11 Best Travel-Inspired Movies to Watch Right Now

By Meredith Carey
29 August 2018
Films, Travel, Culture
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Some of our favorite movies involving travel by land, air, and sea.

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Amelie (2001)
Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, Amelie is the whimsical story of a woman who tries to discretely intervene into the lives of the friends, neighbors, and lovers around her.


Carol (2015)
The film follows a young clerk at a department store (Rooney Mara) who falls for the titular Carol (Cate Blanchett), a glamorous older woman who comes into the store one day and leaves with more than a new scarf. The two embark on a tentative affair that leads them through 1950s New York (read more about Carol's New York City) and on a road trip across America.

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Chasing Coral (2017)
You may not be able to travel to see the Great Barrier Reef, the subject of this Netflix documentary, for much longer if we don't do something about climate change and ocean warming. The film uses high-tech camera equipment and time lapses to show the deterioration of the coral, as it turns from "colorful, vibrant ecosystems into barren, lifeless wastelands," writes Traveler's Sebastian Modak. You'll feel truly gutted once the movie's over, but it will have you planning a trip to Australia, and other endangered natural landmarks, within minutes of the rolling credits. To learn more about the movie and hear firsthand about what it took to film, read more here.


Coco (2017)
Inspired by Guanajuato in central Mexico, Coco tells the story of Miguel, who finds himself in the Land of the Dead during the iconic Dia de los Muertos celebration. The animated Disney and Pixar movie has been lauded for its illustration of Mexican culture and values and the intensely colorful movie won Oscars for best animated film and best original song the year it was released. A heart-warming tale of family, life, and death, Coco is enjoyable for all ages, from 5 to 95 years old.

In Bruges
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In Bruges (2008)
After a job gone wrong, two hitmen, played by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, await orders in Bruges, Belgium, while trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to stay out of trouble.

Into The Wild

Into the Wild (2007)
Some of the best travel films are based on a true story and Into the Wild, which follows the Alaskan adventure and ultimate demise of Christopher "Alexander Supertramp" McCandless. Sean Penn's take follows McCandless, played by Emile Hirsch, kayaking the Colorado River, summiting snowy peaks, and embodying unchecked wanderlust. It's adventure travel at its best and most reckless, which of course makes for a great movie.

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Lion (2016)
Twenty-five years after being adopted from India by an Australian couple, Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel) goes on the hunt to find his origins.

Midnight in Paris
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
Yes, technically this is a time travel movie. But in this Woody Allen film, Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) wanders through some of Paris's most iconic neighborhoods, during the 1920's and the present day, making us want to book a ticket to the City of Light ASAP.

Moonrise Kingdom
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
This dreamy, pastel-hued Wes Anderson flick follows a pair of twelve-year-old soulmates through a wild New England summer.

The Trip
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The Trip series
Pick your poison. The first in The Trip series follows comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they explore the restaurant scene of northern England. The second installment sees them traveling through Italy, and the third, Spain. Expect less of a focus on food and more on the charismatic duo's banter including some spot-on celebrity impressions.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air (2009)
Follow George Clooney, an obsessive frequent flyer and business traveler, on the verge of reaching 10 million airline miles. With Anna Kendrick playing Natalie, a new employee threatening to digitize Clooney's way of life, and Vera Farmiga as Alex, another exec addicted to life on the road, the movie weaves our love of travel and interpersonal connection and the absolute exhaustion of it all seamlessly.

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