Amsterdam is populair when we are talking about making movies. Amsterdam’s idyllic canals look like ready-to-go movie sets… which is why it’s so strange that more international movies haven’t, you know, used them as movie sets. Ask any local to name a couple of flicks made here, and they’ll probably stall afterOcean’s Twelve and “that one James Bond film.” As it turns out, there are a ton more, so we diligently listed — and ranked — them all to point you in the right direction.
The rules: it must be a feature-length, non-documentary film, in English, not made by a local studio (alone). It must have had a theatrical run outside the Netherlands. And it must have at least one prominent sequence showing off our incredibly lovely city. Let’s get to it.
41. But Not in Vain (1948)
The Dutch looked to their British allies to collaborate on their first post-WWII film about, of course, the war (the title comes from a radio speech made by the exiled Queen Wilhelmina). It opened to mostly (though not unanimously) positive reviews, and was probably about as accurate as a war film could get, considering it actually incorporated war footage taken by members of the Resistance. But this one gets dumped at the bottom of the list because the film has been lost, so you can never actually see it. We know it’s not the film’s fault, but we need to start somewhere.