The Austrian monumental silent film - "Sodom and Gomorrah" from 1922 is one of the most expensive and most complex film productions in Austria. The screenplay was written by Michael Curtiz and it was shot on Laaer Berg. Between 3,000 and 14,000 actors, extras and employees were said to be involved.
A world-famous film classic is the "Third Man" from 1949. Carol Reed filmed Graham Greene's screenplay. It is about spectacular chases through the Vienna sewers and shows a partially bombed Vienna in the post-war period. The main characters are Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton), Harry Lime (Orson Welles) and Alida Valli. Paul Hörbiger can be seen in a small supporting role, who learned extra English for the role. For decades, the original English version has been running several times a week in Vienna's Burgkino. Anton Karas' film music on his zither also became famous. There are also guided tours to the well-known film locations.
Another film classic is “Amadeus” from 1984 by director Milos Forman, who shows the life story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tom Hulce shines in this role as Mozart, who is in constant competition with the Viennese court composer Antonio Salieri. The film is not always according to the truth and was filmed in Vienna, but mostly in the Prague film studios. For example, Mozart's wedding was filmed in the Nikolaikirche in Prague. In fact, he married in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.
In 1987 the James Bond film - “The living daylights” was shot in Vienna. Timothy Dalton embodied James Bond and Maryam D’Abo the Bondgirl. A romantic kiss scene was shot on the Vienna Ferris wheel. Hanno Pöschl represented an overseer. The Gasometer, the Volksoper (as a double of the Opera in Bratislava) and the Schönbrunn Palace Theater were important locations. A horse-drawn carriage ride in the Schönbrunn Palace Park can also be seen.
The famous novel "The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas was filmed very often, in 1993 in many places in Vienna and also in the Seegrotte Hinterbrühl. In the early morning hours during the film production, the fencing scenes could be seen on the roof of the Hofburg (Imperial palace) with Charlie Sheen, Chris O’Donnel and Kiefer Sutherland. Tim Curry played Cardinal Richelieu and Rebecca de Mornay embodied Lady de Winter.