3 Famous Movies and Films Set in New Mexico

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Knowing that some of our favorite movies were filmed where we live or have lived makes them all that much better. Unfortunately, though, it's not always obvious when that's the case, which is why we've made a list of eight movies filmed in New Mexico that you need to watch again to catch all those local shots. 

Grab some popcorn. Your movie queue list awaits! Check out these three movies and films set in New Mexico:

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Cowboys & Aliens takes place in the Old West, where an amnesiac stranger woke up in the middle of the desert with a bracelet attached to one of his wrists. Despite being attacked by thieves, he beats them. A local preacher treats him in a former mining town, where he rides a horse. Then he sees the young Percy Dolarhyde, the son of the influential farmer Woodrow Dolarhyde, bullies Doc, the bar owner, and the other locals. Percy provokes the stranger, and he beats him up when Percy prompts him. Sheriff John Taggart arrests Percy and discovers that the stranger is Jake Lonergan. Jake subdues the sheriff's deputies when he returns to the bar with his deputies to stop him. However, a mysterious woman named Ella Swenson hits him on the back, causing him to faint. Jake is arrested, and when Sheriff Taggart is ready to take Jake and Percy in a coach to deliver to a Federal Marshall, Woodrow arrives with his men ready to protect his son. But they are attacked by spacecraft that abduct several dwellers, including Percy, Doc's wife, and the sheriff. Woodrow organizes a posse to seek out the kidnapped people in a dangerous journey against an advanced race of aliens. Meanwhile, Jake Lonergan has glimpses of his past life, and they learn that someone among them may help them in the fight.

Filming locations:

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA
  • Randsburg, California, USA
  • Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Wild Hogs (2007)

Wild Hogs talks about Doug Madsen, who is stuck in a middle-class rut and longs for his reckless youth as the Golden Biker when he became known as the Golden Dentist. Bobby Davis, a writer aspirant, feels squeezed by his wife and hates his current job. Dudley Frank is a shy computer analyst who has no success with women. Top-model Nikki Reed is married to wealthy Woody Stevens. Four middle-aged friends ride motorcycles together and call themselves the "Wild Hogs."Together, the four middle-aged friends in their motorcycles self-call the "Wild Hogs." After Woody loses his wife and is completely broken, he invites his friends to go on a road trip to the Pacific in search of freedom. "Del Fuegos" is a dangerous biker gang owned by a bar where they stop for a beer after multiple incidents. Jack, the stern leader of this gang, steals Dudley's motorcycle, and Woody decides to recover it. Unfortunately, the motorcycles' fuel pipes are cut by Woody, who then causes an accident and blows up their bar. However, he does not tell his friends what happened. Dudley fell in love with Maggie, the local bar and waitress owner, when they stopped in the small town of Madrid without gas. However, they are trapped in the city by the "Del Fuegos," and the "Wild Hogs" have to take action.

Filming locations:

  • Madrid, New Mexico, USA
  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico, USA
  • Angel Fire, New Mexico, USA
  • Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos, New Mexico, USA

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Brokeback Mountain deals with the relationship of Jack and Ennis, two shepherds who form an emotional and sexual bond. However, they get married to their respective girlfriends, complicating their relationship. A ranch hand and a cook were hired to work in the mountains of Wyoming in 1963. A strange bond starts to develop between them after months of isolation, but they don't know what it means until one night when the band erupts into a passionate encounter between them. After the season ends, they part ways, only to realize the actual depth of their feelings. The two begin a decades-long affair that they desperately want to keep hidden from those around them -- a relationship that will prove both beautiful and devastating.

Filming location:

  • La Mesilla, New Mexico, USA

Bonus: Here are more must-watch movies set in New Mexico:

  • Gas Food Lodging (1992)
  • Gas Food Lodging (1992)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • Sundown in Santa Fe (1948)
  • Appaloosa (2008)

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