In many ways, the most important thing that makes a film is its location. A location is meant to help set the tone of a story while also using the backdrop as a way to create atmosphere in some cases. That latter case is especially true when it comes to horror films and suspenseful thrillers.

Most movies nowadays are filmed inside a studio on a Hollywood back lot, but in other cases, for the sake of authenticity, a film must be shot on location. Some of the best movies in all of cinema's history were shot on location, and it is because the authenticity of the setting made for a more memorable movie when stacked up against all of these other overly glossed up movies at the cinemas. There is nothing wrong with movies that are lathered in glossy CGI effects and green screens. However, there are just so many of those kinds of movies in theaters right now that it gets refreshing to see some authenticity in cinema every once in a while.

For those curious to know which of their favorite movies were shot on location and most importantly, where in the world their favorite film settings can be found, look no further than below here to read the list.

25 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD FILMED IN NAMIBIA, NOT AUSTRALIA

Much like every other film in the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road is supposed to showcase what an apocalyptic version of Australia would look like in a desolate wasteland. Despite the film's setting, it was not actually filmed in Australia.

Originally, the film was supposed to be shot in Australia, but due to a heavy downpour of rain that looked like it would never end, new plans were in place for Namibia to represent the film's Australian desolate wasteland.

24 LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND

To this day, The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been debated as the greatest movie trilogy in cinema history. Every film in the trilogy went on to win major awards and Oscars, with the final film in the trilogy - Return of the King - going on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Directed from the imagination of Peter Jackson, all three films in the trilogy - as well as every film in the ensuing Hobbit trilogy - were filmed entirely in the director's native land of New Zealand.

23 DOCTOR STRANGE FILMED IN KATHMANDU

With a story focused on a mild-mannered doctor turning into a supernatural entity, it makes sense for the story to be set mostly in an ancient city. Heck, the name of the person who trains this doctor into learning magic is literally named The Ancient One.

As a result, Marvel Studios took their cameras to film Doctor Strange in Kathmandu, a capital city in Nepal that is nationally recognized for its dozens of sacred temples, street markets and urban agglomeration in its area.

22 INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE IN JORDAN

While the third film in the franchise did not turn out to be "the last crusade" of the franchise considering that a fourth film followed (and a fifth film is in development as we speak), Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade is still considered to be arguably the best film in the franchise.

While the film took place in areas like Portugal and Utah, it was all filmed almost entirely overseas with minimal work done in the US. The movie was filmed in locations such as Jordan, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and West Germany.

21 THE HURT LOCKER WAS ALSO FILMED IN JORDAN

The Hurt Locker not only won the Oscar for Best Picture, but the movie also won an additional six Oscars. Among them, Kathryn Bigelow picked up an award for Best Director, marking the first time in Academy Award history that a woman would win the award.

While set in Iraq, the movie was filmed mostly in Jordan. Originally, film crew members who were scouting locations were banking on bringing their cameras to Morocco to film, but Bigelow disagreed and insisted filming in a place like Jordan to appear as authentic as possible.

20 DJANGO UNCHAINED FILMED IN LOUISIANA LANDMARKS

Among its numerous stunning spots where the movie was filmed on location, Django Unchained spent much of its filming in Wyoming and the Alabama Hills Sierra in California.

Some of the film's most memorable moments came during the scenes filmed at the 250-year-old National Historic Evergreen sugar Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana. It served as the backdrop of Calvin Candie's (Leonardo DiCaprio) Candieland. A few of the buildings on the plantation used for the film included the slave cabins and its Big House.

19 CAST AWAY - STARRING TOM HANKS - FILMED IN FIJI

While Cast Away is best remembered by Tom Hanks' character's frantic friendship with a volleyball, it is actually a legitimately great movie. Hanks leads a one-man show with an impeccable performance that was worthy of his Oscar nomination. In fact, he arguably deserved to win.

All scenes filmed on the island were filmed in Monuriki, which is a subgroup of the Mamanuca archipelago on one of the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji.

18 FIRST JAMES BOND MOVIE WAS FILMED IN JAMAICA

Dr. No is fondly remembered as the very first movie to be adapted from the successful James Bond novels and kicked off an over 50-year long film franchise that continues to this day.

James Bonds's big screen debut is also fondly remembered for an iconic beach scene featuring Sean Connery's co-star Ursula Andrews. The beach scene, in particular, was filmed on the lovely seas of The Laughing Waters in Jamaica near the ports of Ocho Rios.

17 LOST IN TRANSLATION, BUT MADE IN TOKYO

Starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson respectively playing a washed-up actor and a lonely newlywed who share an unlikely bond after unexpectedly crossing paths, Lost in Translation earned a writing Oscar for its director Sofia Coppola.

Staying true to the location that the film's story is set in, Lost in Translation was filmed in Tokyo, which is one of the largest cities on the face of the planet. Some Japanese locations filmed in the area included the Heian Shrine, Rainbow Bridge, Shibuya Crossing, Park Hyatt, Karaoke-kan and the Jogan-ji Temple.

16 FALLEN LANDMARKS CAN BE FOUND IN WINGS OF DESIRE

The 1987 winner of the Best Director award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Wings of Desire is a fantasy romance mystery about an elusive angel from heaven who quietly observes humans without being seen. Things get complicated when he one day, he falls in love with a human and plans to become mortal to spend his life with her.

Filmed in Berlin, what makes this movie so significant is that it features shots of so many historic landmarks which no longer exist today. These would include the Berlin Wall, No Man's Land, and Victory Column.

15 LARA CROFT RAIDS THE TOMBS OF CAMBODIA

Long before the original video game adaptation was rebooted with Alicia Vikander in the lead, infamous Tomb Raider, Lara Croft, was first introduced to the big screen when the character was played by Oscar-winning Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie.

When it was originally released in 2001, the first movie in the film franchise was filmed in Cambodia. Much of story is actually set in Cambodia so it makes sense why the director would opt to shoot it on location there.

14 TWILIGHT'S FORKS, WASHINGTON IS A REAL CITY

Some die-hard fans of the Twilight movie franchise may not know that Forks, Washington is not a city that was made up for the sake of the story. In actuality, Forks is very much a real city in Clallam County. As such, that is where the movies were filmed.

For that reason, the relatively small town area gets hundreds of tourists a year who just want to check out some of the film's stunning locations, including Eerie Drive and Kalama High School.

13 WHERE IN THE WORLD IS POPEYE'S SWEETHAVEN?

Anyone who is actually well versed when it comes to the wondrous world of Popeye would have to know that the small town which Popeye and his friends live is called Sweethaven. This lore was continued as it was adapted for the live action movie starring Robin Williams as the title character.

While it has never been specified exactly where the fictional town of Sweethaven could be, the live-action film was shot on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

12 THE CASTLE THAT WAS TRANSFORMED INTO HOGWARTS

For the first two films in the Harry Potter film franchise - The Sorcerer's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets - Alnwick Castle in the English county of Northumberland was transformed into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The famous English castle was also used as a filming location for the hit British show called Downton Abbey.

The castle was originally built in 1906. Thanks to the devoted fan base of Harry Potter, Alnwick Castle reportedly gets over 700,000 visits per year.

11 WORLD'S HIGHEST GROSSING MOVIE FILMED IN WORLD'S MOST POPULATED COUNTRY

With a current number of 1.74 billion, China has the largest population in the world. Meanwhile, after racking in $2.78 billion at the box office 10 years ago, Avatar became the highest grossing movie of all time.

Of course, these two entities were destined to cross paths. The movie was filmed in China, primarily in Zhangjiajie, which is a national forest park in Hunan Province. The spot has become a major tourist attraction ever since the movie was released in theaters.

10 THE DARK KNIGHT FILMED ON A DARK NIGHT IN HONG KONG

The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago with a few scenes filmed in the United Kingdom, but the film's biggest set of scenery came while filming a major action sequence in the populous city of Hong Kong.

One of the film's most thrilling scenes comes when Batman has to jump from building to building on his way to have a word with crime boss Lau. Well, a violent word at that. One of those buildings was the second tallest tower in the city, the International Finance Center.

9 THE BEACH SCENES IN THE ORIGINAL SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER, JAWS

The summer that the first Jaws movie was released in theaters was the summer that notoriously spooked audiences enough to keep them from going to the beach for a while. Just like how the infamous scene in Psycho made people too afraid to take a shower for a while.

For the sake of the movie, Steven Spielberg was able to turn Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts into the coastal town of Amity. The opening scene was filmed nearby on South Beach while the part where Alex gets attacked was filmed at Joseph Sylvia State Beach.

8 MERYL STREEP'S OUT OF AFRICA FILMED IN KENYA

Starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, Out of Africa focuses on a Danish noble named Karen Blixen who travels to Africa to kickstart a coffee plantation. Along the way, she meets and falls in love with a hunter named Denys Finch Hatton. Despite mixed reviews, the film went on to win seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

All of the scenes in Africa - which make up nearly the entire movie - were filmed entirely in Kenya. More specifically, they were filmed near the Ngong Hills outside of Nairobi.

7 RECOGNIZABLE LANDMARKS IN CALIFORNIA FOR GONE WITH THE WIND

Once hailed as the highest grossing film of all time (in a way, it still is once we adjust its gross for inflation), this 1939 Best Picture Oscar winner was mostly filmed inside of a Hollywood studio for the most part.

However, some scenes were filmed on location at monumental instantly recognizable landmarks in California. The barbeque scene at Twelve Oaks was filmed at the Busch Gardens estate in Pasadena. Additionally, Scarlett declared that she'll "never go hungry again" at the Lasky Mesa in Northwest Los Angeles.

6 MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

One of the last high sea action-adventure epics to get some huge recognition from the Academy Awards, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World received ten Oscar nominations the year it was released. It lost most of those awards to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Taking place during the Napoleonic Wars, the movie was shot and filmed in the Galapagos Islands. The movie focuses on Jack Aubrey's (Russell Crowe) run as the captain of the Royal Navy.