A stunning filming location can add even more magic to the magic of film. Over the years, the movie industry has steadily moved from filming exclusively on built sets — to save money — to filming on-location in some of the most exotic of locations around the world. Films featuring the dramatic and varied landscapes of the earth tend to invoke more of a dramatic response from the audience. Here are 10 of our favorite movies that explore the world.
1. The Ninth Gate (1999) — This movie took audiences on a tour through Spain, Portugal, and France. The story itself weaves through the history and cultures of Europe, and fortifies the travel story by filming in some of the most intriguing surroundings that a European traveler will surely see.
2. The Beach (2000) — Though it wasn’t a mainstream success, this film won over the hearts of fans by bringing them directly into a lush green paradise where they indulge in their every hedonistic desire — at least, vicariously. The majority of the “Paradise” scenes were filmed in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand, a true paradise that should be visited, if you have the chance.
3. Goonies (1985) — Astoria, Oregon was somewhat of a hidden gem until this 80’s family classic came out and showcased the Oregon Coast as a place for family and adventures. Other movies filmed in Astoria include: “Kindergarten Cop”, “Into the Wild”, and “The Ring.”
4. Frankenstein (1994) — The truest film adaptation to Mary Shelley’s original macabre classic kept even truer, when the decision was made to film almost exclusively in the Swiss Alps. Sweeping aerial views of the snow covered mountains give a cold and ominous feeling to the movie, while scenes featuring the lush rolling hills add humanity to the picture.
5. Hatfields & Mccoys (2012) — Yes the actual story of the famous feud took place in the West Virginia/Kentucky area, but Romania was decided-upon as the filming location. Why? The climates are quite similar, and Romania tends to still look as green as Kentucky did in the 1800s. Not only a great series, but the cinematography is breathtaking.
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