Greece on the big screen!

Some of the most famous movies filmed in Greece. Oscar winning movies, adventures and dramas, comedies and musicals. Different styles, one location, Greece!

Zorba the Greek (1964)

3 Oscars

Storyline
An aimless Englishman finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Writers: Nikos Kazantzakis (from the novel by), Mihalis Kakogiannis (screenplay)
Actors: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas

Location: Crete

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Mamma Mia! (2008)

Storyline
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 70s group ABBA.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Writers: Catherine Johnson (screenplay), Catherine Johnson (musical book)
Actors: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski

Location: Skopelos and Pelion

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

Storyline
In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion.

Director: John Madden
Writers: Shawn Slovo (screenplay), Louis de Bernières (novel)
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale

Location: Kefallonia island

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Storyline
After disposing of a familiar looking face, Bond is sent to recover a communication device, known as an ATAC, which went down with a British Spy ship as it sunk. Bond must hurry though, as the Russians are also out for this device. On his travels, he also meets Melina Havelock, whose parents were brutally murdered. Bond also encounters both Aristotle Kristatos and Milos Colombo. Each of them are accusing the other of having links with with the Russian's. Bond must team up with Melina, solve who the true ally is and find the ATAC before it's too late.

Director: John Glen
Writers: Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
Actors: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol

Locations : Corfu, Meteora

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003)

Storyline
Lara Croft is on a quest to save the box of Pandora.

Director: Jan de Bont
Writers: Dean Georgaris (screenplay), Steven E. de Souza (story)
Actors: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie

Location: Santorini (Opening scene)

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

1 OSCAR

Storyline
Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Writers: Alistair MacLean (novel), Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
Actors: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Richard Harris, Bryan Forbes, James Darren

Location: Rhodes

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Storyline
Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as the Swiss bank account, the number of which, is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is and why he is being hunted.

Director: Doug Liman
Writers: Tony Gilroy (screenplay), W. Blake Herron (screenplay)
Actors: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox

Location: Mykonos (final scenes)

My life in ruins (2009)

Storyline
Georgia is an American academic who's lost her teaching job in Athens. She's taken a job as a tour guide, but she hates it and it shows: the tourists, mostly American, are bored with history and facts; they want to shop. Every group has a goofy couple, a frat boy, a sullen teen, a feuding couple, divorcées looking for a mate, and a funny guy. This group is no exception, plus there's no air conditioning and a bearded silent driver. Thanks to an unlikely friendship, plus daisies, an ice-cream cone, the history of syrup, and the Oracle at Delphi, Georgia may have a shot at finding her kefi during this four-day tour.

Director: Donald Petrie
Writer: Mike Reiss
Actors: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Rachel Dratch

Locations : Acropolis, Olympia

Escape to Athena (1979)

Storyline
During World War II, the prisoners of a German camp on a Greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain.

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Writers: Edward Anhalt (screenplay), Richard Lochte (screenplay)
Actors: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Elliott Gould

Location: Rhodes

Le grand bleu (1988)

Storyline
Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. One day Jacques' father, who was a diver, died in the Mediterranean sea. After that incident Enzo and Jacques lost contact. After several years, Enzo and Jacques had grown up, Johanna, a young clerk in a security office, has to go to Peru. There she meets Jacques ...

Director: Luc Besson
Writers: Luc Besson (story), Luc Besson (screenplay)
Actors: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette

Locations: Amorgos, Small Cyclades

The 300 Spartans (1962)

Storyline
Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of them his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000. The actual heroism of those who stood (and ultimately died) with Leonidas helped shape the course of Western Civilization, allowing the Greek city states time to organize an army which repelled the Persians.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Writers: Gian Paolo Callegari, Remigio Del Grosso
Actors: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker

Locations: Athens, Gulf of Corinth, Loutraki, Perahora

Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

Storyline
Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Writers: Ivan Moffat (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (screenplay)
Actors: Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb, Sophia Loren

Locations: Hydra, Acropolis, Delos, Meteora, Saronic gulf

Never on Sunday (1960)

1 OSCAR

Storyline
Illia is Piraeus's most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her.

Director: Jules Dassin
Writer: Jules Dassin
Actors: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas

Location: Piraeus

Summer Holiday(1963)

Storyline
A fabulous 60s Musical - Four London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, drive it around Europe as a hotel and if they make it they will own and be in charge of a whole fleet. While on the road in France they pick up 3 ladies whose car breaks down and offer to take them to their next singing job in Athens. When the film ends, all are at a Greek beach and very much enjoying their well deserved holiday!

Director: Peter Yates
Writers: Peter Myers (original story and screenplay), Ronald Cass (original story and screenplay)
Actors: Cliff Richard, Lauri Peters, Melvyn Hayes

Location: Athens

Summer Lovers (1982)

Storyline
A young American couple (Cathy and Michael) go to the Greek islands for the summer and are dazzled by the beauty and the uninhibited people surrounding them. The young man meets and begins an affair with a French woman, Lina, an archeologist working on a dig. Cathy discovers this and goes to confront the other woman. Lina woman is quite taken with Cathy's photographic work, and the three become very close.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Writer: Randal Kleiser
Actors: Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, Valérie Quennessen

Locations: Santorini, Crete, Delos, Mykonos