Down By Law (1986)

The 1986 Jim Jarmusch film “Down by Law” was primarily shot around New Orleans, Louisiana. The opening shot of the film, which is part of a montage showing the city, takes place at Cypress Grove Cemetery. The easiest way to reach this area is by entering at Canal St / City Park Ave. Once you’re in the cemetery, the paths inside have their own names as well. The scene was shot nearest to Live Oak / Myrtle. We’ve provided the GPS coordinates below. Here is where the hearse is parked in the opening shot.

LOCATION: 120 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124 (GPS coordinates: 29°58’47.6″N, 90°06’40.9″W)

The camera keeps moving past these grave sites.

Zack, played by Tom Waits, sits on the curb in front of this building, after Laurette, played by Ellen Barkin, tosses his records in the street.

LOCATION: 2000 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Here is a wider view of the building, where Laurette throws the records from the second level balcony.

Jack, played by John Lurie, talks to a prostitute at this corner. The building that was at the corner has since been demolished, but the large pole, which is seen prominently in the scene, is still there. The house from the Lucio Fulci film “The Beyond” is located just across the street to the left.

LOCATION: Felicity St / Orange St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Zack meets Roberto, played by Roberto Benigni, at this building. Roberto tells him “its a sad and beautiful world.”

LOCATION: 2634 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Zack sits next to this door, where Preston (Vernel Bagneris) offers him money to drive a car across town, which unbeknownst to Zack has a body in the trunk. We were unable to match up the angles seen in the film due to cars obstructing the area and workers coming and going from the building, but it is the same location.

Zack passes this intersection, where a police car is parked and begins pursuit.

LOCATION: 604 Kerlerec St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Zack gets arrested in the street in front of these homes.

LOCATION: 712 Marigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117

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