There are lots of great reasons to want to travel, but sometimes the best way to get inspired is by watching a movie! In no particular order, take a look at some of the best travel movies – from sweeping epics to deeply personal stories.
1. In Bruges
Telling the (very darkly comedic) tale of two hitmen hiding out in the Belgian city of Bruges after a botched job, this film might strike you as an odd choice if you’ve seen it. Indeed, Colin Farrell’s Ray spends much of the movie complaining about how terrible the place is (and he saves quite a few choice words for it). Luckily, Brendan Gleeson is there to wax lyrical about the fairytale town that it truly is. Over the course of their misadventure, the pair hit some of the highlights of the medieval wonderland, including its bell tower, square, and the many beautiful canals. Not your typical travel flick, but certainly one of the best travel movies if you love dark comedy.
2. Indiana Jones (Pick One)
Few film heroes can compete with the globetrotting antics of Harrison Ford’s Dr. Jones. While reaction is…mixed towards the fourth film (to say the least), the Indiana Jones series has taken us to some of the furthest corners of the globe in search of treasure. Egypt, India, the Amazon, the ancient city of Petra – who knew they were all home to life changing treasure that is sure to bring vast riches and devastation in equal measure! Special shout out to 1999’s similar flick The Mummy, which somehow made us want to go to Egypt despite the presence of flesh eating bugs and, well, violent mummies.
3. Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen’s 2011 romantic comedy turns the city of Paris into a character itself, nearly stealing the show despite the presence of Owen Wilson gallivanting with some of the 1920’s most famous writers and artists. While the movie explores nostalgia in great depth, it’s the main characters love affair with all aspects of Paris (especially after dark and in the rain) that makes the movie come to life. As we follow Gil Pender’s journey, it’s easy to see why some of the most creative minds of the past century were so enamored with the French capital.
4. Lost in Translation
Starring Bill Murray and a young Scarlett Johansson, this 2003 film tells the story of two very different people coming together in what is, to them, a strange and foreign land. With Bill Murray playing an older American film star (sounds about right) going through a midlife crisis and Johansson’s college student aimless and neglected, the two bond over the course of nights and days out in Tokyo. While the film is at its core the story of two people, the city is what enables their paths to cross in such a way…leaving us wanting to see more of Japan’s capital and its fascinating culture.
5. Lawrence of Arabia
One of (if not the) prime example of an early ‘epic’ film, Lawrence of Arabia details the war stories of (real-life) British army officer T.E. Lawrence as he finds himself drawn into the Arab Revolt during WWI. Over the course of nearly 4 hours, we find out why Lawrence is so closely associated with this foreign land and how he took part in shaping its future. More than just a chronicle of one man’s extraordinary life, it tells the tale of entire countries and what each of the characters hopes to achieve within.
Start Your Journey!
So there you have it, our 5 best travel movies. If you can’t get a plane to Paris or a boat to Bruges, why not make some popcorn, sit back, and throw on a movie instead!
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