Film Locations

medlance-02_1.jpg Nogales and Santa Cruz County was the getaway home for movie stars like John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons and many others. There are a variety of places of interest to visit in the area for film buffs. In fact, more than 120 major motion pictures have been filmed in Nogales and Santa Cruz County, in addition to countless independent and documentary films. The following is just a small list of movies filmed by location in and around Nogales and Santa Cruz County. Not all areas are open to the public. Please check availability before entering.

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Tin Cup (1996): Romantic comedy starring Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Cheech Marin and Don Johnson.


Boys on the Side (1995): Comedy drama starring Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and Mary-Louise Parker.

Young Guns II (1990): Western sequel to Young Guns (1988) starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and Christian Slater.

Duel in the Sun (1946): Western starring Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lillian Gish and Lionel Barrymore.


Bottom of the Bottle  (1956): Drama based on novel by Georges Simenon’s stay in Nogales and starring Joseph Cotten and Van Johnson; directed by Henry Hathaway.

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002): Biographical spy comedy starring Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and George Clooney.

The Hangover Part III (2012): Comedy sequel starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong; a Todd Phillips film.


Battle Hymn (1957): Korean War drama starring Rock Hudson and directed by Douglas Sirk.

David & Bathsheba (1951): Historical starring Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward; directed by Henry King.


Devils Angels (1967): Biker film starring John Cassavetes and directed by Daniel Haller.

Arizona Dream (1993): Surrealist comedy-drama starring Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway.

The Furies (1950): Western starring Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey and Walter Huston’s last performance.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976): Revisionist Western starring Clint Eastwood,  Chief Dan George and Sondra Locke.

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3:10 to Yuma (1957): The original western starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin; directed by Delmer Daves.

Red River (1948): Western starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift; produced and directed by Howard Hawks.


Oklahoma! (1955): Musical starring Shirley Jones & Gordon McRae. San Rafael Valley became an honorary part of the state of Oklahoma during filming.

McClintock! (1963): Western comedy starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Yvonne de Carlo and Wayne’s son Patrick Wayne.

Tom Horn (1980): Western starring Steve McQueen and directed by William Wiard; written by Tom Horn.


Stillwater (1999) The Man Who Lived Cat Dancing (1973) Gunman's Walk (1958)
South of Heaven, West of Hell (1999) Ulzana's Ride (1972) Shootout at the OK Corral (1958)
Price of Glory (1999) Wild Rovers (1971) Hombre (1958)
Los Locos (1998) The Cowboys (1971) Gunsight Ridge (1957)
The Postman (1996) Rio Lobo (1970) Backlash (1956)
Perdita Durango (1996) Monte Walsh (1976) War Arrow (1954)
The Fantasticks (1995) Heller in Pink Tights (1960) Broken Lance (1954)
Seduced by Evil (1992) Pork Chop Hill (1959) Hondo (1953)
Roswell (1990) Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) Winshester 73 (1950)
The Sacketts (1979) Pocket Money (1959) Duel in the Sun (1948
The Frisco Kid (1979) The Big Country (1958) Red River Valley (1941)
The Last Hard Man (1976) Toll of Fear (1913)