Louisiana is a hot spot for film sets, with a variety of famous TV shows and movies having been filmed there. Though we always assume most movies are filmed in Hollywood, there are some pretty iconic ones that were filmed right here in the South. To add some classic and famous movies to your watch list that feature good ole New Orleans and surrounding areas, be sure to check out this list of famous movies filmed in Louisiana.
21 Jump Street
Where: Greater New Orleans area
The iconic 2012 reboot of the classic show became an instant comedy favorite for millions of people across the globe. The movie was highly successful and even led to a sequel being filmed also in Lousiana. They spent time filming at greater New Orleans area high schools and you can even spot Lafreniere Park and the Central Business District in different scenes.
The Big Short
Where: New Orleans
When the crew wasn't filming in New York, they were down in NOLA to film a variety of scenes. You can spot the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the One Shell Square building. They even filmed the "Wynn Las Vegas" scenes at a disguised Harrah’s Casino. Hopefully Ryan Gosling comes back to the city to visit in the future!
Where: New Orleans
Who would have guessed that Jurassic World is actually just a reimagining of NOLA's now-closed Six Flags amusement park? There are also parts of the sci-fi park that were filmed at the famous Audubon Zoo and NASA Michoud Assembly Center. Next time you visit the zoo, you can pretend you're surrounded by dinosaurs.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Where: Baton Rouge
The most famous vampire saga in our time actually spent a good amount of time filming in Baton Rouge. Though the beautiful wedding scene was filmed in Canada and the honeymoon scenes were filmed in Rio de Janeiro, a majority of the movie was filmed in Louisiana in sealed sets and in a house.
Pitch Perfect 1 & 2
Where: LSU, Baton Rouge
Yes, the entire Barden University where the Bellas came together to compete against their varying rivals is actually LSU's campus. Both of the first two movies are set at this beautiful school, and you can see tons of shots of the courtyards, entrances, auditoriums and more that most LSU students could easily point out.
This 1989 classic is one that best friends have to sit down and watch together at least one point in their lives. After the film's widely loved release, the Henry Cook-Taylor House transformed into the "Steel Magnolia Bed and Breakfast" for fans from all over to visit and stay at. Make plans to come out and visit the city to take a Steel Magnolias tour!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Where: Greater New Orleans
The movie that no one was able to stop talking about after its 2008 release was actually filmed in and around the greater New Orleans area. A lot of the filming took place at Benjamin's home, or the Nolan House on Coliseum Street in New Orleans, that is now privately owned.