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Movies You May Not Know Were Filmed in New Mexico


NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — Sure, we’re all familiar with Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul, but Albuquerque, along with the entire state of New Mexico, has been home to countless movie projects. Some of them might not immediately come to mind. Not only has New Mexico been the backdrop for parts of the puppet movie and born killers but also Clint Eastwood In any direction but in bulk and Seth Rogen’s black comedy observe and report.

Cyndy McCrossen is the film liaison for the City of Albuquerque Film Department and was actually the location scout for observe and report. She says the film’s location, an empty Winrock mall, was helpful for the filmmakers to shoot, as opposed to a busy mall when it comes to production. “As you can imagine, for the exits, all the signage must be changed [in an active mall]said McCrossen. “So it was really wonderful for a movie like observe and report which took place in a shopping mall. We had to have full control over every storefront.

The drama television series In full view ran for five seasons on the USA Network and starred Mary McCormack as a U.S. Marshal who worked in the Witness Protection Program and each episode was filmed in Albuquerque. McCrossen says that Albuquerque was not only the show’s main setting, but parts of Albuquerque would be used as stand-ins for a number of other cities or countries the Witness would flee from.

McCrossen can attest to the city’s chameleon qualities. “As a scouting director, I was asked to find places in Albuquerque and New Mexico that could be the steps of Mongolia, the mountains of Afghanistan, and even weirder – the streets of Milwaukee, Boston, Philadelphia, Hawaii,” McCrossen said.

Below is a sampling of films made, in whole or in part, in New Mexico that you might not immediately associate with the Land of Enchantment.

Superman (1978)

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  • Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
  • Directed by Richard Donner
  • Shot partially in Gallup, NM

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

(Original Caption) Pat Boone in the film Journey to the Center of the Earth as Alec McEwen. Courtesy of Getty Images)
  • Starring James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl
  • Directed by Henry Levin
  • Shot in Carlsbad Caverns, Carlsbad, NM

The Muppet Movie (1979)

(HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Kermit the Frog arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Muppets’ at the El Capitan Theater on November 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
  • Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson
  • Directed by James Frawley
  • Shot partially in Albuquerque, NM

Red Dawn (1984)

  • With Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson
  • Directed by John Milius
  • Filmed in Johnson Mesa, Las Vegas and Abiquiu, NM

Twins (1988)

(FILE – In this April 15, 2004 file photo, actor Danny DeVito, left, waves as he walks through the Capitol with longtime friend, movie co-star and current governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Sacramento, Calif. Schwarzenegger, who came to power in California’s historic 2003 election, will soon release his autobiography, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”(AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli, file)
  • With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston
  • Directed by Ivan Reitman
  • Partially shot at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos, NM

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

(Actors Sean Connery, left, and Harrison Ford pose before the ’34th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery’ at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 8, 2006. Ford presented the Life Achievement Award to Connery The two actors starred together in the 1989 film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
  • Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody
  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Filmed in part on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, NM

Natural Born Killers (1994)

(Woody Harrelson, L-R, Juliette Lewis and Oliver Stone attend the Beyond Fest 25th Anniversary Screening of ‘Natural Born Killers’ on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
  • Starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore
  • Directed by Olivier Stone
  • Filmed in Gallup, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Albuquerque, Farmington, Taos, Las Vegas, Shiprock and San Jose, NM

Observe and Report (2009)

(From left, director Jody Hill and actors Michael Pena, Anna Faris, Seth Rogen and Ray Liotta pose together at the premiere of “Observe and Report” in Los Angeles on Monday, April 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
  • Starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta
  • Directed by Jody Hill
  • Filmed at Bosque Farms, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

(LOS ANGELES – JUL 3: The movie ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’, (alt: T2) directed by James Cameron. Seen here from left are Arnold Schwarzenegger (as T-800 Terminator) and Edward Furlong (as John Connor) during a bonding moment. Theatrical release July 3, 1991. Screen capture. Paramount Pictures. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
  • Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
  • Directed by James Cameron
  • Shot partially in Santa Fe, NM