Top 10 most popular movies of all time to be set in London

10:00 14 June 2012

Robert Downey Jnr stars in the Sherlock Holmes movies. Picture: Warner Bros

Robert Downey Jnr stars in the Sherlock Holmes movies. Picture: Warner Bros


You do not need to be a master detective to work out what is the highest ever grossing film to be set in London.

The Guy Ritchie-directed 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes tops the list of London-based films ranked by worldwide takings.

In the first of a new series of London Top 10s, we reveal the most popular movies of all time to have had their stories set in the capital.

By the way, the top grossing movie filmed in London is Christopher Nolans Batoman adventure The Dark Knight.

It features Battersea Power Station, the Criterion Theatre and University College London.

Of course it does not make this list as it is actually set in the fictional Gotham City!

1. Sherlock Holmes (2009) worldwide takings ($) 524,028,679

2. The Kings Speech (2010) 421,039,684

3. Notting Hill (1999) 363,728,226

4. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) 310,332,636

5. 101 Dalmatians (1996) 304,200,000

6. Bridget Joness Diary (2001) 281,527,158

7. Shakespeare in Love (1998) 279,500,000

8. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) 263,894,551

9. Love Actually (2003) 247,967,903

10. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) 242,895,809

Source: The Numbers box office data.

This list is featured in The Top 10 of London, a book by Alexander Ash, published by Hamlyn, £10

While these are the top 10 grossing London-set movies of all time, they are not necessarily the best. What is your favourite movie to have been based in this city and why? Add your comments below.

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