50 Films About Amsterdam

by tony_le_stephanois | created - 04 Apr 2015 | updated - 29 Apr 2015 | Public

Many films are made in Paris, New York, Rome, Tokio. But Amsterdam is also, on a smaller scale, famous in cinema. There are even Love Boat and Tatort episodes about Amsterdam... This list is a personal choice. I choose less known films rather than known movies, though some (Ocean's 12) had to be included. I judged by how relevant and original the city is portrayed in the movies. Not all of the Amsterdam films are included (you can search on filming locations on IMDb if you want that). Some of these are really good, though plenty are mediocre, unfortunately.

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1. Trafic (1971)

G | 96 min | Comedy

Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comical, disastrous style.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel, François Maisongrosse

Votes: 5,192

2. The Burglar (1972)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Thriller

Burgler and master safe-cracker Glimmie is asked to find a young woman called Fanny by her rich stepfather Van Borsen. However, Glimmie remains suspicious of the man and decides that Fanny ... See full summary »

Director: Frans Weisz | Stars: Rijk de Gooyer, Jon Bluming, Anny de Lange, Frits Lambrechts

Votes: 139

3. Rondom het Oudekerksplein.... (1968)

84 min | Documentary

Documentary about the Amsterdam red light district as seen through the eyes of local 'Haring Arie'.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch | Stars: Haring Arie, Hagse Gerrie, Parijse Leen, Mien

Votes: 13

4. Rififi in Amsterdam (1962)

107 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Criminal Bert Oliemans, just released from prison, has a problem. Both the victim, the police and a rival gang want to know where he hid the jewels prior to his arrest.

Director: Giovanni Korporaal | Stars: Maxim Hamel, Johan Kaart, Jan Blaaser, Rijk de Gooyer

Votes: 26

5. Naked Over the Fence (1973)

98 min | Thriller

Rick, who runs a pinball arcade, lets a room to Penny, a young teacher and karate fan. Penny gets to know Lilly, a singer who has just been hired with her friend Ed to act in a film. But ... See full summary »

Director: Frans Weisz | Stars: Rijk de Gooyer, Jennifer Willems, Jon Bluming, Adèle Bloemendaal

Votes: 197

6. Hunted in Holland (1961)

61 min | Adventure, Crime, Family

Tim (Sean Scully) comes over to Amsterdam to visit his penfriend Piet (Jacques Verbrugge). An Englishman operating as a tourist guide is a diamond-smuggler and the boys along with Piet's sister Annike (Sandra Spurr), foil his plans in a boat chase.

Director: Derek Williams | Stars: Sean Scully, Jacques Verbrugge, Sandra Spurr, Walter Randall

Votes: 29

7. Woman in the Window (1961)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Italians migrate to Holland, to make money in coal mining. After their first work accident, two friends make different future plans: one, spending money on a week-end holiday with prostitutes; the other, returning to Italy soon.

Director: Luciano Emmer | Stars: Lino Ventura, Magali Noël, Marina Vlady, Bernard Fresson

Votes: 186

8. Operation Amsterdam (1959)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, History, War

When Germany invades Holland in 1940, a British intelligence officer and two Dutch diamond merchants go to Amsterdam to persuade the Dutch diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England.

Director: Michael McCarthy | Stars: Peter Finch, Eva Bartok, Tony Britton, Alexander Knox

Votes: 577

9. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 8,859

10. Amsterdamned (1988)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A hard-boiled police detective sets out to capture a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the canals of Amsterdam.

Director: Dick Maas | Stars: Huub Stapel, Monique van de Ven, Serge-Henri Valcke, Hidde Maas

Votes: 6,586

11. Grijpstra & De Gier (1979)

86 min | Crime, Thriller, Comedy

When a hanged man is found, the question is whether it is suicide or murder. Possible suspects are available; the world of drugs and a suspecious sect...

Director: Wim Verstappen | Stars: Rijk de Gooyer, Rutger Hauer, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Donald Jones

Votes: 542

12. Murder in Amsterdam (1966)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Painter Peter Hartman is arrested at the scene of a murder. He soon turns out to have ties to the victim's young widow. As Inspector Stroomer begins to unravel the mystery, two very ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Linda Christian, Bob De Lange, Eric Schneider, Wim van den Brink

Votes: 36

13. Hufters & Hofdames (1997)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

A story about a bunch of 20-somethings in Amsterdam and their love-life, as told from 2 perspectives.

Director: Eddy Terstall | Stars: Marc van Uchelen, Arthur De Boer, Daan Ekkel, Natasja Loturco

Votes: 464

14. Puppet on a Chain (1971)

PG | 98 min | Action, Thriller

Following a triple professional hit a U.S. agent arrives in Amsterdam to investigate a heroin smuggling ring. He finds a city rife with drugs and a police force unable or unwilling to do ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Reeve | Stars: Sven-Bertil Taube, Barbara Parkins, Alexander Knox, Patrick Allen

Votes: 902

15. Diary of a Hooker (1971)

R | 90 min | Comedy

In Amsterdam, two prostitutes makes a choice between love and work.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Ronnie Bierman, Sylvia de Leur, Piet Römer, Jules Hamel

Votes: 986

16. Bleeke Bet (1934)

111 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A greengrocer's shady dealings with a well-to-do margarine smuggler require that she interferes with her daughter's romance with a sailor.

Directors: Alex Benno, Richard Oswald | Stars: Aaf Bouber, Jopie Koopman, Johan Elsensohn, Fien de la Mar

Votes: 44

17. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 88,134 | Gross: $43.82M

18. Turkish Delight (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A young love faces with an old problems.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Tonny Huurdeman, Wim van den Brink

Votes: 9,360

19. Little Sister (1995)

91 min | Drama, Mystery

Martijn is obsessed with his younger sister Daantje and visits her to make a documentary about her. He manages to invade Daantje's life with his video camera, but soon unresolved issues from a distant past come to the surface.

Director: Robert Jan Westdijk | Stars: Kim van Kooten, Romijn Conen, Hugo Metsers, Bert Pot

Votes: 2,250

21. The Heineken Kidnapping (2011)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, History, Thriller

A bold, amateur kidnapping goes wildly awry in this fictionalized account of beer magnate Freddy Heineken's 1983 abduction, which would go on to become one of The Netherlands' most infamous crimes.

Director: Maarten Treurniet | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Reinout Scholten van Aschat, Gijs Naber, Teun Kuilboer

Votes: 5,049

22. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 69,178 | Gross: $4.40M

23. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Votes: 321,333 | Gross: $124.87M

24. Ocean's Twelve (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 336,441 | Gross: $125.54M

25. Rififi in Amsterdam (1966)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ex-con and thief must allude the authorities and the criminal underworld as he attempts to locate a stash of jewelry stolen by the Nazis.

Director: Sergio Grieco | Stars: Roger Browne, Aida Power, Umberto Raho, Franco Ressel

Votes: 33

26. Leak 2000 (2000)

105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Based on a book about an infamous real scandal in the Dutch crime scene, the film aims at exposing the horrors caused by corruption on both sides of the law. A rookie policeman is coerced ... See full summary »

Director: Jean van de Velde | Stars: Cas Jansen, Ricky Koole, Thomas Acda, Victor Löw

Votes: 2,727

27. Modesty Blaise (1966)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A spy spoof in the 1960s tradition, featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti) set in the Italian Mediterranean.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,380

29. Een zaak van leven of dood (1983)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

Hans meets the lively typist Eva at work and they marry after a short while. And then their lives change as she develops agoraphobia.

Director: George Schouten | Stars: Peter Faber, Carla Hardy, Derek de Lint, Gerard Cox

Votes: 45

30. Lifespan (1975)

85 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A doctor trying to develop a serum to lengthen life tries his formula out on the unsuspecting residents of an old-age home.

Director: Sandy Whitelaw | Stars: Hiram Keller, Tina Aumont, Klaus Kinski, Fons Rademakers

Votes: 287

31. Vox Populi (2008)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

Vox Populi is a black comedy about an experienced politician suffering from a midlife crisis. When he comes into contact with the common-man's logic of his new in-laws, this has a ... See full summary »

Director: Eddy Terstall | Stars: Tom Jansen, Johnny de Mol, Esmarel Gasman, Tara Elders

Votes: 542

32. Hawks (1988)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

Two terminally ill patients in a hospital yearn for relief from their predicament. With little or no friends, they form an uneasy alliance and plot an escape for one last wild time.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Anthony Edwards, Janet McTeer, Camille Coduri

Votes: 929

33. Rufus (1975)

90 min | Thriller

Professional gambler Rufus convinces an ex-girlfriend to help him pull one over on a corrupt casino owner.

Director: Samuel Meyering | Stars: Rijk de Gooyer, Cox Habbema, Pleuni Touw, John Van Dreelen

Votes: 42

34. Layer Cake (2004)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy

Votes: 156,277 | Gross: $2.34M

35. Sweet Movie (1974)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

In the contest of the "most virgin" Miss Monde 1984, Miss Canada wins, and prize is the marriage with the milk industry tycoon with his fifty billion dollars fortune. In their honeymoon, ... See full summary »

Director: Dusan Makavejev | Stars: Carole Laure, Pierre Clémenti, Anna Prucnal, Sami Frey

Votes: 4,980

36. A Gangstergirl (1966)

90 min | Drama

A succesfull young writer is in search of his true destiny. Is it the life with his wife and typewriter in Amsterdam or the offers to go to the dreamworld of the Italian filmtown Cinecitt ... See full summary »

Director: Frans Weisz | Stars: Paolo Graziosi, Kitty Courbois, Astrid Weyman, Gian Maria Volontè

Votes: 49

38. 10000 Hours (2013)

107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A senator is forced to go on the run after killing a judge and fights to clear his name.

Director: Joyce Bernal | Stars: Robin Padilla, Michael De Mesa, Alden Richards, Bela Padilla

Votes: 44

39. Katie Tippel (1975)

R | 100 min | Drama

The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she sees the corrupting influence of money.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Andrea Domburg, Hannah de Leeuwe

Votes: 2,144

40. Confessions of Loving Couples (1967)

80 min | Drama, Romance

Mascha and Marina are the two women who love the successful writer Frank Jansen (Ramses Shaffy) and between whom he can not make a choice. Mascha (Shireen Strooker) translates Frank's books... See full summary »

Director: Wim Verstappen | Stars: Ramses Shaffy, Kitty Courbois, Michael York, Shireen Strooker

Votes: 21

41. Ciske the Rat (1984)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A poor 11 year old schoolboy with a heart of gold grows up in 1930s Amsterdam.

Director: Guido Pieters | Stars: Danny de Munk, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Herman van Veen, Willem Nijholt

Votes: 2,473

42. Live for Life (1967)

Approved | 130 min | Drama

Robert Colomb, a famous TV newscaster, is married to Catherine, but is continually unfaithful. He is about to replace his current mistress, Mireille, with Jacqueline when he meets, and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Yves Montand, Candice Bergen, Annie Girardot, Irène Tunc

Votes: 453

43. A Kingdom for a Horse (1949)

96 min | Comedy

Shortly after the end of World War II, Amsterdam is coping with a lack of living quarters. Market vendor Heintje Davids gets a tip from her sister that a couple of rooms are available in ... See full summary »

Director: Jaap Speyer | Stars: Heintje Davids, Johan Kaart, Annie Van Duyn, Rob de Vries

Votes: 22

44. The Magnificent Tony Carrera (1968)

95 min | Action, Crime

Tony Carrera is just about to end his crime career and turn into a laid-back life with a future millionaire wife and a career as Formula 1 driver. But then he is being forced to do a final job.

Director: José Antonio de la Loma | Stars: Thomas Hunter, Gila von Weitershausen, Fernando Sancho, Walter Barnes

Votes: 22

45. No Panic (1973)

85 min | Comedy

Johnny Kraaykamp is released from jail. His pal Rijk de Gooyer comes up with a plan to rent themselves out as handymen, especially since Johnny is able to fix anything with just one slap of... See full summary »

Director: Ko Koedijk | Stars: John Kraaykamp, Rijk de Gooyer, Hetty Blok, Trudy Labij

Votes: 69

46. The Year of the Cancer (1975)

91 min | Drama, Romance

Well to do business man Pierre falls for the unpredictable and free spirited Toni. The begin a relationship, despite the fact that she's living with another man who is the father of her child.

Director: Herbert Curiel | Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Rutger Hauer, Riet Henius, Fien Berghegge

Votes: 79

48. China White (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Amsterdam - in the time before the legalisation of some drugs and the following growth of competition on the market - takes place a war between the Italian and Chinese mafia because of ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Russell Wong, Steven Vincent Leigh, Lisa Schrage, Billy Drago

Votes: 328

49. Still Smokin (1983)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Music

4 Metascore

Cheech and Chong fly to the marijuana capital of the world, Amsterdan, for a film festival where they take Dolly Parton and Burt Reynold's place in a limo, suite, press conference and performance. They throw in some sketches as well.

Director: Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Hans Man in 't Veld, Carol van Herwijnen

Votes: 6,926 | Gross: $14.75M

50. Hanna D. - La ragazza del Vondel Park (1984)

84 min | Drama