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August 09, 2011

Top Ten Landscapes of the Silver Screen

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'X' MARKS THE SPOT: The ruins of Petra are so surreal it could be mistaken for a man-made movie set (Andrea Pistolesi)

Every so often there comes a movie that is an instant classic and a landscape forever reminiscent of its moment on the big screen. Completely parti pris, though open for dispute, here is writer Laura Kiniry's list of the top ten iconic landscapes of the silver screen.

10. Location: Jordan's Ancient City of Petra
Movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

9. Location: Greater Salzburg, Austria
Movie: The Sound of Music

8. Location: The Chattooga River, Georgia
Movie: Deliverance

7. Location: Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Movie: The African Queen

6. Location: Halona Cove, O'ahu
Movie: From Here to Eternity

5. Location: Devil's Tower, Wyoming
Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

4. Location: Bodega Bay, California
Movie: The Birds

3. Location: Sicily, Italy
Movie: The Godfather

2. Location: Southern Tunisia
Movie: Star Wars

1. Location: New Zealand
Movie: The Lord of the Rings

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New Zealand is rightly at the top of the list but not just for LOTR. Last Samurai was also filmed there and the scenery is gorgeous! This is also the best movie Tom Cruise ever made by a long shot. It's a shame that more people haven't seen it and only remember the Oprah episode.

Well, Wyoming shyould have two entries-- you can't leave out that scene from Shane with Alan Ladd. THe girl yells Shane, Shane with the tremondous backdrop of the Grand Tetons.

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