Los Angeles County Museum of Art
While other films have been set in the Middle Eastern gateway, only one is etched in most moviegoers' memories: Jules Dassin's stylish caper from 1964. Many adventure films since then have paid homage to the film's signature scene of the robbery of the Topkapi Palace by an acrobat who descends from the roof. In addition, Dassin's skillful depiction of the city's bazaars and minarets did wonders for the tourist trade. Legions decided to visit Istanbul after crossing the Bosporus with Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell and Oscar winner Peter Ustinov.