If you’re a film lover and struck with a sense of familiarity when you visit Budapest, it won’t be a coincidence. Madonna’s starring role in “Evita” and “Inferno” starring Tom Hanks are just two hits that instantly come to mind out of the many movies where Budapest plays a prominent role. Here are some of the city’s showreel highlights you may recognize from blockbuster movies.
“Spy” features the Gresham Palace. Melissa McCarthy's action-comedy presents the building’s splendid view of the Chain Bridge, not to mention the fact that the plot is also actually set in Budapest.
Steven Speilberg’s “Munich” has several exciting scenes filmed in, stars Eric Bana not to mention shots of Margaret Island (Margitsziget).
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, starring Gary Oldman, found a perfect setting in the Párizsi Udvar within the Brudern House, an eclectic residential and office building.
“Underworld” sees Kate Beckinsale looking out at the traffic over Ferenciek tere. This location normally has plenty of activity, though you kind of hope not from the vampires the film is about.
In “The Rite”, Budapest stands in for Rome in yet another display of its versatility when it comes to moviemaking. It features Anthony Hopkins and his affection for Budapest's bridges.