I’ve always been passionate about movies. I used to run a school movie review, watched everything that came out and researched stories behind every motion picture. Yet, I’ve never considered ‘travel movies’ a separate category next to a comedy, drama, thriller, etc., until I started blogging and reading about some great movies that featured a trave motive.
Call me a weirdo, but in my mind, many movies could be classified as ‘travel’ since main characters travel somewhere or complete some sort of a journey. When I watch a movie that features someone’s travel to an unknown, I want to learn something about the place on top of an inspiration for my next adventure. Hence my blog motto ‘Travel with Purpose’.
This is why I prepared a list of ‘different travel movies’ that represent a journey and can definitely inspire a wanderlust, but will also teach you something about the country, its history, and people. Don’t forget to also see my recommendations for travel books.
Best Travel Movies (some available on Netflix)
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%, IMDb – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes - 85%, IMDb - 8.1
Starring Dev Patel, you’ll see the reality of the situation in India, where 80,000 children go missing in India each year.
Rotten Tomatoes - 97%, IMDb - 7.5
Months after she arrives and finally begins to make Brooklyn her home, she receives some news that makes her go back home and decide whether to go back to the US or stay in Ireland.
Rotten Tomatoes - 72%, IMDb - 7.5
Spoiler alert: you might want to cry, but you'll see a part of Paris' history that no one really talks about.
Rotten Tomatoes - 85%, IMDb - 7.5
You’ll see the struggle between a new home and a place you used to know.
Rotten Tomatoes - 66%, IMDb - 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes - 68%, IMDb - 6.8
Kim finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone with correspondents getting involved into heavy partying and sketchy situations.
The movie received critical reviews at first, which I understood after reading the book. The book is much more detailed and funnier, but if you're just looking for a quick movie you'll be able to get a glimpse of a life in Afghanistan.
Rotten Tomatoes - 91%, IMDb - 7.4
A very important movie for travelers and future travelers, as it reminds us that traveling around isn’t all we have and that things back home can be far different from the life on the road.
Rotten Tomatoes - 84%, IMDb - 7.5
The plot was vaguely based on a real-life case in Kano, Nigeria. During the filming in Kenyan slumps, the cast and crew decided to establish a fund to give local children some education.
Rotten Tomatoes - 85%, IMDb - 7.5
You will cry and you might give up bacon after watching Okja. The movie also
Rotten Tomatoes - 82%, IMDb - 7.2
While the movie is mostly a tale of a woman surviving on her own in the wilderness without a man, author’s nine-month journey resulted in one of the most detailed studies on nomadic people.
We can see some of her encounters with the nomadic people in the motion picture, but if you want to learn more after watching it, then grab Davidson's book.
Rotten Tomatoes - 100%, IMDb - 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes - 83%, IMDb - 6.8
Their marriage caused a lot of controversy from their families and governments of both the UK and South Africa. The story follows their travels to Bechuanaland and back to England while facing a permanent exile.
Just for fun...
When a Canadian man is trying to find his Denish grandfather, he starts a friendship with a local teenage waitress who shows him around Copenhagen.
My Italian teacher showed me this movie and I seriously laughed. The movie presents the difference between the south and north of Italy in a hilarious way.
A young woman is sent on a holiday to Italy after her husband cheats on her. During the trip, she spontaneously decides to stay in Italy and purchase a villa in Tuscany.
What happens when a group of American tourists goes on holidays abroad for the first time.
A bittersweet movie about two men in different life situations who meet each other in a hospital while dying of cancer. Together, they embark on a journey to complete their bucket list.
When Tom Hanks tries to close an important business deal with a Saudi King. Before he knows it, he doesn't want to come back to America.
Do you have any other recommendations for travel-themed movies?