21 Famous Movie Locations With Blockbuster-Worthy Back Stories

For like 90 percent of all places that appear in movies, the most interesting things that happened or will happen there are the movies themselves. In fact, most directors have to work really hard to make regular places look cool and intriguing. But we say "most" because sometimes the real story behind a movie location is so crazy and fascinating that it completely dwarfs anything a coked-up Hollywood screenwriter could come up with.

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The Dark Knight Rises filmed at an Indian fort. When construction began in 1459, local leader Jodha expelled a resident hermit, who threatened to cursFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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The set for 1923's The Ten Commandments was truly epic. Cecil B. DeMille didn't want painted backdrops, SO 1,500 carpenters built an Egyptian city in For details, read The 5 Most Horrifyingly Wasteful Film Shoots

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The Big Lebowski filmed in Greystone Mansion. It was built in the 1920s by the son of tycoon Edward Doheny. Ned Doheny was found shot in a bedroom theFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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Lightning killed the original owner of the Evil Dead cabin. Years later, the cabin was occupied by a mother, daughter, and grandmother. The mother andFor details, read 5 Famous Movie Locations (With Horrible Secret Backstories)

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The Princess Bride's cliffs of insanity are Ireland's Cliffs of Moher. In 1588, watchmen here spotted Spanish ships approaching, and they assumed SpaiFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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The evil Skyfall lair is Gunkanjima in Japan. It used to house some 250 miners on just 16 acres. In 1974, the coal there ran out, and new jobs were ofFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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Gladiator filmed at Fort Ricasoli in Malta. In 1807, soldiers there mutinied against the British. As food ran out, most fled, leaving just five insideFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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12 Monkeys filmed in Philly's Eastern State Penitentiary. The place was built in 1829 in an effort to treat prisoners more humanely. Of course, at theFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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Revenge of the Sith featured mountains near Guilin in China. In 1996, more than 50 years after World War lI, farmers found a wrecked plane on one of tFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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Harry Potter 7 filmed in a German town Rothenburg ob der Tauber retains the look of a fairy tale because many of its buildings date back to medieval tFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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California's Spahn Ranch has an IMDb page most actors would kill for. It was used as a backdrop for everything from The Lone Ranger and Bonanza to shoFor details, read 5 Famous Movie Locations (With Horrible Secret Backstories)

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The real owners of Field of Dreams' field TRIED replanting afterward. S S S But so many people got upset, they had to promise never to do it again, elFor details, read 5 Famous Movie Locations (With Horrible Secret Backstories)

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The Last Jedi featured the remote island of Skellig Michael. After the film came out, tourism on the protected lrish island soared. And by soared, wFor details, read 8 Famous Movie & TV Locations (Ruined By The Fans)

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RFK was assassinated in the hotel from The Graduate. Robert Kennedy spoke at The Ambassador Hotel's ballroom and then walked through the kitchen on thFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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The Abyss used an abandoned nuclear reactor vessel. To ensure nobody accidentally floated to the surface, the actors were all strapped down with weighFor details, read 5 Famous Movie Scenes Made Possible by Reckless Endangerment

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The Clerks Quick Stop is a real store. Quick STOP GROCERIES They could only shoot after hours, SO Kevin Smith I added ASSURE a joke where gum stuck thFor details, read 5 Modern Stories That Are Way More Religious Than You Think

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A Clockwork Orange's brutal buildings are the real-life Thamesmead South Housing Estate. The estate was built in the '60s to look ultramodern, with shFor details, read 5 Mind-Blowing True Stories Behind Famous Movie Locations

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The Pirates of the Caribbean ship returned for the porn parody. Perhaps unable to get the stench of booty out, the owners then sold it in 2010. In 201For details, read 5 Famous Movie Locations (With Horrible Secret Backstories)

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Con Air used a real plane for all its stunts. Before the film? The plane dropped Agent Orange on the Vietnamese. After the film? It crashed in Alaska,For details, read 5 Famous Movie Locations (With Horrible Secret Backstories)