Location for a classic movie

WHS that have been used as a location for films of high public and/or critical acclaim.

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Alcala de Henares Spartacus (1960)
Amphitheater of El Jem Life of Brian (1979)
Ancient Kyoto Rashomon (1950)
Ancient Nara Rashomon (1950)
Ancient Thebes The Ten Commandments
Ancient ksours Timbuktu (2014), filmed in Oualata
Angkor Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2001, Lord Jim 1965
Auschwitz Birkenau Schindler's List (1993)
Babylon Intolerance (film, 1916)
Bam Cultural Landscape The Desert of the Tartars (1976)
Belfries Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, 2008) : one of the most famous scenes sees the hero playing "I Just Called to Say I Love You" on the carillon atop the Bergues belfry.
Brasilia That Man from Rio (with JP Belmondo), where Brasilia during its construction can be seen.
Brugge In Bruges (2008)
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks Dr Zhivago (1965)
Cartagena The Mission (1986)
Central Sikhote-Alin Dersu Uzala (1975)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) (won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, various French Cesar awards, and held Oscar & BAFTA nominations)
Cracow Schindler's List (1993)
Dong Phayayen Khao Yai's waterfalls Heo Narok and Haeo Suwat featured in The Beach (2000).
Durham Castle and Cathedral Durham Cathedral Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies
Forth Bridge The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Various, see link
Fujisan Throne of Blood (1957)
Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz Amadeus (1984)
Glacier parks The Shining (1980)
Grand Canyon Into the Wild (2007)
Great Smoky Mountains Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
Hallstatt-Dachstein The Sound of Music
Hatra Director William Friedkin filmed in Hatra for the first scene in The Exorcist, in which a priest at an archaeology dig unearths an ancient talisman belonging to Pazuzu, an ancient Mesopotamian demon.
Himeji-jo Shogun (European Version) (1980), Ran (1985)
Huangshan Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
Iguacu The Mission (1986)
Iguazu National Park The Mission (1986)
Imperial Palace The Last Emperor (1987)
Independence Hall Rocky II (1979)
Isole Eolie Il Postino (1994)
Kandy The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Kasbah of Algiers La Battaglia di Algeri (Dir - G Pontecorvo, 1966, B+W). Won Venice "Leone d'Oro" and "occupies the 120th place on Empire Magazine's list of the 500 greatest movies of all time" (Wiki). Shot on location in the Algiers Kasbah, it tells the story of the organisation of the FLN guerilla movement there between 1954-57 during the Algerian war against France. Once banned in France and elsewhere it has been accused of inspiring political violence and spreading guerilla tactics around the World.
Kilimanjaro National Park The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Gladiator (2000)
Le Havre Le Havre (2011)
Lübeck Salzspeicher: Nosferatu (1922)
Machu Picchu "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" . Herzog/Kinski 1972. On the steps of Huayna Picchu
Maloti Drakensberg In 1964, film director Cy Endfield shot the exterior locations in the mountainous Drakensberg National Park for the epic war film Zulu starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker (wiki)
Margravial Opera House Scenes for Farinelli (1994), about the life and career of the 18th-century Italian opera singer Carlo Broschi, were filmed here
Maritime Greenwich Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Medina of Essaouira Othello directed by (and starring) Orson Welles (1952. A bust of Welles is situated just outside the Medina)
Medina of Marrakesh The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Medina of Sousse Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Mexico City and Xochimilco Los Olvidados (1950), by Luis Buñuel, ranked as the second-best Mexican movie in history, published in 1994; and that (after public scorn in Mexico for its content and subject matter) won the Palme d'Or for best direction at Cannes. The film's negatives were added to the "Memory of the World" list by UNESCO. Example: • The exact filming locations are pretty unclear to me. Many scenes are shot in slums outside the city center, and in areas that there were just starting to be urbanized. However, some scenes do clearly happen in the historic center, and at the very start, the image of the Zocalo (after those of Paris, London and New York) is shown.
Mycenae and Tiryns Mycenae: Ilektra (Elektra) - 1962 B+W, Dir - Kakogiannis, Nominated for Oscar and Cannes Palm d'Or
Namib Sand Sea 2001: A Space Odyssey - "a 1968 epic science-fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick" (according to nom file)
Old Havana Our Man in Havana (1959) (No 32 in 50 Most Beautiful Movie Locations in the World)
Paris, Banks of the Seine La Traversée de Paris (Claude Autant-Lara), Á bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard), Paris brûle-t-il? (René Clément) and others
Petra Indiana Jones and the last crusade (1989)
Prague Amadeus (1984)
Pyramids (Memphis) Les pyramides (vue générale) (1897, Lumière production)
Qinghai Hoh Xil Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (2004)
Red Fort Gandhi (1982)
Redwood "The Endor scenes for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi were filmed in the Tall Trees Redwood Grove in the northern part of Humboldt County. Scenes for The Lost World: Jurassic Park as well as the movie Outbreak were filmed at the nearby Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park." - wiki
Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer: As early as the 1940s, Hollywood captured the structure's iconic appeal in such cinematic vehicles as the 1942 Bette Davis film Now, Voyager and Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 film Notorious starring Ingrid Bergman. (wiki) + That Man from Rio (French adventure film 1964)
Rjukan / Notodden The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Robben Island Invictus (2009)
Rome Roman Holiday (1953)
Royal Palace at Caserta Star Wars
Salzburg The Sound of Music (1965)
San Antonio Missions The Alamo (1960): a American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett
San Gimignano Tea with Mussolini (1999); Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) with Helena Bonham Carter, directed by Merchant Ivory.
Schönbrunn Sissi (1955)
St. Petersburg Oktyabr (Ten Days That Shook the World) (1928)
Statue of Liberty On the Town (1949)
Stralsund and Wismar the 1922 version of Nosfaratu is set and filmed in Wismar
Summer Palace The Last Emperor (1987)
Taj Mahal Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Shiraz (silent film from 1928)
Te Wahipounamu Lord of the Rings (2001), Oldboy (2003)
Teide National Park This dramatic scenery has been featured in films such as One Million Years B.C. (1966), Clash of the Titans (2010),[22] and Wrath of the Titans (2012).
Tikal National Park Star Wars (1977)
Tongariro National Park The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2003)
Valletta Fort St Elmo - Midnight Express (1978)
Vatnajökull National Park Interstellar, a 2014 American science fiction film
Venice and its Lagoon Venice is the location of "Summertime" (1955) with Katherine Hepburn, directed by David Lean
Versailles Various, such as A Little Romance (1978) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Vienna The Third Man (1949), Amadeus (1984)
Villa d'Este Three Coins in the Fountain, a 1954 American romantic comedy film (won 2 Oscars in 1955)
Wadi Rum Lawrence of Arabia -much of the 1962 movie directed by David Lean
Wudang Mountains The Assassin
Wulingyuan Wulingyuan (known as Zhangjiajie in Wiki), many scenic areas has been used as Pandora planet's Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar (2009)
Xidi and Hongcun Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Yakushima Princess Mononoke, a 1997 anime epic historical fantasy adventure film
Yosemite National Park Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)


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