Here are some of the most famous movies about Turkey, or filmed in Turkey, or by Turkish filmmakers:
From Russia With Love
The World is Not Enough
The final suspense-filled scenes of the 19th James Bond movie are set in Istanbul, where the bad guys want to detonate a nuclear bomb, a disaster which Bond (Pierce Brosnan) prevents…of course.
Based on Alan Moorhead’s book of the same name, this Australian movie (1981) changed Turkey’s Gallipoli battlefields from a sleepy backwater into a major tourist destination.
A motley group of clever but bumbling thieves (Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinoff, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley) steal the emerald dagger from the treasury of Topkapi Palace (1961). Great scenes of Istanbul in the late 1950s, a very different city from today.
This fictional account of US Army atrocities in the Iraq War (called Kurtlar Vadisi in Turkish) begins with an incident that actually happened, and that further soured relations between Turks and Americans. Is “Valley of the Wolves” Turkey’s revenge for “Midnight Express“? More…