Amsterdam must be one of the most difficult cities to shoot. For Indie films on a tight budget, finding a believable replica for a city as iconic as Amsterdam would be almost sacrilege. There aren’t even many big-budget Hollywood film locations in Amsterdam, though there are a few key films which I’ve featured below.
Check out my list to find out where the Venice of the north has made a star feature in some of Hollywood’s biggest films. Have a look and see if you recognise any…
Hollywood Film Locations in Amsterdam
Diamonds are Forever (1971) dir. Guy Hamilton
Where: 3rd Floor, Reguliersgracht 36, 1017 LS and Magere Brug/Skinny Bridge, 1017 AK
The best thing about James Bond films is that you can always guarantee they will spark some wanderlust. No matter which film, they’re all globetrotters! Diamonds are Forever is James Bond’s seventh outing as 007 and this time he’s heading to Amsterdam
Bond meets up with Tiffany Case in her Amsterdam apartment on the 3rd floor of Reguliersgracht. We see more of Amsterdam when the tourist boat cruise travels under the Skinny Bridge and those onboard witnesses a body being fished out of the River Amstel. You know, just as you would on an ordinary city break to Amsterdam.
Still Smokin (1983) dir. Tommy Chong
Where: Pathé Tuschinski Theatre, Reguliersbreestraat 26-34, 1017 CN
On my life, I have never seen Still Smokin or any other film in the Cheech and Chong franchise. I would not lie to you.
I’m playing fast and loose with the word ‘Hollywood’ in ‘Hollywood film locations in Amsterdam’ with this entry. Google tells me Cheech and Chong are a comedy duo whose films centre around the themes of free love, hippie culture and a penchant for marijuana. They were almost destined to shoot one of those films in Amsterdam, I suppose.
There is one scene in particular where Cheech and Chong give a live performance at the Pathé Tuschinski Theatre, or at least that’s the theatre used for the film. It’s actually a really gorgeous theatre which I visited during the 2016 IDFA Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) dir. Peter Webber
Where: Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Dam Square, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ
Girl with a Pearl Earring is supposed to take place in the hometown of the artist, Johannes Vermeer, which is Delft in the Netherlands. However, the film (which is a fictional story about the famous Dutch artist) is mainly shot in Amsterdam, Belgium and Luxembourg with only one or two exterior shots filmed in Delft.
Ocean’s Twelve (2004) dir. Steven Soderbergh
Where: Pulitzer Hotel, Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ and Dampkring Coffeeshop, Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM
The most Hollywood of all the Hollywood Film Locations in Amsterdam. The sequel of Ocean’s Eleven (2001) takes everyone’s favourite heist team to Amsterdam.
The team hide out in the swanky Pulitzer Hotel as they attempt to keep a low profile. When the characters played by George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt need to do some negotiating with an ally in Amsterdam, they meet in Dampkring Coffeeshop. Apparently, it’s one of the last few coffee shops in Amsterdam that haven’t sold their soul to the tourist trade.
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) dir. Mike Bigelow
Where: ARTIS Zoo, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ
Don’t judge me for listing this film on my Hollywood film locations in Amsterdam post. I don’t get to choose which Hollywood film locations in Amsterdam count, they all do! Even the rubbish ones!
Sequel to the 1999 film Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Deuce takes a trip to Amsterdam to visit his former Pimp. Whilst there, he discovers there is a serial killer at large who is exclusively targeting the famous ‘man whores’ of Europe.
The film takes place all over Amsterdam, but one specific filming location is the ARTIS Zoo.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) dir. Josh Boone
I’m not going to list every The Fault in Our Stars filming location in Amsterdam because I’ve already written a whole blog post listing them all. How good am I? I treat you so well. This film probably has the most Hollywood film locations in Amsterdam, including the famous bench, on which I have sat.
And those are some of the big Hollywood film locations in Amsterdam! Have you watched any of the films or visited the film locations? Let me know in the comments below!