Want to check out some popular film settings that are right in your Alberta backyard?  Here’s a list of films that made the Alberta landscape famous.

 1)  Shanghai Noon

 Jackie Chan stars in this popular 2000 film where a man has to travel to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess.  Where better to film those Wild West scenes than in Alberta?  The film was partially filmed in the Badlands near Drumheller, as well as near Cochrane, Alberta.

 2)  Waydowntown

 This 2000 film, chronicling a group of young employees who placed a bet on who could last the longest without going outside, was shot in the Plus-115 system in downtown Calgary.

 3)  X2: X-Men United

 X2 features scenes from across Canada, but a few key scenes were shot in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

 4)  Inception

 Remember those popular winter chase scenes in Inception?  The beauty highlighted in those shots featured none other than the Canadian Rockies.

 5) Cool Runnings

 Starring John Candy, this 1998 film, based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team to try to make it in the Winter Olympics, was largely filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta.

 6) The Assassination of Jesse James

 Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck star in the moody 2007 film about notorious outlaw Jesse James.  Key scenes in this film features such locations as Edmonton, Calgary, and Canmore, with particular scenes shot in Fort Edmonton Park.

 7) Superman

The 1978 classic Superman features scenes in Calgary, High River, and Drumheller.

 8)  Brokeback Mountain

The 2005 Heath Ledger film was almost exclusively shot in Alberta, featuring the Canadian Rockies and small-town Alberta in particular.


Shot in Calgary, FUBAR’s stars Paul J, Spence and David Lawrence can still be spotted hanging around town.

10) Unforgiven

 This 1992 Clint Eastwood film—one of the greatest westerns of all time—was almost exclusively shot in Alberta, bringing Brooks, Calgary, High River, Drumheller, and Longview into the spotlight.

 11)  Resurrecting the Champ

 This 2007 film starring Alan Alda, Josh Hartnett, and Samuel L. Jackson prominently features the Calgary Herald newsroom.

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