Between the metal-crunching insanity of "Mad Max: Fury Road" and frigid mercilessness of "The Revenant", it's safe to say that 2015 brought us some of the most unforgettable films of the past decade. What made them so good? One thing was the willingness to shoot on location. Whether they were shooting in the subzero temperatures of Alberta, Canada or the blistering heat of Namibia's Namib desert, these crews traveled all around the globe to get the perfect shots. And, if you have the constitution, you can even visit some of these places today.
Alejandro González Iñárritu's insistence to film "The Revenant" using only natural light took the crew to some incredibly remote and epic locations, like this spot in Kananaskis Country, Canada, where much of the film was shot.
It goes without saying that much of "Brooklyn" was shot in New York City. But the film centers around a young Irish immigrant from Enniscorthy, so a portion of the film was shot on location in the idyllic town.
J.J. Abram's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was shot in scores of cities around the world, but one of the most striking locations was Luke Skywalker's hideout on a remote island — Skelling Michael — off the coast of Ireland. You can visit a 6th-century Christian monastery atop the island if you're willing to climb the 618 steep steps that lead to it.
Quentin Tarantino's latest film takes place (and was shot entirely) in Colorado, mostly on the 900-acre Schmid Ranch. Part of the reason Tarantino chose this location was the virtual certainty of there being snow, a key plot element in the film.
"Spotlight" tells the true story of Boston Globe reporters unraveling the chilling story of sex abuse within the Boston Archdiocese. The majority of the film was shot on location in Boston, a city that's highly recognizable for its Federal style and Greek Revival architecture.
In true 007 fashion, "Spectre" opens with an exhilarating chase sequence in an exotic, gorgeous location. This time it was in Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City. Because the scene takes place during a Día de los Muertos celebration, the crew had to close the entire square and hire more than 200 costumed extras to get the shots.