BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire -03/27/12)- The old saying that "life imitates art" certainly holds true when it comes to film tourism. As the boom in Hunger Games-inspired travel to North Carolina underscores, movies and travel are intricately connected. According to the National Brands Index, research has shown that a whopping 40% of people would be "very likely" to travel to places because they have seen them on film. At Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, we are big fans of about letting Hollywood (and even Bollywood) unearth great travel locations for us all to enjoy. Check out our favorites in the Cheapflights.com Top 10 Film Locations Around the World and test your eye for movie locations with the accompanying interactive Movie Location Quiz on Facebook.
As a starting point, see below for the four cities from our Top 10 Film Locations Around the World that play a starring role in movies and in travel.
- New York, USA - A character (almost) in hundreds and hundreds of films, this glittering city is another instantly recognizable star of the silver screen. Nobody has eulogized New York like Woody Allen ("Manhattan," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Annie Hall," "New York Stories," "Radio Days"), but the city has been instrumental to the dreams of all who have pitched up there -- the immigrants ("In America," "The Terminal," "Gangs of New York"), gangs vying for power ("Donnie Brasco," "Mean Streets," "Once Upon a Time in America") and young women (such as Holly Golightly and Carrie Bradshaw) who have stars in their eyes. Search and compare cheap flights to New York.
- Vancouver, Canada - The Hollywood of the North offers a plethora of backdrops -- urban, suburban, forested, mountainous, beach -- and has been the background for dozens of films such as "Legends of the Fall" (1994), "First Blood" (1984), "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (2011) and the "Night at the Museum" films. BC's supernatural beauty also makes it a perfect setting for films with a touch of the supernatural so it's no surprise that parts of "The Twilight Saga" were filmed there too. Search and compare cheap flights to Vancouver.
- Prague, Czech Republic - Hungary may have stolen its crown over recent years but Prague, stately and atmospheric, has been the lot for many blockbusters. When the makers of "Casino Royale" needed a suitably stunning location for 007, they chose the Czech capital. "XXX," "Stalingrad," "Van Helsing," "Oliver Twist" and "Mission: Impossible" were also shot there. Arguably, Prague's silver age began with Milos Forman and Saul Zaentz's "Amadeus" (1984) where, in a neat symmetry, they shot some scenes in the Estates Theatre where Mozart conducted the world premiere of his opera Don Giovanni in 1787. Search and compare cheap flights to Czech Republic.
- London, England - London's evocative cityscape with its towering palaces, grand Georgian squares and sprawling, modern housing estates has played its part many times, from the earliest days of cinema. Its long and storied history means it can "act" whether films are set in Tudor, Victorian, Edwardian or Second World War eras. It also does a nice line in dystopian futures ("A Clockwork Orange" and "V for Vendetta" for example). Landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus are instantly recognizable, providing visiting film buffs with plenty of photo ops. Search and compare cheap flights to England.
Rounding out the list are six film locations where the natural beauty of the countryside, be it ocean, desert, mountains or some more ethereal effect, have captured the imagination of moviegoers and world travelers alike: North Carolina, USA; Almeria, Spain; Argentina; Thailand; Kauai, Hawaii, USA; and New Zealand. To find out more about which movies were set in these destinations and for the complete details on all of Cheapflights.com's Top 10 Film Locations Around the World, visit http://news.cheapflights.com/top-10-film-locations-around-the-world.
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