Happy Cinco de Mayo! Tour Mexico Through the Movies!

Celebrate the holiday using our cinematic road map!

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Another year, another Cinco de Mayo celebrating Mexican pride and heritage. Some of our most beloved films have come from or are set in our neighboring country, so we're re-posting one of our favorite features we've done: the cinematic tour of Mexico. By clicking on the green-highlighted states below, you'll get a quick primer on movies set in that state. It's time 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.