Montenegro Through Cinema Lenses

Arts & Culture
Montenegro's appeal as a filming location stems from its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, the country offers a diverse terrain, including rugged mountains, lush forests, and historic coastal towns like Budva, Kotor, and Perast, which provide charming backdrops for romantic or period drama scenes. With influences from civilizations like the Illyrians and Ottomans, Montenegro boasts a tapestry of settings, including medieval fortresses, Orthodox monasteries, and Venetian palaces, adding authenticity to historical epics.

Its natural beauty, showcased in places like national parks Durmitor and Skadar Lake, offers breathtaking vistas ideal for adventure tales or nature documentaries. With film-friendly policies, experienced crews, and affordability, Montenegro is an attractive canvas for both Hollywood and European productions. 

Below you can see what movies have been filmed in this beautiful country. Enjoy! 

Brothers Bloom

'The Brothers Bloom', a 2008 American caper comedy-drama film, was both written and directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Maximilian Schell, and Robbie Coltrane, the film was released widely in May 2009.

 Locations in Montenegro: Ulcinj and Petrovac.


In 2011, a British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Coriolanus' was released. Directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes as the titular character, the film also features Gerard Butler as Tullus Aufidius, Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia, and Brian Cox as Menenius. Notably, this film marks Fiennes' directorial debut. It adapts Shakespeare's original text and plot to a contemporary, pseudo-Balkan setting, with filming taking place in Serbia and Montenegro, evoking themes reminiscent of the Yugoslav Wars. 

Locations in Montenegro: Kotor Old Town.

The Dark Side of the Sun

'The Dark Side of the Sun' is a drama film from 1988 co-produced by the United States and Yugoslavia, directed by Božidar Nikolić. It marks Brad Pitt's debut in a leading role, portraying a young man on a quest to find a cure for a rare and fatal skin condition.

Locations in Montenegro: Kotor and Ulcinj.

Force 10 from Navarone

'Force 10 from Navarone', a 1978 British war film, is loosely adapted from Alistair MacLean's novel of the same name published in 1968. Serving as a sequel to the 1961 film 'The Guns of Navarone', it features Robert Shaw and Edward Fox in the roles of Mallory and Miller, respectively. Directed by Guy Hamilton, the film also stars Harrison Ford, Carl Weathers, Barbara Bach, Franco Nero, and Richard Kiel.

Locations in Montenegro: Djurdjevica Tara Bridge, Durmitor.

Golden Job

In 2018, 'Golden Job', an action film from Hong Kong, was released. Directed by Chin Ka-lok, who also appears in the film, it features Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, and Jerry Lamb in starring roles. Notably, the cast reunites from the Young and Dangerous film series.

Locations in Montenegro: Sveti Stefan


'Minamata' is a biographical drama film released in 2020, directed by Andrew Levitas and based on the book of identical title authored by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith. The film features Johnny Depp, who also served as a producer, portraying W. Eugene Smith, an American photographer.

Locations in MontenegroTivat


'Papillon' is a drama film released in 2017 and directed by Michael Noer. It marks the final production by Red Granite Pictures. The story revolves around Henri Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a French convict known as Papillon ('butterfly'), wrongly imprisoned in 1933 at the infamous Devil's Island penal colony. With the aid of fellow convict Louis Dega (Rami Malek), a counterfeiter, Papillon escaped in 1941.

Locations in Montenegro: Kotor, Niksic, Ulcinj, Mamula Island, Skadar Lake

Meet me in Montenegro

'Meet Me in Montenegro' is a romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.

Locations in Montenegro: Tivat, Perast, Budva Old Town

The November Man

'The November Man' is a 2014 spy action thriller film adapted from Bill Granger's novel 'There Are No Spies'. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, and Olga Kurylenko, the film also features Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton. The screenplay was penned by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek.

Locations in Montenegro: Perast, Sveti Stefan, Herceg Novi, Petrovac

The Big Picture

'The Big Picture', originally titled 'L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie' ('The man who wanted to live his life'), is a 2010 French psychological thriller helmed by Éric Lartigau. The film features Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup, and Catherine Deneuve in starring roles.

Locations in Montenegro: Kotor