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location /movies {
  return 301 nice.com
}
location /foo {
  rewrite /foo/(.*) /$1;
}

I am accessing http://localhost/foo/movies. What happens is url gets changed to http://localhost/foo/nice.com. I want to know why because Here is what I think.

when accessing http://localhost/foo/movies, it gets rewritten as http://localhost/movies internally. then it starts processing from top to bottom and finds /movies endpoint. when It finds, it has to redirect to nice.com website. but only last part changes.

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Your return statement is probably being interpreted as a path relative to the original URI.

You need to use URL syntax to specify an external site, for example:

return 301 https://example.com/;

See this document for details.

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