World's Most Cinematic Beaches
Seaside locales that have made it to Hollywood
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 23, 2011 2:01 PM CDT
Cyclists pedal past the village of Positano during the Giro d'Italia.   (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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(Newser) – Ever wondered where filmmakers find those beautiful natural settings? CNN has the scoop on five of the best beaches to have graced the silver screen:

  • The Beach's quasi-utopia was created on Thailand’s Phi Phi Leh Island, a spot in the southern part of the country that has seen plenty of tourism since the Leonardo DiCaprio-helmed film came out in 2000.
  • The Italian village of Positano was the setting for the port town of "Mongibello" in The Talented Mr. Ripley. During filming, it saw the likes of Matt Damon and Jude Law. As a hotspot for European celebrities, it remains star-studded, and sits a few hours to the south of Rome.

  • In the Bond movie Die Another Day, Halle Berry meets James Bond (in this case, Pierce Brosnan) on a beach in Cuba—but it’s really Cadiz, Spain. Bonus trivia: It's one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in southwestern Europe.
Click for the rest of the list, which includes the true location of Elvis' Blue Hawaii.