I have created a list of 15 Hollywood movies filmed in Italy in the last 15 years. The movies selected for this post, allow you to see Italy portrayed through the eyes of famous actors and genres – from romantic comedies, drama, thrillers, James Bond and even Star Wars! Who knows maybe these movies along with one of my many posts, will entice you to plan a quick getaway to one (or all) of these amazing locations.
15 Hollywood movies filmed in Italy in the last 15 years
The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1999 – Locations: Rome, Venice, Positano and more
Take a look at some of Italy’s most beautiful cities through the eyes of Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Philip Seymour Hoffman. A great thriller.
Return to Me – 2000 – Location: Rome
David Duchovny and Carroll O’Connor show you how romantic Rome can be.
Hannibal – 2001 – Location: Florence & Sardegna
One of the most infamous characters of Hollywood, Hannibal Lecter, shows you beautiful Florence and the wonders of Italy’s island, Sardinia. Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta and Italy’s Giancarlo Giannini make this a must watch.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – 2002 – Location: Caserta
Italy has been used as a back drop for one of the most famous pop culture movie series of all time. The Caserta Palace served as a filming location for Star Wars on two occasions. In the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace setting for Queen Amidala’s royal palace on Naboo. It featured again in the 2002 film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as Queen Jamilla’s palace.
Under the Tuscan Sun – 2003 – Location: Cortona, Tuscany
Diane Lane (along with Sandra Oh and Kate Walsh) shows how difficult Italian bureaucracy is, while at the same time, living the life most of us would love – buying a villa through the countryside of Tuscany and calling it home.
A Good Woman – 2004 – Location: Amalfi
Two reasons to watch this movie: 1. set in Amalfi, Italy, an amazing place to visit and 2. it stars the always beautiful Scarlett Johansson.
Oceans Twelve – 2004 – Location: Como
Como and George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts and Bernie Mac. Enough said.
Mary – 2005 – Location: Matera
Not for the faint of heart, we had not heard of this movie until recently! The cast is pretty impressive: Juliette Binoche, Forest Whitaker, Marion Cotillard, Matthew Modine and Heather Graham.
The Da Vinci Code – 2006 – Location: Rome
Adapted from the Dan Brown novel of the same title, the movie was directed by Ron Howard and starred Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Sir Ian McKellen.
James Bond Quantum of Solace – 2008 – Location: Lake Garda to Basilicata
The second instalment of Daniel Craig as James Bond. Take a look at some of Italy’s sceneries from north to south.
Twilight New Moon – 2009 – Location: Montepulciano
Vampires, werewolves and Kristen Stewart. All this in the beautiful setting of Montepulciano in Tuscany.
Eat, Pray, Love – 2010 – Location: Rome and Naples
Julia Roberts is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self.
To Rome with Love – 2012 – Location: Rome
A romantic comedy written and directed by and starring Woody Allen and also stars Alec Baldwin, Italy’s Roberto Benigni (worth mentioning Life is Beauitful), Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.
The Great Beauty – 2013 – Location: Rome
Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards and winner at Golden Globes, always for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Trip to Italy – 2014 – Location: Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri
The follow-up to the smash hit comedy THE TRIP, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a new culinary road trip around Italy in the summer. What better way to see Italy and some food reviews along the way.
James Bond Spectre – 2015 – Location: Rome
Daniel Craig loves Italy and he loves traveling through Italy as James Bond. The movie is scheduled to be released on 6 November 2015 so we have not had the joy to see it but parts of the city were closed for filming. Read all about in the Telegraph Travel section of 12 March, 2015.
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