The French Riviera, with its stunning landscapes, azure waters, and charming towns, has long been a favourite destination for filmmakers. The region’s breathtaking scenery and glamorous atmosphere make it an ideal backdrop for countless iconic films. From Saint Tropez to Cannes, these locations have hosted some of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history. Here are five famous filming locations on the French Riviera that you can visit and relive the magic of the movies.

1. Saint Tropez: “And God Created Woman” (1956)

Saint Tropez gained international fame with the release of “And God Created Woman,” directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot. This 1956 film not only catapulted Bardot to stardom but also turned Saint Tropez into a symbol of glamour and hedonism. The movie’s provocative and sensual portrayal of Bardot’s character, Juliette, set against the picturesque backdrop of Saint Tropez, left an indelible mark on popular culture.

When visiting Saint Tropez, take a stroll through the Old Town (La Ponche), where many scenes were filmed. You can also visit the famous La Madrague, Bardot’s residence, although it’s a private property and not open to the public. Enjoy a drink at Le Sénéquier, the iconic red-awning café by the harbor, where you can soak in the same vibrant atmosphere that enchanted moviegoers in the 1950s. The shopping is amazing; particularly during the Grand Braderie of Saint-Tropez; the end-of-season sales at the end of October.

2. Monaco: “To Catch a Thief” (1955)

Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief,” starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, is another classic film that showcases the beauty of the French Riviera. The movie follows retired cat burglar John Robie (Grant) as he tries to catch a copycat thief while falling for the charming Frances Stevens (Kelly). The luxurious lifestyle and breathtaking scenery of Monaco play a crucial role in the film’s allure.

In Monaco, visit the Place du Casino, where some of the film’s most glamorous scenes were shot. The stunning Hotel Carlton, now part of the InterContinental, was also featured prominently. Drive along the Moyenne Corniche, the winding coastal road where Kelly’s character famously speeds in her convertible—a scene that tragically foreshadowed her real-life fatal car accident years later.

3. Cannes: “French Kiss” (1995)

The romantic comedy “French Kiss,” starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, features numerous picturesque locations around the French Riviera, with Cannes playing a significant role. The film follows Kate (Ryan) as she travels to France to win back her fiancé, only to get entangled in a whirlwind romance with Luc (Kline).

Cannes, known for its prestigious film festival, provides the perfect setting for the movie’s romantic and comedic elements. Stroll along the Boulevard de la Croisette, visit the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, and imagine yourself amidst the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival. The InterContinental Carlton Cannes hotel, where several scenes were filmed, is another must-see, offering a taste of the luxurious lifestyle depicted in the movie.

4. Nice: “The Transporter” (2002)

“The Transporter,” an action-packed film starring Jason Statham, features many thrilling scenes shot in and around Nice. The movie follows Frank Martin (Statham), a professional driver for hire, who gets entangled in dangerous missions. The film’s fast-paced action is beautifully contrasted with the serene and scenic locations of the French Riviera.

In Nice, the Promenade des Anglais is a key filming location, where high-speed chases and dramatic encounters take place. The Old Town (Vieux Nice) and its narrow streets provide a picturesque backdrop for some of the movie’s intense scenes. While in Nice, also visit the luxurious Hôtel Negresco, an iconic landmark that embodies the opulence and charm of the Riviera.

5. Èze: “The Bucket List” (2007)

“The Bucket List,” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, is a heartwarming film about two terminally ill men who embark on a global adventure to complete their bucket lists. One of their memorable stops is the medieval village of Èze, perched high on a hill with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Èze’s enchanting atmosphere and panoramic vistas make it a perfect setting for the film’s themes of reflection and adventure. Explore the cobblestone streets, visit the Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique), and enjoy the breathtaking views from the village’s highest points. The Château de la Chèvre d’Or, a luxury hotel and restaurant, also offers a glimpse of the film’s luxurious side and is a fantastic place to dine or stay.

Where to stay

Haute Vue is the perfect central base for a holiday in the South of France; close to the beautiful perched villages of Provence and in easy reach of the beaches and sights of the sparkling Côte d’Azur. Fully refurbished in 2023, this luxury holiday home in Montauroux is laid out over two floors, with five double bedrooms and four bathrooms. A multi-use room adjacent to the master bedroom can serve as a nursery, games room, office, or (with a sofa bed) a sixth bedroom. A huge through lounge/dining room and well-equipped Provençal kitchen open out onto a private terrace, infinity pool, shaded veranda, and a stunning panoramic view over the valley. There is modern air-conditioning and super-fast WiFi throughout the property, which can sleep up to 12 people. 


The French Riviera’s unparalleled beauty and allure have made it a favorite filming location for directors and producers from around the world. From the iconic streets of Saint Tropez to the majestic views of Èze, these locations offer fans a chance to step into the scenes of their favorite films. Whether you’re a movie buff or simply looking to explore the region’s cinematic heritage, visiting these famous filming locations will add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your Riviera adventure. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to walk in the footsteps of film legends on the stunning French Riviera.