Many filmmakers have expressed an interest in showing Alaska to the entire world. As a matter of fact, Alaska has been featured on the big screen in hundreds of movies!
Alaska's purchase in 1907 enabled the American government to expand at the cost of just two cents per acre. By 1963, it had become a vital asset for the United States. Russian and American officials completed the purchase agreement in 1867. The land became the 49th state in 1957.
Many people do not realize that Japan occupied two Alaskan islands during World War II for 15 months. If they ever attempted to invade the 48 contiguous states, Attu and Kiska would have been a potential stopping point. Of course, that never happened, but it is an exciting aspect of American history that isn't always taught in history classes.
In addition to having 17 of the United States' 20 highest peaks, Alaska also has many mountains. Among them is Denali (former known as Mt. McKinley), which measures 20,320 feet high and is the tallest peak in North America.
Now that you know the rich culture and history of Alaska, let us check out these movies set in this beautiful state:
Sugar Mountain (2016)
The American thriller Sugar Mountain was directed by Richard Gray and written by Abe Pogos. In addition to Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa, Drew Roy, Haley Webb, and Shane Coffey, the film stars Daniel Dae Kim and Rachael Taylor. Seward, Alaska, was the location for filming from March 10 to April 18. The two low-income brothers create a hoax disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness to sell as a survival story, but things turn out to be more severe than they expected. Set initially in Australia, the film was filmed in Alaska after the filmmakers found an appropriate location. Kaine Harling secured substantial funding for the movie through his executive producer role. Principal photography commenced on March 10, 2014, and lasted for six weeks in Seward.
- Seward, Alaska, USA
- Alaska, USA
Wildlike is about a teenage girl who fled her new home after conditions became unbearable and became friends with an older man preparing for an Alaskan wilderness hike.
In Juneau, Alaska, Mackenzie lives with her uncle, a troubled but daring teenage girl. Mackenzie is forced to run from Uncle, who seems to be a supportive friend and caretaker. When Mackenzie tries to find her mother alone in Seattle, she only ends up more profound in the Alaskan interior. Having nowhere else to turn, she shadows Bartlett, a loner backpacker who bears his scars. Their journey leads them through the wilderness and to the last frontier.
- Anchorage, Alaska, USA
- Juneau, Alaska, USA
- Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
- Whittier, Alaska, USA
- Inside Passage, Alaska, USA
- Matanuska Glacier, Alaska, USA
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Copper Center, Alaska, USA
Bears (I) (2014)
Bears (I) is about a year in the life of a bear family is showcased in Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears," as two impressionable young cubs learn life's most important lessons. The story begins as winter ends as the bears emerge from hibernation into the bitter cold against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life. A looming threat of avalanches accompanies the playful descent of the cubs down the mountain. The brown bears must work hard to find food as the season changes, finally feasting at a prolific salmon run while remaining safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. Bears capture the excitement and suspense of life in one of the last great wildernesses on Earth-Alaska!
- Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA
- Katmai National Park and Preserve, King Salmon, Alaska, USA
- Alaska, USA
Bonus: More movies set in Alaska:
- The Barber (2002)
- The Call of the Wild (1972)
- The Proposal (I) (2009)
- Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez (2008)
- Paddle to Seattle: Journey Through the Inside Passage (2009)
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