Have you ever been missed Paris this much? While waiting for your next trip, let's watch movies filmed in Paris, and start to pick up where to go next time!
In this article, we will introduce movies and their locations that will make you fall in love with Paris. These places are perfect to take pictures and let you feel like a film star. Check them out during your next trip!
Midnight in Paris is a Woody Allen fantasy comedy film. Its romantic and beautiful scenes attract Paris lovers. The story is about Gil's (Owen Wilson) time-travel during his trip with his family to Paris.
Place Sainte-Geneviève is where Gil's time travel begins. He hops on a car to travel to the Golden Age. The staircase that Gil was sitting on, is the one in front of the Church of Sainte-Etienne du Mont. There is Panthéon right next to the church. You may feel Cartier Latin's nostalgic vibes.
The last scene on the twinkling Pont Alexandre III is one of the most memorable ones. The rain creates a reflection of warm yellow light on the wet bridge and it makes the scene even more romantic. The charming city of light is the most beautiful in the rain!
From the bridge, you can find the Eiffel Tower on the back. With the Parisian typical view and the beautiful decoration of the Pont Alexandre III, you cannot miss taking pictures.
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is one of the best movies to feel Paris' poetic and artistic vibes. The film is a romantic comedy that shows eccentric Amelie (Audrey Tautou) and people who lives in Paris.
It was filmed mainly in Montmartre district where artists and literary persons gathered between the 19th and the 20th century.
Café des Deux Moulins is where Amélie works in the movie. Since the film had a huge success, the cafe became very famous. For over 20 years, the cafe is visited by many tourists from all over the world. In the cafe, you can take a crème brûlée like Amélie. In front of the bathroom, there is a corner decorated with goods related to the Amélie film. Don't miss it!
The Dreamers is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The story is about an American university student, Matthew (Michael Pitt), staying in Paris in 1968 with his new Parisian friends who are free-spirit twins, Isabelle (Eva Green) and Théo (Louis Garrel). They are enthusiastic about movies, believe in freedom and revolution, and depict the dangers and fragility of "dreaming young people" in the most passionate city of the time.
Isabelle says on the Passerelle Debilly that she was really born only when she watched Jean-Luc Godard's A bout de souffle. Passerelle Debilly is one of the best spots to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower. The view of the tower with the Seine river and Parisian building is very elegant. Since the bridge is calm, you can take your time to shoot it.
You cannot talk about French films without mentioning A Bout de Souffle. It is a legendary film, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Its revolutionary production technic created natural acting and stylish scenes.
The story is a French crime drama about Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo). Today it still attracts people after its publication half a century ago.
Michel and Patricia (Jean Seberg), meet at the Avenue des Champs Elysées, the most beautiful avenue in Paris. The acters fashion is also one of the movie's charms. Jean Seberg in the very short haircut is just adorable!
Zazie dans le métro is a French film directed by Louis Malle. The story is about a cute ten-year-old girl, Zazie (Catherine Demongeot), who wants to travel around Paris by métro during a Métro strike. Full of Paris' charms, surreal scenes, and jokes are very pleasant.
Have you ever climb up the Eiffel Tower by staircase? Zazie and his uncle unfold a chase by climbing up and down on the staircases or on the lift of the symbol of Paris. It is one of the most exciting scenes of the movie.
Paris, je t'aime is a film consists of 19 short films set in different arrondissements in Paris. These short films focus on the real charm of Paris, which is not too touristic. You might feel the authentic vibes of the life of local Parisians as if you stay in Paris during the film.
The one about the 1st arrondissement was filmed at the Tuileries station. Unfortunately, the interior design is actually different from the one in the movie, because it was renewed after filming. Yet, the neighborhood is always beautiful. Around the stylish exit of Metro, the Tuileries garden attracts Parisians as an urban oasis. In front of the exit, there is a magnificent view of Rivoli street. Perfect place to have a walk!
Before Sunset is a romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater. It is the 2nd film of Before Trilogy which consists of Before Sunshine, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. The story is about Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) who reunite nine years later in Paris and shorten the distance between them surrounded by a romantic view of Paris.
Shakespeare & Company is where the film starts. It is an iconic English-language bookstore in Quartier Latin. The interior design is magically decorated both inside and outside the store. Once you step in, you may feel like diving into a universe of books. It is definitely a must-visit spot in Paris.
Da Vinci Code is a mystery thriller movie directed by Ron Howard. A genius professor of religious symbology solves a case related to a historical mystery of Leonardo Da Vinci's painting. He discovers hints while exploring the historical buildings of Paris. If you like history and art, this movie might excite you.
The scene with a glass-made pyramid in the Louvre museum is impressive. The beauty of Paris lets us feel the mysterious face of the city. The night view of Paris is fantastic. You cannot miss it if you travel to Paris.
Devil wears Prada is one of the most loved movies especially by fashion lovers. The 2006 comedy film directed by David Frankel is mainly filmed in New York but also in Paris.
The last scene, when Andy (Ann Hathaway) throws away her phone ringing, was filmed at the Place de la Concorde. This is a good photo spot with a classic Parisian building with a gorgeous decoration of the fountain. Check it out when you have a stroll on Avenue des Champs-Elysées.
Inception is a science fiction action film directed by Christopher Nolan. The story is about Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. The movie was filmed in several cities all over the world, and Paris was one of them.
The most impressive scene was the one at Pont de Bir-Hakeim. The modern design of the bridge and a good view of the Eiffel Tower makes an inspirational landscape. It's one of the most photogenic spots in Paris!
La La Land is a musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. The charms of this movie might be the beauty of visuals including the landscape, fashion, and actors.
In the film, there was a scene of homage to a legendary Jazz bar named le Caveau de la Huchette. If you would like to spend a memorable night in Paris, this is the right place for you.
The last movie is Ratatouille from Disney. It is a computer-animated comedy film. Remy, a genius rat who likes cooking, becomes a small chef by controlling his human friend while hiding in his cook cap. Full of the charm of the city of light and gastronomy attract you.
The Seine river at night is special. It is breathtaking with the warm yellow light romantically shining on the water surface. Remy and his human friend shorten their distance on the Seine river. It is animation, but it still lets you feel the real vibes of romantic Paris.
Author - Yuka Ishihara
Photographs - O'bon Paris team