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Ten Most Popular "Colorado" Movies & TV Shows on IMDB and Their Ties to the State

Search the indispensable Internet Movie Data Base for the word "Colorado" and you'll get a list of top titles from movies or TV series.

Sometimes the connections to Colorado are obvious, as is the case with South Park, which made the cut — but isn't number one.

On other occasions, however, the ties are mighty loose.

Look below to count down the ten most popular "Colorado" movies and TV shows on IMDB at this writing, featuring posters and other graphics, as well as an explanation for what's "Colorado" about them.

Number 10: Cop Car (2015)

IMDB synopsis: "A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride."

Colorado connections: This low-budget indie, featuring Kevin Bacon, was filmed in Colorado Springs and Fountain in 2014. In fact, we published a gallery of on-location Bacon pics, with the actor rocking an awesome porn 'stache, courtesy of Tammy Caruthers/140.5 Photography that June.

Here's an example.

Number 9: Escape Plan (2013)

IMDB synopsis: "When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside."

Colorado connections: This Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger flick (which also features 50 Cent) underperformed at the box office in a big way, so it's something of a surprise that anyone is searching for it. Nonetheless, it sports a significant Colorado element. While it was filmed in Los Angeles, Louisiana, Texas and Morocco, scenes are supposed to be set at Bendwater, a maximum-security prison in our fair state.

Number 8: Citizen Kane (1941)

IMDB synopsis: "Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance."

Colorado connections: Among the most critically venerated movies of all time, Citizen Kane has deep Colorado roots. Protagonist Charles Foster Kane grew up poor in the state, according to the story, but gold subsequently discovered on the family's property fueled his rise to fame, fortune and deep unhappiness. His last word — "Rosebud" — is a reference to a beloved sled he played with as a boy while living here. Fun fact: Author Gore Vidal said "Rosebud" is also the nickname that William Randolph Hearst, Kane's real-life model, gave to the clitoris of his mistress, Marion Davies — which would certainly be one reason Hearst so famously loathed the movie.

Number 7: The A-Team (2010)

IMDB synopsis: "A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed."

Colorado connections: This one had us baffled, in part because we never saw the movie. (Not many others did, either; it was a big-budget disaster.) For a while, we thought the only Colorado link was co-star Jessica Biel, who grew up in Boulder. But we finally stumbled upon a post on About Entertainment that features this snippet: "Production designer Charles Wood and his team had to design and construct more than 120 different sets, with Vancouver doubling for the Middle East, Europe, Los Angeles, Washington, Lake Tahoe and Boulder, Colorado." Guess that makes it two Boulders for the price of one.

Number 6: A League of Their Own (1992)

IMDB synopsis: "Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry."

Colorado connections: An excerpt from a more detailed synopsis on the site tells the tale. It reads: "The next morning the sisters get a late start and must sprint after the moving train and jump aboard, meeting up with Ernie. En route to Chicago, the trio stops in Fort Collins, Colorado, to watch another girl, Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh), who is coached by her father, Dave (Eddie Jones). The tryout is in a gymnasium, where she hits several hard fastballs, breaking several windows, and also shows patience at the plate. She's even a switch hitter. Her father mentions that if she were a boy, he'd be talking to the Yankees. When she's done, and Ernie finally gets a look at her, he rejects her, because she is rather homely. The rejection angers both Dottie and Kit. Marla's father manages to convince Ernie to take her, claiming it's his fault she isn't "pretty" since her mother died when she was young, and he raised her alone as a tomboy."

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