The capital of Hungary has long been the go-to location of Hollywood, with films being shot in Budapest thanks to its dreamy atmosphere, timeless beauty and stunning attractions. Many stars have fallen in love with the city during filming, with names such as Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. Budapest has also inspired some of the most unique directors and movies, including Wes Anderson’s Academy Award-winning film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (although the film itself was set in the fictional country of Zubrowka). Here comes our personal top 3 collection of Hollywood movies shot in Budapest
Evita (1996), the Golden Globe-winning musical drama, starring Madonna as the Argentinean president’s wife, has many ties to Budapest, including the renowned Hungarian producer Andrew G. Vajna. Based on the 1976 concept album produced by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the film was a box office hit, grossing $141 million worldwide. A huge portion of the film was shot in Budapest, where 23 locations were used to represent Buenos Aires, Argentina. An extensive five weeks of shooting was spent in the city, featuring the Museum of Ethnography, Liberty Square, Oktogon, and also the square in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica.
The Phantom of the Opera, The 1998 classic, “The Phantom of the Opera” film was shot in Budapest, and was also influenced by producer and co-writer Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on his musical of the same name. Once again, Budapest was chosen as a filming location, and the stunning building of Hungarian State Opera House was used – loved by Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg alike.
Blade Runner 2049, The 2017 sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic „Blade Runner” starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford was also filmed in Budapest, receiving five nominations at the 90th Academy Awards. Shooting mainly took place at Korda Studios and Origo Studios in Budapest, however the iconic building of the Budapest Stock Exchange (which was later used by the Hungarian Television and then left eerily deserted) at Liberty Square, was used as the set of a traditional casino. The area is surrounded by monumental buildings, including an uncanny giant Soviet War Memorial, which is just a short walk away from the Parliament, so it’s definitely worth a visit.