Within the last century, Jordan has emerged as an increasingly sought-after filming destination for major Hollywood films. The incredible settings featured in these movies are namely owed to Petra and Wadi Rum – the country’s iconic sites. Step inside the universe of cinematic greatness as you embark on your next journey across Jordan.
Jordan’s geographic tapestry provided great backgrounds for some of the most popular movies over the past 60 years. These distinctive landscapes and unique atmospheres created the perfect movie backdrops. From rugged mountains to expansive deserts, this article will highlight five notable movies filmed in and around Jordan.
1) Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The timeless masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia – expertly directed by David Lean and featuring Peter O’Toole in the lead role – recounts the extraordinary journey of the Arab Revolt against Ottoman rule during World War I.
A significant portion of this movie was filmed across Jordan, including Wadi Rum, Aqaba, and numerous desert locations. The areas surrounding Amman served as primary settings for pivotal moments as well. The striking opening sequence was meticulously crafted at Petra, while other memorable scenes unfolded within a Bedouin tent situated near Ma’an.
For those wanting to experience the filming locations featured in Lawrence of Arabia, consider embarking on this three-day tour that offers opportunities to explore Petra, Wadi Rum, and Amman – allowing you to fully appreciate the classic film.
2) The Martian (2015)
Ridley Scott’s thrilling sci-fi adventure, The Martian, features Matt Damon in the role of an astronaut marooned in space, battling against all odds to survive. One may wonder, where was The Martian filmed? Although set on the distant red planet of Mars, a significant portion of the movie was actually shot within Jordan’s Wadi Rum and Aqaba regions.
These desert landscapes provided such an exceptional setting, that hotels have modeled their Martian-like tents after the movie. Sun City Camp in Wadi Rum is one such accommodation that provides an immersive experience, turning your ordinary trip into an unforgettable one.
To further immerse yourself in The Martian‘s otherworldly locations, consider taking our captivating two-day tour, including visits to Petra and Wadi Rum. You will be transported to Mars’ exotic terrain without ever leaving Earth.
3) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
The third thrilling chapter in the beloved Indiana Jones franchise sees Harrison Ford reprising his role as the iconic hero, embarking on a daring quest to uncover the fabled Holy Grail. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed throughout Jordan, including Umm Qais (an ancient Roman fort), Wadi Rum, and Petra – for the unforgettable opening sequence.
Want to embody the spirit of Indiana Jones’ exciting world of adventure and exploration? Consider taking this one-day tour to Petra for a memorable experience, uncovering the history and mysteries of the past. For those seeking a more action-packed adventure, join a Bedouin guide for an exhilarating Jeep tour that promises incredible vistas!
4) Aladdin (2019)
The live-action remake of Disney’s much-loved animated classic, Aladdin, was filmed in Jordan as well. The retelling of the rags-to-riches Arabian tale featured outstanding performances by Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud.
Wadi Rum served as the backdrop for the Cave of Wonders and the film’s opening scene. Several other scenes were shot in Petra, Aqaba, Amman’s Citadel Hill, and the Royal Automobile Museum, which doubled as Agrabah’s palace grounds.
You can hike through Wadi Rum just like the characters of Aladdin did to the Cave of Wonders with this hiking adventure. For a true Arabian night beneath the glittering stars, take this enchanting tour to envision a whole new world.
5) Dune (2021)
The 2021 remake of the classic sci-fi Dune movie, starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, follows a noble family’s battle for the desert planet, Arrakis. Like the previous movies, Dune was also filmed in and around Wadi Rum, mimicking otherworldly terrain with spectacular red sand dunes.
Other filming locations include Aqaba on the Red Sea Coast and Petra’s World Heritage Site near Amman. Tour Aqaba and the Red Sea with this private hiking tour, which also takes you to some of the highest points in Jordan. Or simply see the best of the country with this all-inclusive eight-day ultimate tour.
Make Movie Magic in Jordan
Jordan’s iconic locations provided directors and actors with a range of memorable settings. The cinematic worlds of Aladdin’s Agrabah and Dune’s Arrakis owe their breathtaking backdrops to Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman, and more.
You too can step into these fictional universes by visiting the actual filming locations. Not only will you get a chance to see where Indiana Jones saved the day, but you’ll also get a glimpse into the vital history and real-life adventures with our expert-led tours.