No matter how much I love to travel, my affection for new places pales in comparison for my love of movies. I’ve been infatuated with movies since my mother introduced me to the original Parent Trap as a child, and my affection for them has grown with each new film. It’s amazing that it’s taken me this long to write a post about my favorite movies featuring travel, but it did.
Now, before I reveal the lucky winners, I should probably tell you that to me a good travel movie contains much more than beautiful locations. A movie should of course find its characters in transit, but also have an interesting plot, a good cast, and an element of human spirit to make it resonate with the audience. All 20 movies that make up this post and the next do just that.
So, without further ado, here are the first 10 of my 20 favorite movies about adventure, love, family, life … and of course travel:
1. The African Queen (1951)
A movie about the adventure of a lifetime on the Ulanga river in German Occupied Central Africa.
2. The Art of Travel (2008)
If ever there was a movie to embody the spirit of backpacking and adventure, this would be it.
3. Away We Go (2009)
On a road trip in search of a place to call home, the entire movie is one misadventure in life.
4. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
With a fantastic cast, this movie is about way more than a hotel in India.
5. The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Sure the entire movie is a long con, but it’ll also takes you to a few beautiful places along the way.
6. The Bucket List (2007)
If you don’t have one, this movie will inspire you to change that. Freeman and Nicholson are fantastic.
7. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Three brothers decide to reconnect on a train in India… what could possibly go wrong!?!
8. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
A classic tale about America in one of it’s worse times, and all the people who headed west in search of a better life.
9. Into the Wild (2007)
Emile Hirsch is amazing as Chris McCandles in this true story.
10. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Mostly about war, this movie made the list for Peter O’Toole and its beautiful cinematography