THE BEST MOVIES FILMED IN GREEK ISLANDS
With its spectacular landscapes and scenery, it is not surprising that Greece inspires filmmakers from all over the world to bring their vision to light. From action movies to rom-coms, Greece has served as the backdrop to many spectacular movies.
This movie, based on the 1999 musical set to the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, includes some of the most alluring shots of Greece in film. Shot mostly on the island of Skopelos, the film features an all-star cast consisting of Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried, and Dominic Cooper. ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!’, premiered in 2018 and is a series of flashbacks of a young Donna – Meryl Streep and her life in England before moving to Greece.
Zorba the Greek
In 1967, Mihalis Kakogiannis directed the movie Zorba the Greek, starring Antony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, and Lila Kedrova. The story is about Basil, a half English, half Greek, who is on his way to Crete when he meets Alexis Zorbas. Despite their background differences, the two men become friends, The English gentleman changes his mentality and has second thoughts as to if education and a refined life are the most important things in life. The uneducated Greek peasant, Zorba, teaches Basil how to truly live life and be happy. The movie takes place on the island of Crete and specifically the city of Chania, and it is a hymn to Greek hospitality and lifestyle.
The movie follows the story of Jesse and Celine, who first met on a train in Vienna. Now living in Paris, they have travelled to Greece, and specifically to Mani and Pylos, which are located in southwestern Peloponesse. The purpose of the trip is to save their marriage and resolve the issues they are facing. The movie is starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Deply, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and is directed by Richard Linklater. If you are a romantic soul, add this movie to your watch list.
Captain Corelli Mandolin
Captain Corelli Mandolin, the 2001 film starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, is based on the 1994 novel by Louis de Bernies and is set in Kefalonia during the time of the island’s occupation. The story pays tribute to the thousands of Italian soldiers that were executed by German forces in September 1943, as well as Greek civilians whose lives were lost both during the war and after in a massive post-war earthquake. The film highlights secluded coves, rugged landscapes and private piers where the film protagonists steal a kiss, and it will make viewers want to add Kefalonia to their bucket list!
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Identity is another film set in various locations around the world, including Paris, Prague, Imperia in Italy and Mykonos in Greece. The film sees Matt Damon as Jason Bourne attempting to rediscover his identity after an attack has left him with severe amnesia. Bourne soon realises that he is being chased, so not only does he have to figure out who he is but also who is out to get him. While the Mykonos scenes are only presented towards the end of the film, the beauty of this Cycladic island is enough to make people want to visit in a flash.