Movies about Sarajevo (our favorites)

Sarajevo as depicted in 'Batman: Under the Red Hood'


Sarajevo is the capital and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has long fascinated people because of the pre-19th-century Ottoman architecture you can find there. It's also fascinating because it is extremely diverse in terms of religion and culture, and is sometimes referred to as the 'Jerusalem of Europe'. It's no surprise then to learn that there are lots of movies about Sarajevo, many of which are very good. We thought it would be good to round up our favorites, let's get into the list:

Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

This is a great historical drama from the late 90s starring Woody Harrelson. It's a fictional movie but includes 10 minutes of real newsreel footage and definitely blurs the line between fact and fiction at points. It's about journalists covering the atrocities in Sarajevo and using the atrocities to further their careers. It's equal parts disturbing and even darkly comical in parts at the depiction of the journalists, definitely give it a watch.

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

Woah! I bet you weren't expecting an animated movie in this list! Sarajevo was the perfect setting for this animated movie and is also where The Joker kills a key character in this film. If you're interested in seeing how the architecture of Sarajevo is depicted in an animated setting, definitely check out this film.

The King's Man (2021)

The Kingsman movie series is pretty massive, so it's cool to see that the latest installment in the series, 'The King's Man', has scenes set in Sarajevo. The film depicts the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, which happened in Sarajevo. If you're looking to see a more modern depiction of Sarajevo in a movie, check out The King's Man.

Children of Sarajevo (2012)

Children of Sarajevo (also known as 'Djeca') is a drama about a young Muslim woman who is struggling to make ends meet with her low-earning job. She and her younger brother are orphans of the 90s Bosnian war, and the entire film gives the sense of a city haunted by its past. It's a weird and pretty haunting film that makes you feel unsettled, give it a watch.

Twice Born (2012)

This is a love story set in Sarajevo featuring some big names including Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch. The movie is set in Sarajevo and is about a mother who brings her son to Sarajevo to see where his father died in the war. The set designers do an amazing and convincing job at recreating the look of Sarajevo and we think the film does a good job at demonstrating the loss that was felt during the war.