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Blockbuster Film Locations for your Bucket List

by Travelbag on 25 February 2019, 09:02AM

Forrest Gump - Monument Valley

At this time of year, there’s nothing nicer than curling up on your sofa and watching one of your favourite films. You can escape into a whole different world – but what if you could visit it in real life? We’ve looked at some of the biggest movies – past and present – and uncovered where they were filmed, to help you get inspired for your next adventure. From snow-topped mountains and dusty deserts, to tropical jungles and futuristic cities, we’ve scoured the globe to bring you a range of exciting destinations from the silver screen. Whether you’re into fantasy flicks or scenic epics, take a look at our bucket list of blockbusters and start planning your next holiday. Lights, camera, action...


Superhero Movies

If the words “Wakanda forever” mean nothing to you, we can only assume you’ve been living under a rock. Black Panther has taken the world by storm, having broken several film records, won dozens of awards, and been nominated for seven Oscars. Although it’s set in sub-Saharan Africa, the film was actually shot in Argentina. And, just over the border, Brazil was the filming location for everyone’s favourite green hero, The Incredible Hulk. Meanwhile, Batman fans might need to travel for quite some time to see all the famous sites from The Dark Knight trilogy. Christopher Nolan’s hit movies were filmed in Iceland, India, China and beyond.


Action Movies

With villains tucked away on exotic islands and car chases through iconic city streets, action movies tend to be filmed in a range of exciting destinations. Possibly the most well-travelled character of all time, James Bond has been everywhere from Italy to Thailand. But perhaps Ethan Hunt could give him a good run for his money. The Mission Impossible franchise was filmed in multiple locations around the world, including Dubai, Australia and the USA. When it comes to off-the-beaten-track travel, though, Lara Croft takes the crown. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider firmly put Cambodia on the tourist trail back in 2001, after showing off Angkor Wat in all its glory.

Lara Croft - Angkor Wat

Family Favourites

One of the most-loved films of all time, Forrest Gump weaves together key events and people from America’s modern history – covering everything from Elvis Presley’s dance moves to the Vietnam War. But, at the heart of it all, is Forrest’s bench. And you can see it for yourself in Georgia in the USA. Closer to home, Mamma Mia was mainly filmed in Greece, showcasing the sleepy beaches and whitewashed towns of Skopelos and Skiathos. Meanwhile, the Indiana Jones movies were shot in various spots, including Sri Lanka, Hawaii and, of course, Jordan. In the first film, the ancient city of Petra famously stood in for the site of the Holy Grail.


Scenic Films

There are some films that you simply have to see on the big screen, to be able to appreciate the scenery – but imagine seeing it for real. The Lord of the Rings is the best example. Filmed entirely in New Zealand, this jaw-dropping trilogy shows off the country’s dramatic mountains, glass-clear lakes and beautiful countryside. None of it is CGI, so you can see it all with your own eyes – you can even visit Hobbiton. Alternatively, head to Canada to marvel at the snow-blanketed wilderness from The Revenant – AKA the film that saw Leonardo DiCaprio finally win an Oscar. Prefer to go somewhere a little warmer? Head to the lush islands of Hawaii and step foot into real-life Jurassic Park. There won’t be any dinosaurs – we hope – but the eye-popping scenery will certainly make you feel like life finds a way.

Jurassic Park - Hawaii

Find the locations of your favourite films with our bucket list blockbusters and start planning your next adventure.

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