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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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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris
Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more
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Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Wild is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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 Darjeeling Limited is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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The Sisterhood of the Travelin... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Julie & Julia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Vicky Cristina Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Only You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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) 19 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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 Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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The Trip is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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 Way is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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The Motorcycle Diaries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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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Encounters at the End of the W... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Travel Movies to Stave Off (and Inspire) Wanderlust
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