8 Movies Shot In Malta We Recommend You See

By January 13, 2017 August 9th, 2018 Intercontinental Malta
brad pitt in troy

Malta may be far from Los Angeles geographically, but that does not mean the island’s unique location and paradise-like setting is not appealing to the film producers and stars of Hollywood.

In this post, we are going to be looking at some of our favourite (8 to be exact) movies shot in Malta.

With every listing, we also included the trailer for the movie that may peak your interest and further down below, you will also find a list of movies where Malta makes an appearance.

8 Movies Shot In Malta

Midnight Express

While this may not be a movie that everybody will know about, any film buff will know about this 1978 classic that won multiple Oscars. In short, it’s a classic story of a daring prison escape based in Turkey (but shot in Malta).

In it, you will also be able to recognise various Maltese locations and also features Maltese actors with Maltese lines.

The Count Of Monte Cristo

This infamous story of betrayal and revenge plays itself out on the tiny island of Comino, which is the third biggest island in Malta right between Gozo and mainland Malta.

You can still see the location of this movie, along with the majestic castle the count was imprisoned and later lived in “as it was” when visiting Comino.


This movie is about a submarine that survived and retaliated attacks against the Nazi regime in World War II. If you’re a fan of war movies and have not seen this yet, check out the trailer above.


A film we are sure everybody has heard about is the 2000 movie Gladiator which was shot in the now (sadly) defunct Rinella Movie Studios in Malta.

This movie also stars in it Russel Crowe and is based on the story of a Gladiator fighting his way to the top in ancient Rome.


While Simshar is not a “blockbuster” Hollywood film; we decided to feature this on our list of movies shot in Malta because of the deep rooted connection with the islands.

The story revolves around a shipping boat that goes missing along with its crew and it’s actually a completely true story of a tragedy that happened in Malta in 2008.

This movie is entirely shot in Malta, with mostly Maltese actors using the Maltese language as well.

This movie was received well by international critics earning it a 7/10 rating on IMDB.

Captain Phillips

The most recent movie on this list, Captain Philips, is a film about Somali pirates hijacking a cargo ship.

While the film is based in the Somali basin (where a lot of real life piracy happens) this movie, which stars the infamous Tom Hanks was shot (almost entirely) in Malta and also spawned the now infamous meme “Look at me, I’m the captain now


Having Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and the majestic Blue Lagoon in Comino featured in a movie is surely going to guarantee success. I guess that is what the movie producers of Troy figured out when they shot this great, close-to-classic film in Malta.

A fun fact about this is that the movie also inspired a news story that (allegedly) showed a plane flying in the film which turned out to be a complete hoax.


Despite being filmed nearly 37 years ago in 1980, the film Popeye which stars the late great Robin Williams is still a fan favourite in Malta.

Luckily, we still have a close connection to this project since the movie set, which has since been turned into an entertainment park, is still open and receiving visitors and we’ve also listed it in our post on things to do in Malta.

Final Thoughts

We hope you liked our list of these 8 movies shot in Malta and we also hope that you will take us up on one of these recommendations and go watch it.

Thank you very much for reading. As always; be sure to see more of our blogs about Malta here and also take a tour of InterContinental Malta on our website.

We look forward to having you on our islands. See you soon. Here is a list of all the films Malta was featured in and a few Maltese personalities you might want to know to fit in with the locals.

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