Top 10 Filming Locations
If you want to follow in the footsteps of your favorite Hollywood movie star, you should pack your bags and journey to the world’s largest and most beautiful cities, as most of them were used to film some of the most exceptional movies. If you are struggling with choosing the right place for your visit, have a look at our top 10 of the world’s most amazing filming locations!
1. New York City, USA
Harlem’s Cotton Club, Robert De Niro’s Little Italy and the uptown tenements of “West Side Story” are all in reach if you choose to visit New York. Also, you can admire the Empire State Building, which was King Kong’s favorite hangout, or sail past the Statue of Liberty, just like Barbara Streisand did in “Funny Girl”.
2. Hollywood, California, USA
Hollywood is definitely the best representative regarding the motion picture industry of the United States. On your way through the famous district of Central Los Angeles, you can visit the home of the Oscars, named Shrine Auditorium, or you can pay your respects to some of the greatest stars of the early cinema such as Rudolph Valentio, who is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Honoring the actors’ accomplishments, the cemetery becomes an outdoor movie theatre once a week during the hot season. The Grauman’s Chinese Theater is also a magnificent place to visit, outside of which you can see the footprints of various movie stars.
3. Mumbai, India
Mumbai’s Juhu district is renowned as being the core of the Bollywood film industry, enabling the production of over 200 movies annually. If you want to see the actors in action, all you have to do is journey to a big studio such as Filmistan or RK. You will surely fall in love with the Indians’ unique way of making movies, combining drama, dance and singing into highly appreciated films.
4. The Monument Valley in Arizona
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau, which is well known for its sandstone hills and desert-like panoramas. This is probably the reason why the location was used extensively by film director John Ford, who shot many western movies here, including the 1939 success “Stagecoach”. Referring to this outstanding location, critic Keith Phipps stated that “its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.”
5. Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese capital of Tokyo was used as a filming location for many iconic movies, including “You Only Live Twice” starring Sean Connery, “Kill Bill” starring Uma Thurman or “Lost in Translation” with Scarlett Johannson and Bill Murray. Famous landmarks in Tokyo such as the New Otani Inn, the Gonpachi restaurant or the Park Hyatt Hotel are all featured in each of the movies we mentioned earlier.
6. Rome, Italy
The old and famous buildings of Rome including the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Castel Sant’Angelo were all featured in “The Da Vinci Code” and also in Federico Fellini’s “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
7. Queenstown, New Zealand
If you are a “Lord of the Rings” fan, you surely must visit Queenstown in New Zealand, and follow in the footsteps of Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) as they traveled across the beautiful plains of Middle-earth. Galadriel’s (Cate Blanchett) home can also be observed in the form of Lake Wakatipu, while the Southern Alps might become oddly familiar, as they ensured a multitude of filming locations for the award-winning trilogy.
8. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague was a filming set for “Mission Impossible” with Tom Cruise, and for “Blade II” starring Wesley Snipes. Other masterpieces such as “Amadeus” or “Yentl” were also shot in this beautiful capital, which happens to be the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union.
9. Paris, France
We could not forget about Paris, of course. St. Germain and the Champs Elysées were featured in the classic “Breathless” that launched in the 1960s, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. Other more modern films were also shot here, including Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, as well as “Amélie” starring Audrey Tatou.
10. London, U.K.
London was also the ideal choice for many movie scenes, thanks to its remarkable landmarks and imposing size. As the largest metropolitan area in the European Union, this old and beautiful city served as a backdrop for “Bridget Jones’s Diary” with Tate Modern and Renée Zellweger. “Harry Potter” fans should also take some time and visit the reptile house at the zoo and platform 4 at King’s Cross Station.