Barcelona is an amazing city, where in every corner you can find something unique that captivates and invites you to come back. That is why many filmmakers and producers find in our city the perfect setting for their films and series. Here’s the long list of stories that happen in our city, prepare to be amazed!
Movies filmed in Barcelona to know the city inch by inch
Get a bowl of popcorn and look for some of these titles shot in Barcelona and its surroundings. In some cases, you can even go on guided tours at the film locations. 3, 2, 1 … action!
Although Ryan Reynolds spends the whole film underground, buried in an old coffin, this film was shot entirely in Barcelona for 17 days. Impossible to guess!
Christian Bale lost 28kg for his starring role, and even though the fiction is about a city in California, everything was filmed entirely in Barcelona and some cities nearby such as Badalona, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Prat de Llobregat, Sabadell or Terrassa.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
This famous German novel was taken to the big screen in 2006 and was located in many of the charming streets of the old town of our city. Have a look at one of the final and most controversial scenes, which was shot in Poble Espanyol, did you recognise it?
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Woody Allen chose the magic of Park Güell, La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia and some other Barcelona monuments to show us a most peculiar love triangle formed by Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson as main characters. Could you imagine a better place for a love story?
Two young people, Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider, act in a plot of espionage that takes them to several cities, including Barcelona, where we can see the state in which La Pedrera was back in 1975, before its last restoration. Awesome!
Everything about my mother
Almodóvar chose Barcelona as the spot where Manuela, the main character of this Oscar-winning drama, overcomes an important loss and since her arrival in the city the film shows us emblematic places such as the Columbus monument, Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música or Monjuïc’s graveyard, among others.
The last days
Do you wonder what a devastated Barcelona would look like? If this is your case, don’t miss this film that sets out an apocalyptic future where the streets that we walk on every day are impossible to live in and the survivors only remain alive wandering the underground roads.
This film directed by Jaume Balagueró in 2005, which won the Goya Award for the best special effects and was a candidate for the best original music, was filmed almost entirely in Barcelona.
Three Steps Above Heaven and I’m looking forward to you
This romantic story, based on the book by Federico Moccia, originally takes place in Rome but was filmed in Catalonia, in locations including Barcelona, Sant Boi, Sant Adrià del Besós, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, St. Feliu de Guixols, St. Cristina d’Aro, Argentona, Teià and Canet de Mar. It’s not difficult to find out that the movie saga was filmed in our city, even Razzmatazz, one of the best clubs in Barcelona, right next to Twentytú hostel.
And more movies …
But these films filmed in Barcelona are not the only ones, because there are still many who bet on a location in our city: Barcelona, Biutiful, Bad education, REC, While you sleep, Your life in 65 ‘.
Series linked to the city of Barcelona
Now that the world of the series is so trendy, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to remind you of the series that have been shot, inspired or made reference to our beautiful city. Do you want to see the next episode?
The Cathedral of the Sea
This series, which will be released in 2018, will bring to the small screen the novel written by Ildefonso Falcones, which takes place mainly in the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral of Barcelona. An overproduction that has had 150 actors and up to 4,000 extras!
In the fourth chapter of season 25 of The Simpsons Homer receives the visit of a friend of his childhood who wrote letters to him from the top of the Sagrada família, a monument that he eventually visits.
In Friends, Joey tells Ross an infallible secret to flirt that consists in telling an emotional story about his stay as a backpacker in Europe. And of course this supposed route includes Barcelona!
On the episode 502 of Shin-chan, which is entitled «Hi! Hey, I travel to Spain», the main character goes on a tour around Barcelona featuring the statue of Columbus, the Ramblas, the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell, and he even learns some words in Catalan!
The A-Team also visited Barcelona in a chapter in which they had to releasea plane kidnapped by terrorists that was a few kilometers from El Prat, although mysteriously our modern airport looked like the Amazon rainforest!
Oliver and Benji
In the last season of this legendary animation series, Oliver Atom signed up for the very same F.C. Barcelona! However, and given that the producers of the series didn’t buy the club rights of our city, the original names of the club and its players are not shown literally. Therefore, the coach is Van Saal, instead of Van Gaal, and the scorer Rivaul, instead of Rivaldo.
In the first season of this series about the Italian mafia, one of its plots is located in Barcelona, a city where a Neapolitan mafia boss runs away to in the middle of a clan war. During hisstay we can see symbols of the city such as the Agbar Tower, the Casino, the Olympic Port or the W Hotel.
And many more series…
You can also have a look at this list of series: Emerald city, Merlí, Velvet or How I met your mother, many of them you can find in Salón del cine y las series de Barcelona.
With this list of series and movies filmed in Barcelona you have no excuse to fully know all the charm of Barcelona. And if you need a little help to see all the points of interest don’t forget to check our guided tours for Barcelona. You won’t miss a thing!