Movies make us travel, they transport us to unknown places or even nonexistent sites. Sometimes we even choose the next destination based on a film and the desire to relive the film or see the site by ourselves. So, we gathered a list of the best travel movies of all time. These 37 films are the most wanderlust-inducing movies that we have ever seen! Today we inspire your next trips with movies.
Best travel movies
#1 Before sunrise
This romantic movie makes you want to get lost and roam around an unknown city. The movie is set in Vienna, Austria, where two strangers decide to visit the city together. They meet on the train, he is from the USA, and she is from France – uncertain if they will ever see each other again, they decide to try it.
During the film, you will discover some of Vienna’s most important attractions and fall in love with the city. It is a good wanderlust movie, but it’s also one great film!
Imdb score: 8.1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
#2 Before Sunset
Spoiler alert: don’t read this if you haven’t seen Before Sunrise as this is a sequel to the movie Before Sunrise.
After 9 years, the couple meats again, but in Paris, it is totally unexpected. Jess is there for his book presentation, and Céline, who lives in Paris, decides to attend it. With a deep connection but without having heard from each other for 9 years, they decide to talk and walk through the streets of Paris.
With the beautiful scenery of Paris, you will hear about politics, work, and personal beliefs. And discover if this time they will stay together.
Imdb score: 8.0 | Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
#3 The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is about the journey and written memoir of 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara during his trip through South America. It is a fascinating movie that will make you travel through South America. You will pass through the breathtaking landscapes of Argentina, the Andes in Chile, the Atacama Desert, the Peruvian Amazon, and Venezuela.
The movie takes place before Che Guevara becomes the leader of the Marxist guerilla. During the film, you will see the transformation of Che Guevara’s personality and his beliefs. It’s an excellent film, even if you aren’t a fan of Che Guevara.
Imdb score: 7.8 | Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
#4 Into the wild
Into the wild is a biographical movie about a boy who travels through the USA. He decides that he doesn’t need money or any materialistic possessions. He works along the voyage, hitchhikes, and relies on the kindness of people.
During the movie, you will travel through incredible places in the USA, like the Grand Canyon, California, South Dakota, and Alaska. It is a beautiful movie that makes you reflect on some topics in life while enjoying some of America’s most beautiful sites.
Imdb score: 8.1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
#5 The Way
This movie unrolls in the Way of Santiago, a famous Catholic pilgrimage with several routes all leading to the shire of Santiago of Compostela, Spain. In this movie, a father follows his son’s footsteps. His son died during the pilgrimage due to a storm. To make peace and grieve his son, he decides to do the way of Saint James. Along the way, he discovers Spain, makes new friends, and learns new things about himself.
It is a good movie to explore the Way, and it truly allows you to travel through northern Spain’s beautiful and diverse scenery.
Imdb score: 7.4 | Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Wild is a biographical movie based on the memoirs of Cheryl Strayed. The author changes her life radically and does the Pacific Crest Trail. Without experience, she explores the wild by herself. During 3 months, she will walk 1 700 km on this long-distance trail that starts in California and ends in Canada, passing through the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range.
The movie has stunning views of the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range. It makes you want to leave everything behind and hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Imdb score: 7.1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
#7 The Beach
The beach is an adventure movie that takes place in Thailand, mostly on the famous island of Ko Phi Phi Le. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the paper of a US boy that goes to Thailand looking for adventure. In Thailand, he hears about a paradisiac island nearly unreachable. The whole story backfires, and paradise transforms into hell.
This iconic movie was one of the reasons the Ko Phi Phi Le island in Thailand became so well-known. If you haven’t yet seen this movie, you really should, despite de bad reviews below…
Imdb score: 6.7 | Rotten Tomatoes: 20%
#8 Lost in translation
This movie is about an actor that is hired to go to Japan to do an advertisement for Suntory whiskey. During his stay in Japan, he makes friends with a girl that is discovering who she is. Both embark on a voyage of trying new things in a different country.
It is a comedy that explores the cultural experience of Japan and traveling. That feeling when you arrive in a country and don’t know how everything works and its social rules. One of the best traveling movies ever.
Imdb score: 7.7 | Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
#9 The secret life of Walter Mitty
The movie is about a negative asset that works in Life Magazine – he always wanted to travel and never wasn’t able to do so. But due to work reasons, he travels the world looking for a renowned photographer. The movie is full of imagination, with a thin line between reality and fantasy.
It is one of the most mesmerizing travel movies ever done. It transports you to Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas. You will be simply breathless with the stunning scenery.
Imdb score: 7.3 | Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
#10 Easy Rider
Easy rider is a classic movie of the ’70s about two motorcyclists who go through the USA. The movie portrays the society of that era, the hippie movement, and drug use. It is a cool movie to see.
One of the most striking things about the movie is its soundtrack, especially the song “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf. The movie made the song one of the most iconic pieces of music ever.
“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space “
Imdb score: 7,3 | Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
#11 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a romantic comedy by Woody Allen in Barcelona. The film revolves around two Americans that come to Barcelona on vacation and are seduced by a Spanish artist. But the artist is involved in a violent relationship with his ex-wife.
The film will make you want to travel to Barcelona and spend the day drinking wine and eating tapas. It is well worth seeing, strangely erotic, and comical.
Imdb score: 7,1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
#12 Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
This is a controversial comedy movie with the character Borat, a fictitious Kazakh journalist who travels to the USA. The film exposes society’s preconceptions in a documentary/comedy movie. The “journalist” Borat interviews real-life Americans who believe he is from Kazakhstan and doesn’t understand American culture.
The film may be a bit choking, but it is very funny while revealing some personal beliefs of many Americans.
Imdb score: 7,3 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
#13 Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine is a comedy about a weird family from New Mexico that does a road trip through America so their daughter can attend a beauty pageant contest held in California. During the trip, several setbacks make it a complicated/funny journey.
It is a good travel movie that reveals nobody is perfect and everybody has their own quirkiness. But that’s ok.
Imdb score: 7,8 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
#14 Eat Pray Love
Eat, Pray, love is based on a biography book by Elizabeth Gilbert. The movie portrays the turning point in the life of the author. Unsatisfied with her life, she decides to live in Italy, India, and Indonesia.
It is a quintessential movie about traveling and how it is to live in different countries. It is a nice romantic, feel-good movie. Despite the reviews below…
Imdb score: 5,8 | Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
#15 The way Back
The way Back is an intense and dramatic survival movie based on the memoirs of a Polish war prisoner. He was sentenced to a labor camp in Siberia for 20 years. He and a group of people decide to escape, walking 6000 km through Siberia, Mongolia, and the Himalayas until India, where they will be safe.
Although very intense, you will travel through marvelous places. We are unsure if this is travel-inducing, but the sceneries are as good as it gets, and it’s truly about travel.
Imdb score: 7,3 | Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Eurotrip is a comedy and a goofy movie. It is about a group of friends that do a trip around Europe. During this trip, they will experience several weird and embarrassing situations, plenty of them related to sex.
It is a fun, light movie to see when you don’t want to think too much.
Imdb score: 6.6 | Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Tracks is a movie based on a true story about an Australian girl that decides to cross the Australian desert with Camels. This journey takes 9 months traveling from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
Very hot, with lots of hallucinations, It’s a weird film and a weird story. The suffering shown is so intense that it probably won’t make you want to travel… or maybe it will… you have to see it for yourself.
Imdb score: 7.2 | Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
#17 The Darjeeling Limited
This movie is a comedy-drama about three brothers that meet in India a year after their father’s funeral. They all decide to embark on a spiritual journey, trying to reconnect with each other.
The film is rather strange, but it will take you on an expedition through India.
Imdb score: 7.2 | Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
#18 Out of Africa
Out of Africa is a romantic drama film based on a true story about a Danish woman who moves to Nairobi after marrying Baron Bror Blixen. She is in charge of a coffee plantation and her husband doesn’t help. She ends up loving Africa and the African people.
The movie is interesting and has stunning views of Kenya.
Imdb score: 7.2 | Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
#19 One week
One Week is about a boy diagnosed with cancer who travels by motorcycle from Toronto to Vancouver Island in Canada. During his road trip, he meets fantastic people and breathtaking landscapes.
This movie will make you want to travel to Canada on your next trip.
Imdb score: 7.0 | Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
#20 127 hours
127 hours is a biographical movie about an adventurous traveler that gets trapped in a slot canyon in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Unable to get himself loose, and after no success in asking for help, he spends 127 hours stuck.
This isn’t the most wanderlust movie, but it makes you conscious of some safety tips while traveling.
Imdb score: 7.6 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
#21 The art of travel
This movie is about a man that after discovering his fiance betrayed him on their wedding day, decides to leave everything behind and travel to Nicaragua. He finds a group of foreigners who are attempting to cross the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia and joins them.
This is a stunning movie about Central America.
Imdb score: 6.4 | Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
#22 Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is a reference in the cinematographic world, winning 6 Oscars, including Best Picture in 1994. The movie tells the story of the life of Forrest Gump, a boy with a low IQ but a fantastic ability to run.
Although it isn’t a classic travel movie, the film crosses all of America.
Imdb score: 8.8 | Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
#23 In Bruges
As the title says, this movie unrolls in the city of Bruges, Belgium. It is about an Irish hitman who kills a priest in a church and accidentally kills a small boy. He and a colleague are sent to Bruges to hide and await instructions. During this time, they visit Bruges.
It is an interesting movie in a very charming city.
Imdb score: 7.9 | Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
#24 Under the Tuscan Sun
This is a film about a writer that discovers her husband is having an affair. Feeling depressed, she buys a villa in Tuscany in, Italy, hoping it will change her life.
Fantastic traveling movie especially if you love Italy.
Imdb score: 6.8 | Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
#25 A Good Year
A Good Year is about a workaholic trader from London who receives a vineyard state in Provence from his uncle. When he was young, he spent his Summers on his Uncle’s propriety in France. He has very fond memories of that period in time. He now has to decide if he wants to sell the vineyard or stay and live in it.
A good romantic film in Provence.
Imdb score: 7.0 | Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
#26 7 years in Tibet
Seven years in Tibet is a biographical movie about an Austrian explorer that during the II World War, is made captive as a POW in the Himalayas. He is able to escape and crosses the border to Tibet, where he meets and befriends the Dali Lama.
One of the most beautiful travel movies ever done.
Imdb score: 7.1 | Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
#27 Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris is a film written and directed by Woody Allen, set in Paris. It is about a screenwriter with different viewpoints from his fiancée. The film portrays the duality between modernism and the nostalgia of the old times.
A good Woody Allen movie with the plus of visiting Paris’s main attractions.
Imdb score: 7.7 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Up is an animated movie by Pixar. It is about an elderly widow who, throughout his life, wanted to travel but couldn’t due to life complications. One day a scout boy knocks on his door, and after some doubts, they both embark on an adventure to Paradise Falls. Turning his house into an airship using thousands of helium balloons
It is a wonderful travel movie that teaches us one should try to live life with the most adventures possible at any age.
Imdb score: 8.2 | Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
#29 Thelma and Louise
Thelma and Louise is a travel movie about two friends that go on a road trip to the USA. During the trip, they suffer aggression that makes them run away from the cops. The film won 6 Oscars and is a well-known movie in the cinematographic world.
It is a cult film that you definitely must see.
Imdb score: 7.5 | Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
#30 The Gods must be crazy
The gods must be crazy is a South African movie about the “Bushman” or San People. They receive a gift from the Gods (a Coca-Cola bottle). But the bottle creates plenty of confusion in the community, so they decide to through it at the end of the world.
This movie is one of the funniest movies we have seen, and it will make you want to visit the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and Namibia.
Imdb score: 7.3 | Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
#31 Mama Mia!
Mama Mia! is a musical movie based on the songs of the pop group ABBA. The movie is set on the island of Skopelos in Greece.
Throughout the movie, you catch fantastic views of greek islands while hearing ABBA songs.
Imdb score: 6.4 | Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
#32 Lord of the rings
Lord of the rings is a film series of 3 epic movies based on the books of J. R. R. Tolkien. The three movies are The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). All of them are amazing and a must. It is about a hobbit traveling through middle earth to destroy the One Ring to save the world.
Throughout the movies, you will encounter breathtaking views of New Zealand that will blow your mind. If the lord of the rings doesn’t make you want to travel to New Zealand (or elsewhere), I don’t know what will…
Imdb score: 8.8 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
#33 The Bucket List
The Bucket list is a film about two terminally ill cancer patients that decide to complete their bucket list. This will make them embark on a voyage through the world.
This comedy-drama movie will allude you to seize the moment and go and enjoy life while you can.
Imdb score: 7.4 | Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
#34 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about a group of British retirees that decide to spend their retirement in India. They install themself in a restored hotel, the Marigold Hotel, and although it isn’t the most luxurious, they ultimately fall in love with it.
It is a good travel movie that proves that it is never too late to travel.
Imdb score: 7.2 | Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
#35 The Big year
The Big Year is a comedy film about a group of birders who contest to identify the biggest number of bird species in North America. For that, they have to travel all over the USA to try to spot as many birds as they can
A funny and weird movie that will make you travel to remote places. Oh, we had to search, but that big year contest really exists…
Imdb score: 6.2 | Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
#36 Spider-Man: Far from Home
Spider-Man: Far from Home is about a Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. In this film, Spider-Man joins his friends and goes on a European trip, visiting iconic cities like Venice and Prague.
It isn’t the most obvious choice for a travel movie, but it actually does visit Prague’s and Venice’s top attractions.
Imdb score: 7.5 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
#37 Away we go
Away we go is about a couple expecting a baby and starts questioning where they want to raise a child and build a happy family. To choose wisely, they travel through the USA and discover where they want to call home.
A travel movie about the USA that makes you think about where you should call home.
Imdb score: 7.0 | Rotten Tomatoes: 67 %
#38 The Martian
The Martian is about an astronaut that is left alone on Mars and has to learn how to survive. So it is a travel movie but out in Space, more particularly to Mars.
It is a fantastic movie with “out of this world” scenery.
Imdb score: 8.0 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
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