Movies You Can Watch Before Comming To Turkey

Feb 18, 2024 | Turkey

Istanbul, a city of unparalleled historical depth and cultural richness, serves as the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Before you explore its enchanting streets, majestic landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes with Istanbul Private Tour, diving into a selection of movies that capture the essence of this vibrant city can greatly enhance your experience. These cinematic gems not only highlight Istanbul’s stunning scenery and architectural marvels but also weave tales that resonate with the spirit of adventure. Here’s our curated list of films that will transport you to the heart of Turkey, offering a glimpse into the diverse narratives that have unfolded in this ancient metropolis.

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1) From Russia with Love (1963)

Dive into the world of James Bond with “From Russia with Love,” where Istanbul’s historic landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern, play a pivotal role in this thrilling espionage adventure. The movie’s captivating chase scenes through the Grand Bazaar and a romantic journey on the Bosphorus set the perfect backdrop for your upcoming exploration of Istanbul. This classic Bond film not only entertains but also serves as a visual guide to some of Istanbul’s most iconic sites.

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2) Inferno (2016)

“Inferno,” based on Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, takes viewers on a fast-paced journey through Europe, with key scenes shot in Istanbul. The movie features Tom Hanks unraveling a mystery that leads him to the historic Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. This film will intrigue you with its blend of mystery, history, and the breathtaking beauty of Istanbul, setting the stage for your own discoveries in this ancient city.

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3) Argo (2012)

While “Argo” is primarily set in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, it’s worth noting that some of its critical scenes were filmed in Istanbul, doubling for Tehran. This Oscar-winning film, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, offers a gripping tale of a daring CIA operation. Although it doesn’t showcase Istanbul’s landmarks, the movie’s inclusion of Istanbul as a filming location highlights the city’s versatility and historical depth.

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4) Tintin et le mystère de la Toison d’Or (1961)

For a nostalgic journey, “Tintin et le mystère de la Toison d’Or” takes you on an adventure with the beloved reporter Tintin. Parts of this charming film were shot in Istanbul, featuring picturesque scenes of the city and the Bosphorus. This movie is a delightful way to introduce younger viewers to Istanbul’s allure while capturing the hearts of Tintin fans of all ages.

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5) Skyfall (2012)

James Bond returns to Istanbul in “Skyfall,” with the movie’s opening sequence offering an adrenaline-pumping motorcycle chase across the rooftops of the Grand Bazaar. The film beautifully captures the essence of Istanbul, from its bustling markets to the majestic skyline. “Skyfall” not only provides a thrilling viewing experience but also showcases Istanbul’s unique blend of tradition and modernity.

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6) The Water Diviner (2014)

Directed by and starring Russell Crowe, “The Water Diviner” is an epic tale of love, loss, and reconciliation set in the aftermath of World War I. While the film explores various locations across Turkey, it offers viewers glimpses into Istanbul’s historical and emotional depth. This moving story will touch your heart and deepen your connection to Turkey’s rich history and resilient spirit.

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7) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Though “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is a Cold War espionage thriller set against a backdrop of global intrigue, its inclusion of Istanbul in certain scenes adds to the film’s atmospheric tension. The movie’s complex narrative and stellar performances make it a must-watch for those interested in the darker, more mysterious aspects of history and storytelling.

Birds Without Wings

8) Topkapi (1964)

“Topkapi” is a classic heist film that will transport you to the heart of Istanbul with its plot centered around a daring theft from the Topkapi Palace Museum. This film not only showcases the breathtaking beauty of the palace itself but also immerses viewers in the vibrant atmosphere of Istanbul’s streets and markets. The movie’s depiction of the intricate planning and execution of the heist against the backdrop of one of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks provides a thrilling and visually stunning experience. Watching “Topkapi” will not only entertain you but also inspire you to explore the rich history and magnificent treasures of the Topkapi Palace, making it a must-see before your trip to Istanbul.

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Watching these films will not only prepare you for the sights and sounds of Istanbul but also enrich your visit with a deeper understanding of the city’s cultural and historical significance. Istanbul Private Tour invites you to embark on this cinematic journey before you explore the enchanting city of Istanbul in person.

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