La historia del cine en Durango se remonta al año 1898 cuando se filma la primera "vista" por parte de los agentes de Edison, titulada "Un tren llegando a Durango". Varias escenas captadas por cámaras ambulantes de los circos y alguno que otro aventurero, resaltan los sucesos de la época, pero son realmente los personajes de la segunda década del siglo XX los que destacan en el ambiente cinematográfico
Quizás el personaje más importante por su trascendente promoción es John Wayne, legendaria actor que filmó siete películas en Durango "Los Hijos de Catie Elder", "Lucha de Gigantes" (War Wagon), "Los invensibles" (The Undefeated), "Chisum Rey de Oeste", "Big Jake, Gigante entre los Hombres", "Los Chacales del Oeste" (Train Robbers) y "Cahill de su Propia Sangre" realizadas entre 1965 y 1973. La generosidad de John Wayne hacia las escuelas de los lugares que filmaba, propició que el H. Ayuntamiento de la capital de Durango lo nombrara Huésped Distinguido el 8 de junio de 1969. A principios de los 70´s, John Wayne adquirió el "Rancho La Joya" mismo que adaptó como set cinematográfico del oeste y filmó en el las dos últimas películas que realizara en Durango, fue uno de los principales promotores de Durango a nivel internacional.
Durango ha sido anfitrión de los mejores estudios cinematográficos del mundo como la Paramount, Miramax, la 20th Century Fox, la Columbia Pictures, entre otros para producir sus películas en nuestros escenarios. Esta última década se han filmado importantes películas como "La Máscara del Zorro", "Blue Berry" , "Texas Rangers","Bandidas" y "Dragonball Evolution" basada en el manga de Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball. estreno en Estados Unidos al 10 de abril de 2009
Durango ofrece escenarios espectaculares y paisajes cinematográficos de una belleza única, es por eso que miles de técnicos, actores, productores y directores que han trabajado en Durango confirman que es un lugar ideal para filmar.
Francisco "Pancho" Villa, puede decirse, es el primer actor nacido en Durango que incursiona ante las cámaras de Hollywood, al ser contemplado por la Mutual Film Corporation para que permita filmar las batallas de Ojinaga, Torreón y Zacatecas. El trabajo es encargado al joven Raúl Walsh quien llegaría a ser uno de los directores más importantes del cine norteamericano, además el mismo Walsh interpretaría al joven Villa en la cinta dirigida por Christy Cabanne en 1914.
La década de los 50´s marca el inicio de la industria del cine comercial en Durango. Buscando locaciones para un western, el director de arte Jack Smith sobrevuela Durango y localiza un paisaje interesante en los alrededores del poblado "La Ferrería", en donde pocas semanas después, el 20 de julio de 1954 iniciaría el rodaje de la película americana "White Feather" (Pluma Blanca), conocida en México como "La Ley del Bravo", con producción de 20th Century Fox. Serían Robert Wagner, Jeffery Hunt y Debra Paget quienes llevarán los papeles principales.
También es importante en ese tiempo, la presencia del rey de Hollywood, Clark Gable, quien filma "The Tall Men" (Caras de Ambición). Hollywood enfoca su mirada en Durango, con importantes producciones y directores de primer nivel como John Huston. En los 60´s las producciones extranjeras se intensifican y sólo algunos productores mexicanos vendrían a esta Tierra del Cine.
Durango se ve invadido, literalmente, por las luminarias de Hollywood y en las calles se ven personajes como: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Nick Noltie, Richard Harris, Dean Martín, Anthony Quinn, Charles Bronson, Gleen Ford, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Mitchum, Rock Hudson y estrellas del cine nacional como: Pedro Armendáriz, David Reynoso, Carlos López Moctezuma, Julio Alemán, la familia de Anda, Jorge Rusek, Sonia Furió, Isela Vega, sólo por mencionar algunos de los más de 1500 actores, técnicos, productores y directores que han trabajado en Durango
The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiawa tribe,
6 April 1960 (USA
During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.
25 December 1954 (USA)
A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.
1 October 1958 (USA)
30 October 1960 (Iceland)
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest super-hero.
15 December 1978 (USA)
Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians, and she decides to ride with them. Ben and Nella start to get romantic, but Ben isn't ambitious enough for her, and she soon meets up with the boss of the cattle drive. Will she make the right choice, and, more importantly, will the cattle make it to Montana
12 December 1955 (Sweden
Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
25 May 1977 (USA)
After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend
18 December 1970 (USA)
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
9 July 2003 (USA)
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment
29 December 1971 (USA)
Butch Fenton, major of American army, comes for Villa's head and he's gonna get it. The "Punitive Expedition" proved to be the last major campaign of the U.S. Cavalry. Mexican revolution is the first social movement of the century.
28 May 2010 (Mexico)
A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.
7 October 1983 (USA)
The World War II phase of the controversial American general's career is depicted
2 April 1970 (USA)
2 buddy adventurers witness a train-robbery and are then hunting the robbed gold and they also robbed Helen
6 January 1968 (Italy)
As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.
13 March 1956 (USA)
After being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss
3 September 2010 (USA)
An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes
23 October 1960 (USA)
Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
21 December 1968 (Italy)
Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.
1 July 1965 (USA)
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
1 October 2010 (USA)
The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.
18 June 2010 (USA
A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh
7 February 1973 (USA)
A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.
3 April 1977 (USA)
Small rocks fall from the sky which, when touched, trigger a latent virus that has always existed in humans and begins mutating them into an alien species. Taking advantage of its hive mentality, the aliens are absolutely dedicated to transforming every human on Earth and do so with alarming swiftness..
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis.
24 May 1989 (USA)
A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply centre. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence. The Union officers each have different reasons for wanting to be on the mission
12 June 1959 (USA)
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery
29 December 1967 (USA)
As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob
30 June 2010 (USA)
J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they bargained for.
11 July 1973 (USA)
An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.
31 August 1973 (Hong Kong)
The McCandles ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for a million dollar ransom. There is only one man who is brave enough and smart enough to bring him back and that man is Big Jake
26 May 1971 (USA)
A caveman seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cavewoman.
17 April 1981 (USA)
Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.
29 July 1970 (USA)
Warning: The Management Is Not responsible For Where The Screen Ends And You Begin!
November 1981 (USA)
The epic tale of child sold into slavery who grows into a man who seeks revenge against the warlord who massacred his tribe.
14 May 1982 (USA)
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
20 October 1989 (USA)
A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.
7 August 1969 (Hong Kong)
In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town
18 January 2006 (Belgium)
The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power.
10 April 2009 (USA)
The elder Zorro trains his replacement to fight the enemy Montero.
17 July 1998 (USA)
James Bond leaves Her Majesty's Secret Service to stop an evil drug lord and avenge his best friend, Felix Leiter.
14 July 1989 (USA)
Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
7 July 1995 (USA)
Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution
31 December 1965 (USA)