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Films that are set in New Orleans.

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1. Cat People (1982)

R | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole

Votes: 17,832 | Gross: $7.00M

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

2. Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to ... See full summary »

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Mae West, Roger Pryor, Johnny Mack Brown, John Miljan

Votes: 538

Ace Lamont: Ruby, I must have you... your golden hair, your fascinating eyes, your alluring smile, and lovely arms...

Ruby Carter: Wait a minute. Is this a proposal, or are yuh takin' inventory?

3. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 132,628 | Gross: $70.41M

Jim Garrison: Thank you for your time, David. I'm sorry this has to end inconveniently for you but I am going to have to detain you for further questioning by the FBI.

David Ferrie: Why, what's wrong?

Jim Garrison: David, I find your story simply not believable.

David Ferrie: Really? What part?

4. Naughty Marietta (1935)

G | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 1,095

Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy together for the first time!

5. The Big Easy (1986)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A corrupt lieutenant in the homicide division is threatened by the righteous DA while trying to solve a string of mysterious murders.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman

Votes: 10,884 | Gross: $17.69M

Just relax, darlin'. This is the Big Easy. Folks have a certain way o' doin' things down here.

6. My Forbidden Past (1951)

Passed | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas, Lucile Watson

Votes: 799

SHE's the kind of woman that made NEW ORLEANS famous!

7. Deja Vu (2006)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Val Kilmer

Votes: 279,544 | Gross: $64.04M

Doug Carlin: Everything you have, you lose, right? Mother, father - gone. Good looks, Pryzwarra? - gone. Loved ones gone in a second. That's what this job teaches you, isn't it? No matter what, no matter how hard you grab onto something - you still lose it, right?

8. The Buccaneer (1938)

Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame

Votes: 580

The greatest adventure romance in Cecil B De Mille's glorious gallery of screen triumphs!

To the world he was a ruthless adventurer!.. To her the most romantic man that ever lived! Yet she unwittingly destroyed the hero she loved!

9. The Buccaneer (1958)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, History

During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet.

Director: Anthony Quinn | Stars: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, Inger Stevens

Votes: 2,107

Jean Lafitte: [Told by the British that a battle is coming and he *better* be on the winning side] Oh, the side I choose will be the winning side!

10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 548,550 | Gross: $127.51M

Benjamin Button: It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you.

11. Lady from Louisiana (1941)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Western

Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery. Although he meets Julie Mirbeau and they are attracted to each ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: John Wayne, Ona Munson, Ray Middleton, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 337

Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery.

12. Hard Target (1993)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Chuck Pfarrer

Votes: 41,507 | Gross: $32.59M

Emil Fouchon: Careless is what you are, Randal. Careless and stupid and now you're sorry, too.

13. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 10,912

Julie Marsden: This is 1852 dumplin', 1852, not the Dark Ages. Girls don't have to simper around in white just because they're not married.

14. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 903

In 1841 New Orleans, beautiful adventuress Claire Ledoux schemes to marry wealthy banker Giraud; but in the intervals, she sees no harm in dalliance with poor but handsome sea captain Robert Latour.

15. Birth of the Blues (1941)

Approved | 87 min | Music

Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee

Votes: 319

Strike Up The Band ! * Here comes happiness . . . in a merry medley of romance . . . and rhythm !

16. Hard Times (1975)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin

Votes: 8,577 | Gross: $8.72M

Poe: Some are born to fail, others have it thrust upon them.

17. Saratoga Trunk (1945)

Approved | 135 min | Drama, Romance, Western

An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson, Jerry Austin

Votes: 1,101

Clio Dulaine: Won't you come in?

Colonel Clint Maroon: [Thinking he's been propositioned] Hey, uh, what kind of game is this anyway?

[She seems bewildered]

Colonel Clint Maroon: Now, look, Honey. I was born in Texas, but it wasn't yesterday.

18. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 74,554 | Gross: $17.19M

Louis Cyphre: I have old-fashioned ideas about honor. An eye for an eye... stuff like that.

19. Louisiana Purchase (1941)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Musical

A bumbling senator investigating graft in Louisiana is the target of a scheme involving a Viennese beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Bob Hope, Vera Zorina, Victor Moore, Irène Bordoni

Votes: 388

IT MADE GAY BROADWAY GAYER! (original print ad-all caps)

Senator Oliver P. Loganberry: You're a pretty smart fella, Mr. Taylor. I kinda wish you were a Republican.

20. Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Romance

The lives of a group of women in a New Orleans bordello.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter

Votes: 1,706

Kitty Twist: I run the candy concession.

21. King Creole (1958)

PG | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

A rebellious young man takes a job as a nightclub singer to make ends meet, attracting the attention of a local crime boss.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart

Votes: 4,060

Ralph: You're a pretty fancy performer, ain't ya kid?

Danny Fisher: Now you know what I do for an encore.

22. Tightrope (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block (Clint Eastwood) goes after a serial rapist-killer, but when he gets too close to the target, the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

Director: Richard Tuggle | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood

Votes: 14,535 | Gross: $48.14M

Wes Block: Twenty-eight years ago I borrowed 40 dollars from my father, packed up an old, beat up suitcase, took a bus and came here. I was seventeen at the time. While I walked through the French Quarter, I looked out over the Mississippi and swore I'd never leave.

Beryl Thibodeaux: Ever come close?

Wes Block: Only once. When I looked down and saw that the suitcase was missing.

23. Toys in the Attic (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Newlyweds Julian and Lily Berniers have been in Chicago on business before returning to their hometown, New Orleans, where they'll meet with Julian's older spinster sisters Anna and Carrie,... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 926

Sisters Carrie and Anna Berniers have been supporting their ne'er-do-well brother Julian through various failed businesses; now, he returns home with a sudden fortune and his young bride.

24. Panic in the Streets (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance

Votes: 6,463

Lt. Cmdr. Clinton 'Clint' Reed M.D.: You know, my mother always told me if you looked deep enough in anybody... you'd always find some good, but I don't know.

Capt. Tom Warren: With apologies to your mother, that's the second mistake she made.

25. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

TV-14 | 102 min | Drama

67 Metascore

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden

Votes: 13,909 | Gross: $15.26M

Lancey Howard: Gets down to what it's all about, doesn't it? Making the wrong move at the right time.

Cincinnati Kid: Is that what it's all about?

Lancey Howard: Like life, I guess. You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around you're second best. You might as well learn to live with it.

26. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 76,208 | Gross: $14.56M

Sailor: Did I ever tell ya that this here jacket represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom?

Lula: About fifty thousand times.

27. Obsession (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams

Votes: 7,978 | Gross: $1.00M

Sandra Portinari: How did she die?

Michael Courtland: I killed her.

28. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 89,243 | Gross: $35.38M

Several British agents have been murdered and James Bond is sent to New Orleans, to investigate these mysterious deaths. Mr. Big comes to his knowledge, who is self-producing heroin. Along his journeys he meets Tee Hee who has a claw for a hand, Baron Samedi the voodoo master and Solitaire and her tarot cards. Bond must travel deep inside New Orleans, through marshy grass and on water as he completes his mission.

29. Buccaneer's Girl (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A New Orleans entertainer falls for a pirate who has another identity.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Philip Friend, Robert Douglas, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 357

Arlene Villon: Get out!

Frederic Baptiste: Your husband will soon discover you are without honor. You will soon discover he is without wealth. This should be a happy arrangement for both of you.

30. The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 4,388

Bartender: How you like the Coon-Ass Beer, man?

Lew Harper: [belching] It works.

31. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

96 Metascore

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 92,945 | Gross: $8.00M

Blanche DuBois: Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

32. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 12,782 | Gross: $13.90M

Mrs. Grace Holly: You'll be fine... after your little operation...

Catherine Holly: [turns around] There's only ONE little operation performed here, Mama, it's on the brain! It's called a lobotomy! You may have heard of it, or read about it, I know I have! They bore HOLES into your skull!

33. New Orleans (1947)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Dorothy Patrick, Marjorie Lord, Irene Rich

Votes: 340

It's the Lowdown on Wicked Old Basin Street!

34. Pretty Baby (1978)

R | 110 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye

Votes: 9,077 | Gross: $5.79M

Bellocq: Her father unknown, and her mother deserted the child.

Violet: My mother's name was Hildegarde. Hildegarde Marr. M-A-R-R.

Priest: And she was Caucasian, or other?

Violet: She was a whore, Father.

35. The Skeleton Key (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

47 Metascore

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 101,111 | Gross: $47.81M

Luke: You know my mother used to say that if a lady invites you into her room, she probably isn't much of a lady.

Caroline Ellis: Yeah, well, homegrown southern wisdom seems to grow on trees around here.



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