Exploring the Beauty and Culture: Movies Set in Greece

Immerse yourself in the sun-soaked landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and rich cultural tapestry of Greece as we embark on a cinematic journey through its enchanting world. With a storied history, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant traditions, Greece has captivated filmmakers from around the globe, providing the backdrop for countless mesmerizing stories on the silver screen.

From romantic comedies to thrilling dramas and thought-provoking classics, movies set in Greece offer a unique blend of entertainment, cultural exploration, and visual splendor. Whether it's the ancient ruins of Athens, the picturesque Greek islands, or the warm hospitality of its people, each frame transports viewers to a realm where myth and reality intertwine seamlessly.

This article invites you to discover the allure of Greece through the lens of cinema, as we celebrate a selection of films that have showcased the country's beauty, history, and heartfelt tales. Join us as we delve into a world where azure skies meet shimmering seas, and where the timeless stories woven within Greece's cultural fabric unfold before our eyes.

Embark on a cinematic odyssey, as we traverse the cobblestone streets of quaint villages, breathe in the fragrance of olive groves, and bask in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. These films not only provide an escape from reality but also serve as a gateway to understanding the Greek spirit, its traditions, and the unique essence that makes this ancient land an eternal muse for filmmakers.

Whether you're seeking a light-hearted comedy to uplift your spirits or a poignant drama to stir your emotions, Greece offers a rich tapestry of narratives that will transport you to a world both familiar and foreign. Prepare to be captivated by stories of love, friendship, self-discovery, and cultural clashes, all set against a backdrop of stunning vistas and the rhythm of traditional Greek music.

So, grab some popcorn, settle into your seat, and let the magic of Greek cinema unfold before your eyes. Join us as we embark on a cinematic exploration of Greece's mesmerizing landscapes, vibrant culture, and timeless tales, reminding us of the enduring power of film to transport, entertain, and inspire.

Here is a list of movies that are set in Greece or feature Greeks prominently (or watch the video):

1. "Zorba the Greek" (1964) - A classic film set in Crete, Greece, following the story of a young English writer and his relationship with a free-spirited Greek man named Zorba.

2. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002) - A romantic comedy about a Greek-American woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man, leading to a clash of cultures and a big, chaotic wedding.

3. "Before Midnight" (2013) - The third installment in the "Before" trilogy, this romantic drama takes place in Greece and explores the complex relationship between an American man and a French woman.

4. "Mamma Mia!" (2008) - A musical romantic comedy set on a Greek island, where a bride-to-be tries to discover the identity of her father by inviting three men from her mother's past to her wedding.

5. "The Two Faces of January" (2014) - A thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, set in Athens and the Greek islands, involving an American con artist, his wife, and a young tour guide.

6. "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001) - A romantic war drama set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during World War II, focusing on the love affair between an Italian officer and a local woman.

7. "Never on Sunday" (1960) - This Greek film follows the story of a free-spirited prostitute in Piraeus, Greece, and a visiting American intellectual who tries to reform her.

8. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005) - Based on the novel series, this coming-of-age film tells the story of four friends who share a magical pair of jeans during their separate summer vacations, including one girl's trip to Greece.

9. "Mediterraneo” (1991) - In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

10. "Dogtooth" (2009) - A provocative Greek drama that follows the lives of three teenagers confined to their family's isolated estate, where their parents control their every move and perception of the outside world.

11. “Agora” (2009) - A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. 

12. “Immortals” (2011) - Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

13. “Troy” (2004) - An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

14. “300” (2006) - King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

15. “Spartacus” (1960) - The slave Spartacus survives brutal training as a gladiator and leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic, as the ambitious Crassus seeks to gain power by crushing the uprising.

16. “The Odyssey” Miniseries (1997) - Follows Odysseus on his wanderings back to Ithaca following the Trojan War.

17. “Clash of the Titans” (1981) - Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

18. “My Life in Ruins” (2009) - A disgruntled tour guide in Greece gains an unexpected new outlook on life thanks to one of the people on what she intends to be her last tour.

These are just a few examples of movies set in or featuring Greece and/or Greek people. There are many more films that capture the beauty and culture of the country.

Some honorable mentions include movie and TV adaptations of Greek plays:

  • Oedipus Rex (1967) and Medea (1969), directed by Pasolini
  • Oedipus the King (1968) starring Christopher Plummer
  • Iphigenia (1977)
  • Antigone (1961)

And Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream takes place in ancient Athens, though it's not always staged in that setting.

There you have it! Our list is not 100% complete, so if there's a movie or TV series you think belongs here, please let us know!