London is one of the most-filmed cities in the world, and it's hard to think of the capital without picturing a camera pan and "London Calling" by The Clash playing in the background.

And west London is no exception, with plenty of smash-hit movies being filmed in parts of it as well as inside the famous Ealing Studios.

Here are the top 15 films set or filmed in and around west London:

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Bend it Like Beckham is the story of an Indian girl, Jess, who loves football, but her parents want another path for her... To get married. Jess forges friendships, plays for her life and tries to become accepted by her family.

Filmed in Gunnersbury park and parts of Twickenham, there's plenty of familiar spots and locations throughout this film.

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Love Actually (2003)

One of the best-loved Christmas films of all time, Love Actually tells the tales of various Londoners and interweaves them into one; full of love, happiness and singing.

Love Actually was filmed around various spots in west and central London. See if you can spot them! (Clue: Colin Firth can be seen hailing a taxi in Chiswick at one point...)

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The film is a story based upon a book of a young gang who terrorise a neighbourhood. The gang leader, Alex, is then subjected to torture to try and 'correct' his violent mind... Certainly not for the faint-hearted!

This horrifying Stanley Kubrick thriller was partly filmed in the Uxbridge campus of Brunel University, as well as various locations in Chelsea and Kingston.

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Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone is part of one of the hugely-successful Harry Potter franchise, and is deeply linked to London, with some of the main storylines set in the capital.

Parts of the film were shot around the capital, including London Zoo in Regent's Park, and some of the classrooms in Harrow School were used for the Hogwarts scenes.

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The Young Ones (1961)

This film stars a very young-looking Cliff Richard in his first ever musical! A cheesy musical with singing, dancing and fun.

The famous beach scene was filmed at our very own Ruislip Lido... Why don't you learn the lyrics and re-create the songs?

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Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill tells the tale of an ordinary bookshop owner who - quite literally - bumps into a girl, and shares a kiss... What he doesn't know is that she's one of the most famous women on the planet!

Filmed all around west London, thousands of tourists a year show up to the legendary blue door for a photo and to explore.

Notting Hill even has a dedicated tour in which a guide takes you around the places in which the film was shot, including the market and bookshop.

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Calendar Girls (2003)

A brilliant comedy (based on a true story) starring Helen Mirren, Calendar Girls follows a group of Yorkshire ladies as they make a nude calendar to raise a record amount of money for charity.

Filmed mostly at Shepperton studios, west London locations also include Ealing and Westminster, keep your eyes peeled!

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Vanity Fair (2004)

A beautiful British/American costume drama, Vanity Fair follows the life of Becky Sharp, who wants to escape her poverty-stricken roots and climb up the social ladder.

Follow in Reese Witherspoon's footsteps and take a stroll around Chiswick House Grounds where most of the outdoor scenes were filmed, imagining yourself in a period romance!

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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead is a hugely popular zombie comedy, a spoof of Dawn of the Dead. The film sees Shaun and his friend - Simon Pegg and Nick Frost -battle a huge crowd of zombies to save a town and win back his girlfriend, to hilarious consequences.

One of the iconic scenes from the film was shot in Brent, on Coronation Road, in Park Royal. The location was chosen because it was quiet and industrial, perfect for filming when the undead are involved!

(The legendary Ace Cafe, near the area, is also regularly used for filming if you want to take a snap!)

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Paddington (2014)

A fun film for all the family, about a bear from Peru addicted to marmalade, who gets lost in Paddington station and rescued by an English family. This film took London by storm last year, and was filmed in none other than... Paddington train station!

Head down to the station yourself to see the famous statue of the bear as depicted from the books, and live a moment of your favourite children's film.

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Never Let Me Go (2010)

Half sci-fi, half romance, Never Let Me Go was hugely successful in its release, prompting millions to pick up a copy of the original book, and moving many people to tears. The story follows students at a very special school, who begin to question their role in the world, with quite shocking consequences.

The school interiors were filmed in Chiswick Town Hall, and the exteriors are of Ham House in Richmond... So if you're a fan of the film make sure to have a look around the beautiful buildings in which the scenes were shot!

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The Theory of Everything (2014)

The famous biopic of Professor Stephen Hawking came out last year, made audiences cry, and won several Oscars for its work. The story focuses on Stephen's wife Jane and their struggles with his condition, and of course, the story of his incredible genius.

Parts of the film were shot in Pinner Parish Church, so why not go along and see where the magic happened right on your doorstep?

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Trainspotting (1996)

Trainspotting, directed by the legendary Danny Boyle, is the tale of a Scottish heroin addict, who comes up against many horrible situations - not a film for the faint-hearted!

During the scene in which the main character, Mark Renton, moves to London to become an estate agent, he can be seen walking down streets in West Kensington.... I would say "walk in his footsteps", but it might not be a good idea!

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World War Z (2013)

World War Z is an American apocalypse film about a worldwide zombie epidemic, full of action and thrills.

Getwestlondon reader Hannah Warren pointed out that Brad Pitt epic World War Z was filmed in parts of Hayes and Hillingdon. Walk where Brad has stepped and have a spooky wander around Hayes Park Business Park!

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The Omen (1976)

The Omen is a chilling horror story about a couple who adopt a son and soon after experience a series of murders... Could little Damian be the antichrist?!

Getwestlondon reader @JonLight2 pointed out that the spooky thriller was partly filmed in Bishop's Park in Fulham. All Saint's Church appears in the film for the horrific scene where the priest is speared by a lightning rod during a storm - eek! Visit if you dare!

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