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A superpowered policeman, the Wilson brothers first film, and James Franco time traveling – time to start binging!

Andrew Vela
Posted on Apr 22, 2020

Are you sitting at home thinking of how to pass the time during quarantine? Switch up your streaming queue with these movies and TV shows, each either filmed or set in Dallas.

1. Bottle Rocket
This movie was made by one of my all-time favorite directors, Wes Anderson. Bottle Rocket started as a short film after Anderson and the Wilson brothers (Owen and Luke) left school at UT Austin. The short film was made and taken to Sundance Film Festival and soon after, a full-length version was shot in Dallas. This film jump started the Wilson brothers' careers and is also Anderson's debut film.

2. Queen of the South
Queen of the South follows a woman on the run who teams up with a figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug cartel that has her on the run. The first three seasons were both filmed and based in Dallas, so you might see a few of your favorite local spots on the show! You can stream this binge-worthy drama on Netflix.

3. Bonnie and Clyde
This needs no introduction and if you're struggling with where to start, this 1967 film should be your first one to watch. A crime duo's relationship is explored as they move from small-time heists to bigger bank robberies. The film was shot mostly around the Dallas area.

4. The Tree of Life
Directed by one of the greats, Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life questions us with life's biggest questions through a story of boyhood set in Texas. It costars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain and was shot all over Texas and Dallas. It also won the highest prize, The Palme d'Or, at Cannes Film Festival. Plus, watching this will earn you cinema points.

5. 11/22/63
This Hulu original mini-series is based off the Stephen King novel of the same name and stars James Franco as an ordinary school teacher. Franco has a longtime friend who shows him how to time travel and soon after, his friend tells him he needs to go back in time and prevent the JFK assassination. View the trailer to the nail biting drama below.

6. Robocop (1987)
While set in Detroit, Robocop was filmed almost entirely in Dallas.  The movie's stars Peter Weller as Alex Murphy, a man who loses his life and is brought back as Robocop – a powerful cyborg set to take down crime.

7. Boys Don't Cry
Hilary Swank took home an Oscar in 2000 after her portrayal of Brandon Teena, a transgender man navigating life in rural Nebraska.  Based on a true story, was mostly filmed in Greenville, Texas, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.

Stay safe and happy binging! A link to more TV shows and films shot in Dallas can be found here.