Our Top 5 Films About Cities
In these movies, the city plays as big a role as the characters themselves. If you know the movie well, you can easily do a walking tour of each of these cities based on the movie, retracing the steps of your favorite characters. It’s great inspiration for aspiring travelers. Check out our top films about cities.
1. Vienna in Before Sunrise
Everyone needs to see this ultimate romantic movie that both men and women will love. American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French Celine (Julie Delpy) meet on a European train, disembark in Vienna, Austria, and spend an entire day walking, talking, and falling impossibly in love. *sigh*
The Zollamtssteg Bridge over the River Wien; Teuchtler Schallplattenhandlung record shop; Maria Theresien platz square; The Cemetery of the Nameless; The Riesenrad ferris wheel; Maria am Gestade gothic church; the Danube canal.
2. Paris in Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen is notorious for showcasing a city (see number 3 on this list), and Midnight in Paris not only makes viewers feel like they’ve lived a Parisian life for two hours, it also makes them want to go back in time. Melancholic American author Gil (Owen Wilson) wanders the streets of Paris every night, finding a loophole that takes him back in time to the 1920s, where he parties with writers and artists of the age.
Monet’s Garden in Giverny; Hotel le Bristol; Le Grande Vefour restaurant; the gardens and Palace of Versailles; the Musee Rodin; St Etienne du Mont church; the quai de Bourbon; Le Polidor restaurant; Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market; Musee de l’Orangerie; Shakespeare and Company bookshop
3. Barcelona in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Another Woody Allen film, another chance to get a glimpse of another incredible city. This film follows American friends Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) as they travel to Barcelona for the summer. While there they find love, excitement, art, and even themselves.
Gaudí’s Church of La Sagrada Familia; the rooftop of the La Pedrera building; the Parc de Montjuïc; Els Quatre Gats bar; the village of Oviedo; La Marsella bar; Gaudi’s salamander fountain in Parc Guell; Tibidabo amusement park; Las Ramblas district.
4. Rome in Roman Holiday
No city has appeared more colorful while being filmed in black and white. Roman Holiday was filmed entirely on location (unusual for a 1950s film), and made Rome seem the most beautiful, exciting, romantic city of all time. It was a breakthrough role for Audrey Hepburn, who plays a sheltered princess longing for a break from royal life. She runs away and meets a handsome American journalist (Gregory Peck) who takes her under his wing and shows her all the sights of this great city.
The Spanish steps; Via Condotti street; Trevi Fountain; The Pantheon; The Roman Forum; The Colosseum; The Mouth of Truth
5. Chicago in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The thing I love most about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is that while Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and his friends skip school, they don’t just sit at home and play video games. They take in the fabulous city of Chicago instead, and it looks like so much fun.
The Skydeck of the Sears Tower; Chicago Board of Trade; Wrigley Field; the Art Institute of Chicago; the annual German-American parade on Dearborn Street; Glencoe Beach