Ole! Tour Mexico Through the Movies!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo using our cinematic road map!

Hola, amigos! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we've put together a cinematic tour of Mexico. Get a plate of your favorite Mexican food, pour yourself a shot of tequila, and use our handy map of Mexico to rediscover your favorite movies set south of the border!

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Federal District

Let's start in the Federal District. Here you'll find Mexico City, the country's capital and its most vital source for arts, culture, and economy. Though it probably benefited little from Man on Fire being set there. The film starred Denzel Washington as an ex-CIA agent determined to save a young kidnapped girl (Dakota Fanning), focusing on Mexico City's criminal gangs, gritty architecture, and the fiery explosions that regularly occur there.

Need a more intimate guide to Mexico City? Check out the artists-in-residence in Frida, the glitz and glamour of The Matador, or the social realism as seen in Y tu Mama Tambien, Amores perros, and Los Olvidados.



Comments

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

This feature is fantastico!

May 2 - 07:19 PM

blsinner

Uver Pena

I ****ing HATE NACHO LIBRE!!!!!

May 2 - 07:55 PM

davechung

David Chung

!Que Bueno!

Me gusta la mapa del Mexico y las peliculas en esta lista.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, Tomates Putrefactos.

May 2 - 07:56 PM

blsinner

Uver Pena

Sorry I just had to say it.

May 2 - 07:56 PM

sfludovissy

shannon ludovissy

Olvidaste Against All Odds!

May 2 - 08:11 PM

Kollikodon

Ryan Ohlemeier

I just liked how "Beck's" credit on the poster was as big as the title for "Nacho Libre" in my theater....

May 2 - 08:27 PM

mustard_tree

Moe Martínez

There are other interesting movies made in Mexico; Serguei Eisenstein went to Oaxaca for his unfinished Que viva México. Elia Kazan's Zapata also was filmed here.

I'm from Pachuca, and we've had interesting productions around, like Dune, Conan the Barbarian and Gringo Viejo.

Another one I love is John Huston's The Night of the Iguana, made in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

May 3 - 11:29 PM

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Que viva México is one of my faves.

May 5 - 11:04 AM

mustard_tree

Moe Martínez

Ooooops, I was forgot also, Mexico City was the main location for Total Recall.

May 3 - 11:31 PM

John_Is_Legend

John Robledo

stupid n00b that was Mars.

May 5 - 11:21 AM

Novastar.

Nova Lee

Beautiful country Mexico.I did some backpacking there last year.When i arrived at a little city called campeche ,they were transforming the whole zocalo to shoot a movie about Che Guevara(that's what the locals told me).I think it was the Steven Soderbergh one but i'm not sure.

May 4 - 11:42 AM

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Que viva México is one of my faves.

May 5 - 11:04 AM

John_Is_Legend

John Robledo

stupid n00b that was Mars.

May 5 - 11:21 AM

John_Is_Legend

John Robledo

lmfao I like how rotten tomatoes listed(Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin)as the actors in Three Amigos all the while forgetting Martin Short haha stupid *******s

May 5 - 11:24 AM

JRJS

John Johnston

Sorry to say you got it wrong, both the book and the movie of "no country for old men" and "como agua para chocolate", were made in Piedras Negras, Coahuila about 40 miles from Acuna!

May 5 - 02:22 PM

HiramMaxem

Hiram Ramos

Nice list! Thanks for the info, although you guys forgot "COMMANDO" with the governator, which was shot in the jungles of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco, also with the governator, the movie "TOTAL RECALL", which was shot entirely in Mexico City or Federal District as you put it, and lastly, James Cameron "TITANIC" which was shot mostly in the Fox Baja Studios in Baja California, close to Ensenada.

May 5 - 04:25 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

I'm still not going to drink the water. . .

May 5 - 05:20 PM

manofthemovie16

Garrett Rankin

Muy dulce!

May 5 - 05:48 PM

Jimbo93

Conor Holt

John Huston didn't direct "The Magnificent Seven" - John Sturges did.

Other than that, good feature.

May 5 - 07:13 PM

liantener

Peter Parker

I live in Mexico City, is a wonderful place. Man on Fire shows the dark side of it, but I have to say that "the fiery explosions that regularly occur there" is not accurate. An explosion is a very, very weird thing in Mexico City. Bank robbery, violence in some areas, maybe, but no explosions.

May 6 - 08:01 AM

liantener

Peter Parker

Ringo Star's "The Caveman" was filmed in Mexico (Durango and Mexico City if I'm not mistaken). "Romancing The Stone" with Michael Douglas and Katelyn Turner was also filmed in Mexico. "Original Sin" with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie takes place in the town called Tlaxcala, from the state of the same name. "Before Night Falls" with Javier Bardem was filmed in the city of Veracruz, playing as la Havana, Cuba.
Wierd enough, in the United States you can find the DVD from Alfonso Cuaron's first film "Solo con tu Pareja" (It's not available in Mexico) that also shows some typical places from Mexico City.

May 6 - 08:17 AM

HiramMaxem

Hiram Ramos

How can I forget, "Zorro" the Steven Spielberg production was also filmed in Mexico, I believe in Guanajuato.

May 7 - 08:26 PM

itzavala

Itza Zavala

May 6 - 09:18 PM

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