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Ten Hollywood films you wouldn't believe were shot in Israel

From the Jerusalem's Old City walls to Tel Aviv's beaches, Israel's landscapes have played host to an unexpectedly wide range of films over the years

Natalie Portman - A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)

A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)

Based on the autobiographical book by prominent Israeli author Amos Oz, 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' features Natalie Portman both starring in and directing the drama. Portman was adamant that the film adaptation of the novel remain in Hebrew, and it is her first film in which she speaks in Hebrew. Filming took place in Jerusalem. Renowned Israeli designer Alber Elbaz, formally creative director of French fashion house Lanvin, designed the costumes Portman wore in the film.

The Insider (1999)

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including 'Best Picture', 'Best Director' and 'Best Actor', this film stars Al Pacino and Russell Crowe and received close to unanimous praise from critics. The drama, directed by Michael Mann, is a fictionalized account of a true story following a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. Scenes were filmed in Umm al Fahm, a Arab town near Haifa, meant to portray Lebanon.