Have you ever watched a vacation film and thought, “I so want to travel there now?” when the credits rolled?
Movies may inspire, encourage, and shine a light on some of the world’s lesser-known destinations.
As a matter of fact, it’s nearly hard to put together a Top 10 list.
I’m aware that some people will be offended by this list. Indian Jones was nowhere to be seen. What the hell are you thinking, you dickhead? The Honorable Mentions section is there for this very reason.
Others are going to be perplexed. Why does the City of God make the cut?
A few may even come around to the same conclusion. However, it should be noted that no list is flawless.
I, for one, was inspired to schedule a flight the next day after watching these travel flicks, and I hope you are, too.
That being said, please add any additional movies in the comments section so that we can keep the discussion nice and fair.
Though I’m sure I couldn’t include them all, I’d be interested in hearing about your favorites or perhaps your top ten list.
10. The Beach
I know some of you are going to stop reading right now because of this one, but you have to admit that when you first viewed it, it made you want to look for Daffy in Thailand..
There is no doubt that if you’ve traveled for more than a few months, you’ve seen The Beach at least ten times in your hostels as the standard for what backpackers should do.
Despite this, it’s a fun film that piqued my interest in visiting Phi Phi Island (which I eventually did and thoroughly enjoyed!).
Richard embarks on a journey with a young French couple to find a remote island after obtaining a map from a stoned madman (Robert Carlyle, full of gloomy prophecy and spittle) (Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet).
As is customary in paradise, they discover a tropical commune coexisting peacefully with Thai pot producers.
When the plot morphs into a confused blend of Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now, with shark attacks thrown in for shallow drama, DiCaprio is reduced to histrionics.
9. City of God
Unlike other travel films, this one doesn’t focus on the best beaches in Brazil or the most well-known attractions.
It does provide you a glimpse into the realities of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
You won’t even realize that the film is entirely in Portuguese, because it takes your attention right away and doesn’t let go.
It will make you rethink going to Rio, but it will also pique your interest in going all the more.
This gripping true narrative of crime and redemption has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as a cultural touchstone.
Rio de Janeiro’s “City of God,” the world’s most notorious slum, is a location where photographers and police alike avoid, and residents are lucky to live past the age of 20.
While growing up in a crime-ridden neighborhood, a small, frightened youngster will discover that he can look at the world through the eyes of an artist.
For him, it’s an opportunity to see the world through his own eyes, as well as an opportunity to get out of it.
8. Shanghai Kiss
Despite the fact that this one isn’t widely discussed, I think it’s important because so many people can identify with it.
An unplanned journey to China during a midlife crisis can be life-changing.
After seeing it, you’ll want to visit China because of all the cross-cultural relationships it depicts.
Make sure to keep an eye out for the taxis because you’ll have to deal with them at some point during your trip.
Shanghai Kiss depicts the story of a Chinese-American actor who can’t fit in anywhere.
Even though he’s American, he’s still considered a foreigner in his hometown. In China, where he has family, his mannerisms set him out from the crowd.
It’s reminiscent of Timothy Hutton’s cautious attachment with Natalie Portman’s character in Beautiful Girls that Ken Leung (The Sopranos) portrays Liam Liu (Hayden Panettiere,Heroes), a troubled young man.
Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy this film?
What else can you ask for? This book has it all: one-liners, a wide range of destinations, and a focus on the reason we travel in the first place: to score and get banged!
Laughing and wanting to go to Europe to witness for yourself why “Scotty doesn’t know…” are the only ways to describe this movie.
There’s nothing sexy about Eurotrip’s depiction of the Old World, which consists of soccer hooligans, hot camera saleswomen, and peeping lechers.
To find out if the German email correspondent he thought was a guy is actually a hot girl, Scotty (Scott Melowicz) jets out to Europe with his friends Cooper, Jamie, and Jenny (all played by the same actor) after being dumped by his girlfriend (Michelle Trachtenburg, trying to leap into sexier roles after her adolescent characters inBuffy the Vampire Slayer andHarriet the Spy).
6. Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola’s daughter, Fancies Ford Coppola, wrote this film, which places you right in the middle of modern-day Japan from the perspective of a foreigner.
As Bill Murray, you’ll be a little lost, but you’ll also be fine with it.
To have the sense of being in a foreign nation where you don’t comprehend a word of what is going on… This is it, the perfect film!
When Sofia Coppola’sLost in Translation takes you on a journey through neon-infused Tokyo, it’s as if you’ve been transported there before, only this time it’s real. Bob Harris, for one, has not.
Instead of doing something to advance his profession or reconnect with his estranged family, the 50-year-old actor has agreed to work for a large sum of money shooting whiskey commercials.
A jet-lagged and exhausted Harris (Bill Murray) befriends 25-year-old Charlotte (Julianne Moore), who is married but still yearning for something more in her life despite her husband’s reluctance to give her up (played with heaps of poise by 18-year-old Scarlett Johansson).
While Harris is adrift, she is trapped in her youth, unable to break free from the confines of her marriage.
5. Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle, the director of “The Beach,” must know something about movies involving exotic settings and travel (see #10).
This film has a great story, great acting, great scenery, and a great soundtrack!
To a traveler, none of Slumdog Millionaire’s accolades are important.
To understand what it’s like to live in India, we need a new perspective, and this film delivers on that.
The Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” has Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) one question away from a fortune.
This young man from the slums has managed to answer questions that have baffled numerous experts before him, but how?
And in the end, will he be victorious or will he fail miserably, even in the face of his true love?
4. Under the Tuscan Sun
The ladies, this one’s for you.
Divorce, buying a Tuscany shamrock cottage, and learning to cook had never seemed so attractive until after you’ve watched this lovely film.
It’s a romantic notion shared by all women, one that entices you to leave your desk job behind and immerse yourself in another country’s culture.
When an old friend gives San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) the gift of 10 days in Tuscany as a birthday present, she decides to take him up on it.
When she arrives, she is enamored by its beauty and friendliness, and impulsively purchases an aging, but charming, villa.
Involved in a life-changing journey filled with enough surprises, humor, friendship, and romance to rebuild her new home and her faith in second chances, she embraces her new friends and the local color.
3. Into the Wild
This is a must-see and a no-brainer!
Even if he went to great lengths to get it, he has encouraged a lot of others to let go and see the world in an entirely new light.
Into the Wild should be your go-to movie if you want to experience what it’s like to leave everything behind in order to prove to yourself that you have what it takes to see the world.
Christopher McCandless was a real person with a real tale (Emile Hirsch).
When McCandless finished college, he was looking forward to a good future. Instead, he decided to leave the comforts of his wealthy upbringing and head into the wilderness.
As a result of his journey, he became a timeless icon for countless people, a risk-taker who fought to maintain the fragile equilibrium between man and nature.
2. The Motorcycle Diaries
If you haven’t seen this film, I strongly recommend it. What a pity!
Everything is in Spanish, but who cares? After all, who wouldn’t want to go on a motorcycle trip across a continent with their best buddy, living from town to town and relying on their wits to get by, and in the process, learn a good life lesson.
Oh, and then there’s the military takeover, the revolution, and becoming a symbol of rebellion. After watching this film, you’ll be ecstatic.
The Motorcycle Diaries has an apolitical allure because to the South American terrain and Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien,Bad Education).
Although it may seem like an odd combination, this buddy-movie/social commentary depiction of a teenage Che Guevara (who would go on to become a militant revolutionary) is quietly passionate under the direction of Brazilian director Walter Salles (Central Station).
On a leaking motorcycle, Guevara and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna, an enticing actor) set off from Buenos Aires, expecting to traverse the continent.
They’re forced to journey by foot, hitching, and raft, but the land and people they encounter have a tremendous impact on them.
The Motorcycle Diaries offers a glimpse into a young man’s emerging social consciousness, and it’s worth seeing. ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’
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