12 Hollywood Movies That Take Place In Egypt

1 year ago By Konafa Team


Egypt’s been a country that’s captured the imagination of filmmakers in Hollywood for almost 100 years now — but keep in mind that when we say “took place” in Egypt, we don’t mean it was filmed here. Whether due to budget constraints or the inability to attain filming permission from the Egyptian government (ahem), the majority of these movies were filmed elsewhere or just using a trusty green screen. 

But that doesn’t take away from the fact that some of Hollywood’s most iconic movies (Indiana Jones, anyone?) take place in Egypt. Check out this list of movies featuring Egypt (in chronological order) and tell us if we’re missing any:


1. The Mummy (1932)


This movie was inspired by the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.


2. The Ten Commandments (1956)


The original Exodus movie, which paved the way for dozens of remakes over the years.


3. Cleopatra (1963)


Probably Elizabeth Taylor’s most famous movie to date. It’s also the film where she met and fell in love with future husband Richard Burton, despite both of them being married at the time.


4. Death on the Nile (1974)


Based on the famous Agatha Christie novel, this movie was actually shot in Egypt over seven weeks. They filmed in Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Cairo — but any Egyptian will notice there’s something not quite right about the geography of the movie; for example, the fact that they’re sailing from Aswan to Luxor to Abu Simbel (in that order)? And the fact that there’s no way to go by boat to Abu Simbel?


5. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


The whole film doesn’t take place in Egypt, but even a part of it is good enough for us, considering it’s touted as one of the best movies of all time. 


6. Stargate (1994)


This one is different from the rest because it’s Egypt meets sci-fi. They basically find a “stargate” in Egypt that leads to them another world, which too is Egypt — but kind of a futuristic one. This may be the worst synopsis of a movie ever, so I’ll let the preview do the talking.


7. The Prince of Egypt (1998)


A personal favorite on the list. This movie was banned from Egypt because of conflict in beliefs, but it’s one of the best animated movies that isn’t Disney. Good songs too.


8. The Mummy and its sequel, The Scorpion King (1999 + 2002)


We’re all familiar with Brendan Fraser and his rendition of The Mummy (not related to 1932’s The Mummy), so we won’t bore you with an explanation of the film.


9. Cairo Time (2009)


This is another of the few movies on this list that was actually filmed in Egypt, although for some reason they didn’t hire an Egyptian actor to play THE EGYPTIAN LEAD. The male lead in this movie is actually English-Sudanese.


10. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)


This is basically the same Exodus story as the above Prince of Egypt, but if you want my honest opinion, the animated movie was better.


11. The Pyramid (2014)


The only horror movie on the list. 


12. Gods of Egypt (2016)


This barely has anything to do with Egypt besides the name of the country in the title and a few of the known ancient Egyptian gods’ names, but sure, why not.

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