Movies filmed in Rhodes Island, Greece

The natural beauty of Rhodes alongside its magnificent Old Town and other historical monuments have always appealed to film makers. It is no surprise, therefore, that many Greek and foreign film productions, including some of Hollywood’s finest were shot in Rhodes.

We always like to watch films with our destination as a background. For all those planning to visit Rhodes, we highly recommend that they get to view some of these films and gain a taste of the unique beauty of the island. But even all those visitors who have come to Rhodes before and have adored the island, let these films be a chance for them to recall all the remarkable places they have been to. It’s both exciting and fun to watch a film and be able to recognize the places it was shot in.

Movies filmed in Rhodes Greece, Rhodes private tours

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

  • A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. The cliffs between Lindos & Pefkos, the Acropolis of Lindos, the Old Town , and Kalithea Beach featured in the film.
  • Featuring: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Queen, Irene Papa.
  • Director: J. Lee Thompson
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Mikres Afrodites (1963) / Young Aphrodites (1966) ( USA )

  • Parallel stories of Eros set in 200 B.C. Nomadic shepherds, plagued by drought, happen on a fishing encampment with plentiful fresh water…
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Koritsia Gia Filima / Girls in Kisses (1965) (USA: TV title)

  • Greek comedy with English subtitles…the New Town, the Old Town and Kalithea beach featured in the film.
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Escape to Athena (1979)

  • During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a Greek island are trying to escape. They don’t want only their freedom…The Old Town and Kalithea beach featured in the film.
  • Cast: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Claudia Cardinale.
  • Director: George P.Cosmatos.
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Peter and Paul (1981)

  • Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts…Filmed in the Old Town.
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Foxworth, Eddie Albert.
  • Director: Robert Day.
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High Season (1987)

  • On the isle of Rhodes, Katherine, an expatriate English photographer, lives with her daughter. A young local wants to encourage tourism…
  • Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Jaqueline Bisset, James Fox and Irene Pappas. Filmed in Lindos.
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Pascali's Island (1988)

  • A thriller set on a Greek island under Turkish occupation during the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Filmed in the Old Town and on several beautiful beaches.
  • Cast. Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance, Kevork Malikyan.
  • Director: James Dearden.
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O Jerusalem (2006)

  • A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created… Filmed in the Old Town.
  • Cast. JJ Feild, Said Taghmaooui, Maria Papas.
  • Director: Elie Chouraqu.
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El Greco (2007)

  • A dramatization of the life of 16th century Greek painter, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, who, in search of freedom and love, sets off from Crete and goes to Venice and finally Toledo… Filmed in the Old Town.
  • Cast. Nick Ashdon, Juan Diego Botto, Laia Marull, Lakis Lazopoulos.
  • Director: Yannis Smaragdis

We just hope this list will get even longer within time and that more films and box-office hits will be shot on our extraordinary island of Rhodes. Just sit back and enjoy them!

Books about Rhodes Island

Although Rhodes is a relatively small island (the fourth in Greece), its location between East and West, close to Asia Minor, made Rhodes a crossroads of cultures and continents, and of course, through the centuries became an island rich in history. Bellow are some famous books about Rhodes, which can help the reader to get a clean and thorough overview of the historical and political situations in Rhodes through the centuries.

Books about Rhodes Island Greece, Private Tours

Rhodes in Modern Times: Cecil Torr in 1887

  • Cecil Torr’s book on Rhodes: “Rhodes in Modern Times” was first published in 1887. In the book Torr provides an account of the story of Byzantine Rhodes and the times of the Knights of St John, including the extraordinary events of the Great Siege which culminated in the Knights’ expulsion from the island in 1522.
  • Publisher:
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C. D. Booth & Isabelle Bridge Booth: Italy's Aegean Possessions
The Tragedy of Twelve Islands 1928

  • The writers describe the historical and political situation on Rhodes Island (and the Dodecanese group) in 1920’s. The description is from fairness and a neutral point of view.
  • Publisher: Arrowsmith
  • Language: English
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Lawrence Durrell Reflections on a Marine Venus
A Companion to the Landscape of Rhodes 1953

  • Reflections on a Marine Venus is Lawrence Durrell’s second travel book. Like the earlier work, it is devoted to a Greek island, in this case Rhodes , and memorializes a key period in its author’s life. Having spent World War II in uncongenial Egypt , Durrell arrived on Rhodes in 1945 as Public Information Officer.
  • Other languages: French - Venus et la mer
  • Swedish: Afrodite från havet: en bok om Rhodos
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This Way to Paradise : Dancing on the Tables: Willard Manus

  • A memoir (in 1960’s) dealing with the 35 years he and his wife Mavis have spent in Lindos village. Written in a warm, exuberant style, the book paints a vivid picture of life in the village: learning the language, and raising and educating two children. Its pages are packed with portraits of the people they met in Lindos, Greeks and foreigners. Among the personages are the Pink Floyd band, S.J. Perelman, Germaine Greer, Martha Gellhorn, Nicol Williamson and R.D. Laing.
  • Publisher: Lycabettus Pr
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Elias Kollias: The Knights of Rhodes. The Palace and the City.

  • After a historical introduction to the Knights themselves, the bulk of the book provides an illustrated guide to sites associated with them on Rhodes . Color illustrations / photographs of Rhodes today, architecture, art, castle, palace, fortifications, illuminated manuscripts and other works. Plans and maps of the city.
  • Publisher: Ekdotike Athenon 1992
  • Language: English, Greek, French
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Rhodes a Story: 1306-1522 by Vangelis Pavlidis 1999

  • This is a true story about knights, Greeks, Turks, pirates, dragons and other strange and dangerous creatures. written and illustrated in a sort of comic book form It is an illustrated narrative of the brave deeds and remarkable feats as well as several wretched acts performed by the cross-bearing and sword-wielding monks of the order of St. John of Jerusalem.
  • Told and illustrated by Vangelis Pavlidis, a native of Rhodes.
  • Publisher: Kasseris Publications
  • Languages: English, Greek, Italian, German and Russian
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