13 Movies Filmed in Edinburgh: Trailers & Reviews

Movies Filmed in Edinburgh

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While Scotland’s capital is more known for its beauty than broadway, there are number of movies filmed in Edinburgh worthwhile binging on. Spot iconic locations in the following films covering all niches from crime to comedy, Marvel to musical. Which is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.

Oh, you might want to read our guide to Scottish slang words before settling down to a film!

The Angels Share

2012, Ken Loach starring Paul Brannigan

In Ken Loach’s “Angels’ Share,” a hot-headed hooligan from Glasgow’s underclass turns out to have an extraordinary talent for identifying different varieties of whisky.

Stephen Holden, The NYTimes

Cloud Atlas

2012, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski

I occasionally winced but was mostly emotionally and intellectually involved, carried along by the oceanic flow.

Philip French, The Guardian


2020, David Dobkin starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams

The result is a movie so eye-searingly extra it makes “Mamma Mia!” look bashful.

Jeannette Catsoulis, NY Times


2013, Jon S. Baird starring James McAvoy

Insulting yet endearing, this loud portrayal of dirty cops is worthy of your attention. While it’s difficult to watch the demise of McAvoy, who plays the detective – the soundtrack, locations and illusions make the experience a tad more comfortable.

Gemma, Everything Edinburgh

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One Day

2011, Lone Scherfig starring Anne Hathaway

It may not truly capture the complexities of its source material but One Day is funny, winning and entertaining – if little else.

Ian Freer, Empire

*Not as good as the book ~ Gemma, Everything Edinburgh 

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Outlaw King

2018, David Mackenzie starring Chris Pine

Bloody epic proves Chris Pine is brave of heart.

David Fear, Rolling Stone

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Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War

2018, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

Wildly ambitious and entertaining ride about good old-fashioned teamwork.

Geoffrey Macnab @TheIndyFilm, Independent

Sunshine on Leith

2013, Dexter Fletcher starring Jane Horrocks

Stunning and splendid but my husband wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole even if it is set in Leith.

Gemma, Everything Edinburgh

The Da Vinci Code

2006, Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks

The Da Vinci Code has strange rhythms for a thriller. Bursts of action are interrupted by lengthy periods of exposition.

James Berardinelli, Reel Views

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

1969, Ronald Neame starring Maggie Smith

Smith’s performance is a triumph.



1996, Danny Boyle starring Ewan McGregor

This is a savagely sophisticated work and a landmark British classic.

Alan Jones, Radio Times

T2: 2017

Danny Boyle starring Ewan McGregor

…manages to mock nostalgia, whilst also embracing it.

By Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Harry Potter

While the Harry Potter movies are not actually films set in Edinburgh, their impact on the city can’t go unnoticed so we would like to extend an honourable mention to the series.

Why do people associate Edinburgh with Harry Potter?

JK Rowling, the author, dreamed up the story of the boy wizard while living in Edinburgh and many cafes claim that she penned chapters while drinking coffee in their establishments.

There are lots of locations which Potterheads should visit in Edinburgh including Greyfriars Kirk, The Elephant House, Victoria Street (Scotland’s Diagon Alley) and the City Chamber.

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2 thoughts on “13 Movies Filmed in Edinburgh: Trailers & Reviews

  1. Sofia says:

    Wow thats great! tbhere are also many series filmed in Edinburg. We recently watched Case Histories which shows all around Edi and we felt so nostalgic…

    • Everything Edinburgh says:

      Clique is another TV programme I recommend which was filmed in Edinburgh. BBC show! Thanks for commenting, Sofia.

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