Top American Movies You Never Knew Were Filmed in Spain

A Cinematic Tour through Spain! Follow these Landmarks Spotted in American Movies

By now, we all know how beautiful Spain’s landscape is; from its vast mountain ranges, lush green forests, open fields that stretch for miles and of course, its beautiful beaches. So, it’s no wonder Spain is a prime setting for some of America’s most classic films! From war stories filmed in ruins, to love tales shot at the sea, these timeless classics bring certain Spanish cities to life like never before. Spotlight’s on, we’re here to narrate! Lights, camera…ACTION!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Our first stop? Burgos! This classic “Spaghetti Western” American Civil War film, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, tells the tale of three gunmen on the hunt to find $200,000 of hidden gold. The famous cemetery in the film was built in the village of Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos especially for the movie, using more than 5,000 thousand grave stones. The world famous “Sad Hill Cemetery” is still standing today!

Indiana Jones and the last Crusade (1989)

Next, we head south to Almería, where Steven Spielberg directed his blockbuster with famous actors Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. Indiana Jones races to find the desired Holy Grail before the Nazis, who want to obtain it and conquer the world. The most recognizable scenes took place in Tabernas Desert, Almeria's art museum and of course, Monsul Beach in Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve. Make a whole tour of it and retrace Indiana Jones’ steps through Almería!

James Bond, Die Another Day (2002)

James Bond movies are notorious for their breathtakingly beautiful exotic locations; it’s only fitting that Cadiz is one of them! Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan take over Cadiz’s La Caleta beach, actually representing a fictitious island of Cuba. Bond spies Berry from afar, swimming in the ocean ever so elegantly. She slowly makes her way to shore, where 007 is stunned and taken by her beauty. That’s when the love affair begins; Who knows, if you head to this beautiful Atlantic coast, you might be yelling, “it’s a shark…it’s a dolphin…it’s Halle Berry!”

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

It might’ve only been 48 seconds, but Seville’s Plaza de España appearance in Star Wars II made an everlasting impression among viewers. Go ahead, close your eyes and imagine your standing right next to Samuel L Jackson, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen; are you in the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo, or in Andalusia?

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Woody Allen knows best, so it’s no wonder why he wrote an entire plot around the enchanting city of Barcelona! Not only does the movie have a rockstar cast with Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johanson and Javier Bardem, but it features Barcelona’s best! From scenes taking place in La Sagrada Familia, the winding streets of Barrio Gótico and the bustling Las Ramblas, if you can’t manage to physically transport yourself to Barcelona any time soon, watching this movie is your next best bet!

So, Spanish themed movie night anybody? You bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the jamón! The question is, which movie should we start with first? Written by: Casie Tennin October 13, 2016   And now, without further ado, the winners of the contest to attend the Recent Spanish Cinema in LA festival for FREE! This contest was online from October 4th to October 12th, 2016. Drum roll please…   Below are the five winners:  Ángel Pérez  Claudia Austin Fernández-Dávila Medalit Tay Sara Victoria Franco Ramsin Sheeno And the winners of our Cinema Trivia, that took place online from October 4th to October 16th, 2016, are:   Lilli Mederos Orama Isabel Macias Schnur Kristen Billingsley Winner 4 – TBC Thank you all for participating, and to the winners: hope you enjoy a perfect Spanish movie night!

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