Movies filmed in Amsterdam

Listed below are just some the most famous films shot in the region, providing both inspiration for viewing materials and also the opportunity to pay tribute to your favourite celluloid moments by visiting the iconic streets and buildings where the likes of Sean Connery, George Clooney and Carice van Houten have appeared.

The Goldfinch – 2019

The Goldfinch Amsterdam

This adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel follows the story of Theo Decker, a young boy whose mother is killed in a terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, on a journey that takes him from New York and Las Vegas to Amsterdam.

Key locations:

  • An artist’s waterfront apartment in the Canal Ring
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Along Reguliersgracht canal

The Dinner – 2017

Based on writer Herman Koch's Dutch novel of the same name, this thrilling drama mystery takes a look at how far two couples are willing to go to protect their criminal teenage sons. The film – starring Richard Gere, Steve Coogan and Laura Linney – mainly takes place in a “fashionable Amsterdam restaurant.”

The Hitman's Bodyguard – 2017

Expect canal-side car chases in this action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce, an elite bodyguard hired to protect Darius Kincaid (played by Samuel L. Jackson), one of the world's most notorious hit men, as they travel from Manchester to the Hague where Kincaid is scheduled to testify in International Criminal Court.

Key locations:

  • Rijksmuseum
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht
  • Lijnbaansgracht
  • Plantage Kerklaan

The Fault in Our Stars – 2014

Amsterdam provided several romantic backdrops for this tear-jerking story of two terminally ill teenagers. In one of the most poignant scenes, Augustus and Hazel profess their love for each other on a bench overlooking Leidsegracht. The couple walk hand in hand through the arches of the Rijksmuseum and explore popular attractions such as the Anne Frank House. Interestingly, the iconic bench was stolen shortly after the film's release, but has since been replaced. 

Key locations:

Saint (Sint) - 2010

Still succeeding at shocking audiences with his films, Dick Maas decided to take the story of St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas) and turn it into a seasonal screamer about a bishop who returns from the dead to kidnap and murder children.

Key locations:

  • Much of the green screen effects for the film were filmed on rooftops within the Canal Ring

Black Book (Zwartboek) - 2006

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. Carice van Houten stars in this internationally acclaimed Paul Verhoeven film.

Key locations:

  • Tropenmuseum

Deuce Bigalow: European gigolo - 2005

This ludicrous American comedy about a former male prostitute from Amsterdam and a series of gigolo murders wastes no time in packing in plenty of clichés about the city and its Red Light District.

Key locations: 

  • The Brouwersgracht (from Oranjebrug to Brouwersgracht 127) was transformed into the Red Light District
  • Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal

Ocean’s Twelve - 2004

Amsterdam Pulitzer Hotel Prinsengracht, Garry KannThe all-star follow-up to Ocean’s Eleven, starring the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, as they stop off in Amsterdam to pull off a major heist.

Key locations:

  • The bar of the Pulitzer Hotel on the Prinsengracht
  • Koningsplein
  • Dampkring Coffeeshop
  • Kalverstraat
  • Heiligeweg
  • The ‘golden bend’ of the Herengracht canal

Layer Cake - 2004

An indirect Bond reference this time, as Daniel Craig (who went on to play Bond) starred in this acclaimed drug smuggling thriller. Although primarily filmed in and around London, Amsterdam does make an appearance.

Girl with a Pearl Earring – 2003

The majority of this film about Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer and his iconic work Girl with a Pearl Earring, is set in Delft, the real-life home of the artist, but you’ll see some classic Amsterdam scenery pop up as well, including The Royal Palace Amsterdam on Dam Square.

Key location:

  • Royal Palace Amsterdam

Anne Frank: The Whole Story - 2001

While the story of Anne Frank has been documented in a number of films and television recordings, one of the most memorable has been this 2001 production starring Ben Kingsley as Anne’s father.

Amsterdamned - 1988

This Dick Maas classic is about a murderer who hides in the Amsterdam canals before climbing out to make his gruesome kills.

Key locations:

  • Staalstraat 9
  •  The corner of Groenburgwal to Groenburgwal 69
  • Rijksmuseum, room of The Night Watch
  • Oudezijds Voorburgwal (the old city hall)
  • IJ harbour, with a view of Prins Hendrikkade
  • City Hall at Waterlooplein (at the time unfinished)
  • Oosterdokskade by Prins Hendrikkade (where the boat explodes)

Turkish Delight (Turks Fruit) - 1973

One of the most watched Dutch films of all time, based on a novel by Jan Wolkers. Something of a turbulent love story, it features a young Rutger Hauer as an artist.

Key locations:

  • Tweede Nassaustraat 8 (his art studio)
  • Van Beuningenplein 25 (his house)
  • Dam and Damrak
  • Rokin
  • Oudezijds Voorburgwal (the old city hall)
  • MacBike Centraal Station
  • Vondelpark

Diamonds Are Forever - 1971

Amsterdam James Bond film Diamonds are Forever

Despite being an international globetrotter, James Bond has only paid one notable visit to Amsterdam. This was back in 1971, with Sean Connery still in the lead role and Charles Gray as Blofeld. 

Key locations:

  • Bond gets around the Canal Ring a fair bit, but there’s a notable scene by the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), where a dead body is pulled from the water.
  • Reguliersgracht 36 is the canal-side apartment of Bond girl Tiffany Case (Jill St. John).