The 15 Best Travel Movies To Inspire Your Bucket List
Are you stuck watching Netflix movies and trying not to bang your head into a wall because quarantine fatigue is a real thing? And you’re bout donnnnee with it like me? Yes? Ok good! We’re on the same page. Insert the need for distractions that take you far away like travel movies!
There are three categories of movies that I really love. The first are period films that have absolutely no high technology in them and they’re all about romance and love and other girly stuff that my husband hates watching. The next category is action-based movies that have cinematography that’s pretty much incredible! And the last category is plot-driven/mystery movies that really suck you in and make you feel like you’re somewhere else.
Romantic Travel Movies
My all-time favorite movie. There really isn’t a better one. I’m sorry if you don’t like it because that just means you haven’t watched it enough. Not only is it wholesome so you could watch it with anyone- it’s just a really well-done movie.
As far as travel movies go.. not only are you instantly transported to rural England- you’re transported to another time. The directors did an amazing job creating a movie that makes you feel like it’s real. I think the homes and the way people are dressed are so period correct and not toooo glamorous which sometimes ruins movies like that? Not to mention the love story and all the little subplots aren’t annoying. Just a truly fantastic movie.
Kate Winslet and this random dude I’ve never heard of make a pretty great movie! It’s all about the Palace of Versailles and the creation of the gardens. Apparently they were all about order before Kate Winslet / AKA Sabine de Barra.
This is a fun movie to add to your list of travel movies – especially for a girl’s night. The whole movie makes you want to travel back in time and wear big dresses while you walk in the gardens. I’ve also found myself adding France’s attractions to my bucket list more and more lately. I didn’t use to want to travel to Western countries as much but there’s just something about the French culture? A certain je ne sais quoi??
Really hard for me to look at Javier Bardem as anything but the crazy bad guy from James Bond’s Skyfall?? But I try because it’s Julia Roberts and I’ve loved her since Pretty Woman. Anywho – this movie is so cute and genuinely uplifting? I need more movies like this in my life.
Traveling through Italy, Indonesia, and India – I love this movie because it really sucks you in! You feel like you’re bumbling along with all of Julia Roberts misfortunes. (Personally – I’m happy to pretend I’m seeing the world right along with her right now than thinking about being stuck in the US!)
There really isn’t much better than Diane Lane finding herself in a charming Italian villa in Tuscany with romance, love, and a historic home restoration?? All I could think when watching this movie recently was how much I love Italy and how I feel like the movie accurately portrays the Italian lifestyle?
As far as travel movies go – can you get much better than a slightly fuzzy non-HD light and fun Diane Lane movie? The answer is no. For another of hers – please watch Nights In Rodanthe. A real tear-jerker but it’ll make you want to run along to the beach!!!
Rent from Amazon Prime
The cheesiest of the cheese movies. Seriously it’s so bad it’s good. It’s what I watch while I fold laundry, do dishes and dream of my hubs gaining a seriously hot British accent. I’ll keep him without but a girl can always dream ;)!
Anywho! I love Amanda Seyfried and her adorable outfits throughout the majority of this movie. The way she dresses inspired some of my Italian packing – simple dresses, simple shoes and sunglasses. I loved every part of the romantic little road trip and the ending is too sweet!
Good Friday-Night Travel Movies
Angelina Jolie and her classy gorgeous European-lady outfits. That’s really all I need for a good movie on a boring Friday night? It’s set in Italy and along with a train ride scene, I feel like I was transported right back to Venice!
There’s also a crazy twist at the end with Johnny Depp’s character and I’m here for it. I love him in spite of the whole Amber Heard debacle because his movies have always been great.
With some of the same actors from Bridesmaids (Maya Rudolph whom I LOVE) – this one is hilarious and a feel-good girls night kinda movie. It’s not a rom-com – it’s just funny. And I need us all to watch it so we can quote it like I quoted Bridesmaids for a solid year. Really enjoying the Netflix movies that are getting put out. A lot of them are solid! Complete with Amy Poehler’s character who’s alllll about the itinerary – Just like me. (Insert sunglasses smiley emoji.)
Not to mention that as far as travel movies go- travel in the US is topping our bucket list for the rest of this year and next. Have you ever heard of the train ride through Napa? This movie makes me want that and a true spa weekend with yummy wine and perfect humidity-free California hair days.
Watch on Netflix
Coming to a date night near you – this one is probably gonna be hilarious. Not gonna lie – we haven’t watched it yet but it’s on my Netflix watchlist. I love Kirsten Bell and Ev thinks Seth Rogan is hilarious so why not?
All about getting dumped and then traveling through the Caribbean with her estranged dad – I’m prepared to experience the cringey awkwardness characteristic of all Seth Rogan movies. Not appropriate for all ages!
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First things first, Danielle Craig is cool and all- but the lead actress in this movie Eva Green is so gorgeous and makes me want to go straight back to Europe for some shopping.
Then there is the always fun to watch James Bond movie action-packed plot line that provides a few twists and turns among the canals of Venice. Rewatching this after our Italy trip always makes me happy because I was right next to those waters! Surprisingly – some of the most iconic scenes are shot in what we’re told in the movie is Montenegro – but actually shot in Czech Republic. (Eastern European countries don’t get enough attention from travelers!)
Watch on Netflix
Get ready to cry. This one is so cute and sweet. Two terminally ill older guys decide to set off on a whirlwind of adventures… and since I’ll never be able to think of Morgan Freeman’s voice as anything under God’s since that’s the character he always plays??
Bucket list activities in the movie: Skydiving, visiting the Taj Mahal, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China?? I could do without the motorcycles part but the rest of it sounds awesome!
Rent on Amazon Prime
Cinematic Travel Movies
This is my favorite category of travel inspiring movies. I have such a hard time sitting through movies and not being on my phone or doing something else.. but all of the movies in this category really grab my attention because the scenery is so beautiful.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty works for Time magazine processing the photos the photographers send in for the magazine. When he loses one of the negatives – he has to basically covers the globe trying to find Sean (the photographer). Theres a scene where Walter’s in Iceland or something? And he asks a semi-drunken helicopter pilot to fly him out to a boat? Where he then proceeds to fall into the water and almost get eaten by shark – leading to one of my absolute lines of all time:
It’s not a POR-POSE!! – Walter Mitty as he almost gets eaten by a shark.
The new one. Not the one from the ’70s with and his crazy. Pointbreak is the emotional cinematic roller coaster that you didn’t know you needed!! The best parts of this movie are how they build the characters and the story behind Point Break.
The movie takes you through Austria, Tahiti, Switzerland in the Swiss Alps, the highest cliffs in Venezuela. The imagery couldn’t be more beautiful! There are even some places I didn’t even know where on the map including The Cave of Swallows, Mexico. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen and definitely adding it to my bucket list!
Rent on Amazon Prime
This is one that Ev loves. The story behind these climbers is insane! They spend their whole lives chasing incredible and sometimes insane free climbs throughout some of the best mountain ranges in the world.
Not something I’d ever attempt? I think I like to conquer my mountains the old fashion way- with my feet planted firmly on the ground. Hiking. The cinematography is amazing though!! A more serious movie but your eyeballs will be glued to the screen.
Rent on Amazon Prime
One of my favorite movies of all time – not only does this movie take you away from the couch – it takes you to another world. Kind of a subtle metaphor for our planet’s disgusting state? But still really good!!!
If you like documentaries – this ones for you. Watch the trailer here. It’s really all you need to know about this Australian film!
Down to Earth (The Zac Efron Netflix Series)
Couldn’t not include this on the list because even though its not a movie- it’s actually pretty good! Even the fact that its Zach Effont totally made me think it was going to be cheesy but it was good!!
Watch on Netflix
Movie Night Essentials
Movie nights aren’t complete without the right setups. Popcorn bowls, snuggly blankets, and wine! I’m also a major fan of house slippers for every time I have to let the dog out or get up from my snuggle pile to get more popcorn.
We also make it a treat during the weekends to have food delivered and yummy wine. Use this link to get $15 off of your first three orders with Doordash. ($5 off of each order.)I also wrote a post on my favorite rosés. See here for some yummy wine for a relaxing movie night!
I think we’ve only watched about 10% of the available movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime so who knows what we missed? Let me know if you have any other favorite movies!