Yesterday, as part of our continuing look at Hollywood-Colorado connections (including posts featuring the ten best movies filmed in Colorado and ten memorable flicks set in Colorado but not filmed here), we compiled ten Hollywood movie misses filmed in our fair state. Today, we've flipped the script to spotlight ten smashes at least partially shot in Colorado and touted by FilmInColorado.com. Look below to count down our latest top ten, complete with posters and descriptions from the film office. Number 10: Christmas Vacation (1989)
Filming location: Breckenridge
Film office description: "Chevy Chase stars again as Clark Griswold, whose family Christmas Celebration turns into a disaster as he tries to entertain and accomadate his challenging family guests."
Number 9: Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
Filming location: Glenwood Springs
Film office description: "Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, two secret assassins who are unaware of each other's occupation until they suddenly become the target of one another."
Filming location: Denver -- Pepsi Center
Film office description: "Will Ferrel and "Napoleon Dynamite's" Jon Heder star as dueling figure skating champions who have been banned from men's individual figure skating. When they discover a loophole in the system, the two join together as partners to compete as the first male/male figure skating team. Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler."
Number 7: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
Filming locations: Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Pinecliffe
Film office description: "When Casey Ryback takes his niece of a trip from Denver to Los Angeles, the train is taken hostage by Dane, who uses the train as a control center to take over a super weapon he designed for the government before he was fired."
Filming locations: Durango, Rocky Mountains
Film office description: "Gabe (Sylvester Stallone) is plagued by the memory of his friend's death, who literally slips out of his hands and to falls to the ground while they are crossing a ledge. But a year later, Gabe finds himself being asked to rescue a group of lost people in the mountains and must face his fears and his memories. John Lithgow plays the villain in this adrenaline filled, suspenseful film."
Number 5: Die Hard 2 (1990)
Filming locations: Breckenridge, Mead, Denver -- Stapleton Airport
Film office description: "John McClane (Bruce Willis) finds himself in another horrifying situation in which a group of terrorists are holding an entire airport hostage. The terrorists take control of the airplanes, as well, so that no runway lights are working, therefore forcing airplanes with limited fuel to remain in the air."
Filming location: Durango
Film office description: "Billy Crystal plays a middle aged salesman who is facing a mid life crisis along with his friends Ed and Phil. The group decides to take a trip to the west to drive cattle from New Mexico to Colorado, and along the way they meet Curly (Jack Palance, who earned an Academy Award for his role in the film) who teaches them many important life lessons."
Number 3: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Filming locations: Alamosa, Cortez, Pagosa Springs, Cumbres & Toltec Railroad in Antonito
Film office description: "Indiana Jones embarks on an adventure to find both "The Holy Grail" and his father, Dr. Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery), who is also searching for the Grail. Together, the two fight the Nazis as well as many other obstacles in order to reach it."
Filming location: Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Estes Park
Film office description: "Jim Carrey and Jeff Danels play Harry and Lloyd, two extremely stupid friends who travel across the country in an attempt to return a suitcase full of money to its rightful owner."
Number 1: Independence Day (1996)
Filming location: Colorado Springs -- Peterson Air Force Base
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Film office description: "When a large alien spacecraft destroys New York, Los Angeles, and Washington on July 3rd, the survivors come up with a plan to fight back against the aliens. On July 4th the remaining humans use their best efforts to destroy these aliens in an effort to save the human race."
More from our Television & Film archive: "Photos: Ten most awesomely cheesy movies set in Colorado."