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L.A. Noire film reels and landmarks guide

L.A. Noire may be the most mature, character-focused open-world game we've ever played – but just like any other sandbox game worth its salt, its streets and alleyways hide a ton of hidden collectibles for players to track down. In Noire, these take the form of 50 exceptionally well-hidden film reels (each emblazoned with the name of a classic noir movie), and 30 less-well-hidden landmarks, which you can "find" just by driving past them.


Above: This is what you're looking for – now keep a sharp eye out

You could spend countless hours searching every shady backalley and dead-end street for these, or you could use our guide to hunt them all down in a hurry, and grab the Hollywoodland (30G/Silver, for reels) and Star Map (15G/Bronze, for landmarks) Achievements/Trophies that much more quickly. If you'd prefer help with the story cases and/or newspapers, be sure to check our five-star walkthrough, and if you're angling for 100 percent completion, you'll definitely want to look over our vehicle achievement guide. (And if you somehow wound up here accidentally while wondering if L.A. Noire is even worth picking up, you might want to check out our super review.)

 

CENTRAL

FILM REELS
1. Notorious • 2. Double Indemnity • 3. Body and Soul • 4. Detour • 5. Scarlet Street • 6. Gun Crazy • 7. House of Bamboo • 8. Pickup on South Street • 9. Leave Her to Heaven • 10. Key Largo • 11. The Maltese Falcon • 12. Angels With Dirty Faces • 13. Strangers on a Train • 14. The Big Heat • 15. Touch of Evil • 16. The Asphalt Jungle • 17. Out of the Past • 18. The Big Carnival • 19. Mildred Pierce • 20. This Gun for Hire • 21. Rififi • 22. Sweet Smell of Success • 23. Murder, My Sweet • 24. Night and the City • 25. The Big Clock • 26. The Naked City 

LANDMARKS
1. Mayfair Hotel • 2. Good Samaritan Hospital • 3. Intolerance Set • 4. Christ Crown of Thorns • 5. Los Angeles Public Library • 6. Pershing Square • 7. RKO Theatre • 8. Los Angeles Examiner • 9. Main Street Terminal • 10. The Bradbury Building • 11. Angels Flight • 12. Hall of Records • 13. El Pueblo de Los Angeles • 14. Union Station • 15. Chinatown • 16. LA Cold Storage Co. • 17. 4th Street Viaduct • 18. 6th Street Viaduct • 19. National Biscuit Company • 20. MacArthur Park • 21. Park Plaza 

 

WILSHIRE

FILM REELS
27. Shadow of a Doubt • 28. The Killing • 29. The Set-Up • 30. Laura • 31. The Lady from Shanghai • 32. The Third Man • 33. The Killers • 34. M • 35. Crossfire • 36. Thieves' Highway 

LANDMARKS
22. Westlake Tar Pits • 23. L.A. County Art Museum • 24. Bullocks Wilshire 

 

HOLLYWOOD

FILM REELS
37. White Heat • 38. The Narrow Margin • 39. Sunset Boulevard • 40. The Woman in the Window •  41. The Spiral Staircase • 42. The Night of the Hunter • 43. Odd Man Out • 44. In A Lonely Place • 45. Where the Sidewalk Ends • 46. Gilda • 47. The Letter • 48. Brute Force • 49. Nightmare Alley • 50. The Big Sleep 

LANDMARKS
25. The Brown Derby • 26. Crossroads of the World • 27. Musso & Franks • 28. Max Factor Building • 29. Grauman's Theater • 30. Hotel Roosevelt 

UPDATE: At present, this guide is still incomplete. Images, maps and walkthroughs are in place for all 50 reels and 30 landmarks, but we'll be adding videos and larger maps in the next few days. Check back soon for more updates.

 

Film reels – Central

While the entire game world is open to you from the beginning of the game, Cole Phelps begins his career in LA's Central district. With that in mind, we'll start our search at the southeastern corner of the map, and gradually work our way northwest to Hollywood from there.

 

1. Notorious

At the eastern edge of the map, there's a nameless road that intersects with Olympic Blvd. Just north of that intersection, you'll find a dirt road that leads to this warehouse:

Drive inside the open loading doors to the south, and you'll see a little office on your right. The first reel is waiting on the floor.

 

2. Double Indemnity

 

Not too far north of where you found Notorious, and off the same nameless road, you'll see a military base. Its front entrance, which you should smash right through, looks like this:

Drive up to the first building on your left. Just to the west of it, you'll see a pathway sloping downward. Follow it.

Follow the path behind the building pictured above, and you'll find a practice range. The second reel is sitting on one of the tables in front of it:

 

3. Body and Soul

This one's tricky, because you'll need to actually get inside of the 7th St. bridge. If you're coming from the direction of the nameless road, squeeze past the bridge's right side, like so:

This will bring you to one of LA's many drainage canals. Just drive straight across to the other side.

Once there, hang a left and head for the collection of bridge supports that look like this:

Hidden behind them on the big support, you'll see a little door. Head on in.

Climb the stairs and head to bear right, past a couple of hobos:

Just past the barrels pictured below, you'll find the next reel:

 

4. Detour

A few blocks southwest of the 7th Street bridge, there's see a railroad depot situated just north of Bay Street (the image below is what it looks like if you're coming from Alameda). Head for its western end.

Curl around to the north side of the depot, and you'll see a couple of red cars standing close together under the awning. The next reel is on the ground between them. 

 

5. Scarlet Street

Once you've got Reel 4, head up to 6th Street and find the alley to the north of it (near 6th and Alameda):

Once you're in the (surprisingly spacious) alley, head for the northern edge of the loading dock to the east.

The reel is on the ground, next to a dumpster. Looks like someone got a little too careless with their print of Scarlet Street.

 

 

6. Gun Crazy

After grabbing Scarlet Street, head north to 1st Street and follow it east (or just fast-travel, whichever). Shortly after crossing the bridge, you'll see train tracks headed south, past this parking structure. Your target is the small water tower just visible under the arrow:

Head over to it, and you'll see the next reel laying on the ground, semi-hidden by a pipe.

 

7. House of Bamboo

Head back west along 1st Street, and head south at Alameda. There's a factory on the eastern side of the street; here's what it looks like when you're coming up from the south:

Smash through the gates in front of the place and drive on it. If you're approaching from Alameda, you'll see a staircase on the right that looks like this:

Climb that sucker and look to the right. The next reel is in plain sight near the corner of the catwalk.

 

8. Pickup on South Street

Here's an easy one: just go to Union Station. If you haven't found it (which you normally will in the second Traffic-desk case), take Alameda north and it'll be on your right. Once you've find it, you can tick a landmark off your list and head inside the southernmost entrance.

Run around the locker kiosk, and you'll see a little gift stand on the right.

The next reel is on the counter, freely available for you to grab.

 

9. Leave Her to Heaven

Northwest of Union Station, nestled at the corner of a couple of nameless streets, you'll find a decrepit public pool. Here's what it looks like from the street to its north:

As you're heading over to the entrance on the pool's east end, take a look a tthe fenced yard. You'll see the next reel sitting near a tree.

To get to it, just head in through the front door and hang a right.

 

10. Key Largo

Did you think the last location was spooky? It can't touch this one for remoteness, even though this place is really just a few blocks northwest of the pool. While you'll visit this eerie ranch house in the final hours of the game, you may as well head over there and grab the reel now. On the north side of the nameless road shown below the "Player" icon above, you'll see the entrance to the ranch's dirt road, which looks like this:

Follow it around until you've driven through the ranch's entry arch, and look for this ramshackle farmhouse:

Head up to the front door, and the reel will be on your left, just waiting to be taken to safety.

Next page: Continue through the Central district with Reels 11-18

23 comments

  • Roshilala - September 29, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    The best guide for this trophy! Thank you for this oh so much
  • Aphobic - November 14, 2011 5:59 a.m.

    Best game guide on the internet, well done! It helped me immensely - I'm now 60/60 with 1400 achievement points! Don't mind the uneducated, illiterate gerbil below me, keep up the great work!
  • auramarx - September 10, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    I really dont kno why deez people are praising you dat much.Honestly i had to find da film reels on my own with little help of your guide.you dont even kno how to put a destination mark in its place.i had to go look for da film reel cuz your destination mark is in da wrong places.smh next time if you ever decide to do a guide on how to find sumthing put put da destination mark where da object is cuz you dont kno how to put where we have to go correctly
  • spektreumek - July 1, 2011 2:01 a.m.

    100% done. Top guide GR. Shame Gary is still looking for cars. lol
  • daz9111972 - June 25, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    GR8 guide . Hope this helps the garys of this world get their 100%. Just go in free roam 2 collect them.
  • cranston - June 6, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Had to register just to thank you for this guide, no way was I finding all of these in under 10hrs using the Social Club map. By far the best guide to finding the reels anywhere on internet. Thankyou!!
  • dray - June 2, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    Only created A account to make this comment about youre guide. Well done, really excellent job, I really liked it with the pictures made it rather very easy to find them quickly. Took me maybe a good 2Hours or something to collect them all. Only used the Film reels Guide though. Again well done.
  • Chiefslapaho - May 31, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Am i the only one who thinks the ramshackle farmhouse looks a lot like John Marston's house?
  • thochaos - May 28, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    This was really helpful. I would never have found any of the reels without this guide and it made the last few landmarks extremely easy. Thanks!
  • zer0hvk - May 28, 2011 5:46 a.m.

    This was an awesome guide, now I'm closer to 100%! Thanks Mr. Reparaz!
  • Eaxis - May 26, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Great Guide, just got everything. Now I need to find every car.
  • TheGreatWeskby - May 24, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Great guide... very helpful
  • TheSoftMachine - May 21, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    Ohahha wow i knew i wasnt the only one lazy enough to not park at the bottom of the stairs. i understand you had to put that pic in driving up the stairs i would have done the same myself. bravo.
  • leeloo - May 20, 2011 4:08 a.m.

    Thank you for an awesome guide. Managed to get all landmarks, still working on the film reels.
  • FVDub - May 19, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    It is absolutely incredible that you have made such an awesome guide so soon after the game has come out. THANK YOUR GR!
  • Darkrose2222 - May 19, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Thanks for this I appreciate it. I am not sure if your aware of this You don't have to crash through gates to get certain items. He will easily hop over the fence even if there is a wire on top of it. I mean of course if you want to have fun you can do so. There are some easier ways to get some of the Items instead of what you are telling people they have to do. But I do love this site so Thanks again.
  • 435 - May 19, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    Many thanks, my friend.
  • elpurplemonkey - May 19, 2011 12:22 a.m.

    I saw that tweet also- you stayed in the office until 3am or so doing this right? That's insane, but thank you very much for it.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - May 18, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    @WonsAuto: Hey, thanks for the support. You can go after this stuff after finishing the game - in fact, the best way to do it is by going into the "Cases" menu and picking Free Roam (which becomes available for each desk as you finish them, and is also great for going after any street-crime cases you didn't get to before).
  • WonsAuto - May 18, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Another awesome open-world guide by Wikiparez. Can you collect this stuff after beating the main story, or does it have to be before? Also, I saw your Twitter feed early this morning, can't believe you stayed at the office so late to work on this. Your ridiculous work ethic shan't go unappreciated!

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