Motivational and Inspirational Movies (14)

Woman on Top (2000)

“Woman on Top” is a passionate love story.

Isabella is a charming chef in Bahia, a small Brazilian seaside resort and suffers from motion sickness. She marries Toninho and they are happy. Unfortunately, based on the issue of Isabella’s sickness, Toninho is frustrated and makes a “fatal” mistake. Isabella discovers and chooses to embark on a journey. She receives many jobs as a chef in the USA and chooses to try her luck in San Francisco.

Isabella becomes the favourite chef at a cooking school. While Toninho is lonely in Bahia, she is discovered by a young producer and becomes a success.

A funny romantic adventure full of love and magic. A movie about marriage and the persistence of love.

If you are a fan of latin music, the soundtrack is great.

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A little bit of Heaven (166)

National Museum of the Village

“Dimitrie Gusti”

It is an open-air ethnographic museum located in Bucharest near the Arch of Triumph. The Village Museum covers over 100,000 m² and 380 monuments (authentic peasant farms and houses).

It opened its doors to the public in 1936 and is the most visited cultural sight in Romania.

You need a few hours to see it all. Yet, it worth every step you make on its paths enjoying Romania’s culture, old houses and old mechanical and technical solutions brought here from different villages throughout the country.

They give you a glimpse of the past and a “smell” of eternity.

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Motivational and Inspirational Movies (13)

King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur movie from 2004 deserves a fair approach, for it has little to do with the traditional legends of King Arthur.

This movie revolves around Arthur as a centurion and his men in an earlier period during the Roman times. They are sent on a mission to save an important Italian family before they are captured and killed by an invading Saxon army. For stopping that army, Arthur and his men make an alliance with the locals called Woads.

It is a movie with a bit of romance, comedy, drama and a lot of action. Therefore, it is a movie about courage, loyalty, honour, duty and values. A movie about a man who is loyal to his beliefs even when those around him dismiss those beliefs.

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What? That some people are born to be slaves?

No. That isn’t true! All men are free, equal. … Each of us has the right to chose his own destiny.


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10 movies filmed in Bucharest

10 Movies with scenes filmed in Bucharest

Watching movies, probably you do not know they have scenes or they are entirely filmed in Romania. Some of the movies below are listed in my previous articles about Romanian filming locations: Transylvania, Corvin Castle, Peleș Castle. It seems that the picturesque landscapes of Romania make it more and more popular with movie producers. 

Here it is a list of ten movies with scenes filmed in Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

1. Cold Mountain (2003)

Cold Mountain is a real mountain located within  Pisgah National ForestHaywood County, North Carolina. The fil is an epic war one, and the rural scenes were filmed almost entirely in Transylvania, in the village of Reci in Covasna county and in Bucharest.

2. BloodRayne (2005)

It is a fantasy action horror film, set in the eighteenth century. Rayne is a Dhampir, half-human, half-vampire, and she escapes from a freak show. She strives to avenge her mother’s rape. In her journey for revenge, she meets two vampire hunters and joins their society.

Rayne: I thought they would be afraid of me.

Katarin: They only fear what they do not know.”

Filming locations in Romania: Corvin Castle, Bran Castle, Făgăraș Castle, Sighișoara, MediaPro Studios Bucharest.

3. The Brothers Bloom (2008)

It is a comedy-drama film about the last great adventure of the world’s best con men. They are plotting one last shot and the victim is Penelope an eccentric millionaire. Her castle is Peleș Castle.

Among the locations of the movie, there are Romanian locations: Comarnic, Sinaia, The Constanța Casino, the port of Constanța and Bucharest.

4. The Whistleblower (2010)

It is a film inspired by true events, about a policewoman taking a job as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. She uncovers the corruption and cover-up of sex trafficking of underage girls, business run by peace keepers and law officers paid to protect these citizens. The lesson we can learn from this woman is that we should never turn away from doing the right thing. 

Filming locations: MediaPro Studios, Bucharest, Lipscani – Bucharest, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Toronto, Canada.

5. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – 2011

It is an American superhero movie and features Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider.

Some scenes were shot in Romania. Among the places, there are Corvin Castle, Sibiu, Târgu-Jiu, Transfăgărășan and Bucharest.

Why does the devil walk on the human form anyway? I have no idea. Maybe he doesn’t know either. Maybe he passes on from body to body, down through history, waiting for the perfect fit. But I know one thing, on Earth, he’s weak. His powers are limited. He needs emissaries to do his dirty work, so he finds them or makes them, using his greatest power, the power of the deal.

Johnny Blaze, Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

6. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

Close friends and comrades, Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy return to their neighbouring homes, to increasing tensions and resentments. All those will explode into warfare between the families.

This movie is a story about a feud that nearly brought the two states West Virginia and Kentucky to the brink of another Civil War.

Among the filming locations there are Brașov, Râșnov, Zărnești, Bucharest – România.

7. The Wave (2015)

A simple set-up in a beautiful Norwegian village and a catastrophic tsunami due to the mountain partially collapsing.

Most interiors are filmed in Romania and among the filming locations, there are MediaPro Studios in Bucharest.

8. War Dogs (2016)

David reunites with hos friend Efrim at a funeral. They start their own business and earn a contract with the United States Department of Defence to deal with weapons. They score “the Afghan deal” but will have a falling out with their business.

Among the filming locations there is Bucharest.

9.The Whistlers (2019)

Cristi is a Romanian police officer and a whistle blower for mafia. Playing both sides of the law, he is going to La Gomera Island to learn an ancestral whistling language. It is the way to facilitate the jailbreaking of a Romanian businessman who knows where thirty million euros are hidden.

Bucharest, Romania is among the filming locations.

10. Christmas in Rome (2019)

Angela is a tour guide in Rome and is fired before Christmas. She agrees to teach Oliver, a businessman, about the heart of Rome at Christmas.

Filming locations are in Rome and Bucharest.

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