Most Popular New Mexico Desert Movies and TV Shows
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1. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.
2. Foyle's War (2002–2015)
TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.
5. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.
Votes: 19,254 | Gross: $18.60M
6. The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.
Votes: 58,043 | Gross: $20.80M
7. Ride Lonesome (1959)
Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western
A bounty hunter escorts a killer to be tried for murder, but allows the man's outlaw brother to catch up with them to have a showdown over a previous shocking murder.
8. The Andromeda Strain (1971)
G | 131 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.
9. Ace in the Hole (1951)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Votes: 25,444 | Gross: $3.97M
10. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
TV-PG | 25 min | Western
Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.
12. Gargoyles (1972 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Horror
An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while travelling through the southwestern U.S., stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles.
13. Beyond the Reach (2014)
R | 91 min | Thriller
A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert.
Votes: 8,950 | Gross: $0.04M
14. Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
Votes: 6,484 | Gross: $3.56M
16. Silent Tongue (1993)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Western
Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Talbot awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't burn her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with him.
Votes: 1,009 | Gross: $0.06M
17. White Sands (1992)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an F.B.I. investigation.
Votes: 6,499 | Gross: $9.01M
18. Bisbee '17 (2018)
PG | 112 min | Documentary, Western
An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.
Votes: 386 | Gross: $0.12M
19. Dual Survival (2010– )
60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV
Experts agree there are some very basic - and universal - rules for surviving in the wild. Find shelter, find water, find food, find help. Beyond that, there's not much they agree on. Meet ... See full summary »
21. Roswell (1994 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange ... See full summary »
23. Nakia (1974– )
60 min | Crime, Drama
Nakia Parker is a Native American serving as a deputy to Sam Jericho in New Mexico. Choosing an old truck or a horse over a police vehicle, he also combines tribal traditions with modern crime techniques.
24. Dreamland (I) (2006)
R | 88 min | Drama
A young woman who lives in a desert trailer park must choose between caring for her hapless father and sick friend or fulfilling her own destiny.
Votes: 2,336 | Gross: $0.00M
26. Thunder (1983)
R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A native America named Thunder returns home only to find that his ancestral burial ground is being destroyed by construction workers. He tries to put a stop to it, but the law is not only ... See full summary »
27. Off the Map (2003)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama
An eleven-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries, and comes to terms with love and loss.
Votes: 3,141 | Gross: $1.31M
30. Dead of Night (2018– )
Dead of Night features nail-biting, true stories of victims working the graveyard shift who are thrust into real life nightmares. A killer lies in wait to strike the most vulnerable, those ... See full summary »
33. Linewatch (2008)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Michael Dixon is a seasoned agent working linewatch on the US/Mexico Border. Well respected by his peers at US Border Patrol, and well loved by his family (wife Angela and 5 year old ... See full summary »
34. Buffalo Dreams (2005 TV Movie)
G | 89 min | Family
Schoolboy Josh Townsend has to move again with his father, astrophysics researcher Dr. Nick Townsend, to a New Mexico small town. To escape the copy-boy job dad arranged, Josh volunteers ... See full summary »
35. Column South (1953)
Approved | 84 min | Western
Before the Civil War, Lt. Jed Sayre's efforts to conciliate the cavalry and the Navajo are undermined by his racist C.O. and Confederate sympathizers.
36. Thunder II (1987)
PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Drama
Indian sheriff Thunder is transferred to a small town in the desert. He learns that the corrupt deputy is paid by the drug mob. To protect himself, the deputy sets a trap for Thunder and ... See full summary »
37. Thunder III (1988)
90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Pacifist Native American warrior, Thunder, takes on a racist militia in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after they refuse to pay $53.000 in damages for attacking and abusing him and his people and destroying their property.
40. Taos (2008)
89 min | Drama
A young attorney works round-the-clock to meet his fiancée's desires and avoid his own. When an unexpected detour throws a wrench in his non-stop schedule, old wounds are unearthed as new ... See full summary »
41. The Dark Rider (2012)
29 min | Short, Western
A lone rider makes his way through the desert in hopes to bring death to the bandits responsible for his brothers demise. Will vengeance be his or will he suffer the same fate as his brother?
42. Remembered Earth: New Mexico's High Desert (2005 TV Movie)
G | 27 min | Documentary
New Mexico's high desert is a captivating land of hallowed mountains, red rock canyons and vast, sere plateaus. In Remembered Earth, filmmaker John Grabowska and Indian author N. Scott ... See full summary »
The Fugitive (1963–1967)
All the Scared Rabbits
50 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
A woman hires Kimble to drive her daughter and herself to California. The young girl has a rabbit with her that had been a test subject in a research study and is infected with meningitis.
The X-Files (1993–2018)
TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mulder receives an encrypted computer disk containing the defense department's top secret files on extraterrestrial life and becomes a target. Scully takes him to a Navajo family that unearthed a buried secret to decipher the disk.
The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)
Billy the Kid
TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Landing in 1881 New Mexico in the middle of a jailbreak of Billy the Kid, to defend Tony Doug shoots at Billy who escapes swearing to hunt down Doug. According to their research back at the... See full summary »
Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
Knight of the Sun
TV-PG | 30 min | Western
Henry Jacob Hanley is a wanderer always seeking his next drink. He stumbles upon a fort and a supply of whiskey. There he meets a woman who is on a mission to help the confederacy.
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.