I used to love hiding out in my room with the TV with a built-in DVD player that I spent ages saving up for as a kid. 

It was my favorite way to escape the typically less than exciting days growing up in Pennsylvania.

Nowadays, I love to cook dinner and have movie nights to relax and recharge.  

Sometimes, I even theme my wine and dinner around the location I’ll be seeing in the film. 

These are my picks of the best travel movies for giving you an instant escape to a far-off land, all from the comfort of your couch. 

So, sit back, grab a cocktail, and take a multi-hour vacation with one or more of these flicks. 

Midnight in Paris

Do you wish you could escape reality in favor of a simpler time?

Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen’s answer to this question. A modern man from the present (Owen Wilson) travels back to 1920s Paris. While there, he befriends all the literary legends of the time. Clearly, he’s going through quite an existential crisis.

If I were you, I’d grab a bottle of wine and a cheese plate to enjoy with this dreamy film.

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2. Roman Holiday 

This is one of my all-time favorite Audrey Hepburn films. 

It’s a romantic comedy about a princess (Audrey) who escapes her handlers. She then has an eye-opening day exploring Rome. 

The catch is the guy who she meets along the way that shows her the “true’ Rome is a reporter (Gregory Peck). 

It was Audrey’s very first film— she even won an Academy Award for it. You’ll be planning your own Roman Holiday after seeing this one. 

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3. The Before Trilogy

As the self-proclaimed queen of rom-com, I can’t believe it took me so long to watch these films. Richard Linklater, of Boyhood fame, directs all three of them. 

The films cover three unique parts of a couple’s relationship—with each one showing events taking place within a few hours of their lives. 

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are wonderful as the couple at the center of the film. They made the movies at nine-year intervals in order for the actors to age with the characters. 

During Before Sunrise you’ll see them young and in love in Vienna. They meet on a train and have a romantic night exploring the city before Hawke’s character has to return to the U.S.

Before Sunset takes you to Paris almost a decade later. Their chemistry is still alive, and time is against them yet again. They only have a few hours before Hawke’s character has to board a plane. 

In the last film, Before Midnight, you’ll watch the couple re-connect in Greece. Their long-simmering problems finally coming to a boil. 

These films examine the complexities of our relationships, and illusions of the past. They make you feel as though love may just conquer all.  

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4. The Darjeeling Limited

In this Wes Anderson classic, three brothers are processing their father’s death. While grieving, they travel across India to bond.

The scenery is stunning and it has that pleasing symmetrical cinematography that we know Wes Anderson for. 

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5. Lost in Translation

Bill Murray plays Bob, an aging movie star who’s in Tokyo to promote a whiskey brand. 

Scarlett Johansson is a newlywed who isn’t sure where she’s heading in life. Together they escape their realities and find friendship in a foreign land. 

Lost in Translation is a Sophia Coppola gem. It even won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It will have you ready to escape reality and head off into the unknown in search of a rarely shared connection.

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6. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are the debonair men that no woman can resist. 

They are also each other’s competitors in the French Riviera. Who will come out on top?

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is perfect for a night of laughter.  Not to mention, you’ll be seeing the best of the French Riviera. 

If you’re looking for a modern update, check out The Hustle.  It stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as similar leads in this remake. It’s not as great as the original, but the views of the Mediterranean have never been better.

Thinking about the scenery in this movie makes me want to book another trip to the Cote d’Azur ASAP. 

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7. An American in Paris

Surprise, surprise, this is a story about an American in Paris. He’s an American soldier who stays after the war to make a living there as a painter.

Naturally, he falls in love with a mysterious French woman. They both are in search of new beginnings.

Watch this for memorable music and dancing all set against the backdrop of Paris— “it’s ‘S wonderful! ‘S marvelous!” (you’ll get it once you’ve seen the movie).

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8. Sideways

My first time watching this was two years ago on a plane back from France.

I was late to the game on Sideways, even after always hearing outstanding things about it (it won a ton of awards).

Go on a wine-tasting road trip through California’s Santa Ynez Valley with two middle-aged guys. One’s a bachelor and the other is going through a mid-life crisis that’s turned his life sideways. During their trip, they drown in relationship problems and wine.

You’ll definitely want to have a bottle (or two) of Pinot Noir handy for this one. 

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9. P.S. I Love You

This movie will make you fall in love with both New York and Ireland. It will also make you cry (fair warning).

Holly loses the love of her life when her husband dies from a brain tumor.

Knowing that she will have a hard time moving on, her husband Gerry writes her a year of letters before he dies. He also sets up surprises, prompting her to get out of her comfort zone and move on. 

P.S. I Love You will remind you to live your life to the fullest because you never know when it might get cut short.

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10. Funny Face

All I should need to say here is Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Thompson in Paris. 

This movie is a classic 1950s musical that’s charming as hell.

Funny Face is a total makeover story. It’s got fashion, musical numbers, and stunning Parisian locations.

It’s about a magazine editor (think Anna Wintour) who makes over an ordinary girl into the face of a fashion brand. 

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11. In Bruges

Are you a fan of Killing Eve

Re-watching this movie, I couldn’t believe how much this reminded me of that show, which is one of my favorite shows that I’ve seen this year. 

In Bruges is a dark comedy about two hitmen, hiding out in Bruges, Belgium. They’re awaiting further instructions after a kill. 

Bruges is a super picturesque spot with beautiful canals, medieval, and gothic architecture.

So basically, there isn’t a ton to do there if you’re a hitman on the run. I won’t give much away here, so watch it to find out how it ends. 

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12. The Indiana Jones Series

Indiana Jones was created by George Lucas of Star Wars fame, and directed by Steven Spielberg. Oh, and starring Harrison Ford as the rough and tumble hero.

What’s not to like about this action series?

I grew up watching these movies with my dad, and they still hold up today. There’s always adventure, comedy, and clever dialogue.

Raiders of the Lost Ark introduces us to a young Harrison Ford, as archeologist/explorer Indiana Jones. He’s sent on a quest by the US. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do in the Peruvian jungle (filmed in Hawaii). It was an instant classic when it hit theaters. 

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom followed a few years later. It has Indy in India searching for a mythical stone. On his journey, he discovers a secret cult that’s sacrificing people. Naturally, it’s up to him to stop them.

Next came Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade about a decade after the first one. This time it’s set in Petra, Jordan. Indy’s dad (Sean Connery) goes missing while searching for the Holy Grail. Of course, it’s up to his son to find him, the Holy Grail, and save the day from the Nazis again. 

After the Last Crusade, Indiana didn’t come back onto the scene until almost 20 years later. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It features Shia LaBeouf as his son and didn’t hold up to the other classics.  

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13. To Catch A Thief 

You’ve got Old Hollywood at it’s finest in To Catch A Thief.  I’m talking Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and costumes by Edith Head. 

The film follows Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief living on a vineyard in the French Riviera. After a copycat thief turns up, he must clear his name. He starts by investigating families on the Riviera with jewels worthy of stealing. 

He begins with Grace Kelly’s character who is vacationing nearby. This leads to a complicated romance.

It’s shot in Nice, France, along the sapphire blue of the Mediterranean. It’s also while filming this that Grace met Prince Rainier of Monaco, her soon to be husband.

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14. The Motorcycle Diaries 

It’s the 1950s and two Argentinian boys have set out on a motorcycle trip across South America. They’re in search of adventure. 

The Motorcycle Diaries is a coming of age story with lots of heart. It’s well-acted and beautifully shot. 

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15. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Seven British retirees go on a trip of a lifetime to Jaipur. India. The group finds the hotel isn’t at all what they advertised. Although it’s falling apart, it has a great charm to it. 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has some things to say about growing old and enjoying life on your way to the grave.

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16. One Week

Imagine getting a dire medical diagnosis. How would you spend your last months?

The answer for Ben Tyler is riding a vintage motorcycle across Canada.

Along the way, he meets several people who help him reevaluate his life choices and dreams.

The film’s set against the Canadian mountains. It features an all-Canadian soundtrack that’s perfect for the film.

One Week points out that sometimes we have to face the end in order to realize what was important all along.

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17. The Trip Series

If you like Curb Your Enthusiasm, then check out this scripted series starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.

The Trip begins as Steve gets commissioned by the local paper to review restaurants. It follows the two men as they banter and eat their way around the English country-side.

In The Trip to Italy, the film follows the friends as they do the same thing, but in Italy. My mouth was watering for quality Italian wine and food after watching this one. 

A few years later, the boys were back at it, eating their way down the coast of Spain. The Trip to Spain is low key compared to the others, but the banter remains fun and the food mouth-watering.

They recently concluded the series with The Trip to Greece. It’s still about two friends eating their way through the country to review restaurants. 

Despite the repetition (particularly the impressions!), each trip is new and fun to watch. The scenery and food are enough to make anyone’s mouth water, and the comedy never falters.

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18. Up in the Air

Okay, so I’ll be the first to admit Middle America doesn’t really look that exciting in this movie. 

George Clooney will have you craving a first-class airport experience after watching Up in the Air.

He plays a man who travels and fires people for a living. He gets assigned a newbie with the company to train, played by Anna Kendrick.

But the most interesting part? His character is obsessed with getting 10 million miles. What a dream to have that many miles stocked up!

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19. Hector and the Search for Happiness

A psychiatrist named Hector leaves his ordinary life behind. He decides to travel the world to find out what makes people happy.

 Along the way, he finds the answer to happiness for himself through the advice and life stories of others. 

Simon Pegg is hilarious, and the scenery is beautiful. Those who like “life-affirming” sayings will find plenty to like about Hector and the Search for Happiness.

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20. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky and Cristina are two friends on a summer holiday to— you guessed it, Barcelona. 

Cristina falls into an affair with a sexy local painter while out one night. Soon after, his ex-wife comes back into the picture. 

Can they co-exist? Vicky Cristina Barcelona isn’t your typical romance, but it’s thought-provoking. Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz all give wonderful performances.

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21. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Two Aussie drag queens and a transexual go on a bus tour from Sydney to Alice Springs. They are traveling in a lavender tour bus christened Priscilla.

This road trip film will be one you won’t soon forget. Priscilla has got lots of heart, well-written dialogue, and fun production numbers. 

They even made it into a Broadway musical a few years ago that was just as amusing.

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22. Under the Tuscan Sun

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Every time I watch it, I am convinced that the best thing to do would be to move to Tuscany and restore an old house.

Lane stars as Frances, a woman who learns her husband is cheating on her. Her entire life crumbles around her. To break out of the natural depression, her friends send her in their place on a tour of Tuscany. 

During the trip, fate steps in, and Frances buys a beautiful but falling apart Italian villa. She then rebuilds the home as she rebuilds her life.

Grab a bottle of Brunello and some pasta and get ready for an inspirational night in. 

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23. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 

Okay, so this is a bit teeny-bopper, but girls who grew up watching this will understand. 

It’s the story of a lifelong friendship between four girls and the magical pants that fit them all. The pants connect them as they spend their first summer apart.

They mail the pants between Greece, Mexico, South Carolina, and Maryland.

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24. Y Tu Mamá También

Diego Garcia and Gael Garcia Bernal both give performances with emotional depth. This is a true coming of age film.

Go on a Mexican road trip with Julio and Tenoch, two 17-year-old boys. Their cross-country trip is giving them an education on life and love. 

Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mamá También is a powerful and provocative film that’s a must-see. 

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25. Julie/Julia

Julia Child changed the world after living in France and deciding to learn to cook at Le Cordon Bleu. 

Julie Powell is a woman lost in life who starts a blog to try something new. Her blog is about her cooking her way through Julia Child’s cookbook over one year.

The movie jumps back and forth between Julie and Julia’s adventures in cooking and life. 

Trust me, Julie/Julia will have you craving a massive amount of indulgent French cuisine. 

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26. The Art of Travel

Conner ditches his wedding to his high school sweetheart. He’s just found out she had an affair with his best man. 

He heads to the airport and boards the first available flight to South America. 

Once there, he hikes the Darien Gap, which is a dangerous 100-mile section of the jungle. 

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27. L’Auberge Espagnole 

Xavier is a man who must learn Spanish before getting a job his father set up. His solution is to relocate to Barcelona to immerse himself in the language. 

He moves into a house with lots of roommates, all of whom change his life for the better.

L’Auberge Espagnole is a joyous and unexpectedly moving film about living abroad. 

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28. Thelma and Louise

“You said you ‘n’ me was gonna get out of town and for once just really let our hair down. Well darlin’, look out ‘cause my hair is comin’ down!”

Thelma and Louise are two best friends that go on the road trip of a lifetime across California and Utah. 

After an unfortunate experience at a bar, the girls are on the run from the law and have to make their way to Mexico. 

Without giving too much away, this is one ride you won’t forget. 

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29. The Road Within

After the passing of his mother, a teenager with Tourettes finds himself in a clinic for special children.

While there he makes friends with two other troubled youths. Together they break out of the clinic and embark on a road trip toward the ocean. 

The Road Within has a message of acceptance and features a superb performance by Dev Patel. 

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30. Two For the Road

Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney are a charming duo in the romantic comedy Two For the Road

It’s the story of a married British couple driving through France. They spend the road trip reflecting on their ten years of marriage. 

It feels like a shortened retro version of The Before Trilogy.

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31. National Lampoon’s Vacation Series

Feeling nostalgic for those old family road-trip vacations? 

Turn on National Lampoon’s Vacation

Seriously, any of them: National Lampoon’s Vacation, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation.

My dad loved showing us these slightly corny Chevy Chase movies. These films still leave him cracking up years later. 

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32. Away We Go

This is a funny and quirky film. It follows a couple as they travel, trying to decide where to put down roots as they start a family. 

Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski are a delight to watch as they try to navigate adulthood in Away We Go

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33. Leap Year

Amy Adams plays a woman who’s sick of waiting for her boyfriend to propose, so she takes matters into her own hands.

Legend has it that on Leap Year a woman can propose to a man in Ireland. So she travels to surprise her boyfriend, who happens to be in Dublin for business.

The actual star of this movie is Ireland’s lush countryside and Dublin’s quirky charm. 

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34. Paris Je T’aime

Paris is the city of love, so it’s a natural setting for an anthology of love stories. 

These 18 short films will give you a glimpse into the concept of love all around the streets of Paris.

Paris Je T’aime is original and will leave you ready to book your next trip to Paris to find love.

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35. Eat, Pray, Love

This is a movie that will make you want to eat a ton of gelato and pasta. 

It’s based on the real-life solo adventures of Elizabeth Gilbert. Check out her book that will equally inspire wanderlust.

Elizabeth, played by a luminous Julia Roberts, is getting divorced. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India, and Bali.

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36. The Way 

A man gets killed attempting the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the far North-West of Spain.

His father flies to Europe to collect his son’s ashes. Once he arrives, he decides he must finish what his son started. 

He completes the journey while spreading his son’s ashes along the way. 

The Way has plenty of beautiful mountain scenery and is a moving tale of life along the road. 

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37. The Beach

You’ll be dreaming of the beach after this film. The Beach is both sexy and picturesque.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a man who travels to Thailand looking for something new. 

He finds himself in possession of a map that’s said to contain the location of paradise. Along with a few friends, he sets out to find it— and finds more than they could have ever expected. 

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38. Call Me By Your Name 

I won’t give much away, but I can almost guarantee you’ll want to spend a summer in Italy after watching Call Me By Your Name.

It’s Set in Northern Italy in 1983. The main character is Elio a 17-year-old Italian American who has a summer he’ll never forget. 

This movie is so beautiful, give it a watch and you’ll see exactly why everyone raves about it. 

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39. Seven Years in Tibet

Seven Years in Tibet is lengthy but beautiful to watch. 

It follows Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber. He travels to the holy city of Lhasa in the valley of the Himalayas. 

He becomes friends with the Dhali Lama and tutors him for about seven years.

Oh, and did I mention it’s biographical? How cool it must be to get to be friends with the Dhali Lama.

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40. A Walk in the Woods

Robert Redford plays Bill Bryson. He’s a recently retired man who hikes the Appalachian Trail.

Even for someone who isn’t old, it’s a tough hike that runs over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine. 

A Walk in the Woods is a story about continuing to live and push yourself to never lose your sense of discovery. 

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41. Amelie

Amelie is a Parisian woman with a very active imagination. She decides to change the lives of those around her by performing small acts of kindness.

Sometimes the best remedy is to bring happiness to those around us. This whimsical movie is a reminder that life is fleeting. 

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42. The Loneliest Planet

A couple goes backpacking in Georgia through the Caucasus Mountains.  

On the journey, a minor incident changes everything and tests their relationship. Proving you never know what could happen next. 

The Loneliest Planet is deliberately jarring. It will have you questioning when the pressure is on, can we really depend on those we love?

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43. Planes, Trains, Automobiles

Imagine being stuck in coach next to an annoying man on your long flight home for the holidays. 

Then a freak snowstorm causes your plane to land early, in a city that isn’t your last destination. 

Sounds like a nightmare, right?

Steve Martin and John Candy star in this classic road trip comedy. Both men are trying to get home for the holidays any way they can. Unfortunately for them, that means working together.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is zany and fun to watch, especially over the holidays. 

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44. The Talented Mr. Ripley

Tom Ripley is mistaken for an old classmate of a billionaire’s son in an act of fate.

He sends Tom to Europe to retrieve his son Dickie, who’s on a permanent vacation there with his girlfriend. 

Instead of getting Dickie to return home, they all enjoy a permanent vacation on billionaire dad’s tab.

This movie is well-acted, especially by Matt Damon. 

Oh, and the scenery is dreamy.  You’ll be dying to go to the Amalfi Coast after watching The Talented Mr. Ripley

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45. The Holiday

Take a page out of this script and make yourself the leading lady in your own life (if you haven’t already). 

This classic holiday rom-com follows two women (one from LA and one from London) who are in a rut they need to get out of. 

They both throw caution to the wind and agree to do a home exchange with one another.

Comedy, self-discovery, and romance eventually find both women.

The Holiday reminds us that sometimes you need to get away from the ordinary. 

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46. New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You is made up of eleven films, all vignettes about moments in people’s love lives— all set in New York. It’s a visual love letter to the city and its special brand of magic. 

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47. The English Patient 

I saw this for the first time last year. It won 9 Academy Awards—I don’t know how it took me this long to see this.

A soldier found in the desert after a plane-crash in the last days of World War 2. With no name, the nurses refer to him as “The English Patient”. 

This is a love story set in Italy and Egypt that’s hailed by critics as “a cinematic triumph!” is a must-see.

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48. Copenhagen

William finds himself in Copenhagen, the birthplace of his father. He decides to track down his grandfather. He meets a local girl who translates for him. With her help, he begins the quest of searching the city for his grandpa.

The chemistry builds the local girl, and he truly connects with another person for the first time in his life.

This film won awards at a lot of film festivals back in 2014 and still holds up today.

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49. Easy Rider

Easy Rider is a cult film from the 60s that is an unforgettable classic. It was the beginning of the motorcycle trend in films. 

It’s about two bikers that head from California to New Orleans, living in the fast lane. 

The soundtrack was groundbreaking at the time. It features pop and rock music instead of a traditional classical score, which was typical in the 60s.

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50. Wild America

My sisters and I loved this movie when we were growing up.

Three brothers from Arkansas go on a road trip. They plan to shoot videos of all the animals that are getting killed off across the U.S.

Wild America is a movie that is a fun throwback that could inspire your next road trip. 

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51. Chasing Liberty

“The things you’re scared of are usually the most worthwhile.” according to Mandy Moore’s character in Chasing Liberty and I couldn’t agree more.

This rom-com follows the President’s daughter as she ditches the secret service in Europe.

You’ll follow her from Washington D.C. as she explores Venice, Berlin, and London. 

I admit—it’s a bit dated, but it’s still a fun, lighthearted watch with great scenery.

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52. Withnail & I

Two friends who are out of work actors take a trip from London to the countryside. They’re hoping to get out of their ordinary routine, but naturally, things don’t go as planned, and chaos ensues.

It’s a charming and hilarious film that’s become something of a cult classic. 

The acting is splendid, and the script is full of surprises. Give Withnail & I is quirky and well worth the watch. 

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53. The Sheltering Sky

A husband and wife journey through Northern Africa hoping to revive their failing marriage. As they struggle through the heat of the African desert, they increasingly become more unstable. 

The score and the scenery alone are worth watching this for. Both are gorgeous. 

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54. James Bond

I don’t think I should have too much explaining to do on this legendary franchise. 

Seriously, the 25th James Bond film will come out this year— does any other franchise have that many?

We all know about the 007 and his adventures around the world. Every film has beautiful places that absolutely will go on your travel list. 

Grab a martini, “shaken, not stirred” and turn on one of these films for adventure and wanderlust. 

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55. Wild

Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild is about how she hiked along the 1,100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. 

It all starts when Cheryl loses her way in her mid-twenties after her mother dies suddenly.

Her grief pushes her and her husband to divorce. She’s at rock bottom when she faces herself and her grief on the trail. 

Reese Witherspoon produces and stars in the inspiring film. 

Wild


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56. A Good Year

An investment banker from London inherits a chateau in Provence, France. As he surveys the property, childhood memories of summers spent there with his uncle flood back. 

A Good Year is a feel-good film that will have you wanting to book a trip to Provence as soon as it ends.

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57. Paris Can Wait

I watched this movie on a plane with very low expectations. I’ve got to admit, a road trip has never looked so appealing.

Diane Lane plays a woman who’s at a crossroads in her marriage. Her husband must jet off to work, leaving her on their vacation in the South of France. So she embarks on a spontaneous road trip with his business associate from Cannes to Paris. 

Paris Can Wait is cheesy but worth the ride.

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58. Mamma Mia

Get ready to be dying to go to Greece after watching this one. It’s one of the most picturesque movie musicals in existence.  I am craving a trip to Greece just picturing the beach scenes from this movie. 

For those of us that have avoided seeing this movie so far, I’ll be the first to admit this Abba musical is cheesy.

Mamma Mia is about Donna and her daughter, Sophie, who’s about to have her wedding but doesn’t know who her father is.

Sophie finds her mother’s old diary and realizes her father could be one of three men. She invites them all to the wedding, thinking she’ll know who her dad is when she sees him. 

It’s so sweet and catchy (not to mention it’s A-list cast) that you can’t help but give it the benefit of the doubt.

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59. Into the Wild

Christopher McCandless gives up everything in his life to hitchhike across America. This trip changes both his life and the viewers. 

Into the Wild was a hit when it came out and won multiple awards. 

I admit it took me ages to get around to watching this, and I am so thankful that I finally did. 

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60. The Bucket List

Two older men have six months to live. They make a bucket list of all the things they have never tried before. Then they set out to complete their lists together.

The Bucket List is a glorious reminder that human companionship makes life worth living, even if it makes death harder. 

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61. Catch Me If You Can

This biographical film follows the life of Frank Abagnale. Frank is the youngest person to make the FBI’s Most-Wanted list— for bank fraud in his teens!

Before he even turned 18, he convinces Pan Am that he’s a co-pilot. He takes advantage of the uniform and flies around the globe (for free) while forging checks. 

The airport scenes will have you nostalgic for the glamorous age of air travel. 

Catch Me If You Can is an entertaining film and a must-see if you haven’t already.

Fun Fact: JFK recently re-opened the old TWA terminal as a hotel. It’s themed around this golden era of flight. 

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62. Crazy Rich Asians

This is one of the most fun romantic comedies that I’ve seen in ages. I’ve easily watched it 3-4 times in the past year.

Rachel is a professor at NYU who’s been dating the man of her dreams. Unknown to her, he’s from one of the richest families in Singapore. 

She finds out the truth when he takes her home to Singapore to meet his family. Rachel’s got the challenge of a lifetime facing his family.

Crazy Rich Asians is a wonderful film that you will want to watch more than once.

Crazy Rich Asians


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63. Tracks

An Australian woman plans to walk with only her dog and four camels across the Australian desert. It will take her months to walk from Alice Springs to the coast.

The cinematography is gorgeous. Both Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver give heartfelt performances.

Tracks is an extraordinary tale that is a must-watch for film fans. 

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64. The Farewell

The Farewell is one of those films that will leave you pondering both life and family dynamics.

Billi is a youthful woman who travels to China with her family. She’s there to have one last visit with her dying grandmother. 

The catch is in Chinese culture; they don’t believe in telling their family members that they have cancer.

Instead, they pretend all is well, and build happy last memories together. 

Just remembering this beautiful film leaves me in tears. 

Despite that, I would watch it again in a heartbeat. This is a film that will stay with you long after it’s over. 

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65. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall has held up really well over the last decade. 

For those of you who have yet to experience this unique and query breakup comedy, here’s the rundown.

Peter’s movie star girlfriend (Sarah Marshall) has just broken up with him. 

So, he heads to a luxury resort in Hawaii in an attempt to get over her. 

Moments after check-in, he realizes Sarah and her new boyfriend are also staying at the hotel.

This movie has lots of laughs and beautiful views of Hawaii. Plus, I love the final musical number—it makes me roll with laughter every time.

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66. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller plays Walter,  a man who’s led a very dull life. He’s never been anywhere or done anything noteworthy or even mentionable. That’s all about to change.

When a missing negative for the cover of Life Magazine goes missing, Walter goes off in search of it. 

Along the way, he discovers life is much more than clocking in at his 9 to 5 desk job. 

If you’re like me, when this is over, you’ll be itching to book a trip to Iceland.

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67. Jab We Met

In this Indian romantic comedy, you follow free spirit, Geet Dhillon, on a train journey to Delhi. 

Geet’s trip takes a turn when she meets a depressed businessman from Mumbai.

She follows him off the train to help him, which causes both of them to miss the train’s departure. They end up stranded in the middle of nowhere together.

Don’t let the subtitles deter you. This is a beautiful film that holds your attention from beginning to end. 

Jab We Met is an original rom-com all the way through, and one of my favorite Bollywood movies.

Jab We Met (English Subtitled)


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68. Enchanted

I know what you’re thinking— Ally, a Disney movie hardly will inspire travel. I would have agreed with you before I saw Enchanted

Princess Giselle is a Disney Princess who gets banished to the worst place imaginable—New York.

As an occasionally cynical New Yorker, it was fun to see the city depicted as such a grim town. 

Giselle sees the good in everything and reminds the locals she meets how magical New York can be. It was exciting getting to see all the city’s landmarks featured in such loving musical numbers. 

Don’t write it off as a kid’s movie too fast. This is a movie that is funny, charming, and heartfelt.

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69. Blue Crush

My sisters and I must have watched this half a dozen times while growing up. We always talked about how one day we’d learn to surf like the girls in this movie.

This isn’t your typical teen movie. It follows Anne Marie, a wannabe pro surfer who has to take care of her younger sister. 

Set in Hawaii, the cinematography is beautiful and the surf scenes are epic. Blue Crush is a fun way to imagine life as a local Hawaiian. 

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70. Edie

After the death of her husband, an elderly woman named Edie decides it’s time to start actually living her life. 

For her, this means crossing a goal off her bucket list that her husband never approved of. She decides to climb a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. 

The Scottish countryside is breathtaking, and Sheila Hancock gives an inspiring performance. 

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71. La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini’s masterpiece unfolds in Rome, Italy. So expect some gorgeous scenery and if you’re like me, a major pasta craving. 

The film follows Marcello, who’s a local gossip columnist. He writes about La Dolce Vita (the sweet life). He’s famous for chasing down both stories and women. Marcello even follows one of them into the Trevi Fountain during a very famous scene.

The black and white cinematography is otherworldly.  Seriously, grab some pasta and watch it.

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72. Midsommar

Ari Astor, the director, describes his horror film as “an operatic break-up movie and a dark contemporary tale.” 

I think he hits the nail on the head with the description.

Midsommar follows a couple as they head to a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish Village. Nothing is as it seems with the beautiful yet terrifying film. 

Midsommar


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73. The Hangover Part 2

It’s another bachelor party with the boys— this time in Thailand.

Naturally, they blackout again and end up in another city. They have to backtrack their steps to figure out what happened all before one of them gets married. 

Sounds familiar, right?

It’s not as fun as the first Hangover, but it’s an easy watch with some dreamy shots of Thailand. You’ll be craving a crazy night out with your friends after this movie. 

The Hangover (2009)


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74. The Big Year

Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black play three rivals. Dedicating a year of their lives, they set out on a journey to see who’s North America’s best bird watcher. 

The Big Year is a fun, easy watch with lots of marvelous views. 

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75. Romancing the Stone

A New York woman receives a treasure map from her recently murdered brother-in-law. She then finds out her sister is now a hostage in South America and—you guessed it, the hostages want the map.

Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito all star in this 1980s classic. 

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Conclusion

We can all agree with the chaos in the world today, it’s nice to escape reality for a bit. 

In fact, as I type this, my boyfriend and I are getting ready to cook and have a movie night of our own. 

One of my favorite things about the movies is that you can experience the magic of a location without the dreadfully lengthy flight there. 

I love discovering recent films, especially ones with gorgeous scenery. 

Do you guys have any recommendations to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

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