Written by Montreall.com on 26.10.17

Montreal is famous for a lot of things. It is renowned for its buzzing festival scene, for instance. Or what about the eclectic mix of theatre productions? On top of that, Hollywood movies are virtually ever-present in Montreal. The largest city in Quebec has been used as a location for countless hit films over the years. The location was put on the map by Wait Until Dark in 1967, which starred Audrey Hepburn, who earned a nomination for Best Actress in the Academy Awards that year.

Montreall film

Since then, there have been eight Hollywood blockbusters with storylines based in the city, including 2001’s The Score starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, and Life of Pi, which earned 11 nominations at the 85th Academy Awards. Hundreds of other films have used Montreal as a location for filming. The beautiful scenery, surroundings, and buildings are why directors keep coming back to Quebec’s Metropolis. Here, we take a look at some of the films that you may not have realised were shot here.

The Noughties

Although there were a number of great films that were made in Montreal prior to the turn of the millennium, including 12 Monkeys in 1995 and The Long Kiss Goodnight in 1996, the noughties was the decade that every director and his dog wanted to show up and shoot in the Canadian city. One of the most notable films in that period is The Day After Tomorrow in 2004, which, adjusted for inflation, is the highest-grossing Hollywood film ever made in Canada. The disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich which depicts the end of the world due to catastrophic climate effects raked in $544 million from its $125 million production budget. The film was shot in both Montreal and Toronto, and featured Jake Gyllenhaal, who is known for dining in and around the city.

Montreal city hall

Another film from that year was Pierre Gill’s The Last Casino, which was set in numerous casinos throughout Canada, including a gambling house in Montreal. Casinos have appeared frequently in popular culture over the years, with much-loved characters like James Bond hanging around in them in various casino-related films including Dr No, Thunderball, and Casino Royale. Canada has some beautiful and luxurious casinos, and although The Last Casino isn’t as well-known as titles shot in Las Vegas like Ocean’s Eleven, it features arguably more appealing backdrops. Montreal is home to some casinos that are absolute architectural masterpieces, like the Casino de Montreal, for instance.

Montreal olympic stadium

One of the most critically acclaimed silver screen offerings from this period was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which featured Brad Bitt in the starring role as a man who ages in reverse. David Fincher’s film received 13 Academy Award nominations and won three, for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects. Montreal was one of many locations used for filming, with others including India, Cambodia, and the USA.

Recent Times

There were over 40 films set in Montreal during the noughties, which seems to be the golden period for the city up to now in terms of cinema. Since the end of that decade, there have only been eleven films shot in this prime location, but some of them have been hugely successful. The most notable title is X-Men: Days of Future Past, which used numerous spots in and around Montreal, mainly for the scenes set in the future. Some of the locations used were Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Montreal City Hall, Olympic Stadium, and McGill University. The film, directed by Bryan Singer, is the second most expensive picture produced by 20th Century Fox after Avatar.

Life of Pie

X-Men has been the biggest blockbuster in recent times, but there are some others worth mentioning. Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: Chapter 2 is the most recent silver screen offering shot in Montreal, while Warm Bodies, Source Code, and Upside Down were also all filmed in the City of a Hundred Steeples.

Although there have been few movies filmed in Montreal in recent times, it is only a matter of time before the top directors in Hollywood remember why this fantastic city is such a good spot for shooting their masterpieces.

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