See what was filmed from the 1960s to today


A packed theater at showing of Richard Dreyfuss's latest movie Astronaut at the Las Cruces Film Festival on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in Las Cruces.

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico has become a popular area to film movies — particularly southern New Mexico around Las Cruces. 

Clint Eastwood, Chris Hemsworth, Edward James Olmos, Bruce Dern and many other stars have filmed movies using Las Cruces’ mountains and deserts as backdrops. From recent releases to the 1960s, here is a list of the popular feature films shot — at least in part — locally. 

Walking With Herb (2021)

This fatih-based film was a homegrown production with Mark Medoff writing and Ross Kagan Marks directing. It’s also based on the novel by Las Crucen Joe Bullock. Stars include Edwards James Olmos, George Lopez and Kathleen Quinlan. 

More:Las Cruces turns out for ‘Walking With Herb’ world premiere

Banging Lanie (2020)

This independent film follows high school student, Lanie, who navigates the awkward high school dating scene. The movie was filmed on location in Las Cruces and premiered at the Las Cruces International Film Festival in March 2020.

Official Trailer

Broken Gaiete (2020)

Written and directed by Moroccan-American actor Hafid Abdelmoula, this fantasy/mystery film follows two people as they travel through a village with strange rules in place.

Broken Gaiete Trailer

Death in Texas (2020)

This El Paso-based movie was actually filmed largely at the Film Las Cruces studio. Exterior shots of Mesilla’s plaza and El Patio can be seen frequently throughout the movie. Stars include Ronnie Gene Blevins, Bruce Dern, Lara Flynn Boyle and Stephen Lang.

More:Locally filmed ‘Death in Texas’ premieres in El Paso

12 Strong (2018)  

Starring Chris Hemsworth, this film follows a Special Forces team after 9/11. They are deployed to Afghanistan to work with a warlord to take down the Taliban. It is based on the true story of the Green Berets who took action after the terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Official Trailer #2

All the World is Sleeping (2018)  

Intergenerational struggles with substance abuse is the theme of this film. Paleteria La Reyna Michoacana on Madrid Avenue served as one of the filming locations.

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