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Movies that will make you want to Travel

A curated list of Movies that will make you want to Travel.  I’m a huge movie junky.  Whenever I have time to relax you can find me watching movies if I’m not reading.  I love stories and can’t get enough of them.  Believe it or not I’ve actually watched all of these films and they made me want to travel.

lampoons vacation

1. National Lampoon’s Vacation Boxset 

The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

under the tuscan sun

2. Under the Tuscan Sun

While on an Italian vacation, a woman buy a villa and decides to stay.

train to lisbon

3. Night Train to Lisbon

Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius (Irons) finds a book by Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado (Huston) and his life is irrevocably changed. Determined to learn more about the author, Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist di ctatorship. In his exploration of Amadeu de Prado’s life, Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant.

before sunset

4. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset 

One of my favorites.  A sequel to “Before Sunrise,” this film starts nine years later as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine (Julie Delpy). After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.

motorcycle diaries

5. The Motorcycle Diaries 

Based on a true story, this inspiring adventure traces the youthful road trip of two revolutionary friends: “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna).

dr zhivago

6. Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif stars in the title role as an orphaned youth who grows up to marry the daughter of his adoptive parents, but falls in love with a beautiful dressmaker.

sleepless in seatle

7. Sleepless In Seattle

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.

holiday

8. The Holiday 

From writer/director Nancy Meyers comes a romantic comedy about two women on opposite sides of the globe who swap houses only to discover that a change of address can really change their lives.

last holiday

9. The Last Holiday

After she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

grand budapest hotel

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

life aquatic

11. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston. Famous oceanographer Steve Zissou sets sail with a crew that includes a journalist, a pilot, a man who may actually be his son and his ex-wife in order to seek revenge on a mythical shark for causing the death of his partner.

travel movie

12. The Darjeeling Limited

Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as three brothers who have drifted apart over the years and try to re-forge their sibling bonds on a hilarious adventure across India. The Royal Tennenbaums meets Lost in Translation.

everything is illuminated

13. Everything Is Illuminated

Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) as Jonathan Safran Foer, a young Jewish man who wants to learn how his grandfather escaped from the Nazi incursions into Russia. From the U.S., he hires the hip-hop loving Alex (Eugene Hutz, leader of the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello) and his surly grandfather (Boris Leskin, Men in Black) as tour guides–only to discover, when he arrives in Odessa, that they are perhaps less than dependable. Thus begins a curious, almost metaphysical road trip that carries Foer into the past of his grandfather’s village and the present of his own compulsive habits.

australia

14. Australia

A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a large ranch.Out of Africa

bridges of madisson county

15. The Bridges of Madison County

While passing through a small Iowa town, a photojournalist meets a farmer’s wife and they share a brief, secret, romantic interlude that profoundly shapes the rest of their lives.

nights in rodanthe

16. Nights in Rodanthe

Two strangers meet at an inn, each planning to deal with troubling circumstances in their lives. Sparks fly and a relationship begins that may open up new possibilities for both.

movies that make you want to travel

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