Scherzer

National Lampoon's vacation? South Fork & a few other spots in SoCo. Nothing major.

abbadingo
abbadingo

Why not the original Red Dawn?

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

remember vanishing point well. a denver anchorman, forget his name, was in it.

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