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List of films shot in Budapest


List of films shot in Budapest

This article lists internationally distributed films that:

  • were shot on location in the city of Budapest, capital of Hungary
  • use the city of Budapest as a set to portray other cities
  • have the story or part of the story set in Budapest, but were not shot there
  • if they are animated films, have Budapest as their identifiable venue

Since the 1990s, Budapest has been home to many international film productions. The reasons for this were given by film producer André Szőts in lectures given at the Eötvös Loránd University and in a 2004 television interview on Hungarian television TV2. According to Szőts, Hungary provides for a relatively cheap budget (e.g. salaries are much lower than just about anywhere in the West), and Budapest has kept the image of a city that is so diverse in building types from different eras that it could be substituted for (or disguised to be) any large European city. Szőts has given an example of a French film he produced in which Budapest was a set for 30 different cities.


  • Music videos shot in Budapest 1
  • Films and television series shot in Budapest 2
  • Films that have disguised Budapest as other cities 3
  • Films set in Budapest 4
  • Animated films featuring Budapest 5
  • Sources 6

Music videos shot in Budapest

Films and television series shot in Budapest

Films that have disguised Budapest as other cities

Films set in Budapest

The following films or television series episodes had a plot or part of a plot set in Budapest but were not shot on location.

  • MacGyver Season 1 Episode 3, "The Thief of Budapest" (1985) - In this episode Budapest looks like a mixture of a city in Turkey and one in Italy. Also, Budapest is set to be a five-minute drive away from the Austrian border, when in reality it is about 200 kilometres away.
  • Van Helsing (2004) - Important pieces of plot take place in the Budapest of the 1890s, which was only shown as a background image which merged artist's concepts with a contemporary tourist photograph of the city.

Animated films featuring Budapest


  1. ^ a b "Magyar közreműködők világsztárok klipjeiben" (in Hungarian).  
  2. ^ "The Last Run". Filming locations.  
  3. ^ "Lemosták a vámpírkastélyt a Ferencieken". Kultúr (in Hungarian).  
  4. ^ "Underworld (2003)". Filming locations.  
  5. ^ "Budapesten forgatott külföldi sorozatok - 2. rész: Carlos (Carlos the Jackal)" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  • "Budapest Hungary". Filming Location.  
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