The Top 10 Movies Set In Alaska

Alaska has fascinated filmmakers since the dawn of motion pictures. That's why so many directors have tried to capture the mystique of America's northernmost state on film - through documentaries, survival dramas and thrillers.

Here are the top 10 movies set in Alaska, ranked based on their scores at Rotten Tomatoes. Whether or not you want to experience Alaska vicariously or whet your wanderlust, these films will leave you with a lasting sense of intrigue for the Last Frontier.

1. The Edge (1997)

RT: 60% Fresh 

Before Leonardo DiCaprio fought a grizzly in The Revenant, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin took on a man-eating kodiak in "The Edge," an Alaskan survival drama written by American playwright David Mamet. Unsurprisingly, the movie features a testosterone-fuelled motivational speech that's almost as good as Baldwin's Always Be Closing spiel from Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross".

2. White Fang (1991)

RT: 63% Fresh

A young Ethan Hawke stars in this story of the Klondike Gold Rush based on the novel of the same name by Jack London. Hawke considers it the highlight of his career. "It was the single best experience of my acting life," he said in 2015. "For six weeks I had no job but to hang out with these halfbreed wolves."

3. Limbo (1999)

RT: 72% Fresh

David Strathairn and Kris Kristofferson star in this independent movie about a fictional Alaskan town and locals who are caught between states of being. "Papa calls it limbo because it sure isn't heaven and it's too cold to be hell," one character remarks.

4. Big Miracle (2012)

RT: 73% Fresh

This nature drama based on actual events stars Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski as a couple fighting to save a family of gray whales trapped in the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. The event brought the small town of Barrow, Alaska and the rest of the world together for a brief moment in the final years of the Cold War.

5. The Grey (2012)

RT: 78% Fresh

Liam Neeson stars in this thriller about survivors of a plane crash stranded in the bitter cold of the Alaskan wilderness, where they fight against a pack of hungry wolves. And each other. Check out Neeson establishing himself as the group's alpha male.

6. Into the Wild (2007)

RT: 82% Fresh

Actor Sean Penn went behind the camera to direct this biographical drama starring Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless, a college grad who drops out of society to live on the land in Alaska's Denali National Park. Eddie Vedder - who wrote the film's score - won a Golden Globe for the original song "Guaranteed."

7. Runaway Train (1985)

RT: 87% Fresh

Based on a story by famed director Akira Kurosawa, "Runaway Train" stars Jon Voight as a bank robber on the run after escaping from an Alaskan prison. Along the way he offers some...interesting career advice to his fellow escapee, played by Eric Roberts.

8. Bears (2014)

RT: 89% Fresh

Wreck-It Ralph star John C. Reilly narrates this Disney documentary following a family of brown bears living along Alaska's coastline. The narrative gets a bit sentimental at times, but it's definitely not as schmaltzy as some other Disney productions. We're looking at you, "Saving Mr. Banks".

9. Grizzly Man (2005)

RT: 92% Fresh

If Disney's "Bears" is too saccharine for you, German director Werner Herzog's "Grizzly Man" is the perfect antidote. The documentary tells the story of controversial naturalist Timothy Treadwell, who lived among bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park for years until he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were [SPOILER ALERT] mauled to death by a grizzly in 2003.

10. Insomnia (2002)

RT: 92% Fresh

Christopher Nolan's psychological thriller stars Al Pacino as a detective trying to catch a killer in the Alaskan fishing town of Nightmute, where the long days and sleepless nights pick apart at his sanity. And it doesn't help that the killer - played by Robin Williams - wakes him up to chat about the murder.


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