Tips Epic Adventures: Best Movies That Take You On A Journey

Tips Epic Adventures: Best Movies That Take You On A Journey – What makes for great travel movies? We feel that is when the destination becomes a star. A film that showcases beautiful cities, landscapes and culture is a film that inspires us to visit a destination or relive our time there when we return home. Dave and I love movies. We worked in the film business in our previous careers and lived for cinema. So when we picked our list of the best travel movies, we got serious.

Our picks for the best travel movies are probably very different from yours, so leave a comment and let us know what you think are the best travel movies. We’re always looking for new travel movies to whet our appetites. To rent or buy one of these travel movies to inspire wanderlust now, check out Amazon Instant Video

Tips Epic Adventures: Best Movies That Take You On A Journey

This is by far the best travel movie ever. One of the characters actually carries a guidebook! If you love a good caper set in an exotic location, you’ll love In Bruges. Collin Farrel and Brendan Gleeson star as two hitmen who are sent to Bruges, Belgium to hide out after a job goes wrong.

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The more Colin Farrell’s character complained about hating Bruges (in Belgium), the more you visited the surroundings of Bruges and noticed how picturesque the city is. While the film is primarily a crime drama and dark comedy, it blends the scenic locations and cultural aspects of the city with the narrative seamlessly.

I was so excited to see Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reunite and this time, they share screen time in one of the newest travel movies on our list, Banshees of Inisherin. The film takes place in Ireland’s Aran Islands and shows the beauty of that destination as two friends go through some very dark times.

Gleessan’s character Colm decides he’s wasted his life and cuts ties with his lifelong best friend Pádraic (Farrell) and all sorts of darkness ensues. There was some of the best acting I’ve seen in years, and each of the four main actors was nominated for Acadamy Awards.

One of our favorite travel movies of all time. And not because it’s set in Canada. One Week follows a young man riding a motorcycle on a road trip across Canada after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. No movie has ever made me want to explore a place for more than a week. It shows Canada beautifully.

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I didn’t want to see this movie because of its morbid subject matter, but it ended up being an uplifting and enlightening film of self-discovery. It really is the ultimate Canadian road trip film. Rent a week here on Amazon

I had to watch this most popular of all travel movies twice before I decided that I liked The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I can see why it tops most lists of the best travel movies. This film takes you from New York, to Iceland, Greenland and the Himalayas.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty shows how taking a risk and stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to great things. The ending was my favorite, but I won’t spoil it for you. Rent it now.

We’ve got three of our favorite travel movies in one package! And each shows the destination where it is. Before Sunrise films are about love, but they are also very travel films. They were filmed 10 years apart and take place in three different locations across Europe – Vienna, Paris and Greece.

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The Before Sunrise trilogies capture the essence of each destination. And here’s a cool fact – Dave and I stayed at Costa Navarinoin Greece where After Midnight took place!

It’s probably the best of all the romantic road trip movies out there, literally spanning three decades. (They shoot a movie every 10 years). Watch Before Sunrise and Sunset on Amazon Prime

John Candy and Steve Martin take an impromptu road trip from New York City to Chicago. This is Dave’s pick for the best travel movie.

This is considered one of the best comedy travel movies, but I see it as a drama. John Candy’s character breaks my heart. You might think of it as a vacation movie, but it’s also one of the funniest travel movies out there. If you’re in the mood for a good hearty comedy, rent today.

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Not only does Julie and Julia star Meryl Streep, but this travelogue is based on a blog. It’s like it was made for us! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie based on the true story of Julia Child and I wasn’t expecting much.

Julie & Julia follows the life of Julia Child during her time in Paris and continues to the present day in New York. It makes you crave French cuisine and a life of decadence in France. When it comes to choosing a favorite travel movie, this one is right up there. Rent it now

The Big Year follows Jack Black (who doesn’t love Jack Black?), Owen Wilson and Steve Martin as they travel across the United States in hopes of becoming the #1 bird watcher in the world. It ended up being one of the most surprising travel movies I’ve seen.

They are obsessed with spotting more species of birds than any other person in 365 days. I connected with this movie because it’s more about travel and how having a great adventure can change a life. Rent it now

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The true, real-life story tells the journey of Christopher McCandless, who went on a cross-country trip across the US and ended up in Alaska.

I read Into the Wild years ago and was fascinated trying to understand how someone could give up everything to go and live off the grid. John Krakauer delved into the psyche of McCandless and what motivates people to take risks.

Things don’t go as he hoped, and this is a lesson learned for would-be adventurers. Enjoy now!

Wild is an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s travel memoir From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail. Based on a true story, it follows her journey around putting a life back together after everything falls apart.

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Pushing the limits physically on the Pacific Crest Trail and stepping out of her comfort zone takes her on a journey of self-discovery. A fight and a journey can change a life and Reese Witherspoon is great as usual. Check it out on Amazon

Everest by John Krakauer is the true story of the disaster that happened on Everest in 1996. It is a first-hand account by Krakauer who was on Everest at the time. While the film focuses on the events, it shows the psyche of why people climb mountains and showcases the culture and beauty of the Everest Region.

As far as travel movies go, even though it’s based on a dark subject, it makes me want to go to Everest. So we did! Plus, it stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, so how can you go wrong?

Tracks is another travelogue based on a true story and I really enjoyed it. It is a film about a young woman who walks across Australia from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean with four camels and her dog.

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What I really liked is how the main character Robyn Davidson learns the skills needed to survive. She is visited by a photographer from National Geographic who tells her story and is guided through the sacred lands of the Outback by an Aboriginal elder. Check out this amazing true story on Amazon!

From New Zealand to America, Anthony Hopkins takes his Indian motorcycle to the salt to see how far it can go. The Fastest Indian in the World is one of my favorite Hopkins performances and is one of the great underrated road trip movies.

He is touchable, loving and inspiring. This true story takes you on a fun road trip along the way until he reaches the Salt Flats of California and then you really start rooting for him to win! Rent it on Amazon Prime

The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of the Desert follows a group of drag queens who take a cross-country road trip in a van named “Pricilla” from Sydney to Alice Springs where they will perform their drag show.

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They meet many characters along the way and this film introduced us to superstars Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, who joined the already established Terrence Stamp.

Ever since I watched one of the best travel movies about South America, (you guessed it, The Motorcycle Diaries) I’ve wanted to take a road trip through South America. (PS. I’m still dreaming about that road trip through South America one day)

Gael García Bernal stars as Che Guevera and follows his journey on a motorcycle trip across South America before becoming part of the revolution. This movie is based on a true story where Che traveled across the continent and I believe it was while traveling through South America that Che

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