Dust off your DVDs: Movies that were filmed on the French Riviera


It’s Autumn and you have the right to curl up in oversized knits, drink chocolat chaud Viennois, buy expensive candles and indulge in a movie marathon!

With the release of Woody Allen’s jazzy period piece “Magic in the Moonlight,” French Rivierians can coo over familiar places used to illustrate the late 1920s Côte d’Azur playground of American socialites. How fun is it to recognise a bar, a seaside location or a Belle Epoque villa filmed in your own backyard?!

From ‘To Catch a Thief’ to ‘Ocean’s Twelve’, here’s a list of flicks that were filmed in the region, so that you can shout, “I was sunbathing right there!” in between mouthfuls of popcorn.


Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Starring Colin Firth & Emma Stone
Hôtel Belles Rives, Juan-les-Pins
Château du Rouët, near Le Muy
Eilen Roc, cap d’Antibes
Esterel beaches
Hôtel Negresco, Nice Opera & Cave Bianchi, Nice

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

Starring Elizabeth Taylor & Van Johnson
Cannes and Monaco including a famous scene at the Monaco Grand Prix.

To Catch a Thief (1955)

Starring Grace Kelly & Cary Grant
Saint-Jeannet (Robie’s villa)
Le Bar sur Loup & Tourettes sur Loup (car chase)
Hotel Carlton, Blvd Jean Jaures & Blvd Leader in Cannes
Promenade des Anglais & Avenue Foch
Cemetery in Cagnes sur Mer

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Starring Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
Views of Villefranche-sur-Mer

Paris – When It Sizzles (1964)

Starring Audrey Hepburn & William Holden
Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Antibes

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Starring Dick Van Dyke
Cap Taillat & St. Tropez (beach scenes)

Monte Carlo or Bust! (1969)

Starring Dick Van Dyke Tony Curtis, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook & Eric Sykes
Filmed around Monte Carlo

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Starring Sean Connery
Le Cap d’Antibes (opening scene)

The Day of the Jackal (1973)

Starring Edward Fox
Seaside route from Nice to Cannes
Hotel Majestic, Cannes

La Cage aux folles (1978)

Starring Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi
Place de l’Ormeau, St Tropez

Never Say Never Again (1983)

Starring Sean Connery
Fort Carré, Antibes
Casino de Monte Carlo & Hotel de Paris
Villa Rothschild, Cap Ferrat
+ Villefranche sur Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer & Cap Martin

The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

Starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner
Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer & Nice (scenery from yacht)

Le Grand Bleu (1988)

Starring Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette & Jean Reno
Marineland, Antibes (aquarium scenes)
Carlton Hotel, Cannes

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin
Villa Hier, Antibes
La Rotonde, Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

GoldenEye (1995)

Starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco
Grasse, Gréolières-Les-Neiges & Bouches-du-Rhône (car chase)
Port Hercule, Monaco

French Kiss (1995)

Starring Meg Ryan & Kevin Kline
Valbonne & Cannes

Lolita (1997)

Starring Jeremy Irons & Melanie Griffith
Scenes in Saint-Raphaël

Ronin (1998)

Starring Jean Reno & Robert De Niro
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, Cannes & Arles.

Swordfish (2001)

Starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman & Halle Berry
Scenes in Nice & Monte Carlo

The Transporter (2002)

Starring Jason Statham
Nice, Cassis, St Tropez
Avenue de Saissy, Cannes

Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

Starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon & Don Cheadle
Scene in Monaco

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