Famous Movie Filming Locations, Seen from Above

Mamma Mia (2008)
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Mamma Mia!: Greece's Sporades Islands

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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.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
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Mission:Norway

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Award winning contributor Grim Berge created this amazing recreation of a scene from the 2018 blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Fallout from its original 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, the video recreates an epic escape scene in the film, which was set in the Himalaya's but was in fact filmed right here in Norway. 

Avatar (2009)
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Zhangjiajie National Park China

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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.  

Goldfinger (1964)
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Goldfinger: Furka Pass, Switzerland

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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.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
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Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia's Salt Flats

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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.

Mad Max: Fury Road (1999)
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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 (1999), the fourth installment of the series.

The Beach (2000)
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Koh Phi Phi in 4K

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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.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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Ischia Castle, Italy

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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.

Planet of the Apes (1968)
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Point Dume: Malibu, California

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Contributor mavictraveler used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this video of Point Dume in Malibu, California.  Located on the north side of Santa Monica Bay west of Los Angeles, Point Dume is the site of one of the most iconic scenes in the history of cinema: the finale of the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes.   It was here that astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) stumbles upon a destroyed Statue of Liberty and realizes that he has landed on a post-nuclear armageddon Planet Earth.    

Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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Jodhpur, India

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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.

Rebel without a Cause (1955)
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Griffith Observatory Aerial Tour

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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.  The observatory has been used as a filming scene for numerous movies.  Most famously, it was used to shoot the climactic scene of the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. 

LA Confidential (1997)
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Los Angeles City Hall

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For 40 years, the tallest building in Los Angeles was City Hall.  Completed in 1928, at the peak of the city's most frenetic decade of growth, the architectural masterpiece stands 138 meters (453 ft.) above the downtown streets.  It's been used as a filming location for many movies and TV series.  In its best-known movie appearance, City Hall "stood in" for police headquarters in the 1997 modern noir classic, LA Confidential.  You can see City Hall from a drone perspective in this video by mavictraveler.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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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.  

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
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Angkor Wat Drone Footage

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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.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
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Cloud Dronelapse - Burj Khalifa

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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 dangling from the building.

Chinatown (1974)
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Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles CA

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Contributor Wasim Mazareh created this beautiful drone video of Echo Park Lake in the heart of Los Angeles.  Situated a short distance north of downtown and just west of Dodger Stadium, Echo Park is one of the most well known districts of central LA.  Located immediately to the north of the Hollywood Freeway, the lake was the filming location for one of the most memorable scenes in Roman Polanski's 1974 cinematic masterpiece Chinatown, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.  

The Truman Show (1998)
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Seaside, Florida: Golden Hour

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8 Fifty Productions created this beautiful drone video of Seaside, a quiet planned beach community on Florida's panhandle.  Situated in Walton County between the much better known Panama Beach City and Destin, it shares the very high ratio of boats to humans which is common in this part of the world.  Famously, Seaside was the primary filming location for The Truman Show, the 1998 sci-fi parody movie starring Jim Carey which was one of the most financially successful movies of the 1990's. 

Die Hard (1988)
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Fox Plaza, Century City

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The Fox Plaza building is situated in Century City, a sort of "satellite downtown" for LA's West Side, near the interchange between the Santa Monica and San Diego Freeways.  Built on an old 20th Century Fox backlot, Century City is generally regarded as the capital of the worldwide entertainment industry.  Fitting, then, that Fox Plaza was the scene of the finale of Die Hard, the 1988 action blockbuster.  Contributor Mavictraveler created this drone video of the building, which was completed in 1987.    

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
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Entanglement: El Cotillo, Canary Islands

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Yapov brings us this beautiful drone video of the beach around El Cotillo Beach on Fuerteventura, one of Spain's Canary Islands.  It's on the northwestern shore of the island, which lies near the western end of the chain.  The beach here was the primary shooting location for one of the more memorable scenes of 21st century film thus far: the (computer enhanced) "Parting of the Red Sea" sequence in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, one of the biggest box office hits of 2014.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
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San Jose de los Laureles (Tlayacapan)

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Award winning contributor and drone pilot created this epic video of the area around Tlayacapan, a village in central Mexico.  The village is in the state of Morelos, which is situated due south of the national capital in Mexico City.  The village was the filming location for one of the more iconic (and dramatic) scenes in American film: in the 1969 classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the shootout against the Bolivian army was in fact filmed here.    

Apocalypse Now (1979)
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Awesome Aurora, East of the Philippines

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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 "Ride of the Valkyries" helicopter attack sequence in the 1979 epic  Apocalypse Now.  The movie helped turn Baler from an obscure beach town to the surfing capital of the Philippines.

Forest Gump (1994)
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Santa Monica Pier

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The imprecisely predefined "West LA" consists of a series of beach communities, most of which are independent cities.  The largest and most well known of these is Santa Monica, which lies more or less due west from downtown LA.  A city of nearly 90,000 residents as of 2018, it's best known for its main pier.  In this drone video by Lucaspinhel, you'll get a bird's eye look at the famous pier, where actor Tom Hanks ended up when he  "ran clear to the ocean" in the movie Forrest Gump (1994)

The Blue Lagoon (1980)
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Trip to Yasawa Islands, Fiji

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The Yasawa Islands are some of the most well known amongst the hundreds which make up the South Pacific island nation of Fiji.  They begin to the northwest of the main island and extend to the northeast.  These islands became very well known several decades ago when they were used as the shooting location for the 1980 blockbuster movie The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Yasawa's compliments of contributor and drone pilot Safi Dehili.

Passion of the Christ (2004)
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Cinematic Flight in Matera: DJI Phantom 3 Pro

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Prepare to be amazed by this drone video from Italy by contributor squall88bad.  He used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create a beautiful bird's eye view of Matera, an ancient town in the Basilicata region, which covers much of the southern part of the country.  Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban centers in the world.  Unsurprisingly, it's played the "role" of many ancient cities in movies, notably as Jerusalem in the 2004 epic The Passion of the Christ starring Mel Gibson. 

Blade Runner (1982)
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LA's Bradbury Building

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Of all the depictions of Los Angeles in the movies, the dystopian LA in the "future year" of 2019 in the cult sci fi film Blade Runner is one of the most well known.  One of the most important filming locations for the 1982 movie was the Bradbury Building in downtown LA, which you'll see from above in this drone video by mavictraveler.  While it's appeared in other movies, the 1893 landmark is best known as the filming location for J.F. Sebastian's apartment where the movie's final, climactic scene occurs.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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Neuschwanstein Castle | Winter

Muhamad AbuShakra

Behold this amazing aerial video of Neuschwanstein, one of the world's most famous castles.  This Romanesque Revival masterpiece was completed in 1886 as a retreat for the then-King of Bavaria, a kingdom which had become part of the German Empire.  Famously, the castle inspired the Sleeping Beauty castles at the Disney theme parks.  It's also served as a shooting location for numerous feature movies, notably as Baron Bomburst's castle in the 1968 hit Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

El Cid (1961)
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Dji Mavic Pro Platinium 4K Presa de Santillana

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Mikel_julio used a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum to create this memorable aerial video of one of the best preserved fortresses in Spain.  The New Castle of Manzanares el Real is a 15th century fortified palace which is near the town of the same name in the Madrid Community in the center of the country.  The fortress, which was used as a shooting location for the 1961 film El Cid starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, now houses a museum.

Pirates...Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
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Dominica: The Nature Island

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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.

The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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Lake Tahoe Drone Footage

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Brad Scott Visuals created this stunning aerial of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the border between California and Nevada.  With a surface area of just under 490 square km (around 190 square mi.), it's the largest Alpine lake in North America and the sixth largest by water volume, and it's #2 for maximum depth at 500m (1.6k ft.).  Famously, the lake was used to film a scene at the end of The Godfather: Part II (1974), and nearby Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Jaws (1975)
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Aerial Tour of Martha's Vineyard

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Martha's Vineyard is a large island south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA.  Accessible by ferry and by air, it is known as a summer getaway for wealthy families from New England, the Kennedy's being the most prominent of the island's summer residents.  Flying Films NY used a number of different DJI model drones to create this mesmerizing aerial portrait of this summer beach paradise, which was the shooting location for the 1970's blockbuster movie Jaws.

The Godfather (1972)
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A Little Piece of Sicily in 4k

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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.

Lord of the Rings Series (2001-03)
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New Zealand's Hobbiton

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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. 

Wonder Woman (2017)
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Trip to Matera

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Contributor Mark59 created this stunning drone video of Italy's Matera province.  Picturing Italy as a "boot", Matera is where the "instep" sits.  The City of Matera (which is the provincial capital) was founded by Romans in the third century BC.  It's known for its many churches as well as Benedictine and Basilian monasteries, most of which date to the 7th and 8th centuries AD.  The city "stood in" for the Amazonian town of Themyscira in the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman.  

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
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Ubud, Bali by Drone | 4K JULY, 2017

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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.

Sound of Music (1965)
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Salzburg Drone Footage - Austria

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In this video, Dronesantana007 gives us an epic bird's eye view of the Austrian city Salzburg.  Salzburg is situated in the northern part of the country, on the border with Germany.  It is the fourth largest city in Austria.  One of Europe's great cultural cities, the center of Salzburg has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is possibly most well known as the shooting location for the epic film The Sound of Music, winner of the Best Picture award at the 1965 Oscars.

The Revenant (2015)
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Road Trip

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Contributor Bunlee created this magnificent aerial tour of the front range of the Canadian Rockies range in Alberta.  The video was shot on a road trip to Kananaskis country, a large park area in the range's foothills, situated roughly between (and a bit east of) the Banff and Jasper national parks.  Kananaskis Country was the shooting location for much of the 2015 movie The Revenant, which garnered actor Leonard Di Caprio his first Oscar award for Best Actor.