Sicario (2015)

The 2015 Denis Villeneuve film “Sicario” was shot in Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. In the film, FBI Special Agents Kate Macer, played by Emily Blunt, joins a Joint Task Force overseen by CIA operative Matt Graver, played by Josh Brolin and the mysterious Alejandro Gillick, played by Benicio del Toro.

Kate travels with the team to Juárez, Mexico to extradite Manuel Díaz’s brother, Guillermo. As their convoy travels the streets, Alejandro tells Kate “Welcome to Juárez,” as they spot dismembered bodies hanging nude from an overpass. These scenes were actually filmed in the city of Nezahualcóyotl (commonly known as Neza), just east of Mexico City. The convoy travels west on Av. Chimalhuacán, turning left at C. 3 beneath the overpass from which the bodies hang. The exact intersection is Av. Chimalhuacán / C. 3, El Barco, 57410 Nezahualcóyotl, Méx., Mexico (GPS coordinates: 19°25’18.1″N, 99°03’14.2″W).

Kate and Reggie, played by Daniel Kaluuya, meet up with the team at this motel, where they discuss plans on a crossing point for a covert mission into Mexico.

LOCATION: 2001 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

The team meets inside of room 117. The motel appeared to be abandoned at the time of our visit.

The task force raids a bank used to launder Díaz’s money and freeze his accounts. The real building is not a bank.

LOCATION: 2801 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Kate and Reggie get drinks at the Wild Pony in Los Lunas, about thirty minutes south of Albuquerque, where Kate meets Ted, played by Jon Bernthal. This location has since been demolished and different building now stands in its place. It was formerly located at 4555 NM-314, Los Lunas, NM 87031.

Nope (2022)

The 2022 Jordan Peele film “Nope” was shot in Southern California. We’ll try to limit spoilers as much as possible, but its best to read this article after seeing the film. The majority of the movie takes place at the Haywood Ranch, which was actually filmed at Firestone Ranch in Santa Clarita. There OJ and Em Haywood, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, train horses for film and television. The house seen in the film was a set built specifically for the production and dismantled after filming. It was located in the area to the right of the horse stables. Both the corral and the stables appear several times throughout the film.

LOCATION: 35100 Anthony Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390 (the house was built at 34°32’43.6″N, 118°17’39.2″W)

The property is located down a long stretch of dirt road near the Sierra Pelona Mountains, where the ranch is gated and inaccessible to the general public. The same ranch appeared in the film “Red State.”

Here is a more precise look at where the house was built. Angel, played by Brandon Perea, stops by to help install cameras around the property, including one on the roof of the horse stable. The house stood just behind the lamppost, which still exists at the property.

This view is seen many times in the film as the Heywoods try to capture evidence of a presence in the sky. The cloud that doesn’t move was located just above the mountains at the end of the road.

As OJ and Emerald return home with their horse, they are seen driving down CA-14, Santa Clarita, CA 91390 (GPS coordinates: 34°26’15.4″N, 118°22’17.9″W), before it cuts to them taking the Agua Dulce Canyon Rd exit (GPS coordinates: 34°27’58.3″N, 118°20’06.5″W).

Jupe, played by Steven Yeun, operates a small Western theme park known as Jupiter’s Claim, which was another set, built at Agua Dulce Movie Ranch, which is in very close in proximity to Firestone Ranch, so much so that portions of one ranch can be seen from the other between the hills dividing them. At the completion of filming, the entire set was dismantled and rebuilt at Universal Studios Hollywood, where it can be seen as part of their studio tour. While the overall layout of Jupiter’s Claim has been condensed, it is in fact the same, screen used facades from the film.

LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (originally built for the film at 34855 Petersen Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91390, GPS coordinates: 34°31’35.1″N, 118°19’20.5″W)

A replica of the Haywood’s Hollywood Horses truck and trailer is also on display next to the entrance of Jupiter’s Claim at Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal Studios Hollywood itself is another location featured in the film, when one of OJ’s horses is startled and aggressively reacts. The scene was filmed at Stage 25 of Universal Studios Hollywood, where OJ can be seen exiting.

There is also a destroyed replica version of the Star Lasso Experience on display in the Jupiter’s Claim area. The original set also stood at Agua Dulce Movie Ranch (GPS coordinates: 34°31’39.6″N, 118°19’11.6″W).

OJ and Em purchase video equipment from Fry’s Electronics in Burbank, which had already closed down prior to filming. The interior scenes were likewise filmed at this location.

LOCATION: 2311 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

OJ speculates on possible animal behaviors from the presence at the ranch while he eats with Em and Angel at the fictional Copperpot’s Cove restaurant. The real building can be found in North Hollywood.

LOCATION: 7441 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

The Haywoods steal some tube men from a car dealership. The building can be found in Santa Clarita.

LOCATION: 29753 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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Judas And The Black Messiah (2021)

The 2021 Shaka King film “Judas and the Black Messiah” is set in the Chicago area, but was actually shot in Cleveland, Ohio. In an early scene, Bill O’Neal, played by LaKeith Stanfield, impersonates an FBI agent and steals a car at Leon’s Bar. The real building is the Croatian Tavern.

LOCATION: 3244 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

Here is a full view of the building.

Daniel Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Fred and the Panthers meet The Crowns at this church.

LOCATION: 4015 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

Here is a full view of the church building.

Jimmy, played by Ashton Sanders, gets into a shootout with the police at this market.

LOCATION: 6501 St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

This building served as the headquarters of the Black Panther Party, where a major shootout scene takes place.

LOCATION: 5450 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, OH 44127

The back of the building is also seen as Bill escapes. There is an alley that runs behind the building, offering a clear view of this area.

The Menard prison where Fred gets released is none other than the Ohio State Reformatory, which is of course most famous for being the prison from “The Shawshank Redemption.” It has been featured in other films as well, however, such as “Air Force One” and “Tango & Cash.” No longer an operating prison, the facility is now run by The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, which offers seasonal tours in and around the property. We highly recommend it if you’re in the area.

LOCATION: 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905

Fred gives his “I am a revolutionary” speech inside this church, which is only seen from interior views in the film.

LOCATION: 2131 E 46th St, Cleveland, OH 44103

Late in the film, Fred’s apartment is featured in a climactic scene.

LOCATION: 1953 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44102