Europe on Film: My Top 5 Films About Greece

Greece has been a popular location for filmmakers for decades, with its picturesque landscapes, ancient ruins, and vibrant culture providing an ideal backdrop for a variety of stories. From classic films to modern blockbusters. Greece has played a starring role in some of the most memorable movies of all time.

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Zorba the Greek

Directed by Michael Cacoyannis, this classic drama is based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and follows the story of a British writer who travels to Crete and meets the larger-than-life Alexis Zorba. The film explores themes of passion, freedom, and Greek culture.

Starring – Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas

Released – 1964

Genre – Comedy | Drama

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Directed by Joel Zwick, this romantic comedy follows a Greek-American woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man, much to the chagrin of her traditional Greek family. The film is a light-hearted and heartwarming exploration of family, cultural differences, and the immigrant experience.

Starring – Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan

Released – 2002

Genre – Romance | Comedy

Before Midnight

Directed by Richard Linklater, this romantic drama is the third instalment in the “Before” trilogy and follows the continuing story of Jesse and Celine, a couple who first met in Greece in the 1990s. The film explores themes of love, communication, and the passage of time against the beautiful backdrop of the Peloponnese.

Starring – Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Released – 2013

Genre – Romance | Drama

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Directed by John Madden, this romantic war drama is based on the novel by Louis de Bernieres and follows the story of a Greek woman who falls in love with an Italian captain during World War II. The film explores themes of love, war, and cultural clashes that occur during times of conflict.

Starring – Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, John Hurt

Released – 2001

Genre – War | Romance

Mamma Mia!

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, this musical romantic comedy is based on the hit Broadway show and features the music of ABBA. The film is set on a Greek island and follows the story of a young woman who is trying to discover the identity of her father before her wedding. The film is a colourful and joyful celebration of love, family, and Greek culture.

Starring – Maryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard

Released – 2008

Genre – Musical | Romance

Overall, Greece’s beauty and rich cultural heritage have made it a favourite setting for filmmakers, and its presence in cinema is sure to continue for years to come.

Let me know below, your favourite movie set in or about the stunning country of Greece.

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