Top 5 travel movies eh? Looking for a good flick to throw on that will get your blood pumping while you check your Airmiles® to see how far away from home you can get?
Personally these top 5 travel movies have inspired me (more than most) to travel. Something about them makes you never want to go back home. They are great adventures in which you really feel like you are with the characters. Anyways, these should give you a good start on your wanderlust.
The Beach (2000) (R) ★★★★★
Filmed in Thailand and London
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen
Beautifully shot scenery, hot sunny beaches, crazy adventuring, and dangerous situations all make for an excellent movie that makes you wanna board a jet while the credits roll.
While in Thailand, a young man backpacking meets a strange fellow traveler who has a map to a paradise that not many people know about. The story follows him onto a Thai island where he meets a small self sustaining community.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) (PG) ★★★★★
Filmed in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and USA
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig
This movie will very effectively stir your desire to travel. I remember watching this movie for the first time and I very much wanted to just go visit and see all the places Walter goes. In short, this movie is beautiful. It is filled with gorgeous scenery, an effective and kind of mysterious storyline, and great acting.
Walter Mitty develops negatives for Life magazine, and when his job is threatened after losing a film negative, this quirky daydreamer decides to search. He travels all over hunting clues to the photographers whereabouts and has tons of adventures along the way.
Life of Pi (2012) (PG) ★★★★
Filmed in Canada, Taiwan, India, and New Zealand
Starring: Suraj Sharma
This movie is worth watching for the beautiful cinematic scenes alone. It is truly a beautiful movie and you wont want to stay on your couch long after watching it.
A young man named Pi survives a brutal shipwreck and struggles to survive in a lifeboat. He soon comes to realize that he is not the only survivor and meets a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. Things get exciting when the Tiger and the hyena start getting hungry.
Around the World in 80 Days (2004) (PG) ★★★
Filmed in Germany, Thailand, China, and New York
Starring: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cécile De France
I can’t think of anything that would inspire wanderlust more than following a British inventor, a Chinese thief, and a French artist as they make their way around the world. This movie is very family friendly as it was produced by Disney, but regardless to the age group it caters to, it is full of laughs and beautiful scenery.
Eurotrip (2004) (R) ★★★
Filmed in the Czech Republic
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester
Maybe a little controversial, but I do believe Eurotrip has a spot here. (Maybe its because I wanted to go to Europe directly after the first time I watched it.) It is definitely as inspiring as it is X-rated funny! The movie follows 4 friends as they party their way through much of Europe searching for a foreign pen pal. Through their hilarious ventures, you actually feel like you want to be there with them, backpacking your way through Europe.
Hopefully these get you off to a good start. Tweet to me and tell me your top 5 travel movies!