Movies are at the end of the day entertainment, an escape from your daily mundanities of life. And what better way to entertain that to show gorgeous locations of the world so that audiences can enjoy them vicariously. Today’s list is about those movies that were shot in different parts of the globe. Most of these films were shot in several countries.
10. Mission Impossible Series (1996-2015)
Whenever you have a spy involved, you can guess that the film will shot in many countries. So, be it James Bond or Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt. All like to travel. Or shall we say their profession doesn’t leave them with options. Mission Impossible sees Ethan Hunt traveling to several places across the globe including European countries and even Asian countries like Indian and UAE. In fact, watching Hunt hunt for criminals in esoteric locations is part of the fun.
9. Die Another Day (2002)
The film was shot primarily in the United Kingdom, Iceland , and Cádiz(Spain). The scenes involving the Cuban locations of Havana and the fictional Isla de Los Organos were filmed at La Caleta, Spain. This was the final film as James Bond for the legendary Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan is the glue that keeps the film from plummeting into a burlesque. This movie isn’t one of his best, neither does it make it in top 10 Bond movies, yet its cinematography and exotic locations will make you fall in love with it.
8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
This classic was shot in Italy, England, and in many states of the US. After what I had seen under the PG banner in the last two films, I was practically expecting a two hour revel of sex(and death). Instead, I got a really funny and engaging movie. This was definitely the best of the franchise. Harrison Ford and Connery played off of each other throughout the film. It was fantastic. The best of the trilogy, because while Raiders of the Lost Ark had many of the same general elements, Last Crusade really capitalised(or should I say maximised )on them. This was my favourite movie growing up!
7. Baraka (1992)
Now this is documentary film (non-narrative). It is also the first film ever to be restored and scanned at 8K resolution. The movie was filmed at 152 locations in 23 countries. Some locations include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Thailand, Tanzania, US, Vatican City, Iran, France, Ecuador to name a few. It explores traditional themes via a compilation of natural events of life and human activities, and technological phenomena shot in various countries on six continents over a 14-month period. It’s bit of an odd duck, but a great experiment in itself!
6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The epic desert scenes of this movie were shot in Jordan and Morocco, as well as Almería and Doñana in Spain. I have never watched this movie in one sitting, alway in bits and pieces, though it never ceases to amaze. Back in the day to be able to pull off such a movie with such great excellence was worthy of an Oscar, which it got rewarded with. Come to think of it, this movie was shot more than five decades ago, and the drive of the director is worth noticing here. There weren’t many back then who’d go to this length to fulfill their desire to make the movie the way they wanted to. A must watch indeed!
5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Filming of this movie took place in locations including Jodhpur, London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Los Angeles, New York City, Newark, and Pittsburgh. Cristopher Nolan is known for giving in his all for his projects, Inception and The Prestige are an example of that. He has taken The Dark Knight Rises on a grandiose level. One scene in particular where Bale makes it out of the human-cage is so well filmed. You get a glimpse of typical Indian fort in this scene. Nolan films few of the first scenes in air with unparalleled beauty all along the way, the way he visioned Gotham and put it on screen is exceptional.
4. Skyfall (2012)
Sam Mendes scouted several countries to find a perfect location of this 23rd instalment of 007 Franchise. It was supposed to be shot in India but the production unit failed to secure permission on time and later decided to take this movie somewhere else. Somewhere else here stands for Turkey, England, Scotland, Japan and China. But that shouldn’t come of as a surprise to 007 fans. It’s known for the thrilling action, bond girls and eye-catching locations. This movie offers the most epic Bond Adventure of all time. Daniel Craig will end up as your favourite Bond after you watch this movie (Yes, Casino Royale was spectacular, but not quite Craig’s best outing as MI6 agent.)
3. Gladiator (2000)
This is an American epic historical drama film directed by none other than Ridley Scott. The film won multiple awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Crowe and three other at the Academy Awards. The opening battle scenes were shot in Bourne Woods, England. Morocco and Malta are showcased excellently in this mega budget movie. Watching this movie is like diving into the culture of ancient Rome. Russel Crowe plays the role of his life in this historic drama. This movie was a box-office success and was critically acclaimed around the world. One of the best on this list!
2. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Tunisia, Ireland, Guatemala, Seville, Greenham Common, Death Valley, Northern California, Norway, Abu Dhabi, Italy-these are the main places this movie was shot at. That ought to tell you how epic Star Wars Franchise is. It includes a few World Heritage Sites, it’s like a tradition for them to include one of those in their movies. They have edited many places to make them look completely different. If you’re a nerd who wants to get lost in the charm of this planet’s landscapes, then this movie is a treat for you.
1. Bourne Series (2004-16)
Well, when you have a spy jumping around from one country to another country, what else do you expect? One of the fun aspects of the Bourne films is to watch Jason Bourne change countries like we change our clothes. From US to Russia to India to Spain to Germany to Morocco. Name a country that this guy hasn’t been to.
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