10 Best Travel Movies To Watch Before Your Trip

Before embarking on your next journey, watching travel movies is an ideal way to set the scene and gain some much-needed inspiration. These classic movies capture all aspects of travel from epic road trips to exotic locales – and provide plenty of excitement and wonderment along the way! Some great examples include “The Motorcycle Diaries,” which chronicles Che Guevara’s adventure through South America; “Eat Pray Love,” which follows one woman’s spiritual quest across Italy, India, and Bali;

Travel Movies

1) ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995)

 'Before Sunrise' (1995)
‘Before Sunrise’ (1995)

Before Sunrise (1996) is a romantic drama film directed and written by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan. The plot centers around Jesse (Ethan Hawke), an American traveler, meeting Celine (Julie Delpy), a French student. As they walk and converse together through Vienna, Jesse and Celine establish a powerful rapport and spend the evening discussing life, love, aspirations and goals together.

2) ‘wild’ (2014)

'wild' (2014)
‘wild’ (2014)

Wild is a biographical adventure drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed who embarks on a solo 1,100 mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail after experiencing personal tragedy, which she traverses alone over its challenging terrain.

3) ‘Thelma & Louise’ (1991)

'Thelma & Louise' (1991)
‘Thelma & Louise’ (1991)

Ridley Scott directed and Callie Khouri wrote the feminist road movie ‘Thelma & Louise’ (1991). Susan Sarandon stars as Louise while Geena Davis takes on Thelma in this classic women-driven road flick set across America’s Southwest. Initially meant as an escape trip from mundane lives, this journey takes an unexpectedly violent turn when an attempt on Thelma’s life is met by Louise killing an attacker in self-defense before fleeing with Louise towards safety from police pursuit as they attempt to pursue them across this American Southwest terrain.

4) ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ (2007)

'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007)
‘The Darjeeling Limited’ (2007)

“The Darjeeling Limited” is a comedy-drama film released in 2007 under Wes Anderson and co-written by Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. The plot centers on three estranged brothers Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) as they travel by train across India together one year after their father’s death to try reconnect with one another and find meaning in life. As they embark on this adventure.

5) ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ (1981)

'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' (1981)
‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ (1981)

“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas in 1981, stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones – an archaeologist and adventurer on an expedition to locate the Ark of the Covenant before it falls into Nazi hands during World War II. On his quest across the globe in search of this sacred artifact he encounters various obstacles, from snakes and traps to fellow archaeologists – before ultimately finding it and its secrets!

6) ‘Nomadland’ (2020)

'Nomadland' (2020)
‘Nomadland’ (2020)

“Nomadland” (2020) Chloe Zhao directed and produced this drama film released in 2020 titled Nomadland based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction book of the same name. Frances McDormand stars as Fern, a widow who adopts modern nomadism after her small town experiences economic collapse. Along her travels she meets like-minded individuals such as Linda May and Swankie whom share similar tales of loss and survival with Fern. They form strong relationships together and form close relationships among themselves as she travels across American West in her van.

7) ‘Paris, Je T’aime’ (2006)

'Paris, Je T’aime' (2006)
‘Paris, Je T’aime’ (2006)

In 2006, romantic drama film ‘Paris, Je T’aime’ was released and directed by an international collective of filmmakers that included the Coen brothers, Wes Craven and Gus Van Sant. Comprised of 18 short films set across Paris districts – exploring various themes related to love, loss and human experience from comedic to tragic tales – featuring Natalie Portman, Steve Buscemi and Juliette Binoche as main actors with self-contained stories connected only by love for Paris itself and each film connected by its overarching theme of love for Paris itself.

8) ‘Rv’ (2006)

'Rv' (2006)
‘Rv’ (2006)

“RV” (2006) ‘RV” is a comedy film released in 2006 directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines and JoJo. The story centers on Bob Munro (Robin Williams) leading his family on an RV road trip from their Californian home to Colorado in order to reconnect as a family and take a break from their busy lives. They encounter various misadventures on their trip such as getting lost in the desert and accidentally damaging their RV; along with meeting other travelers such as Cassie (Kristin Chenoweth).

9) ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ (2003)

'Under The Tuscan Sun' (2003)
‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ (2003)

“Paris, Je T’aime” was released in 2006 as a romantic drama film directed by an international collective of filmmakers including the Coen brothers, Wes Craven and Gus Van Sant, among others. Comprised of 18 short films set across different districts of Paris exploring themes related to love, loss and human experience as told through stories featuring French and American actors like Natalie Portman, Steve Buscemi and Juliette Binoche; each film stands alone while still contributing towards one central theme relating back to love/Paris relationship.

10) ‘Point Break’ (2015)

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Ericson Core directed and starred Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez and Teresa Palmer in his 2015 action thriller film Point Break, a remake of a 1991 version starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves as characters with similar names. It follows Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), an FBI agent assigned to infiltrate Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) and his crew of extreme sports enthusiasts led by Bodhi that are engaging in daring heists involving surfing, wingsuit flying and snowboarding among others.