The majestic French Riviera makes a natural backdrop for amazing movies. This beautiful region in the south of France has seen numerous movies filmed here. The ambiance is one of true elegance and beautiful vistas. It’s no wonder that this has long been a popular area for filmmakers to take advantage of its natural beauty.
One of the most famous movies that was filmed here was “And God Created Woman,” which starred Brigitte Bardot. It’s noted that Bardot, a sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, helped put St. Tropez on the map for its sexy beaches. Bardot and the film made the area a true standout and sparked an international love affair with the area.
The area has been home to many top movie stars, such as Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Gabor and modern stars such as Meg Ryan, Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.
Before you leave home on a wonderful French Riviera vacation, here’s some great films to check out before departing:
The Last Time I Saw Paris - 1954 - starring Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson. The movie includes scenes in Cannes and Monaco. There’s a famous scene at the Monaco Grand Prix. The film is based on the story Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
To Catch a Thief - 1955 - starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. This is a classic Alfred Hitchcock film. It’s actually responsible for Grace Kelly being introduced to the Prince Rainier of Monaco, who would become her future husband. The film includes scenes in Saint-Jeannet, Cannes, Eze and Cagnes sur Mer.
An Affair to Remember - 1957 - starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. This was a remake of Love Affair from 1939. There are views of Villefranche-sur-Mer, however most of the movie was shot in a film studio.
Paris - When It Sizzles - 1964 - starring Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. Part of this movie was filmed in Antibes at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc. There also are scenes in Paris.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - 1968 - starring Dick Van Dyke. The film was shot mostly in England, but there also were scenes filmed near St. Tropez.
Monte Carlo or Bust! - 1969 - starring Tony Curtis, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Eric Sykes. This comedy was filmed in Monaco and features the Monte Carlo car rally.
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 - starring Sean Connery. Lovers of James Bond know this classic film takes place in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins.
The French Connection - 1971 - starring Gene Hackman. This classic film follows two cops from New York and opens in Marseilles.
The Day of the Jackal - 1973 - starring Edward Fox. This movie is based on a novel and is about a character known as the Jackal, who is hired to kill the president of France. The film showcases numerous spots in the French Riviera, including Nice and Cannes.
La Cage aux Folles - 1978 - starring Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault. Most of this takes place in a movie studio in Italy, but there are shots of St. Tropez.
Never Say Never Again - 1983 - starring Sean Connery. Bond. James Bond. In this classic tale, the James Bond film returns to the captivating French Riviera. There are scenes including the casino in Monte Carlo, Antibes, Menton, Cap Ferrat, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and others.
The Jewel of the Nile - 1985 - starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. This is a sequel to Romancing the Stone. The film features scenes in Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Nice.
Le Grand Bleu 1988 - starring Rosanna Arquette. Parts of the movie take place around Antibes, including shots at Marineland in the city.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - 1988 - starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. The comedy includes shots in Antibes, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cap-Ferrat and Cannes.
GoldenEye - 1995 - starring Pierce Brosnan. This is the third James Bond film to be set in the stunning French Riviera. The scenes in the movie that are set in the casino were filmed in the famous Monte Carlo casino in Monaco. There also are scenes in Grasse and other towns across the south of France.
French Kiss - 1995 - starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. Although most of the movie was shot in Paris, there are scenes near the end that take place in Valbonne and Cannes.
Lolita - 1997 - starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith. This is a remake of the 1962 classic. It features scenes in Saint-Raphael, although most of it was filmed in the United States.
Ronin - 1998 - starring Jean Reno and Robert De Niro. Most of this movie was filmed in France. It includes scenes in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, Cannes and Arles.
Swordfish - 2001 - starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. This major motion picture features scenes in Nice and Monte Carlo.
The Transporter - 2002 - starring Jason Statham. This crime drama takes place in Cassis, Nice and Paris. There also are shots in St. Tropez and Cannes.
Ocean's Twelve - 2004 - starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia and Catherine Zeta-Jones. This film includes scenes in Monaco and also in Paris.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - 2006 - starring Ben Grimshaw. This looks at the world of perfume making. Although parts of it were shot in Germany and Spain, the film also includes scenes in Grasse and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.