Nevada’s history is rooted in the Wild West, from cowboys and Indians to train robberies and silver and gold mines. Though much has changed over the decades — Nevada now draws around 50 million visitors each year and attracts international audiences — much of the state’s allure still is found in its western heritage and wide-open spaces.

Nearly everyone in the world has heard of Las Vegas. Hundreds of millions of people have visited the Entertainment Capital of the World, enjoying the resort hotels, nightlife, gourmet dining, designer shopping and scenic wonders. But what’s to be found beyond those dazzling city lights, in the rest of Nevada?

Nevada long has served as a backdrop for Hollywood productions. From the glitzy Las Vegas Strip to the quiet desert and rustic ghost towns, the Silver State has provided the setting for hundreds of movies. Here’s a sampling of some of the best-known movies filmed in Nevada. Click the document listed below for a more comprehensive list, and check out "The Nevada Filmography" by Gary Du Val for a complete, in-depth look at Nevada's presence in the movies from 1897 through 2000.

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The Nevada Commission on Tourism’s mission is to generate revenue for the state of Nevada by attracting visitors to spend money in this state. Tourism is Nevada’s No. 1 industry and generates $58 billion in total travel spending.