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.

No Country For Old Men (2007)

The 2007 Coen Brothers film, “No Country for Old Men,” is set in West Texas in 1980. The movie was filmed in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico, with much of the film shot around Las Vegas, New Mexico (not to be confused with the famed city in Nevada). Early in the film, Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, becomes agitated at a gas station owner and gambles the man’s life on a coin toss. The building currently sits abandoned and can be found on the outskirts of Las Vegas.

LOCATION: 2619 NM-104, Las Vegas, NM 87701

While it is never seen from this angle in the film, here is a closer look at the gas station exterior.

Most of the scene takes place inside. Here is how the interior looks where Anton Chigurh stood.

On the run with drug money, Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin, gets a room at the Regal Motel.

LOCATION: 1809 N Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Rightfully paranoid he’s being tracked, Llewelyn heads up to the front desk and books a second room.

Llewelyn is seen exiting room 138.

On the hunt for Llewelyn, Anton Chigurh uses a pay phone to call Llewelyn’s mother-in-law. In reality, no pay phone exists where Anton stands, it’s just some parking spaces in front of the Las Vegas Train Station.

LOCATION: 500 Railroad Avenue, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Llewelyn checks into the Historic Plaza Hotel, where he realizes he’s been tracked. The same hotel is seen in the film “Easy Rider.”

LOCATION: 230 Plaza Park, Las Vegas, NM 87701

The lobby of the real hotel appears in a few scenes, most memorably when Anton confronts Carson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson.

As Carson walks up the stairs, Anton approaches him from behind and tells him to proceed to his room. In the film, the room is shown to be room 213. However, we visited room 213 and can confirm it is not the room used in the film. Nothing about the layout matches what is seen in the film, including the hallway outside. What is seen in the film is either a different hotel or a set. The lobby scenes are the real Historic Plaza Hotel, however.

Right next to the stairs is this sign noting the hotel’s appearance in the film.

Here is the area where the hotel clerk’s front desk was located.

Llewelyn pays off the clerk to notify him is anyone else enters the hotel. When he later calls and no one answers, he confirms Anton is in the building.

A gun fight spills into the streets between Llewelyn and Anton. Llewelyn stops a truck to try to escape, but the driver is quickly shot by Anton.

LOCATION: 518 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Llewelyn flees in the truck and jumps the curb of this intersection before crashing.

LOCATION: 527 Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

After fending off Anton, Llewelyn crosses the border to Mexico. The border station was built by the production at this intersection.

LOCATION: E University Ave / Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Llewelyn walks up E University Ave (also known as NM-104), where he buys a coat off some men passing him. He also tosses the money over the fence, but below is not the grassy area seen in the film, rather some railroad tracks. Carson Wells is seen later at the same location.

LOCATION: E University Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701 (GPS coordinates: 35°35’47.4″N, 105°12’44.2″W, overlooking 700 Railroad Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701)

Wounded and in need of medicine, Anton blows up a car in front of Mike Zoss Pharmacy, in order to distract everyone inside as he takes what he needs.

LOCATION: 610 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

After recovering from his injuries, Llewelyn stays at the Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque, which has since been demolished. The front street can still be matched up, when Ed Tom Bell, played by Tommy Lee Jones, arrives right after a crime has transpired.

LOCATION: 5000 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 (now demolished)

Ed Tom meets a fellow officer at the morgue, also located in Albuquerque.

LOCATION: 715 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Carla Jean, played by Kelly Macdonald, lives at this home.

LOCATION: 915 Jackson St, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Late in the film, Anton gets into an accident at this intersection. In the film, a traffic light is seen, but in reality there is only a stop sign.

LOCATION: Baca Ave / 6th St, Las Vegas, NM 87701

After some boys approach Anton to check on him, he asks for one of their shirts and then escapes down this sidewalk.

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The Goonies (1985)

The town of Astoria, Oregon is something of a film lover’s paradise. The coastal city has served as the backdrop to many famous films, including “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Short Circuit” and more. Perhaps most famous of all, however, is “The Goonies.” While not quite all of the production occurred in Oregon, such as studio scenes and the final beach scenes, the film is primarily known for being shot in and around Astoria. The enduring popularity of the film attracts visitors from around the world to visit the locations.

The opening scene was filmed at the former Clatsop County Jail, which was an actual working jail from 1914 to 1976. The building has since been converted into the Oregon Film Museum, which offers self-guided tours and celebrates Oregon’s film history, with an emphasis on Astoria, where the building itself is located.

LOCATION: 732 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

Here is the interior of the jail cell where Jake Fratelli, played by Robert Davi, stages his escape. There’s a replica of the note the guard reads hanging at the back of the cell.

The first cell is filled with various merchandise and memorabilia related to the film.

The last jail cell contains Data’s costume from the film.

Here is the exterior of the building, which is seen as Jake escapes into a getaway vehicle with the Fratellis. The same building was used in the films “Short Circuit” and “Come See the Paradise.”

A replica of the escape vehicle is parked out front. It is not the actual Jeep used in the film.

While the Oregon Film Museum is admittedly small and focuses primarily on “The Goonies,” if you’re a fan of the film, we encourage a visit.

Mouth, played by Corey Feldman, lives at this house. The exterior is only seen for a brief moment as the Jeep flees from police.

LOCATION: 32 Skyline Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

The house is mostly seen from interior views, with the police chase seen out the window behind Mouth. The chase continues down Valley Street.

LOCATION: Skyline Ave / Valley St, Astoria, OR 97103

The jeep continues down this path and onto the beach. This is the entrance to Cannon Beach, which is located about 40 minutes south of Astoria.

LOCATION: Near 1164 Ecola Ct, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

The jeep proceeds into an off road vehicle rally taking place on the beach, where it successfully eludes police. The famous rock in the background is Haystack Rock, also commonly referred to as the Goonies Rock.

LOCATION: Haystack Rock, US-101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Haystack Rock is impressive to see in person and worth taking the detour from Astoria if you have the time.

The most famous of all locations from the film is of course the house of Mikey and Brand, played by Sean Astin and Josh Brolin respectively. The house sits up an inclined driveway and attracts many visitors, standing among the most popular filming locations in the United States. The house gained headlines in 2015 when the former owner became irritated by excessive visitors, many of whom left litter and proved disruptive to their privacy. Eventually the homeowner took extreme measures, posting signs that visitors were not allowed up the driveway and even went as far as covering the home in a blue tarp, to discourage visitation or photography. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. The house has since been sold to new owners, who are much more fan friendly and accommodating to all of the tourism the house attracts.

LOCATION: 368 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The driveway leads to several homes. At the time of this writing, here is how the foot of the drive appears. There is a sign saying “Yes” to visitors, but also asking “No cars” and pedestrian traffic only. If you do visit, please be respectful of the residents and do not drive your vehicle up, leave any litter behind or engage in any disruptive behavior. There is a donation box in front of Mikey’s house and we encourage leaving something in return for their hospitality.

Seemingly less enthusiastic about all the visitors are the owners of the house of Data, played by Ke Huy Quan. The home is fenced off with no trespassing signs. Thankfully the home is still easily visible from the top of the drive. As long as you are respectful, get your photos and move along without trying to cross the fence, you will not likely encounter any issues. Both homes are located just a couple blocks away from another famous filming location, the school from “Kindergarten Cop,” which is easily within walking distance.

LOCATION: 304 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Just across the street from the Oregon Film Museum is the museum where Mr. Walsh works.

LOCATION: 441 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The Fratelli hideout was located at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, not far from Haystack Rock. The area is located on Ecola Park Rd, near the Indian Beach Trail and Ecola Point. The Lighthouse Lounge was constructed for the film and no longer exists at the location.

LOCATION: Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (GPS coordinates: 45.919673, -123.974976)

The park, which offers beautiful views, is a frequent filming location, having also appeared in such movies as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy,” “Twilight,” “Point Break” and more.

There’s even a sign there marking it as the filming location of “The Goonies,” as well as a mention of “Kindergarten Cop.” It’s a long and winding road through the woods to reach this area, but it is a location well worth visiting.

Astoria has become a mecca for filming location enthusiasts and with the multitude of famous locations on display around the area, we consider it among the top destinations in the US to visit for movie lovers.

Inherent Vice (2014)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2014 adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, “Inherent Vice,” shot all over Southern California.  Much of it is set in the fictional town of Gordita Beach.  These scenes were actually shot in Manhattan Beach, which is worth checking out if you’re interested in beautiful ocean views, without the crowds of such places as Santa Monica or Venice Beach.

This shot, seen at both the beginning, as well the end of the film, is overlooking Manhattan Beach and a scenic walkway called The Strand.  However, the shot is actually taken from Ocean Drive, one block up, at the intersection of Seaview Street.

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LOCATION: 4210 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (this exact shot is from behind the house, on Ocean Drive at Seaview Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, looking out towards the water)

Doc, played by Joaquin Phoenix, lives in this house,  which is close to the above shot.  The house was mostly used for interiors in the film, but the exterior can also briefly be seen.

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LOCATION: 214 El Porto St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This cafe in San Pedro pops up a couple times in the film. First, Doc sits outside reading a newspaper about real estate developments. The interior is seen later in the film, albeit dressed heavily to appear as a Japanese restaurant, as Bigfoot, played by Josh Brolin, delivers the immortal lines, “Motto panukeiku, motto panukeiku.” The same cafe appeared in the films “Chinatown,” “Gods and Monsters” and “Lovesick,” as well as such TV shows as “T.J. Hooker” and the 2020 version of “Perry Mason.”

LOCATION: 700 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

Doc follows leads on the mysterious Golden Fang boat, which is believed to bring in drugs, as well as having carried Shasta, played by Katherine Waterston, on board the last time it sailed.  The schooner is seen in darkness, off in the distance in the film.  The actual boat is the Tallship American Pride, which can be found at the Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California.  The boat is located at Dock 3, though it does sometimes set sail into the waters.  If you’re unfamiliar with this area of Long Beach, just search for Gladstone’s Restaurant (330 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802) or Toyko Wako (310 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802) at the Long Beach Pike.  The pier and the boat are located directly behind them.

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LOCATION: Rainbow Harbor, Dock 3, Long Beach, CA 90802

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Later in the film, Doc pays a visit to Bigfoot at the old Los Angeles Police Department in downtown Los Angeles.  As he’s approaching the building, an officer bumps into him, knocking him to the ground. The building has since been demolished.

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LOCATION: 150 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (now demolished)

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is a flashback sequence, when Doc and Shasta get caught in the rain, while Neil Young’s “Journey Through the Past” plays.  This song was a major inspiration for the film and Doc’s look was even modeled after a 1970s photograph of Neil Young.  The scene was shot in Pomona, Californa, about an hour east of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 406 W 2nd St, Pomona, CA 91766

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