Films Made in Morocco



Morocco is a fascinating and exotic country, with its mix of Arab, African and European cultures living in desert landscapes, ancient kasbahs, and seaside towns with ancient battlements. Consequently, it’s no surprise that it has often been the backdrop for movies and TV shows. If you’re planning to visit Morocco, or are just interested in movies filmed in this North African country, then check out some of these films. So pop that popcorn and enjoy.

The Mummy

This action-packed movie was filmed in Ouarzazate, a town in the south of Morocco.

Lawrence of Arabia

Peter O’Toole’s Academy Award-winning performance as T.E. Lawrence is worth watching on its own, but the stunning desert landscapes make this film a must-see.


Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, Babel tells the story of different people from all over the world who are connected by one tragic event.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

This swashbuckling adventure film was shot in various locations around Morocco, including Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains.

The Last Temptation of Christ

This controversial film by Martin Scorsese was filmed in Morocco, and features Willem Dafoe as Jesus Christ.

The Man Who Would Be King

Sean Connery and Michael Caine star in this classic adventure film about two British soldiers who set out to conquer a small kingdom.


The scenes of slavery, desert travel, and gladiatorial training school were shot in Ouarzazate. Morocco, just south of the Atlas Mountains over three weeks. To construct the arena where Maximus has his first fights, the crew used basic materials and local building techniques to manufacture the 30,000-seat mud brick arena.


A 6-hour series presents the dramatized story of Tutankhamun. His reign as the youngest Egyptian includes romance, war, politics, conspiracy, and personal violence. Filmed in Ouarzazate with incredible sets. Available for purchase and streaming.


And Finally, Casablanca

A classic movie set in Morocco during World War 2. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this was filmed entirely in California. Ingrid Bergman has been memorialized in a giant mural in Casablanca, and a new Ricks Café is open for those who treasure the film’s nostalgia.

There are several reasons to love Moroccan cinema. The films themselves are often visually stunning, with a fascinating mix of cultures and traditions on display. But for those of us who enjoy traveling, they can also be a great way to get a feel for a place before visiting. They can provide an insider’s view of Morocco that you might not find in a standard travel guidebook, and they can give you some ideas about where to go and what to see when you’re there. If you’re planning a trip to Morocco, or if you just want to learn more about this fascinating country, check out some of these films and see for yourself what all the excitement is about. Film buffs, visit Morocco with Genuine Morocco and visit the film studios in Ouarzazate.