5 Movies That Explore The World

5 Movies that Explore the World

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.

ibellhop.com -- Ninth Gate Movie Location

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.

ibellhop.com -- The Beach Movie Filming Location

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.

ibellhop.com -- Astoria, Oregon Goonies

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.”

ibellhop.com -- Swiss Alps Film Location

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.

Romania Countryside Filming Location

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.

Keep following along with iBellhop, and we will have more beautiful filming locations that you may not have known about.

19 responses to “5 Movies That Explore The World

  1. I recently saw all 3 Hatfields & Mccoys. I had no idea the scenery was Romania! I really thought it was Kentucky/West Virginia. Interesting! How about “The English Patient” and “The Sheltering Sky”? Or “Monsoon Wedding”. I could go on and on… 🙂

  2. Goodness: The Hatfields and McCoys was filmed in Romania?!? Amazing. This said, Romania is a very beautiful country (although riven with many social/ethnic problems). Taken holistically (and despite such problems), Romania is one of Europe’s most intriguing countries. A little like Kentucky is one of the USA’s most intriguing states! Glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”. Phil.

  3. Thanks for this wonderful list! 🙂 I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Thailand! I love movies that magnify a country and its culture. Have you watched Y Tu Mama Tambien or something from Bollywood like “Like stars on earth”? – the former about Mexico, latter – India.

    By the way, I’d like to share to you art project I recently supported at Kickstarter- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1953408692/painting-an-entire-favela-in-rio-de-janeiro

    I feel the love to share it to people who appreciate the arts. One island! ❤

  4. So many Australian films are forced to feature the landscape (as there used to be a tax credit from the government if you did). I’d say the best example of the Aussie outback would be “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, followed by the original “Mad Max”. “Sound of Music”, “Roman Holiday” and “Brokeback Mountain” are all great location films as well 🙂

  5. Thank you everyone for your responses. We-too were quite surprised about the Romanian Countryside/Hatfields&McCoys.

    Then we all began reminiscing about other strange movie filming locations. When the Bellhops collect these together, we will be bringing you more. Thank you again…
    -the Bellhops.

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