Best movies to watch before visiting New Orleans

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New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the most talked about cities in the United States. Full of culture, color and mystery that you will want to prepare for before your trip to New Orleans , so you can get a feel for what awaits you in this iconic city.

King Creole

King Creole is a film set in New Orleans and is the story of Danny Fisher, a high school student who ends up dropping out of school after learning that his bad attitude, after hitting a student who teased him, when he kissed a girl (Ronnie), will prevent him from passing. The story evolves to Danny singing at King Creole, a New Orleans nightclub. But his story does not end there. Throughout the story you will find intrigue, illegality, romance and an unexpected ending. If you’re looking for a story filled with emotion, great music and a beautiful setting in the French Quarter of New Orleans, King Creole is a movie you don’t want to miss.


Double Jeopardy

This 1999 film starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones is about murder and the Double Jeopardy clause of American law, which states that a person cannot be tried twice for the same crime. The plot involves Judd’s husband mysteriously disappearing, with Judd being convicted of the murder. Judd is unaware of what has happened to her husband when she wakes up on their boat where not only is he gone, but his blood and a weapon are on the boat. The film involves scenes throughout New Orleans, including one in Lafayette Cemetery No. 3, where Judd ends up in a coffin inside a mausoleum. Filled with intrigue and action along with an exciting story, Double Jeopardy is a must see movie.


Interview with a Vampire

This Oscar-nominated film stars Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. The 1994 film is an epic vampire story in which Louis de Pointe du Lac, played by Pitt, is distraught over the death of his brother and tries to find ways to end his life. Pitt becomes a vampire at the hands of the evil Lestat de Lioncourt, played by Cruise. After 200 years of immortality, De Pointe du Lac (Pitt) tells his story of loneliness, hunger, love and betrayal to a young news reporter from San Francisco. He shares his disappointment with immortality and the pain and suffering it entails. The young journalist is interested in Pitt’s story and decides that he wants to become an immortal vampire himself. Although the film is dark, the story takes the viewer on an adventure through the southern part of New Orleans.


When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

If you prefer a documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts chronicles the devastation in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. The film also explores the US government’s role and response to the devastating disaster. Produced by Spike Lee, the documentary features accounts of residents who experienced the devastation of the hurricane and includes interviews with journalists, engineers and politicians.


The Big Easy

Crime, intrigue, and corrupt cops – this movie has it all. This wild and gritty thriller depicts a darker side of New Orleans and stars Dennis Quaid as a New Orleans police officer and Ellen Barkin as a district attorney sent out to investigate a potential police bribery case involving the murder of a local mobster. Quaid suspects that his police colleagues are potentially involved in the mobster’s death and despite believing in Quaid’s place, Barkin falls for him and struggles between her personal feelings for Quaid and her duty to uphold the law. The strong story and exciting plot will keep you interested in this movie all the way through.

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