Blockbuster Films Shot in Istanbul

How about to follow the footprint of the movies taken in Istanbul?

Istanbul is a magical city although it may seem like a trap that must be escaped because of the crowd. Thinking about the historical value of Istanbul is enough to get rid of this kind of misgivings. We wanted to follow the footsteps of Istanbul in cinema history. In a chronological order, we made a journey between films that featured in Istanbul. It’s up to you to decide which of the following movies to watch or replay.


Inferno (2016)


IMDb 6.2

Adapted from Dan Brown’s same-named novel, Inferno was on the screen in the last quarter of 2016. The film starring Tom Hanks played on many scenes taken in Istanbul.


The Two Faces of January (2014)


IMDb 6.2

The film tells the story of a fraudster (Viggo Mortensen), his wife (Kirsten Dunst) and a grizzly stranger (Oscar Isaac). Although most of the film is in Greece, Istanbul is on the scene towards the end.


The Water Diviner (2014)


IMDb 7.1

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. This movie is among the ones that come over to Istanbul.


The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

IMDb 6.9

The film was shot in Ankara, India and New York as well as Istanbul. It focuses on the changing life of Pakistani immigrant Changez living in America after September 11th. Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer is also in the cast of the movie.


Taken II (2012)


IMDb 6.3

The events are developing when the father of one of the gang members killed by Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) follow Mills to Istanbul for vengeance. The story of this action film continues in Istanbul.


Skyfall (2012)


IMDb 7.8

The last James Bond film in Istanbul was Skyfall. Daniel Craig plays James Bond for the third time in the film. Javier Bardem gives life to a legendary abuse. During the three-week shootings in Istanbul, such places as the Egyptian Bazaar, New Mosque, Bankacilar Street and the Grand Bazaar were closed to the public. Other than Istanbul, Skyfall was also filmed in Adana.


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

IMDb 7.1

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, based on John Le Carré’s novel, has remarkable cast including Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth. The film is a spy movie in the Cold War, like many of the movies on this list.


The Rebound (2009)

The Rebound

IMDb 6.4

“Rebound” is a romantic comedy full of stereotypes. It tells the love story of a single mother and a man who is much younger than herself. The film also visits Istanbul in one part.


International (2009)

International (2009)

IMDb 6.5

The film directed by Tom Tykwer, director of “Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer” and “Run Lola Run” is an action story. An Interpol agent looking at an international corruption story drifts from Berlin to Milan, from New York to Istanbul.


Hitman (2007)

Hitman (2007)

IMDb 6.3

Hitman is a game adaptation and contains scenes from Istanbul.


The Accidental Spy (2001)

The Accidental Spy (2001)

IMDb 5.9

If you ask yourself “Jackie Chan had a movie in Istanbul, what was that?”. The movie in your head is “The Accidental Spy” or “Te wu mi cheng” in its original name. Cappadocia is another location where the film is shot other than Istanbul.


Of course there are many more films in Istanbul. Although some movies are very well known, we did not add the ones with low IMDb scores. If you know about other films shot in Istanbul, write to us in comments.


Blockbuster Films Shot in Istanbul
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  1. Hello.
    The article is very fruitful and exciting. I have visited Istanbul a couple of times but I didn’t know that there were so much movies about Istanbul. Good job.

    • Jan, glad to read that you’ve been in Istanbul. I recommend to watch Skyfall which has lots of views from Istanbul. It may help refresh your memories.

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