Movies that Showcased Greek Architecture

It’s undeniable that Greece is a place where you can find exquisite beauty everywhere you look. From the glistening sea, the blue sky, idyllic islands, and of course, the architecture, Greece is definitely a heavenly place to be. Since ancient times, Greeks are known to be mindful and keen when it comes to design. That is why it’s no surprise that their architecture styles are famous all across the globe. In this article, we are going to list down the movies that showed the beauty of Greece and Greek architecture. 

  • Arcadia Lost – This is an American drama film that was released in 2010. Arcadia lost gives us a different perspective of Greek architecture and landscape. This movie takes us away from the stereotypes of beaches and summer holidays in the Mediterranean. Arcadia Lost stars Carter Jenkins, Haley Bennet, and Nick Nolte. This film was entirely shot in Greece, in spectacular settings at the Peloponnesian coast and in the Arcadian mountains. From the beautiful landscape to the fantastic architecture, Arcadia Lost undoubtedly captured the beauty and style of Greece. 
  • Boy on a Dolphin – Released in 1957, this classic romantic film was shot in Greece in the Saronic Islands. The film features shots of the Island of Hydra, Athens, and Rhodes. This film is about a Greek diver who discovered a precious antique statue of a boy on a dolphin in the Isle of Hydra. Boy on a Dolphin is one of the films that you should see to discover how unique life is in the sunny Mediterranean and see how beautiful the islands of Greece are. 
  • My Life in Ruins – This is a Greek-inspired comedy that was released in 2009. This film features the incredible landscape and architecture that you can see in Delphi, Olympia, and Athens. My Life In Ruins captured several landmarks and monuments of Ancient Greece, and it tells the story of a Greek-American tour guide who is discouraged because she failed to land her dream job. Until she discovered how friendly Greeks are and even had a blossoming romance with a Greek bus driver.
  • Zorba the Greek – Released in 1964, Zorba the Greek is a movie that is based on a novel entitled Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas, which Nikos Kazantzakis wrote. This film perfectly shows the Greek spirit, and it is filmed on the beautiful island of Crete. Even if Zorba the Greek was shot in black and white, it did not fail to capture the beauty of the Greek island. This movie is about an English author who went to Crete to be involved in his parent’s business. On the island, he meets the Greek flamboyant named Zorba, who teaches him how to be happy and enjoy life. 
  • Before Midnight – Released in 2013, this is film is a sequel to the movies Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. This movie tells us the couple’s story as they embark on a joyful family holiday on the Greek Peloponnesian peninsula. This film not only features how unforgettable your vacation can be in Greece, but it also shows how simple and blissful life can be in a lovely Greek town. 
  • Mamma Mia! – Released in 2008, this musical featured the sophistication and beauty of the island of Skopelos in Greece. Not only that, but you will also get to hear ABBA’s greatest hits being sung by the film’s famous cast while they dance in the beautiful Greek island landscape. The film unfolds in a tranquil island location, which makes it the perfect feel-good summer movie. 
  • High Season – This is a lighthearted romantic comedy film that was filmed in the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes. The place is known for the beautiful ancient ruins, stunning beaches as well as remnants of its occupation during the Crusades by the Knights of St. John.
  • Bourne Identity – Even if only a part of this movie was shot in Greece, it is enough for movie goers to find out where it is so that they can have their own vacation there. The scenes were shot on the Greek island of Mykonos and it is known for its iconic houses and vibrant atmosphere. It is also home to 16th century windmills that is situated on a hill above the town of Mykonos. 
  • D’Agostino – This film’s script is minimal and throughout the film there are several scenic shots of Santorini that featured vistas, markets, shops, and the streets of the island. 
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – This action-romance film starred Penelope Cruz and Nicholas Cage. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin depicts Cephalonia during World War II. The island is considered to be the sixth largest island in Greece and it is known for its rugged landscapes, sandy coves, and hidden beaches.