Dreaming of exploring the ancient ruins of Greece, basking in the sun-drenched islands, and immersing yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture? You’re not alone, as I’m with you. Indulge in the magic of cinema and transport yourself to the enchanting landscapes of Greece. Be warned – these movies about Greece might inspire you to start planning your next trip to Greece or reminiscing about past visits.
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Movies Set in Greece: A Cinematic Journey
Here’s a list of my favourite movies set in and about Greece that will captivate your senses and deepen your desire to experience this incredible destination firsthand.
Beckett, a vacationing American tourist played by John David Washington, becomes embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy while travelling through Greece. This intense thriller takes you on a gripping journey, showcasing the stunning landscapes of Athens, the picturesque port town of Piraeus, and the captivating beauty of the Greek countryside. Get that popcorn ready.
Before Midnight (2013)
The conclusion of this romantic trilogy follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) as they navigate the complexities of love and relationships. The movie captures the essence of Greece’s timeless allure. Set against the mesmerizing backdrop of the Peloponnese region, it includes the idyllic towns of Kardamyli and Pylos. You’ll fall in love all over again.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
You can’t have a list of movies about Greece without one based on Greek mythology. This epic adventure follows mortals and gods as they collide in this mythological fantasy. The movie’s breathtaking visual effects and mythical creatures will transport you to the age of gods and heroes. You’ll also get a glimpse at the ancient sites of Greece, including the Acropolis in Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Join James Bond on an action-packed mission in the Greek Isles. As 007 unravels a plot involving a lost communication device, he finds himself amidst the ancient ruins of Greece, Meteora monastery and the crystal-clear waters of Corfu. The movie combines the thrill of espionage with the mesmerizing beauty of Greece, taking you on a high-stakes adventure you won’t soon forget.
Glass Onion: Knives out Mystery (2022)
A billionaire tech mogul hosts a murder mystery game at his opulent Greek mansion. What can possibly go wrong? As tensions rise and secrets unravel, renowned detective Benoit Blanc must untangle a web of motives and deceit. With a cast of quirky characters and the stunning backdrop of a private Greek island, this thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge will keep you guessing.
Follow the story of a wealthy retail mogul, played by Steve Coogan, as he celebrates his lavish 60th birthday on the sun-drenched Greek island of Mykonos. This biting satire explores themes of excess and greed while presenting the island’s stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife and luxurious resorts. You had me at Mykonos.
High Season (1987)
Transport yourself to the picturesque Greek island of Rhodes. Starring Jacqueline Bisset and James Fox, High Season captures the essence of island life, showcasing the island’s charming villages, ancient ruins and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Add some spies, smugglers and a questionable ex, and you have a rom-com set in paradise.
Mamma Mia! (2008) + Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
You can’t have a list of movies about Greece without the Mamma Mia! movies. Set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi (filmed on location in Skopelos and Skiathos), both movies follow Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) adventures on the island. In the first movie, she seeks to uncover the identity of her father before her wedding.
In the second, she learns about her mother’s history with the island as she’s about to open up a hotel. The stunning island landscapes, traditional white-washed buildings, and azure waters make this movie an ode to the beauty of the Greek islands. Add in the catchy tunes of ABBA, and you have yourself a party.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (2023)
The third installment of the hugely popular adventures of the Portokalos family takes them to Greece. As the family travels for a family reunion, you know there will be plenty of cultural crashes, hilarity and gorgeous scenery. This fun movie hits movie screens in the fall of 2023 and takes you to beautiful Athens and Plaka, Greece. When it comes to movies about Greece, this one will probably make you laugh the most.
My Life in Ruins (2009)
Follow the hilarious misadventures of Georgia, a Greek-American tour guide played by Nia Vardalos, as she rediscovers her passion for life and love while leading a group of tourists through the ancient ruins of Greece. The movie highlights iconic archaeological sites such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the charming villages of Monemvasia and Olympia.
Summer Lovers (1982)
Immerse yourself in a sun-soaked romance as a young American couple embarks on a passionate love affair during their vacation on the stunning Greek island of Santorini. The movie explores the complexities of relationships against the backdrop of Greece’s breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and the allure of a summer fling and a threesome. You might want to leave this one for a date night.
The Lost Daughter (2021)
Adapted from Elena Ferrante’s novel, this psychological drama explores the unravelling of a middle-aged woman’s (played by Olivia Colman) seemingly idyllic life during a summer vacation on a Greek island (filmed on location in Spetses). The film captures the island’s raw beauty, remote beaches, and contrasting experiences of solitude and connection.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Four lifelong friends embark on separate journeys during a summer apart, with a magical pair of jeans connecting them. One of the storylines takes place in Greece, particularly in the coastal town of Santorini, offering breathtaking views of the caldera, iconic blue-domed churches, and the island’s unique charm. Watch it with your girlfriends and make a girls’ night out of it.
The Trip to Greece (2020)
Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on their final culinary adventure, retracing the steps of Odysseus through Greece. This witty and entertaining adventure takes you on a gastronomic journey through historical landmarks such as Athens, Hydra, Delphi and Ithaca, offering a delightful blend of culture, humour and stunning vistas. Let the Greek Odyssey begin.
Relive the legendary tale of the Trojan War in this epic historical film. While it was shot across Malta and Mexico, it brings ancient Greece to life through the magic of cinema. Follow the adaptation of Homer’s great epic as you embark on a virtual trip to Troy, the imposing Mount Olympus and experience the grandeur of the Mycenaean civilization. A must-see for history buffs who like to imagine what the ancient world of gods and heroes must have looked like.
Two Faces of January (2014)
Set in 1960s Athens and Crete, this stylish thriller follows an American couple (played by Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) entangled in a dangerous game of deception and intrigue. Go on a fascinating journey of Athens’ historic landmarks, such as the Acropolis and the Plaka district, as well as the rugged beauty of Crete’s coastal towns.
Movies about Greece, in conclusion
I can honestly say that Greece is one of my fave destinations. Watching movies set in and about Greece is a great way to transport yourself back to the sunny beaches, gorgeous landscapes and amazing food. Add in the ancient sites, legends and myths, and you have a magical journey through Greece.
Whether you’re planning your first visit or longing to return, these movies will undoubtedly ignite your wanderlust and transport you to the enchanting realm of Greece. Let the magic of cinema awaken your desire to experience Greece’s cultural treasures firsthand. OPA!
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