Best Movies Filmed in Monaco
Despite being a tiny nation, Monaco is often called the playground of the rich and famous. The city-state’s intriguing history, opulent shopping malls, prestige casinos, and incredible views have helped this microstate become the go-to destination for many. More than 218,000 tourists visit Monaco’s white, sandy beaches every year. In addition to these vacationers, the principality welcomes many film crews, who use the beautiful location as the perfect backdrop for their movies.
Below are the best movies filmed in Monaco that show the country in all its splendor, even if only in a few scenes.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
The legendary Tony Stark, the man behind Iron Man, is one of the most iconic heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The second iteration featuring the billionaire playboy takes him on a whim to Monaco to participate in the famed Monaco Grand Prix.
Featuring fantastic views of the Place du Casino and the winding streets of La Condamine, the movie highlights the excitement that the F1 brings to Monaco. The action that results from the vengeful villain Vanko attacking Tony is the cherry on top of an already beautiful cake.
Set primarily in Monaco, Alex (played by Romain Duris) is a ladies’ man who specializes in one thing—breaking up relationships. However, he doesn’t do this for his own romantic reasons. Rather, he is paid to do so by people who disapprove of a particular relationship.
When a local gangster hires Alex to break off Juliette’s (Vanessa Paradis) wedding, things quickly change. After he falls head over heels with the woman he is supposed to talk out of a wedding, things become more complex when Juliette realizes that Alex has been hired by her father—leading to intriguing drama and plenty of romance.
GoldenEye, the 17th film in the famed James Bond series, features Pierce Brosnan as the iconic character who finds himself on an adventure to stop a nuclear space weapon with the unique name GoldenEye.
After stopping the theft of an attack helicopter during a military operation in Monte Carlo, Bond has to outwit his enemies as he tries to take down the Arkangel group and secure the deadly GoldenEye. With endless action, the film is the perfect movie-night addition for any 007 fan.
Justice League (2017)
Humanity thought it was safe after the three Mother Boxes (containing supernatural powers capable of annihilation on a grand scale) were hidden in different locations. However, two years after the tragic death of Superman, the boxes were reactivated, and the world was again in peril.
After resurrecting Clark Kent using the power of the boxes, DC’s Justice League fights viciously against Steppenwolf to stop the world’s destruction. Filled with beautiful shots from international locations, including Monaco, the movie takes viewers into the action as the heroes fight to save humanity.
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
When it comes to casino heists, no one does it better than Ocean’s crew. Rather than searching for a list of the best available offers at casinos, the group led by Danny Ocean comes up with ingenious ways to defraud casinos and pull off spectacularly orchestrated robberies that nobody can see coming.
Featuring scenes in the famed Casino de Monte Carlo, Ocean’s Twelve shows the adventures of the scheming team as they are forced to pay millions to Terry Benedict, whom they had previously robbed. Following a series of failed attempts and arrests, the comedic action unwinds to show yet another perfectly executed heist in which the team is victorious.
Murder Mystery (2019)
After years of promising his wife a trip to Europe, Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) takes the plunge and buys tickets for a tour of several European countries. After lying about passing his detective exam, he and Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) travel to Europe and meet a billionaire.
They receive an invitation to spend their vacation on a private yacht but suddenly find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. When they arrive in the beautiful port of Monte Carlo, it becomes clear they won’t have time to try their hand at classic casino games as things quickly unravel. Nick hurriedly has to hone his detective skills to find the killer and clear his and Audrey’s names after the murder is pinned on them.
Monte Carlo (2011)
Being mistaken for somebody else is generally the last thing anybody wants—particularly if it places you in a situation you don’t want to be in. However, if you are mistaken for royalty, it may sometimes be better to go with the flow, as high-school graduate Grace Bennett (Selena Gomez) quickly discovers.
After being mistaken for a British heiress and flying to Monaco to donate a beautiful necklace to a charity auction, Grace finds herself in over her head while falling in love. When the real heiress shows up, things get even more complicated, leading to a series of comical and unbelievable events.
Grace of Monaco (2014)
Based on the real-life story of Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco showcases Nicole Kidman as the iconic Hollywood star. Following Grace’s marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, she leaves the world’s movie capital for a simpler life in paradise.
After receiving an offer to return to Hollywood, however, things begin to deteriorate in Monaco as France begins adding pressure to dissolve the sovereign state and turn it into a province of France. Grace decides to abandon Hollywood for good and focus on diplomatic efforts that ultimately help secure the nation’s independence.
After mistakenly thinking that Jean, a hotel barman, is a wealthy bachelor, gold-digger Irène abandons her long-time partner for a rendezvous that sparks a strong connection. A year later, after rekindling the relationship, things go south when Irène’s fiancé sees her and breaks off their engagement.
Discovering the truth behind Jean’s identity, Irène realizes her mistake and quickly looks for a new target. Consumed by the idea of being a kept man, Jean quickly finds his own mark, and the two reconnect while sharing gold-digging tips and tricks. With many twists and turns, this romantic comedy is filled with unfortunate discoveries that could spell disaster at every turn.