The 8 Most Scenic Movies Filmed in the Mediterranean
As the annual film industry award season rolls around again, we’re reminded of classic movies we love. From Hollywood’s most iconic films like To Catch a Thief to more recent movie adventures, there are great Mediterranean scenes to please any armchair traveler. These films should help tide you over until you charter a yacht from one of our Mediterranean locations and set of on adventures of your own.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
This classic film by Alfred Hitchcock features the glamour of Grace Kelly and the handsome and always suave Cary Grant. Set in Côte d’Azur, Hitchcock puts Technicolor to full use, making the most of the sheer coastlines and clear, turquoise waters that grace that part of the Mediterranean. The storyline centers on Grant as John Robie, a retired cat burglar, and Kelly as Francie, a Riviera socialite. A series of robberies along the coast leads Robie to try to clear his name.
In typical Hitchcock style, the movie features plenty of suspense, witty dialogue, and phenomenal cinematography. In this film, the Côte d’Azur coastline is clearly a star to rival two of Hollywood’s greats. Dramatic architecture, a scenic picnic setting, and breathtaking drives along the winding Grande Corniche between Nice and Monte Carlo are sure to get you in the mood for a Mediterranean adventure.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
This movie version of the Broadway musical is the most successful movie ever filmed in Greece. Mamma Mia! is based on songs by the pop music group ABBA. Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård, the story follows a single mom, her daughter (Amanda Seyfried), and the three men who might be the daughter’s father.
The movie was filmed in Skopelos, Skiathos, and the Pelion coast. The romantic and the beauty of Greece received better reviews that the rest of the film. In spite of mixed reviews, the movie earned $609.8 million USD, easily recouping the $52 million it cost to produce it. The movie has also be profitable for Greece’s tourist industry and it continues to inspire countless fans to visit and see the wonders of the Greece coastline from themselves.
Zorba the Greek (1964)
Anthony Quinn starred in this movie, a life-affirming comedy-drama based on the 1946 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. Now a classic tribute to the Greek spirit, the movie was shot in locations on the island of Crete, including the villages of Chania and Stavros.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Directed by Anthony Minghella, this take on Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel The Talented Mr Ripley stars Matt Damon and Jude Law. Set in the 1950s, the movie recreates the magic of the lovely Italian Mediterranean coastline from that period. Thanks to the classic architecture, other than the cars and period clothing, visitors today can see much the same sights as are captured in the film.
The movie centers on Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) a smooth-talking chameleon who travels to Italy to convince rich American playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) to end his free-wheeling ways and return home. Ripley quickly becomes enamored with Greenleaf’s lifestyle and beautiful girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow). Chilling suspense quickly becomes the focal point of
Under the Tuscan Sun (2013)
The 2003 hit Under Under the Tuscan Sun is a must see for those who love Italy. The film stars Diane Lane as a newly single woman who tried to reinvent her life in an old Tuscan villa. The Amalfi Coast is featured in scenes filmed along the beach and in the town of Positano. Ah, romance, handsome Italian men, vintage home renovation, comedy, lovely American women, and scenes of life in Tuscan are enough to send many of us searching for the next flight there. The movie is based on Frances Mayes’ 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan Sun.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The first of the film series based on Robert Ludlum’s novel of the same name, this movie stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Bourne is rescued from the Mediterranean Sea by Italian fisherman. This leads to thrilling adventures and chase scenes. Parts of this movie were set in Greece, on the island of Mykonos. While the movie is an exciting example of the manner in which most of us do not want to travel, it also features action-packed scenes filmed in Paris, Prague, Imperia, Rome, and Zürich
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
This movie starred Roger Moore in the tenth spy film in the James Bond series. In this installment of the series we find Bond, James Bond, battling against a reclusive megalomaniac who wants to destroy the world. Filmed on location in Egypt and in Costa Smeralda and Sardinia, Italy. The underwater scenes were filmed in Nassau, Bahamas.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
The twelfth film in the James Bond series also started Roger Moore. This installment of the series was filmed in Greece, Italy, and England with underwater footage in the Bahamas. For travel lovers, the highlight of this film is the scene with hang gliding from the hanging monasteries of Meteora. The term breathtaking doesn’t begin to capture the heart-stopping views from the UNESCO World Heritage site in Meteora. The monasteries nestled within the nearly inaccessible sandstone peaks date back to as early as the 11 th century.
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