Famous Movie Filming Locations, Seen from Above

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The Mighty Namib Desert

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The west coast of the African nation Namibia is covered by the Namib Desert, which runs the length of the country's Atlantic coast. In this video, contributor Elevated Perspectives International gives us a bird's eye view of the mighty desert and includes footage of Sossusvlei, Cape Cross and Spitzkoppe.  The desert which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the primary shooting location for the movie Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Grim Berge

Award winning contributor Grim Berge created this amazing recreation of a blockbuster Tom Cruise movie scene at its original Norwegian filming location.  Located in the western Norway, Preikestolen, aka the Pulpit Rock, features a vertical cliff of over 600 meters (almost 2k ft.) down to the Lysefjorden.  Shot mainly with a a DJI Inspire 2 drone (operated in some instances from a helicopter), the video recreates an epic escape scene in the 2018 blockbuster Mission ImpossibleFallout

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Jodhpur, India


Jodhpur is an important city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, the westernmost city in that state which lies close to the Indian border with Pakistan.  Jodhpur is surrounded by the Thar Desert.  It is perhaps best known for Mehrangarh, a giant 15th century fortress which overlooks the city.  In this video, NGrey captures a woman practicing yoga against the distinctive blue buildings of the skyline of the city, which was the shooting location for the 2012 film Dark Knight Rises.

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Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

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Wadi Rum is a desert valley lying in the southern portion of Jordan.  The area is home to some of the most spectacular rock formations anywhere on earth.  It was chosen as the primary shooting location for the legendary 1962 Columbia Pictures film Lawrence of Arabia. More recently, Wadi Rum "stood in" for the desert moon of Jedha in the 2015 Star Wars film The Force AwakensAward winning contributor Fabio Knoll created this marvelous drone's eye view of the great desert.  

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Koh Phi Phi in 4K


Thailand's Koh Phi Phi islands stand atop most lists of the best spots in the country, especially since becoming the shooting location of the movie The Beach starring Leonard DiCaprio in 2000.  Distinguished by large limestone rocks. the islands are situated in the Andaman Sea, in the Krabi province.  Contributor Agrippa907th used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to aerially capture these stunning islands.  The video also includes drone footage of Railay, which lies a bit to the north.

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Skopelos (Mamma Mia!) - Alonissos - Skiathos - 4K drone ( Greece travel )


Contributor Patassini_ale used a DJI Mavic Drone to create this beauiful video of Greece's Sporades Islands in the Aegean Sea.  The video includes footage of three of the four inhabited Sporades: Skopelos, Alonissos, and Skiathos.  Skopelos is the most well known of these islands, in part because it was the shooting location of the 2008 blockbuster film Momma Mia, which was based on a Broadway show of the same name and starred Merryl Streep.

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Almería Tierra de Dragones


Almeria is one of the provinces of Spain's Andalusia region in the southern part of the country.  Its inland territory is extremely dry and mountainous, which has made it an attractive filming location, beginning with the 1966 classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly starring Client Eastwood.  Contributor Sartanafc created this epic drone video of the region, which was also the home of the Dathraki horsemen in Seasons 5 and 6 of HBO's Game of Thrones TV series. 

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James Bond 007 Locations: Goldfinger's Furka Pass | 6K Drone Video UHD


Prepare to be blown away by this drone video of a famous mountain pass in the Swiss Alps, compliments of Electriclife and his DJI Inspire 2 drone.  Furka Pass, lying at 2.4k meters (almost 8k ft.) in south central Switzerland, connects several towns in the area.  It was the shooting location of a memorable scene in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, in which 007 (played by Sean Connery) tries to chase down the antagonist in his Aston Martin DB5.  It was the third installment in the series.

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Zhangjiajie National Park China


Contributor Sjoerdbracke used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this spectacular bird's eye view of  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Hunan province of central China.  The park is known for its unique rock pillar formations, which earned it a UNESCO World Heritage natural site designation.  China's first national park, it is now one of several in an area known as the Wulingyuan Scenic District.   The park was the primary shooting location for James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar.  

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Italy's island of Ischia lies off the coast of southern Italy, near the entrance to the Gulf of Naples.  The small densely populated island is dominated by Mt. Epomeo, which rises nearly 800 meters (about 2.6k) above the Tyrrhenian Sea.  The iconic appearance of the island has made it a favored spot for movie production, most famously for the 1999 movie The Talented Mr. Ripley.  In this video, contributor CH drone gives us a bird's eye view of this magnificent island near Naples.

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Hobbiton - New Zealand - nouvelle Zélande - Hobbit - Lord of the Rings

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Contributor FreD used a drone to give us an aerial view of one of the most famous spots in New Zealand.  Matamata is a small town in the state of Waikato on the country's North Island.  It achieved world reknown as the closest town to a primary shooting location known as Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings and later the Hobbit movie series. The area was "discovered" in the late 1990's via an aerial search during the pre-production phase of the Lord of the Rings series. 

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Highlands/ Scotland


Contributor and drone pilot Ixnevin created this drone video of some of the most spectacular scenery in the Scottish Highlands.  The video opens with footage of Glen Coe, the valley which was the filming site of numerous feature movies, including Braveheart and Skyfall.  The remainder of the video was shot in the Isle of Skye, which has seen its own share of movie filming: TV shows and films shot here have included the Highlander, part of the Arthur series, and many more.  

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Pasquale Josepe

Contributor Pasquale Josep created this phenomenal video of British Columbia, in western Canada.  It was shot both in Vancouver and the surrounding wilderness areas.  If you haven't been to BC but see things which look familiar, it may be because you've seen them at the movies: BC is now a top movie filming location, ranging from Vancouver's "starring" role in the 50 Shades series to the BC wilderness which was used to film the famous bear scene in the Revenant.  

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Glenfinnan Viaduct | Scotland

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Ear Trumpet Media used a drone to create this stunning aerial view of Glenfinnan Viaduct, an important train bridge in Scotland.  It's located on the West Highland Line, which runs through the Shire of Inverness in west central Scotland.  Completed in 1899, its iconic appearance has made it a shooting location for multiple movie productions.  The most well known of these is the Harry Potter series; the viaduct has appeared in all four films in the series thus far and is often referred to as Harry Potter Bridge.  

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Awesome Aurora, East of the Philippines


Contributor Liwanders brings us this beautiful drone's eye view of Baler, a beach town in the Philippines with a storied place in the world of film.  Baler is situated in the Aurora Province of east central Luzon, a 2-3 hour drive from Manila.  Famously, baler was the shooting location for one of the great scenes of 20th century film: the helicopter attack scene in the 1979 epic film Apocalypse Now.  The movie helped turn Baler from an obscure beach town to the surfing capital of the Philippines.

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Super Trees

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The Marina Bay Sands is probably the most recognizable sight in Singapore.  Opened in 2010, the integrated casino resort may have been the most expensive ever built.  Its significance to the Singapore cityscape made it a natural shooting location for one of the most important scenes in the 2018 blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this resort with its famous tree-like towers, courtesy of contributor Jeric Saniel.

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Griffith Observatory Aerial Tour


Contributor Sky.shots brings us this awesome drone video of Griffith Observatory, one of the most iconic landmarks of Los Angeles.  Located in the Hollywood Hills near the famous Hollywood sign, the observatory has been allowing astronomers to gaze into the heavens since 1935.  Most famously, it was the shooting scene for the climactic scene of the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood.  It was one of Dean's last movies before his untimely death.

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Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia's Salt Flats


Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat.  Victoraroundtheworld used his DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone to take us on a tour of this amazing area which appears to be blanketed in white.  Located in the southwestern corner of the country, the flats are part of the Bolivian Altiplano, itself part of the Andes system.  Salar de Uyuni was used as a filming location for the Star Wars film the Last Jedi (2017), the eighth installment in the series; the flats "played the role" of Planet Crait.

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Cloud Dronelapse - Burj Khalifa


Contributor Moadh_Bukhash used a drone and his editing skills to create an impressive timelapse aerial look at the Burj Khalifa, the centerpiece of the Dubai skyline.  At over 800 meters (about 2.7k ft) excluding its antennae, the 163 floor mixed use tower has been the world's tallest building since it opened in 2010.  The tower was the shooting scene for a famous stunt scene in the 2011 blockbuster movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, in which Tom Cruise  was filmed dangled from the building.

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Ubud, Bali by Drone | 4K JULY, 2017


Contributor HobewPro created this remarkable drone video of Ubud, a mid-sized town in the rice paddies of central Bali, Indonesia.  The town occupies an important position in the Balinese religion, which is a derivation of Hinduism - it was the source of plants and herbs believed to have medicinal properties by the religion's practitioners.  More recently, Ubud was a primary shooting location for the 2010 romantic comedy Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts.

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Iguazú Falls - A Taste of Paradise


The Iguazu Falls, which straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina, is the world's largest waterfall.  It's also one of the most filmed.   It was the shooting location for a scene in the 1977 James Bond movie Moonraker.  More recently, the Falls played a "starring" role in the 1986 film The Mission, which starred Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. Contributor roadventures used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial video of these ever-so-cinematic South American falls.

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In this video, PK Productions flies his DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone over Moab Canyon in southern Utah, a state i the Southwestern USA. The canyon is known for its gigantic rock formations.  The other-worldly look of the canyon, and its resemblance in places to the Grand Canyon, have made it one of the go-to spots for movie shooting locations.  Among the well known movies which had scenes shot in Moab Canyon are Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Thelma & Louise.

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Dominica: The Nature Island


Contributor la.drones brought a drone along on a trek to the famous Boiling Lake on the island of Dominica.  It's in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, home to some of the finest hiking trails in the Caribbean.  The Boiling Lake is so called because of the greenish-blue bubbles which emanate from it.  In the video you'll get an aerial view of the lake, as well as other epic sights of Dominica, a primary filming location for the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

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Devils Tower

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Contributor Ryan Jones created this drone video of the Wyoming landmark, Devil's Tower, which is a rock formation in the northeast region near the Bear Lodge Mountains. The mountains are part of the Black Hills range of South Dakota, and the entire area is part of the Great Plains system which covers much of the west-central United States.  The unique butte was featured prominently in the 1977 blockbuster movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, including in its climactic final scene.  

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A Little Piece of Sicily in 4k


The Italian island of Sicily will forever be associated with the Godfather trilogy, Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece of organized crime.  The book from which the screenplay was adapted had scenes in the town of Corleone, but this was too developed by the early 1970's when the first installment was filmed.  Instead, filming took place in Savoca and Forza d’Agrò, in the Messina province.  Behold these magnificent Sicilian towns in this awesome drone video by contributor jone_83.

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Contributor Hiro used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this bird's eye view of the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, near Siem Reap. Built in the 12th century, the world’s largest religious complex was once the center of a mighty empire. The temple had fallen into disuse during the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, and was "rediscovered" in part through the movies: the 2001 blockbuster Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Joline, was mostly shot at the complex.

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Arundel Castle

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Arundel is a town in West Sussex, towards the eastern end of the South England coast.  It was established by one of William the Conqueror's lieutenants following the Norman Conquest in 1066.  It's considered one of the great Norman castles of England, which were crucial to the stability of Norman rule.  Arundel was used as a filming location for the 1994 feature movie The Madness of King George, and more recently for a scene in the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman.