Travel Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust  

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Wanderlust is a common ailment, especially so when you're settled into a regular routine day in and day out. Travel lovers often feel the urge for a new adventure, but unfortunately you can't always hop on a plane or bus and set off. This is exactly why movies for travelers exist. The best travel movies involve an adventure to an interesting, far-off, and often exotic locale with new and exciting people. When you can't go on these adventures yourself, you can sit down and live vicariously through characters on screen. 

The best traveling movies feature curious characters who plunge into places unknown, whether intentionally or by accident. Whether it's an emotional journey through the Pacific Crest Trail or witnessing the '60s counterculture by biking through the Southwest, these films about travel will satisfy your cravings to get out and see the world. Browse this list for some good films to watch when you're filled with wanderlust. 

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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Lost in Translation Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It was her second feature film after The Virgin Suicides. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett ...more

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Wild is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Wild Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Sideways Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two ...more

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Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Before Sunrise Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse, a young American man, and Céline, a ...more

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Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Eat Pray Love Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and ...more

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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more

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Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Under the Tuscan Sun Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane. Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan ...more

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 2013 romantic adventure comedy-drama cult film directed by, produced by, and starring Ben Stiller. Gore Verbinski served as executive producer. This is the ...more

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The Darjeeling Limited is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Darjeeling Limited Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It was written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman ...more

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The Sisterhood of the Travelin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed ...more

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Julie & Julia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Julie & Julia Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. The film contrasts the life of chef ...more

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2012 British comedy-drama film, directed by John Madden. The screenplay, written by Ol Parker, is based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things, by Deborah ...more

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical ...more

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot centers on two American women, Vicky and Cristina, who spend a summer in Barcelona ...more

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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Bucket List Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson ...more

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Only You is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Only You Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Billy Zane Only You is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr., and Bonnie Hunt. Written by Diane Drake, the film is about a young ...more

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more

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The Trip is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Trip Ben Stiller, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon The Trip is a 2010 comedy film directed by Michael Winterbottom. "Prolific British director Michael Winterbottom never ceases . . . to amaze. A restless whiz, he’s frequently wandered from ...more

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The Motorcycle Diaries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Motorcycle Diaries Gael García Bernal, Mía Maestro, Nidia Bermejo The Motorcycle Diaries is a 2004 biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist ...more

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Call Me by Your Name Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between a ...more

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Encounters at the End of the W... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Encounters at the End of the World Werner Herzog Encounters at the End of the World is a 2007 American documentary film by Werner Herzog. The film studies people and places in Antarctica. It was released in North America on June 11, 2008, and ...more

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Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Easy Rider: The Ride Back Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through ...more

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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Ca... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Gepe Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus is a 2013 Chilean adventure comedy film written and directed by Sebastián Silva. The film's full title, as shown onscreen, is Crystal Fairy & ...more

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The Beach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Beach Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle The Beach is a 2000 adventure drama film directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. The film stars ...more

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180° South is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
180° South 180° South is a 2010 documentary film directed by Chris Malloy. The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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The Great Beauty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Great Beauty Sabrina Ferilli, Serena Grandi, Carlo Verdone The Great Beauty is a 2013 Italian film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August 2012. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it ...more

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The Way is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Way Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt The Way is a 2010 American drama film directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez, starring his father Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Yorick van Wageningen, and Estevez. ...more

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Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. ...more

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Ibiza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Ibiza Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, Phoebe Robinson Ibiza is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Alex Richanbach. A young American woman (Gillian Jacobs) and her two best friends seek out a hot DJ (Richard Madden) in Spain.

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Brokedown Palace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Brokedown Palace Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Paul Walker Brokedown Palace is a 1999 American drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan, and starring Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman and Lim Kay Tong. It deals with two American friends ...more

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On the Road is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
On the Road Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst On the Road is a 2012 adventure drama film directed by Walter Salles. It is an adaptation of the 1957 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Garrett ...more

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Q... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual ...more

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Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Y Tu Mamá También Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more

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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
National Lampoon's Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, ...more

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Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Chocolat Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina Chocolat is a 2000 American-British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, and was directed by Lasse Hallström. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Nelson ...more

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Seven Years in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Seven Years in Tibet Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B. D. Wong Seven Years in Tibet is a 1997 British-American biographical war drama film based on the 1952 book of the same name written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet ...more

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Away We Go is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Away We Go Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels Away We Go is a 2009 comedy-drama directed by Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes and written by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. The film stars John Krasinski, ...more

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One Week is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
One Week Joshua Jackson, Campbell Scott, Gordon Downie One Week is a 2008 Canadian drama film directed by Michael McGowan and starring Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban, and Campbell Scott. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, ...more

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The Art of Travel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Art of Travel Danny Trejo, Brooke Burns, Alexandra Breckenridge High school grad. Conner Layne is about to marry his first love, but when wedding plans fail, he goes solo on his honeymoon to Central America, finding adventure with a ragtag group of ...more

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EuroTrip is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
EuroTrip Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Michelle Trachtenberg EuroTrip is a 2004 American-European teen comedy adventure film written by Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, and directed by Schaffer. The film stars Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, ...more

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The Endless Summer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
The Endless Summer Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August The Endless Summer is a seminal 1966 surf movie. Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate ...more

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Touching the Void is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Touching the Void Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall Touching the Void is a 2003 documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson's and Simon Yates' disastrous and near fatal attempt to climb Siula Grande in the ...more

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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Up in the Air George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more

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Two for the Road is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Two for the Road Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Bissett, Albert Finney Two for the Road is a 1967 British comedy drama film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn. Written by Frederic Raphael, the film is about a husband and wife ...more