Last week, we shared our collection of the ten best "Colorado" movie posters -- flicks that actually featured the state's name in the title. Now, we're branching out, with a gallery made up of posters from films that mention Colorado cities. Predictably, the majority name-check Denver, but there are also several that pay tribute to far smaller communities, including our surprising (and furious!) top two. Look below to see our favorites, which come complete with summaries from the websites linked in the titles. Number 10: Aspen Extreme, 1993 "T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski-instructors in Aspen. While T.J. advances to the most popular instructor of the school during the season, he has to take care for Dexter, who's future is less bright and who's eventually thinking about jobbing as drug courier - bringing their friendship to a test. Meanwhile the rich business woman Brice supports T.J. in his writing ambitions and invites him to live at her home. But in her absence he falls in love with the stunningly beautiful blond radio moderator Robin." Number 9: The Denver Kid, 1949 "When Border Patrol Lieut. Roberts is killed, it appears that his brother Tim was the killer. To clear the Robert's name for his boss, Lieut. Rocky Lane heads south of the border posing as an outlaw. He hopes to get in with the gang and find Tim who is using an assumed name. As always, Nugget is there to help." Continue to see more of our ten best "Colorado cities" movie posters. Number 8, Copper Mountain, 1983 "Two friends travel to a ski resort, with one looking to hit the slopes, while the other spends time trying to pick up women." Number 7, The Road to Denver, 1955 "The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up and takes a job that puts them on opposite sides of the law." Continue to see more of our ten best "Colorado cities" movie posters. Number 6, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, 1995 "In the mode of Quentin Tarantino, this film, directed by Gary Fleder from a script by Scott Rosenberg, concerns itself with hip, smart gangsters. The film is set in Denver, and the title comes from a Warren Zevon song. A retired, good-hearted gangster named Jimmy the Saint (Andy Garcia) runs a company that videotapes dying people giving life advice to their children and grandchildren, to be delivered when they come of age. Jimmy's former crime boss, The Man with the Plan (Christopher Walken), summons him. The Man is wheelchair-bound and doesn't have long to live; he explains that Jimmy owes him a favor and must perform one final job. It involves frightening the boyfriend of the ex-girlfriend of Bernard (Michael Nicolosi), the son of The Man, who has been so shaken by the girl's rejection of him that he has been fondling schoolyard children. Jimmy rounds up his old gang -- including Pieces (Christopher Lloyd), a porno theater projectionist; Franchise (William Forsythe), an ex-biker with a trailer-trash family to support; Critical Bill (Treat Williams), a psychotic, trigger-happy ex-con; and Easy Wind (Bill Nunn), an exterminator. Pieces and Bill pose as cops as part of the needlessly elaborate plan, which misfires badly. The Man, enraged, gives Jimmy 48 hours to leave town, and he orders his comrades wiped out, hiring the notorious hitman Mr. Shhh (Steve Buscemi) to track them down. But Jimmy can't seem to get the others to leave town, and despite The Man's decree, Jimmy is also reluctant to leave, because he's become romantically entangled with Dagney (Gabrielle Anwar). Jack Warden's character serves as a kind of Greek chorus who comments from time to time on the unfolding action." Number 5, Stagecoach to Denver, 1946 "Lambert has the stagecoach wrecked killing the Commissioner so his phoney replacement can alter Coonskin's land survey. When Red Ryder exposes the survey hoax, Lambert has his stooge Sheriff put Red in jail." Continue to see more of our ten best "Colorado cities" movie posters. Number 4, 5 Days in Denver, 2012 "Protesters. Police. Pepper Spray. For 5 days in 2008, a group of protesters calling themselves Re-create 68 took to the streets of Denver to dissent against the American government at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Defying federal court orders, riot police and bad press, this motley assemblage of men and women ranging in age from 21 to 71, set out to 're-create the spirit of the sixties' and exercise their version of democracy with their voices and bodies as their only political capital. 5 DAYS IN DENVER is an immersive journey through the modern protest experience in America. From arrests during the DNC to the weeks of planning leading up to the many marches and status-quo disruptions, this documentary embeds you in the life of the unconventional patriot." Number 3, Denver & Rio Grande, 1951 "Audiences got their money's worth and then some from Byron Haskin's The Denver and Rio Grande. Edmond O'Brien plays Jim Vesser, a former U.S. Cavalry officer and hero, now the man in charge of getting the D&RG's tracks across the Rockies first to secure a right-of-way -- he revels in the job, chosen for it by General Palmer (Dean Jagger), his former commanding officer, who is chairman of the D&RG. But he suddenly finds himself in competition with the somewhat less scrupulous Canyon City and San Juan line, whose right of way is being secured by the much less honest and more ruthless McCabe (Sterling Hayden). At their first meeting, McCabe provokes a fight in which he shoots his own chief engineer, Bob Nelson -- another ex-Cavalry officer -- and manages to pin it on the unconscious Vesser. Although he avoids jail, Vesser is so torn up with guilt over what he thinks he has done that he leaves the railroad. Months go past, and in that time the Denver and Rio Grande steadily loses its lead over the rival company, as "accidents" and unrest among the men seem to plague their every move. Vesser finally decides to step back into the fight when one of these seeming accidents nearly wrecks the train on which he's hitched a ride. Coming to the aid of the general, he takes a two-fisted approach to the problem of McCabe that puts the two on a collision course in more ways than one. He also wouldn't mind getting to know the general's secretary, Linda Prescott (Laura Elliott), a little better, but for reasons that no one around her can explain, she is standoffish and even openly hostile to him. The conflict between Vesser and McCabe turns into what amounts to guerilla warfare between the two outfits, but somehow McCabe and his chief gunman, Johnny Buff (Lyle Bettger), always seem to be a half-step or more ahead of Vesser." Continue to see more of our ten best "Colorado cities" movie posters. Number 2: Leadville Gunslinger, 1952 "Arriving in Leadville, Marshal Rocky Lane finds that his friend Nugget is in financial trouble. Nugget thinks there is oil on his land but the geologist says no. Rocky knows the geologist is a fake and trailing him finds the hideout and later gets into the gang posing as an outlaw. They are after Nugget's oil rich land. Rocky hopes to bring them in but the unknown boss then learns his true identity." Number 1: Canon City, 1948 "This suspenseful crime drama reenacts the famed 1947 prison break out of the Canon City, Colorado corrections facility. The trouble begins when one prisoner fashions a crude pistol. Enlisting the aid of eleven others, they successfully escape and terrorize the town until the warden manages to round up the survivors."
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