Movies Taking Place in Istanbul

Istanbul with its unique synergy, culture, landscape and architecture and wonderful energy has inspired many artists. We have met Istanbul’s magical blend of foreign and familiar, old and modern, Islamic and Mediterranean in novels, poetries, songs and movies, of course. Istanbul’s world-renowned sites, such as the Topkapı Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, Eminönü, the Basilica Cistern, Beyazıt and many other locations in the city have showed their hospitality to many filmmakers. We have compiled some “Nostalgic Movie Scenes of Istanbul” in Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema). Now, we will list some new scenes of Istanbul from the Hollywood and the world cinema.

Nostalgic Movie Scenes of Istanbul


Cinema is the mirror of the city. One of the best ways to familiarize with a city is cinema. İstanbul, with no doubt, is a city of cinema. It has been the main natural plateau of Turkish cinema since the end of 1930s. The first filming in İstanbul was made by a camera located on a boat throughout the golden horn.

If you also enjoy feeling the spirit of a city through the movies such as Roman Holiday, In Bruges or Before Sunrise, let’s look at Istanbul, the city with seven hills, in the eyes of the seventh art. Even, let’s wear the nostalgic glasses and luckily have the chance to look at Istanbul of those times in old movies of Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema).

The Past and Present of Istanbul’s Water Transport

It’s impossible to think of Istanbul without thinking of the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus defines the city and is the place of fantastic views, waterside neighbourhoods, opulent palaces, ornate Ottoman mosques, wooden yalı mansions, fish restaurants, charming tea gardens, walking routes, green parks, cross-continental vapurs (ferries) and much more. It literally connects the two sides of Istanbul – in more than one way.