3 Famous Movies and Films Set in Louisiana

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Louisiana is a hot spot for film sets, with various famous TV shows and movies having been filmed there. Though we always assume most movies are filmed in Hollywood, some pretty iconic ones were filmed in the South. So to add some classic and famous films to your watch list that feature good ole New Orleans and surrounding areas, be sure to check out these three famous movies and films set in Louisiana:

Free State of Jones (2016)

The Free State of Jones tells the tale of Southern farmer Newt Knight, who led an extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Knight led an uprising with other small farmers and local slaves, leading Jones County, Mississippi, to secede from the Confederacy, creating the Free State of Jones. As he continued his struggle into Reconstruction, Knight distinguished himself as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long after the War.

Filming locations:

  • Buckner Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Bush, Louisiana, USA
  • Evergreen Plantation, 4677 Highway 18, Edgard, Louisiana, USA
  • St Bernard Parish Library, 1201 Bayou Rd, St Bernard, Louisiana, USA
  • Paradis, Louisiana, USA
  • Round Table Club, 6330 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Clinton, Louisiana, USA
  • Creedmoor Plantation, 1800 Bayou Rd, St Bernard, Louisiana, USA
  • Greensburg, Louisiana, USA
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Braithwaite, Louisiana, USA
  • St. John's Episcopal Church - 308 Church St, Washington, Louisiana, USA

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

Welcome to the Rileys is about Douglas Lloyd 'Doug' Riley and Lois Riley are an estranged couple married for almost thirty years that grieves the loss of their fifteen-year-old daughter Emily. Douglas is a well-adjusted businessman in the plumbing business who likes to play poker every Thursday with a friend and then meet his mistress, Vivian (Eisa Davis), after the game. Doug has sex with Lois only occasionally since she has agoraphobia and takes many pills. When Vivian unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, Doug finds a tombstone that Lois ordered with her and his names on it at the cemetery. Doug feels lost after this traumatic event, so he travels to New Orleans for a plumbing conference. Doug is wandering the streets when he stumbles upon a nightclub. Mallory, a stripper, and prostitute invite Doug to a private lap dance, but when he sees his friends from the conference in the lounge, he accepts her invitation to hide from them, but he does not have sex with her. An incident occurs, but then he takes Mallory home and decides to stay in the derelict house to help her. Lois receives a call from Doug, telling her that he will remain in New Orleans. Doug takes Lois to New Orleans in his car, and he introduces her to Mallory, whose real name is Allison. The couple projects Emily in Allison, but is there still hope, or is it too late for Allison and themselves?

Filming locations:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Jefferson, Louisiana, USA
  • Mandeville, Louisiana, USA
  • Louisiana, USA

The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

The Yellow Handkerchief happened on a lazy afternoon in a backwater Louisiana town. Martine jumps Gordy. A young itinerant who eyed her in the diner earlier isn't bothered to find this beautiful sylph sitting in his front seat into an unfamiliar convertible. The driver, Gordy, was not upset to discover the pretty nymph in his front seat. He spotted her in the diner earlier and stared at her curiously. Brett, a laconic, humble man newly released from prison, soon appears. The unlikely trio sets out, each unsure of their destination, as Martine does not want to go along with Gordy. Now that it is raining cats and dogs, Brett also joins them. We are taken through the lush green byways of rural Louisiana and into the hearts of these characters.

Filming locations:

  • Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA
  • Chalmette, Louisiana, USA
  • Morgan City, Louisiana, USA
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Louisiana, USA

Bonus: Here are more movies and films that were set in Louisiana:

  • Southern Comfort (1981)
  • Louisiana Purchase (1941)
  • Sounder (1972)
  • The Apostle (1997)
  • Undercover Blues (1993)

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