Movies like Eat Pray Love get you excited about exploring new places and discovering your own self-worth. Today, we’ve compiled a list of the top 17 films about wanderlust to get your creative juices flowing.
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Our lives would be incomplete without the process of discovering who we are. It is critical that we make time to reflect and connect with our inner selves, which I call our souls. When I’m flying, the seat in front of me transforms into my personal space where I’m at my most productive and inspired. Taking a short walk when I am not traveling is also beneficial to me.
1. Under the Tuscan Sun
Based on the novel of the same name, Under the Tuscan Sun is a romantic comedy-drama film. A 35-year-old San Francisco writer named Frances Mayes gets a divorce and leaves her husband after discovering his infidelity.
She buys a villa in Tuscany, Italy because she’s depressed and unable to write and wants to change her life for the better. She relishes her newfound freedom, travels to Italy, and rediscovers love all over again.
Based on Cheryl Strayed’s autobiography, Wild tells the story of her time hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
Reese Witherspoon plays a woman who embarks on a 1,000-mile solo hike to heal from a recent tragedy with a large backpack.
She had no prior hiking experience before embarking on her journey, but she decides to push herself and hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail by herself. The movie depicts the terrors and triumphs of a solo hiker who defies all odds to complete her journey and, in the process, heals her emotional scars.
3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are best friends from the United States who decide to spend the summer in Barcelona. They meet a charming writer while they’re there and decide to spend some time with him.
Soon after, his former flame enters the picture, scattering arcs of electricity throughout the house. This is a lighthearted romantic comedy set in a beautiful Spanish city, complete with local cultural quirks.
4. The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is a biopic that explores the life of Ernesto Guevara while also telling a nuanced story about Socialism. When I was 16, I saw this movie, and it’s one of my all-time favorites for igniting my wanderlust.
When the concept of a “gap year” was unheard of, there was a nomadic, vagabond lifestyle. Ernesto Guevara, a 23-year-old Cuban revolutionary, joins his friend Alberto Granado on a cross-country road trip to South America in this film adaptation of the same-named book.
The film tells the story of Che Guevara’s rise to power in a country rife with social and economic injustices, as well as the plight of the poor.
Che’s trip to Latin America in 1952, as a nomad, made him appreciate the people and culture of the region. His association with and support for Latin Americans has gone down in history as something that ultimately took Che’s life, even though he is a beloved Cuban hero.
5. One Week
One week is a Canadian drama film that showcases some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery from coast to coast while chronicling the life of cancer-stricken Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson).
After learning of his diagnosis, Ben decides to ride his motorcycle from Toronto to Vancouver Island, crossing Canada on the way. This helps him rekindle his romance with both of his ex-wives and rekindles his desire to be a writer.
Beautiful cinematography and a moving story combine to make this a perfect film.
6. Into The Wild
Christopher McCandless hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s, and his story is told in Into the Wild, a fantastic biographical adventure film. The film is based on the same-titled novel.
Christopher McCandless, a recent college grad, decides to leave everything behind and hitchhike across the Americas in search of meaning and adventure. It is clear that Christopher develops personally throughout the story (and his journey) due to the numerous events that have an impact on him for the rest of his life.
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of the American Teenager The character of Walter Mitty is an emotional roller coaster. Among other things, we believe in dealing with setbacks head-on, and don’t actively seek escapist mechanisms to deal with life’s difficulties.
That said, Ben Stiller captures the ‘feeling’ of breaking free and entering a new world filled with fun and excitement.
The plot develops as the protagonist, who has a drab existence, longs for an action-packed scenario or scenarios to help him escape the tedium. A romantic and action-packed journey begins later when his job is threatened. Unquestionably, this is a film that will make you smile and make you want to travel!
8. Away We Go
Away We Go is a romantic comedy film about a couple looking for a place to live in the United States. In this film, a young couple in their thirties struggles to make ends meet in the Denver, Colorado neighborhood where they live. Their experience can be compared to that of an expat adjusting to life in a new city.
For assistance and to adjust to a new life, they end up in Phoenix, Tuscan, Madison, and Montreal (Canada), amongst other places.
Away we go – depicts the daily struggles of the couple and raising a child while showing various locations in the United States.
9. Midnight in Paris
For those of you who adore Paris, this one’s for you! This is a film that you simply must see. Another Woody Allen film set in the Parisian backstreets is Midnight in Paris. Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) and his fiancee’s family visit Paris for a vacation while he finishes his debut novel in this romantic comedy.
As he travels back in time every night at midnight, Gil evaluates his relationship with his fiance and their divergent goals.
Paris, still enticing, grabs his attention and whisks him away from his fiancee to another era. The film examines the relationship between nostalgia and modernism in its plot.
10. The Longest Ride
Adapted from Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel, The Longest Ride is a romantic drama. The story revolves around Luke (a former champion bull rider) and Sophia (a young actress) (a college student). Sophia is about to start her new job in the New York City art scene, which is everything she has ever wanted.
This is a unique film in that the two main characters gradually unravel and develop as individuals. There is a happy ever after in the movie, which shows that love necessitates sacrifice (spoiler).
The film’s most beautiful aspect was the way their stories – their struggles and appreciations – were told at the same time. Not to mention how much enjoyment the film’s stunning locations provide.
11. Everything Is Illuminated
It’s based on the novel of the same name, “Everything is illuminated”. In this comedy-drama film, a man travels to Ukraine to find his Jewish ancestors, who were exterminated by Nazis during World War II.
The film has a lighthearted tone, but it also explores the human experience of suffering and loss during and after war.
The young man finds the woman who saved his grandfather in a Ukrainian village and brings back memorabilia to the United States.
History and film buffs will enjoy the film. It has a 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
12. The Way
The Way, a moving film, celebrates the pursuit of one’s life goals in a unique way. An American father travels to France to retrieve his estranged son’s body, which is the subject of the film’s storyline. The son lost his life on the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Martin Sheen’s character’s father decides to finish his son’s journey.
The film pays homage to the Camino de Santiago while also promoting the country’s long-standing tradition of religious pilgrimage. It tells tales of how people overcame hardships while traveling in a group and how they did it.
The father eventually makes it to the pilgrimage site and takes time to reflect on his experience. He’ll be heading to Morocco soon for another adventure.
13. Love Actually
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite Christmas-themed, romantic, or travel-themed film, but I always go with Love Actually. The scenes and locations in London and the surrounding areas are what keep me interested in the film.
Eight couples from the city of London try to navigate their relationships in different ways in this film, which is starring British actors. They learn about the complexities of people and love from each other’s personal stories and relationship struggles.
14. The Bucket List
When two terminally ill men with only six months to live decide to embark on a journey to explore life, the result is the wonderful novel The Bucket List. Their goal is to accomplish everything on their bucket list that they have never done before.
An inspiring true story in a film or book always makes me realize how valuable “time on hand” is and how it should not be squandered. Persevere until you’ve accomplished everything on your wish list.
15. The Darjeeling Limited
In Eastern India, The Darjeeling Limited depicts the train journey of three brothers across the country, which is shown in the film. The characters in the film change as they adjust to life without their father and rediscover their long-lost connection.
This is a fantastic film that will make you want to travel to India all the more.
16. Under the Moon
Carlitos, a Mexican-American living in the United States, is desperate to reunite with his mother, who is an illegal immigrant.
It says a lot about how the country feels about illegal immigration. Carlitos, a young Mexican immigrant mourning the loss of his grandmother, attempts to cross the border into the United States. The movie is a must-see because of his struggles and the relevance of the story.
17. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
When it comes to films set in India, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a standout. In addition to stunning shots of Udaipur and the tribal chieftain’s palace, which is now a hotel, the film was shot in the Indian village of Khempur.
The story of seven British tourists visiting Jaipur for a vacation is told through the eyes of this travel film. It shows how their lives and the lives of their hosts are intertwined, as well as their hopes and aspirations.That’s all there is to it. Thanks for checking out our selection of romantic comedies that will make you want to hit the road and explore the world. Are there any of these films that you’ve seen? Do you have anything on your to-watch list today?