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7 Hollywood Movie Scenes Shot in Cairo

The city of a thousand minarets made more than a few appearances in foreign films.

It’s no surprise that many movies, even big Hollywood blockbusters, were shot in Egypt, a land of many different faces. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo, the fine desert sands of Fayoum, or the mountainy Sinai, this country has a multitude of different spots that filmmakers love shooting at. It’s pretty cool to see good old om el donya in a different way than we’re used to. Here are 7 Hollywood movie scenes shot in Cairo through the times. 

Valley of the Kings (1954)

In Valley of the Kings, the beautiful Samia Gamal gives us a nice little belly dancing sesh, and people sure look like they’re enjoying themselves. Eleanor Parker, who plays Ann Mercedes in this film sure looks confused on what the hell is going on.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The beginning of this scene is absolutely majestic, showing a light show at the Pyramids of Giza, following with a suspenseful Bond scene in the adjacent area

Death on the Nile (1978)

If you’re like me, you probably missed what happens in the first few seconds of the video. Jokes aside, the landscape in this majestic Nile River escapade is truly magnificent.

Indiana Jones (1980)

In this scene, Indiana Jones is fighting what seems to be Se3edys in ski masks, which is definitely a first, while others are just standing around cheering him on, with the famous Cairene koshk with fruits and fabrics on the side. By the looks of it, things haven't change much in Egypt since the '80s.




Sphinx (1981)

Many won’t be familiar with this movie, as it’s rather ancient, but this scene is really a must see, with a close-up look at the lavish treasures of Tutankhamen, which was filmed with special permission.

Jumper (2008)

When driving around Giza, looking at the pyramids from the window of the car, one often wonders what it must be like to be on top of the mighty sphinx, and what the view’s like from way up there. This epic scene from the movie Jumper does just that, though surprisingly, you see absolutely no buildings around, as if the pyramids are way out in the desert, secluded from everything else.


Cairo Time (2009)

I originally didn’t want to include any trailers in this list, but this one gives a really interesting perspective of the culture shock a Westerner faces in Egypt, from the moment they land in the airport. She then meets an Egyptian man, and you know the rest …