One of the best ways to feed an insatiable appetite for travel is to be transported to another country through the power of motion pictures.
Whether you’re looking for a Rom-Com, a thriller, an adventurous tale or a fact filled doco, we’ve pulled together a list of travel movies to fuel your wanderlust.
Under the Tuscan Sun
With over 2 years spent on the New York Times best-seller the book “Under the Tuscan Sun” was a hot contender to be turned into a movie. Author Frances Mayes, recounts her experience of how she was encouraged by a friend to take off on a European holiday to overcome her depression after find out that that her husband cheated on her. Instead of a little escape to gain new perspective, Frances, played by Diane Lane, impulsively buys an abandoned villa in Tuscany and starts to rebuild her life and villa. Set in the tuscan hills, Frances learns the local way of life, and is surrounded by colourful and eccentric locals… and of course, there is an Italian love interest!
Eat, Pray, Love
Believe it or not, the Eat, Pray, Love phenomenon burst into our lives a decade ago! The book that inspired the movie was written & published well over a decade ago with it first published in 2006.
Julia Roberts is cast as author, Liz Gilbert, and produces an award worthy performance (note, officially not an award winning performance) at taking us on her journey through the stages of her self-discovery. Thinking she had it all in New York with a husband and a successful career, Liz finds herself divorced, shocked & uncertain what to do next. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.
From cooking classes in Italy to an ashram in India and finally falling in love in Bali, this movie will have you laughing, crying and ready to pack your bags.
Midnight in Paris
Written and directed by Woody Allen, the opening scenes of Midnight In Paris take viewers on a journey around the cities most popular sites including Moulin Rouge, the Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, Seine River and Notre Dame, to name a few.
After whetting our appetite for what Paris has to offer we are introduced to the main characters Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) and his fiancee played by Rachel McAdams. Gil Pender is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist, who during his holiday to Paris takes to touring the city of lights alone during the evenings. On one such evening, Gil encounters a group of strange — yet familiar — revelers, who sweep him along, apparently back in time, for a night with some of the Jazz Age’s icons of art and literature. From Zelda Fitzgerald to Hemingway and Picasso to T.S Eliot, Gil returns each evening to join his new friends all the while becoming more dissatisfied with his present life.
Midnight in Paris is perfect for those travellers who love art, culture, history and of course the city of lights & love, Paris!
The Talented Mr Ripley
In this psychological thriller you’ll experience moments of absolute terror and shock which are contrasted by the stunning Italian backgrounds in which the film is set. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is paid by ship building tycoon Herbert Greenleaf to leave New York and head to Italy to lure back his errant playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf (Judd Law). Tom finds Dickie and his fiancée Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow) soaking up the sun in the small fishing village of Mongibello. This is where he charms his way into their lives and Tom becomes obsessed with Dickie.
Dickie eventually tires of Tom and begins spending time with his Princeton friend, Freddie Miles. Freddie is no fool and quickly suspects that Tom’s intentions are not as innocent as Dickie was led to believe. The dangerous extremes to which Tom goes to over the coming months to maintain their lifestyle is unfathomable. Murder, not so much mystery coupled with stunning Italian landscapes and a superb cast, The Talented Mr Ripley is definitely one to watch.
Breakfast at Tiffanys
Nominated for five Academy Awards, and the winner of two: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Moon River”, Breakfast at Tiffanys has become a movie classic. Starring introverted Audrey Hepburn as the extroverted Holly Golightly, a naive and eccentric cafe society girl, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a love story. A somewhat twisted love story.
Living in Manhattan’s swanky East Side, Holly shares her apartment with her no name Cat and visits Tiffany’s to deal with the ‘mean reds’. She makes her living from her gentlemen escorts and a weekly trip to Sing Sing prison where she is inadvertently sharing narcotics ring information to inmate and mobster Sally Tomato. Upon meeting her neighbour ‘Paul’, they both are intrigued with each others lives. Paul is a struggling writer who is being kept by an older woman, and Holly a sophisticated socialite in public, yet a sweet vulnerable bundle of neuroses when alone.
Their lives become further entangled when Holly’s ex-husband meets Paul at a party, a gentle Texan who wants Holly back. Paul and Holly convince her ex-husband to leave her and NYC. What ensues is more twists in the plot with Paul confessing his love for Holly while Holly remains determined to marry her South American millionaire. But he dumps her when he finds out about her association with the mobster.
Holly is furious at being dumped, so she dumps her cat out of the cab, and plans to make her way to South America to convince her millionaire to marry her. Paul lectures her before taking off to find the cat. Holly realises what she’d be giving up if she left New York and instead races out to find Paul with her cat.
50 First Dates
A beautiful and easy to watch romantic comedy set in tropical Hawaii that will leave you feeling optimistic about love… and wanting to visit Hawaii. Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, it follows the story of womanising marine vet, Henry (Adam Sandler) who falls for an art teacher named Lucy (Drew Barrymore). Lucy, suffers from anterograde amnesia and has been living the day over and over again since a car crash robbed her of her short term memory. Henry spends day after day getting her to fall in love with him.
With a very protective father and staff at the local diner looking out for Lucy’s best interests, Henry has a hard time convincing them that his feelings are genuine. Do these two end up sailing off into the sunset? Watch 50 First Dates to find out.
Set in the Greek Islands, the first Mamma Mia burst onto our screens back in 2008 with a stellar cast including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried. Streep plays Donna, an independent-minded single mum who runs a hotel on a small Greek island, and at the same time raises her spirited daughter Sophie.
Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, has come of age and with her family, are busy preparing for her wedding, where she secretly invites three men, who were her mother’s lovers in the past, with the hope that one of them is her father. The delightful rom-com tells the tale of how Sophie discovers the secret of her past while her mother, Donna enjoys a little unexpected romance. Stunning scenery, a spectacular cast and songs from 70’s pop sensation ABBA make for 2 hours of uplifting entertainment.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Seven Brits are lured to India and in particular the “newly restored” Marigold Hotel by an advertisement where a life of leisure and lush surroundings await. When in fact, it is quite the opposite. And here is where the real journey begins!
Each of the seven characters have their own reasons for escaping to India including getting a cheap hip replacement to seeking nostalgia, With a star studded cast including Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie, it makes for a delightful story that will leave you feeling a little lighter.
La La Land
Shot in more than 40 locations across Los Angeles, La La Land stars Ryan Gosling as Sebastian and Emma Stone as Mia, drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
Blending a touch of old Hollywood charm with modern day theatre, the movie takes you on a somewhat complicated journey of the 2 characters to locations throughout Los Angeles. You’ll see old time favourites such as the Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Drive; historic venues including The Lighthouse Cafe, Hermosa Beach and Warner Bros Studios, Burbank.