Today is World Tourism Day, which has been celebrated on September 27 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization since 1980. The purpose is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. One such cultural example is film tourism, which is literally popular all around the world.
There are movies shot at some really scenic locations worldwide. Bollywood is obsessed with places like Switzerland. Just like how Imtiaz Ali picks a destination for the setting of his story, similarly there's Woody Allen who has heavily contributed to this list.
Below are a bunch of films set in some magical cities (with city names as part of the movie title itself), bringing out the essence of each place, making it the perfect backdrop for some interesting stories. Lost in Translation, shot entirely in Tokyo, is an honorable mention to this list. We also look forward to Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which is set in the French city during World War 2, although we are not too sure of how much of the city or its essence we will be seeing.
In Bruges (2008)
Shot in the medieval Belgian city of Bruges, this dark comedy written and directed by Martin McDonagh is an absolute masterpiece. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes are on top of their game in this thriller, which might make you question your principles.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
One of Woody Allen's best, this semi-fantasy film set in the city of love is as dreamy as it could get. A writer travels back in time to the era of the Fitzgeralds among other great art and literature personalities, making this film a must-watch trip down memory lane for literature aficionados.
To Rome With Love (2012)
Written, directed by and starring Woody Allen, it follows four stories in the Italian capital, enacted by an ensemble cast comprising Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and some talented Italian actors too.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
This warm rom-com directed by Nora Ephron stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the setting of Washington's seaport city. Seattle is known for its frequent rains, which adds to the romantic setting.
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)
Last Woody Allen film here, I promise. Starring a stellar foursome of Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Rebecca Hall, the Spanish city is the perfect setting for all kinds of romance.
Little Manhattan (2005)
A cute romantic film starring then child actors Josh Hutcherson and Charlie Ray, it shows how even two little kids can find love in the hustle and bustle of a town like Manhattan.
Fear and Loathing in Vegas (1998)
This film is basically a giant psychedelic trip. Adapted from Hunter S. Thompson's novel of the same name, it was directed by Terry Gilliam and stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro who perfectly portray their characters' constant states of intoxication in the city of sin.