Never on Sunday (Pote Tin Kyriaki, 1960)
Jules Dassin made Melina Mercouri famous by casting her as a feisty prostitute who outwits Homer Thrace, an American classicist who tries to tame her.
Le Casse (The Burglars, 1971)
This heist movie starring Jean Paul Belmondo & Omar Sharif features a stunning car chase through the streets of Athens and Piraeus
Quiet Days in August (Isyxes Meres tou Avgoustou, 1991)
Veteran director Pandelis Voulgaris paints a sensitive portrait of the lonely people left behind in mid-August Athens and the tentative friendships they forge in the deserted city.
Cheap Cigarettes (Ftina Tsigara, 2000)
Renos Haralambidis directs and stars in this lyrical, low-budget movie as a bohemian flaneur wandering the streets of Athens one long, hot summer.
A Dog’s Dream (To Oneiro tou Skylou) (2005)
Theo Angelopoulos’ former assistant Angelos Frantzis’ magical realist film noir unfolds over one night in Athens.
Yorgos Lanthimos is Greece’s most successful cinematic export. This typically dark and subversive tale centres around a very unusual business: impersonating the recently deceased in order to comfort the bereaved.
The Two Faces of January (2014)
Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen star as glamorous American tourists in 1960s Athens who aren’t quite what they seem in Hossein Amini’s thriller. The Parthenon also stars.
Amerika Square (2016)
Yannis Sakaridis tackles the refugee crisis in Greece head-on in this kinetic, empathetic tale set in downtown Athens.