290 Movies That Make You Want To Travel: Part I
Well, we're destination wedding photographer and videographer.
We traveled 62,498km in 2016 and 126,543km in 2017. It's no surprise that we love traveling.
Duh! We know we have said that like thousand times all over on our website like a broken record and you're getting sick of it but sorry, not sorry.
We are also deeply in love with cinema. So when these two things collide, a whole new universe is exploding.
It was a Sunday evening in early February 2018 when our three month old baby girl Alexia was sleeping and Tara and I were looking for a light-hearted movie about travel to ease our unquenchable thirst for travel and adventure.
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We simply have watched way too many movies, so Tu had to do some more intensive searching for quite a while and after that we came up with the idea of writing an extensive blog post listing "some" (if 289 is qualified as some) movies that may spark others' wanderlust and spare them the time of digging the good old Google?
Many of these films below are not road movies, while many other films are not straight up movies about traveling and road trip. Some of them are great and classic, some don't have necessarily a solid story with cliche plot and characters are boring but it's not the point since this isn't a best-of list. The real star in common here is stunning setting of landscapes, natures and sceneries, cities and cultures, cuisines that make we fall in love with traveling all over again!
P/S: TV Series and documentaries are not included yet.
Nowhere in Africa / 2001 / Kenya
Everything about this movie is well done, the music, acting and especially the cinematography. We've shot a wedding in Kenya and this made us long for more. Fortunately the tribal life in rural Kenya is neither glorified as the only and true way of living, nor is it shown with the arrogance of the western people. It oozes out of authenticity!
Out of Africa / 1985 / Kenya
Well, I have a love/hate relationship with this film. It was critical acclaimed with 7 Academy Awards and commercially successful. But from a few Kenya friends we met during our trip to Kenya, they don't like the film's depiction about Kenya. That being said, the cinematography and music score is incredible. Gorgeous African vistas serve as a backdrop. The components of cinematic success are all there but in our opinion, it could be better than that. Nevertheless, still a must see film for people who love Africa!
The English Patient / 1996 / Tunisia, Tuscany
Tu always love the mood of Anthony Minghella's films and this film is not an exception: there is so much to see and appreciate, even after multiple viewings, from cinematography, acting, story, characters' depth and development.
The cinematographer John Seale captures the landscape perfectly; not since David Lean's magnificent 'Lawrence of Arabia' has a film shown a desert with such beauty and grandeur that makes us long for North Africa!
Lawrence of Arabia / 1962 / Morocco
This masterpiece epic doesn't need any introduction. Sweeping, epic and literate version of British adventurer and soldier T E Lawrence's experiences in Arabia during the First World War.
Set against a backdrop of the Arabian desert, David Lean frames the screen like a painter paints a canvas with the help of Freddie Young's stunning cinematography to bring Lean's vision to life.
Babel / 2006 / Morocco, Japan, Mexico, USA
4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. Not only the director makes full use of the different backdrops to bring the setting alive but the characters are connected, deep and insightful, breathtaking cinematography and the thematic story is complex. Great film!
The Sheltering Sky / 1990 / Morocco
We're sure that travellers will love this film because of the freedom it shows on the road. Someone may argue that The Sheltering Sky is a bit dull at times but it's the matter of perspective. Great photography, great setting, great character with a long, slow-paced story will make you immerse in the beauty of Morocco. Bertolucci makes you fully understand what it is like to travel for weeks through the desert!
Hotel Rwanda / 2004 / Rwanda
We've never been in Rwanda before but after watching this movie, we feel that it was an excellent reproduction of what Rwanda is like. Not just a feel good kind of film with beautiful imagery but very well made and directed. Please see this and let it inspire you as it did me - to try cultivate selfless actions.
Cairo Time / 2009 / Cairo
Cairo Time is beautifully filmed - like a love poem about Egypt. The slower pace is perfect for the audience to slow down and breathe, to enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and sink into the feeling of the movie. Great cinematography, music, acting, background, mood overall. Not the best of a masterpiece but we do enjoy this romance film very much.
The African Queen / 1951 / Uganda
A classic that needs no introduction. Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn did a great job together, with great chemistry. During world war I In the jungle of East Africa, a village is destroyed by German. Charlie is in charge of running supplies to the village. He returns after the attack and finds out that Rose has survived the attack. Her brother was killed in the attack, so Charlie offers to take her on his small steamboat called The African Queen back to civilization and it's one of the most captivating adventure/love stories ever put on film.
Hatari / 1962 / Tanzania
Hatari tell the story about a group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways. Well, If you love scenery, Africa, wild animals, exotic adventure, full of action, comedy... this is the perfect film for you! One of John Wayne's best, non-western, movies, but the real stars here are the animals. A must see classic.
Doctor Zhivago / 1965 / Russia
During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. Based on one of the greatest novel, director David Lean goes further and makes a film that is moving and unforgettable in every respect.
A Good Year / 2010 / Provence (France)
Someone said, "In France, food tastes better. The women are naturally beautiful. Walks are more romantic. Wine is more complex." A film that set in France with beautiful scenery is capable to do the same thing, that makes the movie more enjoyable and less a mess that it's actually is. "A Good Year" is not a bad film but full of cliche and brings nothing new to the table. But still, the charm of Provence is irresistible.
Magic in the moonlight / 2014 / South of France
Midnight in Paris / 2011 / Paris
The Ottoman Lieutenant / 2017 / Turkey
The talented Mr. Ripley / 1999 / Italy
Soul Kitchen / 2009 / Hamburg
Under the Tuscan sun / 2003 / Tuscany
The Secret Garden / 1993 / England
Far from the madding crowd / 2015 / England
L' avventura / 1960 / Italy
Malena / 2000 / Sicily
The legend of 1900 / 1998 / Italy
Cinema Paradiso / 1988 / Sicily
Chocolat / 2001 / France
Baaria / 2009 / Sicily (Italy)
The great beauty / 2013 / Rome
The hundred-foot journey / 2014 / France
Life is beautiful / 1997 / Italy
Vicky Cristina Barcelona / 2008 / Barcelona
Amelie / 2001 / Paris
Knockin' on heaven's door / 1997 / Germany
The Grand Budapest hotel / 2014 / Germany
To Rome with love / 2012 / Rome
La Mome / 2007 / Paris
The secret life of Walter Mitty / 2013 / Iceland, Greenland
In Bruges / 2008 / Bruges (Belgium)
The Diving Bell and the butterfly / 2007 / France
Paris, jet' aime / 2006 / Paris
Perfume: The story of a murderer / 2006 / France, Germany, Spain
Letters to Juliet / 2010 / Tuscany, Verona (Italy)
The Tourist / 2010 / Italy
Mamma Mia! / 2008 / Skopelos (Greece)
Love Actually / 2003 / London
Mr. Bean's Holiday / 2007 / France
The Way / 2010 / Spain
Ich bin dann mal weg / 2015 / Germany, France, Spain
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / 2011 / Spain
In July / 2000 / Germany, Hungary, Romania, Turkey
Copenhagen / 2014 / Copenhagen
L' auberge espagnole / 2002 / Barcelona
Bourne Trilogy / France, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, India, Russia, New York, England, Spain, Morocco
Roman Holiday / 1953 / Rome
Only You / 1994 / Italy
Two For The Road / 1967 / South of France
Sightseers / 2012 / UK
All About My Mother / 1999 / Spain
The Trip To Italy / 2014 / Italy
Night Train To Lisbon / 2013 / Lisbon
Burn Burn Burn / 2015 / UK
Spring / 2014 / Italy
Bolgen / 2015 / Norway
Bread & Tulips / 2000 / Venice
Enchanted April / 1991 / Italy
The Sound Of Music / 1965 / Austria
Bonjour Tristesse / 1958 / Saint Tropez (France)
Journey To Italy / 1954 / Naples (Italy)
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia / 2011 / Turkey
Times & Winds / 2006 / Turkey
To Catch a Thief / 1955 / French Riviera
La piscine / 1969 / French Riviera
L' Atalante / 1934 / France
Le Mepris / 1963 / Capri (Italy)
Sex & Lucia / 2001 / Ibiza (Spain)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou / 2004 / Italy
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