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5 Movies You May Not Have Known Were Filmed in New Orleans Louisiana

New Orleans is such a unique city, there is no other like it. Its uniqueness due to multiculturalism and a long history, provides it with wonderful architecture, which in turn provides a wonderful backdrop for movies. Here is a list of five movies you may or may not have known that were shot in the Big Easy.

1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire – 1951

This classic Tennessee Williams film adaptation has been alluded to hundreds of times throughout pop culture due to the brilliant Marlon Brando performance. Starring Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and directed by Elia Kazan, A Streetcar Named Desire will forever be remembered for Marlon Brando’s classic scene taking place in the French Quarter as he breaks down and yells to Stella.

2. Easy Rider (1969)

Easy Rider Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and co-starring Jack Nicholson - 1969

Easy Rider Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and co-starring Jack Nicholson – 1969

This rebellious classic road movie was written by its stars Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda. It was also directed by Dennis Hopper. The film is about drug culture, nomadic lifestyle, freedom, and the current state of American society as the 1960s came to an end. It also was Jack Nicholson’s first notable performance.

While not entirely filmed in New Orleans, there is a completely unforgettable scene of the characters enduring an acid trip at the St. Louis Cemetery #1.

3. Steel Magnolias (1989)

Steel Magnolias featuring Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Sally Field - 1989

Steel Magnolias featuring Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Sally Field – 1989

Starring Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Sally Field, the film Steel Magnolias is based on a play by the same name. It takes place in a small town in Louisiana but several scenes were shot around New Orleans.

This tight friendship movie is based around a few women and the acceptance of a new beautician into their small circle.

4. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Interview with the Vampire starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise - 1994

Interview with the Vampire starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise – 1994

Largely based around the writer Anne Rice’s hometown of New Orleans, this dark vampire classic starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise was a box office smash. It also took place in Paris, but it easily could be said that 95% or more of the film took place in New Orleans – which has only added to the vampiric allure of the city.

5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, this bizarre yet beautifully filmed movie is about a man aging backwards and the curious consequences of such a life. New Orleans is a city that blends the old and the new together where time seems to fool you. In other words, it’s a perfect city for such a story and film to be made.

There have been plenty more movies filmed in the immaculate city of New Orleans as well as television shows. We will definitely visit more of them in the near future. Keep an eye out for our future article regarding television shows that were filmed here.

John Newell

John Newell is a professional musician as well as student, who is currently working on his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Washington. He is also a photographer and freelance writer.

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