50 Films About Amsterdamby 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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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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 »
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 »
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.
17. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.
Votes: 88,134 | Gross: $43.82M
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.
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.
22. Black Book (2006)
R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Votes: 69,178 | Gross: $4.40M
24. Ocean's Twelve (2004)
PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.
Votes: 336,441 | Gross: $125.54M
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
49. Still Smokin (1983)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Music
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.
Votes: 6,926 | Gross: $14.75M
50. Hanna D. - La ragazza del Vondel Park (1984)
84 min | Drama