Top 4 Day of the Dead Movies

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Discover the Top 4 Day of the Dead Films

Uncover the magic of the top 4 Day of the Dead Movies that will transport you to vibrant Mexico, Coco (2017), Spectre (2015), Book of Life (2014), and Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003).

Once Upon A Time in Mexico features the talented Johnnie Depp and has a Day of the Dead parade.

Experience the allure of Mexico during the celebrations that inspired me to journey to Mexico City. Where I immersed myself in the cultural traditions and festivities of the Day of the Dead on the 1st and 2nd of November.

 

Explore the Top 4 Day of the Dead Movies

Step into the enchanting world of Dia de los Muertos and experience the magic of these essential films that pay homage to this rich tradition of the Day of the Dead.

1 Discover the Magic of Coco (2017) - Best Choice For Learning About the Day of the Dead Culture and Traditions

Coco is a Disney Pixar animated movie about the Day of the Dead. In Spanish, it's known as Dia de Los Muertos.

You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to seize your moment. ~ De la Cruz to Coco

On the Disney Plus channel see 'How Coco Honors Dia de Los Muertos Disney+ which shows the background culture. The video shows the correlation between Coco and the Day of the Dead.

You can learn about its culture and traditions.

Symbols of the Day of the Dead like food of Pan de Muertos and sugar skulls, music, marigolds, face painting, altars of offerings, paper punched with holes, and celebrations in cemeteries.

Watch a trailer for Coco. Have you seen Coco?

2 Experience the Thrill of Spectre (2015) - Best Choice For Witnessing the Opening Scene of the Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City

Get ready to be captivated as Daniel Craig embodies James Bond In Spectre. The movie kicks off with the vibrant Day of the Dead celebration. 

And, Spectre's opening scenes were filmed in the Historic Center of Mexico City.

Dive deeper with the trailer for Spectre showcasing the rich tradition of the Day of the Dead and a second trailer for Spectre.

Immerse yourself in behind-the-scenes footage and explore the making of the opening scene of Spectre (on YouTube).

Witness the helicopter descending into the iconic Paseo de la Reforma in the heart of Mexico City.

Have you experienced Spectre? Let your curiosity lead the way.

Day of the Dead Parade

 

Have you seen a Day of the Dead parade? And have you visited Mexico City for the Day of the Dead?

The movie, Spectre, has the Day of the Dead portrayed in it. And it's opening scene is filmed in Mexico City. Have you seen it?

Historic Central Hotel Mexico City

The Historic Central Hotel in Mexico City appears in the opening scene of Spectre.

 

Day of the Dead Altar at the Gran Hotel in the Historic Center Mexico City

Ofrenda at Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México

Best Choice For the Historic Center of Mexico City

Immerse yourself in a three-hour walking tour of the Historic Center of Mexico City where you can see historic sites. Like the Cathedral Metropolitan, the Aztec Ruins of Templo Mayor, the Zocalo, and the Post Office. Get Details of the walking tour in the Historic Center Mexico City

3 Uncover the Enchantment of Book of Life (2014) - Best Choice For Embarking on the Journey of Crafting Your Own Story

I experienced Book of Life at City Walk in Universal Studios Hollywood during its release year.

Write Your Own Story ~ the Candle Maker

Whilst on a walk around Mexico City. I saw the poster for El Libro de la Vida (Book of Life).

Discover the essence of the Book of Life as you watch its first trailer. Be captivated further and watch the second trailer for Book of Life.

Immerse yourself in the world of Book of Life.

Book Of Life

A poster I found in a shop front window in Mexico City of the Book of Life

4 Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) - Best Choice For Day of the Dead Procession and Scene Locations in Central Mexico

Check out the captivating filming locations in Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato in Mexico. Witness the Day of the Dead parade captured in Guanajuato during the movie.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico stars my favourite actor, Johnny Depp, alongside Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek.

Before diving into Once Upon a Time in Mexico, explore Desperado.

You can watch the shorter trailer for Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the longer trailer for Once Upon a Time in Mexico. And, you can see the trailer for Desperado. (Please note, If you are in my country, Both movies are rated R.)

Have you experienced Once Upon a Time in Mexico or Desperado?

Mexico & Mexico City Details

Where are the locations in Mexico?

The Zócalo is located in the Historic Center in Mexico City, Mexico.

Find the Zócalo in Mexico City, Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato locations in Mexico on the map.

Tips for Visiting Mexico City

You can find tips for visiting Mexico City on my things to do in Mexico City post.

Find Day of the Dead Things To Do in Mexico City in my posts

You can find other things to do on the Day of the Dead in Mexico City by reading my posts:

Visit a town in Mexico City to see the traditions, altars and cemetery decorations on the Day of the Dead.

Experience the Day of the Dead in Mexico City at a cemetery and in churches.

Immerse yourself in a night cemetery experience at Mixquic for the Day of the Dead.

Go on a walking tour of the Historic Centre in Mexico Center to see if you recognize scenes from Spectre.

Have you been to Mexico for the Day of the Dead? What movies have you watched that are about the Day of the Dead?  Or, have you seen a Day of the Dead parade? Leave a Comment!

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