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Spartacus (1960): Rather surprisingly, Roman villa scenes were shot round the pool at the gloriously OTT Hearst Castle near San Simeon, California.

The Terminator (1984): When Arnie arrives in our world, he’s butt-naked and at the Griffith Park Observatory in Hollywood. Heavenly body? That's open to debate.

The Ten Commandments (1923): Cecil B. DeMille’s epic was shot at Nipomo Dunes, near Pismo Beach, California. Look hard enough and you’ll find loads of buried ‘archeological’ remains from the set which was destroyed upon the movie’s completion.

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Back to the Future (1985): Doc (Christopher Lloyd) lives at the Gamble House in Pasadena, California. Well, at least the outside of it. Interior shots were filmed in a studio.

Baghdad Café (1987): Owners of the Sidewinder Café on Route 66 were so moved by appearing in the movie, that they changed their eatery's name after filming ended.

Bladerunner (1982): Eerie scenes in the sci-fi thriller were shot at the Bradbury Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961): In the opening shots of the movie, Audrey Hepburn is found peering longingly into the Tiffany & Co. store in New York.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977): That mountain-like vision Richard Dreyfuss is drawn to? It’s the Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming.

Napolean Dynamite (2004): The dorky teens’ real high school? Preston High School in Idaho. Possibly only a tourist attraction for the die-hardest of fans.

52/1 movie locations....................(2190.jpg)The Exorcist (1973): Pea soup, anyone? The flight of steps which Father Karras plunges down is between Prospect Avenue and M Street in Georgetown, near Washington DC.

Field of Dreams (1989): The baseball field in Iowa used in this movie was ploughed over after filming stopped, but then the tourists started to come by. Now it’s a tourist attraction.

Grease (1978): The real Rydell High? Venice High School in Los Angeles.

52/1 Movie Locations....................(2173.jpg)Harry Potter films (2001 onwards): Want to go to Hogwart’s? If you’re not a Muggle, head for King’s Cross Station in London. Platform 9 ¾ to be precise.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): The final swash-buckling action scenes were shot at the archeological remains of Petra in Jordan.

The Island (2005): Not perhaps the most famous of movies, but some great locations, including the Rhyolite ghost town in Nevada.

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Jurassic Park (1993): What was supposed to be a themed Dinosaur Park turns real…visit this tropical location and discover the lost world for yourself.

King Kong (1933): The action in the original (and many would say best) of the big ape movies culminated at the classic New York icon, the Empire State Building. As did all the others, for that matter…

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979): He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy… Much of the insanity was shot at the Ribat in Monastir, Tunisia.

52/1 movie locations....................(2195.jpg)Escape from Alcatraz (1979): Perhaps unsurprisingly much of this movie was filmed on location on the former prison island (now a National Park) in San Francisco Bay.

The Third Man (1949): Orson Welles, a Ferris wheel and something to do with cuckoo clocks? The wheel is the Riesenrad in Vienna’s Prater Park. Also seen in Before Sunrise (1995).

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975): Dr Frankenfurter’s house? Not quite so creepy in real life, the Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor, England is actually pretty swanky.

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The Seven Year Itch (1955): That famous subway grate? Marilyn may be long gone, but it’s still there.

The Sound of Music (1965): The hills are alive… well, one in particular. It’s a barely-known fact, but the mountaintop where liberated nun Maria sings her heart out is called Mellweg and located near Schellenberg in Bavaria.

Spider-Man (2002): If the Daily Bugle offices look rather familiar, they’re located at the famous Flat Iron Building in New York.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989): Scenes in this and episodes of the original series (as well as many, many other movies) were shot at the picturesque desert outcrop of Vasquez Rocks, just north of Los Angeles.

Star Wars (1977): The Sidi Driss Hotel in Matmata, Tunisia, played Luke Skywalker’s boyhood home.

The Sting (1973): The carousel in the classic movie can be found on Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles.

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