Not only is Montana renowned for its quirky rural landscapes, embellished with the pronounced peaks of the Rocky mountain ranges and the ‘blue-ribbon’ trout-fishing rivers, but also for being the backdrop for some of America's most famous westerns.
Montana has a very strong sense of heritage and cultural pride when it comes to nature and the abundance of the land, which is vividly reflected in its collection of films and books. The state was propelled into the national consciousness in 1992 when Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer starred in A River Runs Through It, based on the famous writings of Norman Maclean. Similarly Montana is famous for the romantic western The Horse Whisperer, which captured the calm, small town attitude that defines Montana life.
The state is also famous for its pastoral, nostalgic literature, such as Making Certain It Goes On by poet Richard Hugo, which creatively illustrates the beautiful Montanan scenery. The Last Crossing is a western tale of love, expedition and culture by writer Guy Vanderhaeghe which firmly and artistically placed Montana on the literary spectrum.