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10. City of God in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

A hard-hitting portrayal of life in the favelas of Rio, “City of God” offers a window to viewers into the brutality and desperation that dominates these slums.

9. The Motorcycle Diaries in Guajira, Colombia

To re-create the journey portrayed in the film you’d need to travel 5,000 miles, west from Buenos Aires, Argentina, through Patagonia and into Chile along the Andes to Machu Picchu and lastly to the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuala.

8. Braveheart in Loch Leven, Scotland

To much controversy, the battle scenes within this quintessentially Scottish movie were actually set in Ireland, using members of the Irish Army Reserve as extras.

7. Lawrence of Arabia in Wadi Rum, Jordan

The camp of Prince Feisel is set in the red cliffs of Wadi Rum and the spectacular entrance of Sherif Ali was filmed on the mudflats of Jafr.

6. Alive in the Purcell Mountains, Canada

The bleak mountainous terrain in which the movie is set is not Chile or Argentina but, in fact, the Purcell mountains in British Columbia, Canada. Other scenes are also set in Windermere and Vancouver.

5. Captain Corelli's Mandolin in Cephallonia, Greece

Following the release of the movie in 2001 the island was busting at the seams with tourists coming to see the movie’s romantic Greek setting for themselves.

4. Apocalypse Now in Luzon, The Phillipines

The surfing beach, fresh with the smell of napalm is Baler Bay and has, in fact, recently emerged as a top surfing destination in the region.

3. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in Cheng De, China

Filmed in several locations across the region, and there are some stunning settings in the movie including the spectacular Gobi dessert, Anji bamboo forest and the Summer Palace north of Cheng De.

2. The Beach in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

The fantastically popular movie changed Ko Phi Phi into the best backpacker destination as wide-eyed travelers set off in search of their own little bit of paradise.

1. Lord of the Rings in Matamata, New Zealand

The rolling hills of Matamata in New Zealand became Hobbiton, the home of Bilbo and Frodo with crops and flowers planted on set a year before filming began.


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