Montana in popular culture• The protagonist in Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), Robert Jordan, is a native Montanan. The book was adapted as a film in 1943, starring Gary Cooper, a native Montanan himself. Although he was from Illinois and had ties to Idaho and Michigan, Hemingway also traveled to Montana extensively, and much of his family still lives in the state today.
• The 1994 film Legends of the Fall which stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn takes place in remote Montana and briefly in Helena . It is about a family's struggle to live through World War 1, the Prohibition 1920s and the 1930s. Directed by Edward Zwick.
• The 1992 film A River Runs Through It takes place in and around Missoula, Montana, although much of the filming was done on the Gallatin and Madison rivers south of Bozeman. The film is about the Prohibition era of the 1920s. It stars Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer and Tom Skerritt. Directed by Robert Redford.
• In the animated series King of the Hill, Peggy Hill was born and raised Montanan to cattle ranchers. She now resides in Arlen, Texas with husband Hank Hill and son Bobby Hill.
• The 2001, thriller Knockaround Guys takes place in a small Montana town although the majority of the film was shot in Canada. Scenes from the film however, were shot in both Glendive, Montana and Glasgow, Montana. The film concerns four mobsters from New York City who get embroiled with the corrupt local law enforcement over a bag of cash.