Most inspiring travel movies of all time
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Most inspiring travel movies of all time

This list of most inspiring movies when it comes to travelling. However, this is not list of Academy Award-winning movies or those which won accolades at the prestigious international festivals such as the Venice, Berlin or the Cannes film festivals, although some of them have sneaked their way into this list. We picked movies whose art direction, music and storyline have sparked off our desire for travelling. They spurred us to add yet another destination to our agenda and browse the net in order to get acquainted with it. These are our favorites and they include not only movies released by Hollywood film studios, but by production companies all over the world as well.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) – Italy

This is a story about a literature teacher who is finding it increasingly difficult to find inspiration for her writing. Her life takes a turn when her husband deserts her. She decides to head off for Tuscany and a new life begins for her when she gets off the bus and buys an abandoned house that catches her eye. If you are interested in Italy, then this is the perfect movie for you. The shots of the Amalfi Coast are absolutely terrific and Positano is very authentically depicted.

 

 

The Secret life of Walter Mitty (2013) – Iceland, Greenland

How far are you ready to go for the perfect shot? Ben Stiller chases Sean Penn in order to find something “incredible” for the final print issue of Life magazine. This movie features some incredible scenes of Iceland and Greenland and has an affair of the heart which serves as a back-story, although it is primarily packed with adventure.

 

 

Eat, Pray, Love (2010) – Rome, India, Bali

I don’t believe there’s anyone who hasn’t contemplated embarking on a unique yoga experience in Bali after watching this movie. The action is set in a small town called Ubud. The shots of all three locations are absolutely stunning. In a nutshell, Julia Roberts sets off on a trip around the world after her divorce in order to get to terms with her inner self.

 

 

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) – India

This is basically a story about three wacky brothers who travel across India. After their father’s death, they try to reconnect and get to know each other better, but their overriding aim is to get to their mother who has spent more than a decade meditating in a temple. A truly authentic portrayal of India and its rail transport. Indian culture is also beautifully portrayed in this movie.

 

 

Lost in translation (2003) – Japan

This film highlights the importance of language and the divergence between cultures. Bill Murray, a failed actor, and Scarlett Johansson, a girl who’s trying to find herself, attempt to fit into the Japanese lifestyle. I don’t believe there’s anyone who doesn’t think of this movie whenever he faces language barriers on his travels.

 

 

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) – Spain

This is a story about two friends who gradually fall in love with the same man – a painter. Of course, there’s also the emotionally unstable ex-wife played by Penelope Cruz. The story is set in Barcelona and Oviedo. Admittedly though, the wife isn’t just slightly unstable, she’s as mad as a hatter. This makes this film even better.

 

 

One week (2008) – Canada

This is a biker story about a man who embarks on an adventure after he finds out that he hasn’t got much time left. He takes shots of places that he passes through, meets different people and drives around Canada on his bike. He’s very callous and hard-hearted towards his fiancée, but who the hell cares! The man’s got cancer.

 

 

Everest (2015) – Nepal

This movie is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. A large number of climbers succeed in making it to the top, but get caught in a blizzard in an attempt to descend from the summit. Most of the expedition dies. Apart from the amazing script and editing, the film features some phenomenal shots of Nepal and the Himalayas.

 

 

Into the Wild (2007) – Alaska

This is a story about surviving in the wilderness of the United States. It’s based on a true story about a chap who donates everything to charity and sets out to Alaska on foot. Four months later, he is found dead.
Although the ending is sad, we really cheered for him to reach his final destination. A great role, indeed!

 

 

Before Sunrise (1995) – Vienna

A young man and a young woman meet on a train and get off in Vienna where they decide to stay. The film has a sequel called Before Midnight.
The cast is the same, only this time the action is set in Greece and the protagonists are no longer a couple.
A true soppy romance!

The Way (2010) – France, Spain

A father carries the ashes of his deceased son on a hundred-kilometre-long route known as “El camino the Santiago”. A group of four people meet together – a potbellied Dutchman, a drunken Irishman, a pissed-off Canadian girl and Martin Sheen who carries his son’s ashes with him all the way.
Sounds more like the setup of a joke… A story about walking, camping, backpacking, but mostly about friendships made during this strenuous pilgrimage.

Tracks (2013) – Australia

This is a story about a girl who travels across the Australian deserts and steppes with her dog and four camels.
If we could pick the people we meet on our travels, this girl would definitely be our choice.
This is not just any script.
It’s based on real events.

Up in the air (2009) – The USA

A story about a man who works as a corporate downsizing expert (there is even such a job position in the United States) and spends more time at the airport and on the plane than anywhere else. But it’s also a touching story because he earns frequent flyer miles which he intends to give to his sister who’s never travelled anywhere. We’ve watched this film a couple of times and we are always appalled when we see what ludicrous occupations exist in the USA.

The Beach (2000) – Thailand

This is undoubtedly the best film about Indochina and its miraculous beaches. The story is set on a desert island where weed is grown. A small group of foreigners live on this island far away from the civilization according to their own set of rules and system of values. Shit gets real when a shark literally devours half of a person’s body. Basically, they lose half of their friend. The other half doesn’t make it.

In Bruges (2008) – Belgium

This is a story about a killer who hides in Bruges pretending to be a tourist. When he accidentally kills a child the boss himself arrives in the city to wipe him out. We think they paid through the nose to get the movie filmed in Bruges because the city itself is picture-perfect.
Anyway, it’s good publicity for the city.

The way back (2010) – Siberia, China

This is not a typical travel movie. The journey is actually an inevitable result of the escape from a labor camp – the escape from communism. The reason it’s on this list is because the shots of Siberia, Lake Baikal, Chinese deserts and mountain ranges are simply breath-taking! These champs cross more than 3000 miles while they’re on the run. Their initial plan is to go to China, but when they see communist flags fluttering in the distance, they make their way through the Himalayas till they reach India.

Seven years in Tibet (1997) – Tibet

This is a story about an Austrian mountaineer who becomes friends with the Dalai Lama. Heinrich is a hard man. To put it bluntly, he’s a pain in the ass. World War II breaks out during one of his ascents. Everyone is arrested and taken to the camp. After a couple of failed attempts, Heinrich finally manages to escape and makes his way towards Lhasa. This is a perfect movie for getting acquainted with Tibet and the territorial dispute with China.

Midnight in Paris (2011) – Paris

An artistic story about a screenwriter and the golden age of Paris when Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali used to live and create works of art in this city. Owen Wilson, a fan of art and Paris itself, frequently gets lost in this city while his girlfriend – who’s a bitchy hellcat by the way – never stops moaning and groaning and constantly nags him about the way he goes through his life.

The list of the best outside of hollywood movies is even better, but unfortunately much shorter!

Diarios de motocicleta (2004) – South America

Cinema of Argentina

When he was young, Che was fond of motorcycles. This movie is an adaptation of the journal he used to keep on his road trips. A fabulous movie! It’s also a story about how Che Guevara reveals his true call i.e. his aim in life and the purpose of that aim is that a revolution has to be started. And Che will lead it.

Qué tan lejos (2006) – Ecuador

Cinema of Ecuador

Esperanza and Tristeza. This isn’t a Spanish soap opera, but a story about two girls who are doing their best to get to the city of Cuenca in Ecuador. They go through a lot of troubles which start when their bus gets delayed. However, they don’t stray from their course no matter what. They don’t give up and they meet a lot of interesting characters throughout their journey.

L’auberge espagnole (2002) – Spain

Cinema of France

The action is set in Barcelona and revolves around 6 students from different countries. Italian, Belgian, Danish, German and French cultures are intertwined in a single apartment. This is an interesting movie which focuses primarily on the themes of love and friendship.

The Loneliest Planet (2011) – Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

Cinema of Germany

A couple is on a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains between the Caspian and the Black seas. A single mistake and chaos ensues between the two of them. This movie will take you to some rare parts of Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The beauty of mountain ranges is excellently portrayed. I don’t know if any of you are into backpacking trips, but this is a region that’s absolutely worth a visit for those of you who relish such a thing.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – The Middle East

Cinema of the United Kingdom

If there’s anyone who hasn’t heard of this movie, he should see it straightaway. It’s about the fight between the Arabs and the Turks. The action is set in Wadi Rum (aka The Valley of the Moon) in Jordan and the surrounding countries. An English officer – probably himself unaware of how he ends up in the Middle East – takes things into his own hands and resolves the matter in the style of a true-born Englishman.

La fille sur le pon (1999) – Europe

Cinema of France

A young lady’s standing on a Paris bridge with tears welling up in her eyes. A man approaches her and a few minutes later love is born. It’s not exactly love at first sight, but it grows throughout their journeys across France, Italy and Turkey because, being artists, they travel to different places to find work. He’s a knife thrower and she is, so to say, a target he has to miss.

The Sound of Music (1965) – Salzburg

Cinema of the United Kingdom

This musical is the reason why 70% of Americans decided to see Salzburg in 1970s and 1980s. The storyline is very interesting. Maria has totally fucked up in her attempt to become a nun. By a strange coincidence, she becomes a governess. The children don’t actually take to her, which is no good if you’re a governess, but gradually she manages to find a way to their hearts. The movie is strongly reminiscent of Mary Poppins.

Alexis Zorbas (1964) – Crete

Cinema of Greece

Anthony Queen played a terrific role and is probably the jolliest man ever to be seen on the big screen. Zorba is someone who does everything the Mediterranean way. He drinks, eats, dances and sings and he likes women. After seeing this film, you’ll get a clearer idea about the origin of the crisis in Europe. The North toils, the South enjoys.

If you think there are travel movies we have missed to include on our list, please add in your comments those that got you going and inspired you to visit a particular place.

47 Comments

  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I think the only movie on this list I have seen is MIDNIGHT in PARIS but it was so long ago, I hardly even remember it!! Wow, I am really not well versed in the movie scene! Ha!

    07/03/2017 Reply
  2. Charlotte

    This is such a great list! Into the wild is one of my favorites 😀

    07/03/2017 Reply
  3. Practigal Blog

    Great list! Watching travel movies is the best way to travel on a budget! LOL

    07/03/2017 Reply
    • mozeci

      Sooo true 🙂

      07/03/2017
  4. robin masshole mommy

    I have never seen any of the movies on your list. I must check some of these out.

    07/03/2017 Reply
  5. alpluslex

    Every single one of these looks amazing!

    <3 Al + Lex

    07/03/2017 Reply
  6. Amber

    I’ve seen some of these! Others I haven’t, so I’ll have to check them out.

    07/03/2017 Reply
  7. thesecretlifeofanactress

    Eat pray love is so inspiring 🙂 I never heard of the movie about the girl in Australia, but i definitely wanna watch it now!!!

    07/03/2017 Reply
    • mozeci

      One of the best travel movies. There is a book about it. National Geographic was a sponsor of that crazy adventure!

      08/03/2017
  8. Richard_eCoursesXYZ (@Richard_eCourse)

    Huge list. I can’t believe that the only movies on it that I’ve seen are Lawrence of Arabia and the Sound of Music. I need to watch a few of these.

    07/03/2017 Reply
  9. Miranda

    I’ve seen several of these, some are my favorites. Mhave to watch some of the others. Thanks for an awesome movie list. Sharing to save.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  10. Bennymakachi

    Eat, Pray, Love is a beautiful movie. Sound of the music is one of my favorite all time movies. Interesting list. Definitely checking these out.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  11. MyYellowApron

    I have seen a few movies that you have listed here but my all time favorite has to be – Before Sunrise. I’m still in love with this movie and yes, Vienna was amazing too.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  12. Melanie Trethowan

    What about all the Lord of the Rings movies shot in New Zealand! A stunning destination and marketing gold! And I’m not even from NZ! 😉
    Thanks for pulling all these great movies together in one spot. Mel

    08/03/2017 Reply
  13. ashrugh

    I thought that I had seen most of the travel movies that there are to say but apparently I was wrong! I can’t wait to slowly start checking each of these off of my list!

    08/03/2017 Reply
  14. Sarah Bailey

    Those are great lineup and very interesting movies. I have seen some of it like “into the wild” and “The motorcycle diaries”. I am so fond of a true-to-life movies because of the inspiration that it can provide to our lives.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  15. adrienneaudrey

    I’ve seen a couple of these. Now I’ve got a whole new list to get through 🙂

    08/03/2017 Reply
  16. Befitting Style

    I love travel movies! I still havent watched eat pray love

    08/03/2017 Reply
  17. Sondra Barker

    Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies! Every time I watch it, it makes me want to travel to Italy even more.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  18. Elizabeth O.

    I didn’t realize how much movies we have that are set in different countries. It’s always nice to watch movies that not only give you a good story but a lovely experience of the setting as well.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  19. Carol Cassara

    It’s awesome to be able to watch these movies. It’s like a visual tour of all the lovely places as well, right? I really enjoy movies that are mixed with travel!

    08/03/2017 Reply
  20. Raneshawilson@gmail.com

    The list of some of my most favorite films.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  21. Sara

    Love traveling and love movies! Thank you for the suggestions ?

    08/03/2017 Reply
  22. Mary Anne

    This movie list os so great, the only one I did not like at all was the Water Milly one… the rest of them are cool

    08/03/2017 Reply
  23. Cameron

    Up In The Air and Secret Life of Walter Mitty are two of my favorites! Every time I watch them, I get hit with the travel bug haha. Great list!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

    08/03/2017 Reply
  24. duffelbagspouse

    I have several favorites on your list including The Way, In Bruges and Walter Mitty. Out of the ones I’ve seen, my least favorite is Before Sunrise– way way way too much dialogue.

    08/03/2017 Reply
  25. Agentszerozerosetter

    This is such a great and interesting list!
    Love how you mixed new and old movies in it!I saw some of them,and now I’m curious to watch a couple of them that I missed!

    09/03/2017 Reply
  26. Marcie W.

    What a fabulous list of travel themed movies! As someone with a terrible case of wanderlust, I would be interested in seeing them all.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  27. Jessica Beal Harlow

    This is an extraordinary list of great travel movies! I’ve seen a few and couldn’t agree with you more! I did notice that I have so many more to yet see thanks to your suggestions!

    09/03/2017 Reply
  28. Cynthia Nicoletti

    Great list of movies. I have seen 2. Would love to look into the others to watch.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  29. The Editor

    Renting these whole list, is like travelling to the world in few bucks. I like the idea. The Sound of Music is my favorite 🙂

    -blairvillanueva

    09/03/2017 Reply
  30. The Trophy WifeStyle

    Oooo so many great movies!!!! There are a few I haven’t watched so I will have to change that and watch!

    09/03/2017 Reply
  31. Sauumye Chauhan

    That is such a great list. I love watching these movies. They portray the location in such a beautiful light.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  32. natalielovesbeauty

    What a great list! One of my fave movies of all time is The Sound of Music. I never tire of seeing it!

    09/03/2017 Reply
  33. Samantha

    I have seen some of these! I have added some to my netflix line up!

    10/03/2017 Reply
  34. Krysten

    I’ve watched several of these films and they make me want to go exploring. I think my favorite movie on your list is Lost in Translation, such a good film.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  35. den

    Eat Pray Love actually inspired me to travel as much as I can when I was single. Would love to visit Indonesia soon!

    10/03/2017 Reply
  36. Blonde Seeking Ambition

    Lost In Translation is one of my favorite movies… I haven’t seen it in ages, though!

    10/03/2017 Reply
  37. Wanderlust Vegans

    I’ve seen most of these. I am a sucker for travel inspiration. I have added the rest to my list of watch films. 🙂

    11/03/2017 Reply
  38. Dhaval Parmar

    This list is so great, the rest of them are wonderful….!!1

    11/03/2017 Reply
  39. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I’ve seen some of the movies on this list and I agree with you that they are indeed, inspiring. Now I want to see the rest off them.

    11/03/2017 Reply
  40. Michelle Waller

    I have seen a few of these movies and love them. Never thought about these being travel movies and I can “Travel” from the comfort of my home.

    12/03/2017 Reply
  41. Nikki

    Up in the Air is probably one of the most depressing travel movies I’ve ever seen. That character is isolated. He doesn’t feel a connection to people. It’s devastating.

    13/03/2017 Reply
  42. Travel Guy

    Really great movies, I’ve seen most of them. Recently watched Tracks.

    13/03/2017 Reply
  43. Image Earth Travel

    Just nominated you for an award – love your work!
    https://imageearthtravel.com/2017/03/17/versatile-blogger-award/

    17/03/2017 Reply
    • mozeci

      Thanks a lot! 🙂 We are honored.

      19/03/2017
    • Image Earth Travel

      You are very welcome. 🙂

      19/03/2017

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