40 Best Travel Movies (Films Inspiring Wunderlust)

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The very best travel movies often have the power to persuade the viewer to visit certain places.

After watching The Beach (2000) for the first time, I desperately wanted to visit Thailand. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005) burned into my consciousness a beautiful image of Santorini. I had to go there as well.

In some cases a travel movie may be incredible but it won’t have the same pulling power. Into the Wild (2007) comes into mind. I’ve read the brilliant book and seen the excellent movie and I’m in total awe of what happened. I still haven’t been to Alaska though. One things for sure, Christopher’s journey would’ve inspired someone to visit Alaska, and no doubt he’s inspired many others to go on some kind of adventurous trip.

The movies shown here, in one way or another, can easily get you dreaming about taking a holiday and going on a journey. Check them out and make sure you watch the 24 movies shown in bold blue text. These are some of the best travel movies out there. If they can’t inspire you to go somewhere, nothing will.

Best Travel Movies Inspiration Tarzan

Africa

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
King Solomon’s Mines (1937)
Casablanca (1942)
Africa Screams (1949)
King Solomon’s Mines (1950)
Zulu (1964)
Lost in the Desert (aka Dirkie) (1969)
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
Greystoke:The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Out of Africa (1985)
King Solomon’s Mines (1985)
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Gorillas in the Midst (1988)
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
The Lion King (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Madagascar (2005)
Blue Crush 2 (2011)

For more travel movies refer to Egypt

Alaska

Into the Wild (2007)
Wildlike (2014)

Arabia – Persia – Jordan

The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
Arabian Nights (1942)
Ali Barber and the Forty Thieves (1944)
The Prince who was a Thief (1951)
Son of Ali Baba (1952)
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Arabian Adventure (1979)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Aladdin (1992)

Australia

Walkabout (1971)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Storm Boy (1976)
Mad Max (1979)
The Man From Snowy River (1982)
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Young Einstein (1988)
Dead Calm (1989)
Point Break (1991)
Reckless Kelly (1993)
Sirens (1994)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Nim’s Island (2008)
Tracks (2013)

Austria

The Sound of Music (1965)

Bali

Road to Bali (1952)
Oltre l’oceano (French, 1990)
Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

Brazil

Black Orpheus (1959)
Blame it on Rio (1984)
Rio (2011)

Highly Recommended – Blame it on Rio (1984)

Caribbean – Bahamas – Jamaica

Captain Blood (1935)
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
Treasure Island (1950)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Dr. No (1962)
Splash (1984)
Cocktail (1988)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Captain Ron (1992)
My Father the Hero (1994)
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
Holiday in the Sun (2001)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
After the Sunset (2004)
Into the Blue (2005)
The Rum Diary (2011)

China

Enter the Dragon (1973)
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Egypt

Valley of the Kings (1954)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Cleopatra (1963)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The Mummy (1999)
Cairo Time (2009)

England

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
About Time (2013)

Europe

Two for the Road (1969)
If Its Tuesday This Must Be Belgium (1969)
National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
Gotcha (1985)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayengey (Bollywood, 1995)
In July (2000)
Chasing Liberty (2004)
EuroTrip (2004)
Before trilogy (1995-2013)

Highly Recommended – Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise Before Sunset Before Midnight

Recommended – Gotcha (1985)

https://youtu.be/pzYws0j_ZPc

Fiji

The Blue Lagoon (1980)
The Truman Show (1998)
Cast Away (2000)
Pearl in Paradise (2018)

France

An American in Paris (1951)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Two For the Road (1967)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
French Kiss (1995)
Amélie (2001)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
A Good Year (2006)
Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)
2 Days in Paris (2007)
Chocolat (2010)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Tamasha (Bollywood, 2015)

Highly Recommended – Midnight in Paris (2011)

Germany

The Great Escape (1963)
Beerfest (2006)

Greece – Greek Islands

Summer Lovers (1982)
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
The Kings of Mykonos (2010)

For more movie recommendations refer to: Greece is calling you

Hawaii

Blue Hawaii (1961)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)
50 First Dates (2004)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
The Descendants (2011)

Highly Recommended – Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

https://youtu.be/BhytouLbw6Q

India

The Party (1968)
Sholay (1975)
Gandhi (1982)
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Dil Chahta Hai (Bollywood, 2001)
Outsourced (2006)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Chalo Dilli (Bollywood, 2011)

Ireland

Excalibur (1981)
Leap Year (2010)

Israel

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Italy

Roman Holiday (1953)
Spartacus (1960)
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Only You (1994)
Stealing Beauty (1996)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Bread and Tulips (Pane e tulipani) (2000)
Gladiator (2000)
When in Rome (2002)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
The Trip (2010)
When in Rome (2010)
Benvenuti al Sud (Italian, 2010)
Letters to Juliet (2010)
The Trip to Italy (2014)
Pompeii (2014)

Highly Recommended – Only You (1994)

https://youtu.be/zLrqyfkXt_A

Japan

The Geisha Boy (1958)
Spirited Away (2001)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Ponyo (2008)

Mexico

Fun in Acapulco (1963)
Up in Smoke (1978)
Three Amigos! (1986)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
And Your Mother Too! (Y Tu Mamá También) (2001)

New Zealand

Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)
The Lord of the Rings (2001)
Whale Rider (2002)
Without a Paddle (2004)

Russia

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Spies Like Us (1985)

Scandinavia – Denmark

Copenhagen (2014)

South America & Central America

Romancing the Stone (1984)
The Emerald Forrest (1985)
The Road to El Dorado (2000) – especially for kids
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
The Motor Cycle Diaries (2004)
Qué tan lejos (2006)
Apocalypto (2006)
The Art of Travel (2008) – Central America
Up (2009)
180° South (2010)
Escoba: Paradise Lost (2014)

For more travel movies refer to Brazil and Mexico

Recommended – The Art of Travel (2008)

South Pacific Islands – Tahiti, Bora Bora

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Paradise Found (2003)
Couples Retreat (2009)
Kon Tiki (2012)
Tanna (2015)

For more travel movies refer to Fiji

Space (other Planets)

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
Star Wars (1977)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Passengers (2016)

Spain

El Cid (1961)
The Spanish Apartment (L’Auberge Espagnole) (2002)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
The Way (2010)
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Bollywood, 2011)
Ibiza (2018)

Thailand

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Castle (1997)
The Beach (2000)
The Hangover Part II (2011)
Once Upon a Time in Phuket (2011)

Tibet

The Golden Child (1986)
Seven Year’s in Tibet (1997)

Recommended – The Golden Child (1986)

United States of America

Easy Rider (1969)
Vanishing Point (1971)
Silver Streak (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Superman (1978)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Lost in America (1985)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Coming to America (1988)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Back to the Future Trilogy (1985-1990)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (2004)
The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)
Wild (2014)

For more travel movies refer to Hawaii and Alaska

Universe (Alternate)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Labyrinth (1986)
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

World

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959)
The Great Race (1965)
The Endless Summer (1966)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Deep Water (2006)
The Bucket List (2007)
A Map for Saturday (2007)
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Anjaana Anjaani (Bollywood, 2010)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Hector and the Search For Happiness (2014)
The Mercy (2017)
James Bond movies – all of them

Highly Recommended – The Great Race (1965)