The Scottish Connection

by vince_stuart | created - 28 Sep 2015 | updated - 21 Nov 2018 | Public

A list of films either set or partially set in Scotland or filmed there.

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1. Formula 51 (2001)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Whitmey

Votes: 47,001 | Gross: $5.20M

At the end of the film he is meant to be playing golf from a castle in Scotland.

2. Submarine X-1 (1968)

G | 89 min | Action, Drama, War

During World War II, the British Royal Navy used experimental midget submarines to raid German warships in Norway.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: James Caan, David Sumner, Norman Bowler, Brian Grellis

Votes: 510

The Submarine crewtrain and leavefor their mission in Scotland, also filmed there.

3. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok

Votes: 404,544 | Gross: $186.74M

Has a section ofthe film which is from the Weather Research Station based in Braemar.

4. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 617,160 | Gross: $16.50M

Most of the film set and filmed in Scotland.

5. The Spy in Black (1939)

77 min | Thriller, War

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw, Marius Goring

Votes: 1,878

Set in Scapa Flow

6. The Little Minister (1934)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Romance

In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, Alan Hale, Donald Crisp

Votes: 651

Set in Scotland in the 1840s

7. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Approved | 129 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker

Votes: 15,051 | Gross: $10.00M

Start and end of the filmis setin Edinburgh.

8. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 26,900 | Gross: $1.05M

Start of the film is set in a north scotland church and follows some Scottish Soldiers.

9. Hamlet (1990)

PG | 135 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield

Votes: 20,813 | Gross: $20.71M

Some filming at Blackness Castle beside Firth of Forth and Dunnotter Castle near Stonehaven.

10. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 247,352 | Gross: $38.63M

Some of it filmed in Wester Ross and on Skye.

11. The Bruce (1996)

107 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the early 14th century, Scottish warrior and Earl Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scots, leading Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England.

Directors: Bob Carruthers, David McWhinnie | Stars: Gary Andrew, Brian Blessed, Richard Brimblecombe, Conor Chamberlain

Votes: 574

Parts of the film were shot at Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh and at Peebles in the Scottish Borders

12. Burke and Hare (2010)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, History

46 Metascore

A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley, Tim Curry

Votes: 18,995 | Gross: $0.00M

Set in Edinburgh.

13. The Battle of the Sexes (1960)

84 min | Comedy

Angela Barrows, an accomplished business analyst from the US, attempts to contemporise the late MacPherson's tweed factory, shaking the very foundation of a men-only company.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, Constance Cummings, Jameson Clark

Votes: 1,123

Set in Edinburgh

14. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 194,522 | Gross: $26.02M

Initial part set on Scottish river, exteriors filmed in Scotland.

15. The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

PG | 102 min | Crime, History, Mystery

In March 1914, a mining engineer named Richard Hannay tries to prevent Prussian Agents from executing a political assassination designed to trigger World War I.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Robert Powell, David Warner, Eric Porter, Karen Dotrice

Votes: 2,172

Some of the film shot in and set in Dumfries and Galloway.

16. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 101,261 | Gross: $56.44M

Set and filmed in Scotland at Blairquhan Castle, South Ayrshire, Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire and Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire and some parts of Scotland.

17. X the Unknown (1956)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey | Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern, Anthony Newley

Votes: 2,485

18. Shell (I) (2012)

91 min | Drama

The story of Shell, a girl who lives with her father Pete in a remote gas station in the Scottish Highlands, in their struggle against the elements and the impossible love they feel during the last winter that she will be in that place.

Director: Scott Graham | Stars: Chloe Pirrie, Michael Smiley, Joseph Mawle, Iain De Caestecker

Votes: 1,446

Set in Scotland and filmed at Little Loch Broom, Highland, Scotland

19. Kidnapped (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Peter Finch, James MacArthur, Bernard Lee, John Laurie

Votes: 1,243

Set in Scotland and filmed in Scotland at Ardgour, Ballachulish, Fort William, Glen Coe, Glen Nevis and the Highlands.

20. Behind the Lines (1997)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller, Stuart Bunce

Votes: 2,152 | Gross: $0.02M

Set in Craiglockhart Hospital near Edinburgh, filmed in Overtooun House, Dumbarton and Portencross, North Ayrshire.

21. 633 Squadron (1964)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, War

An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews

Votes: 3,362

Training for their mission was set in Scotland and filmed at Loch Morar, Glen Coe, Eigg Island, Lochgilphead, Loch Nevis, Lairg Ghru, Scotland.

22. Bombsight Stolen (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Allied spies and Nazi Agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim, Jeanne De Casalis, Carla Lehmann

Votes: 988

Set in Scotland, not believed to have been filmed there.

23. Restless Natives (1985)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

Two Scottish friends become local folk heroes and tourist attractions when they start holding up tour buses with novelty items.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Vincent Friell, Ned Beatty, Joe Mullaney, Teri Lally

Votes: 1,228

Set in Scotland and filmed in Glen Nevis, Edinburgh, Glen Coe, Lochgoilhead.

24. Mary Queen of Scots (2013)

119 min | Biography, Drama, History

A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head.

Director: Thomas Imbach | Stars: Camille Rutherford, Mehdi Dehbi, Sean Biggerstaff, Aneurin Barnard

Votes: 805

Set in Scotland and some of the scenes filmed there icluding Dunnottar Castle.

25. Tunes of Glory (1960)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

After World War II, a Highland Regiment's acting Commanding Officer, who rose from the ranks, is replaced by a peace-time Oxford-educated Commanding Officer, leading to a dramatic conflict between the two.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York, Dennis Price

Votes: 3,378

Set in an unknown Castle in Scotland and some filming at Stirling Castle.

26. Outlaw King (2018)

R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

A true David vs. Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Rebecca Robin, Billy Howle

Votes: 54,730



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