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Best Movies Set in Alaska

Every state is known for something. As you work your way through the list, don't miss the best movies set in Alaska. While you're at it, check out the best books set in Alaska, too.

Alaska is a state located in the Western United States on the northwest extremity of North America. A semi-exclave of the U.S., it borders the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Yukon territory.

Alaska is by far the largest U.S. state by area, comprising more total area than the next three largest states (Texas, California, and Montana) combined. It represents the seventh-largest subnational division in the world. 

Best Movies Set in Alaska

Into the Wild
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt (Actors)

Into the Wild

Year: 2007

Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.

Grizzly Man
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter, Val Dexter (Actors)

Grizzly Man

Year: 2011

A devastating yet enlightening look at the grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among the endangered beasts in Alaska.
The Grey
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts (Actors)

The Grey

Year: 2011

Following a grueling five-week shift at an Alaskan oil refinery, workers led by sharpshooter John Ottway (Liam Neeson) are flying home for a much-needed vacation.
 
A brutal storm causes their plane to crash in the frozen wilderness, and only eight men (Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney), including Ottway, survive. As they trek southward toward civilization and safety, Ottway and his companions must battle mortal injuries, the icy elements, and a pack of hungry wolves.
The Proposal
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Betty White, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds (Actors)

The Proposal

Year: 2009
 
Faced with deportation to her native Canada, high-powered book editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) says she's engaged to marry Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), her hapless assistant.
 
Andrew agrees to the charade but imposes a few conditions of his own, including flying to Alaska to meet his eccentric family. With a suspicious immigration official always lurking nearby, Margaret and Andrew must stick to their wedding plan despite numerous mishaps.
Mystery, Alaska
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Russell Crowe, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack (Actors)

Mystery, Alaska

Year: 1999

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A comical tale about the residents of a small, remote Alaskan town and their preoccupation with ice hockey. Excitement comes to the town when, as part of a publicity stunt, the professional stars of the New York Rangers come to Alaska to face off against the local amateur team in a televised match.

Small-town intrigues and petty rivalries must be shelved if the locals are to put up a respectable defense.

Now that you've completed the list of best movies set in this state, why not check out some others? Here are the Best Movies Set in All 50 States.

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