As much as all of us might want to, the limitations of time, money and professional commitments make it hard to travel the world and see all the sights. But thanks to movies, we get to see some of the greatest landscapes the world has to offer, and if you want something that will inspire you to leave home and see what’s out there, these 11 movies will get you off to a great start.
Lawrence Of Arabia
Director David Lean is regarded as one of the great visionaries in cinema, and you’ll see why when you watch this 1960s classic. A very young Peter O’Toole has his break out moment in this movie, but the real star of the show is the Arabian desert. Filmed in Jordan and Morocco some of the most unforgettable desert imagery ever committed to film is right here in this movie.
Lost In Translation
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star in this quirky, intimate romance that takes place in modern urban and rural Japan. Asia has always been exotic in the eyes of the West, but it’s a much more personal, charming examination of the culture in this movie.
Under The Tuscan Sun
Diane Lane is a recently divorced American that decides to reboot her life by buying and moving into a villa in Tuscany, Italy. The charming romance story at the heart of this movie is nearly outshone by the sumptuous imagery of Tuscany itself.
The Darjeeling Limited
The gentle oddball quality of Wes Anderson is in full force here, in a movie about three estranged brothers trying to repair their friendship. The real star of the movie, however, is the gorgeous Indian landscape as they travel across the subcontinent by train.
The Bucket List
Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson put in memorable performances about how to live when you are dying. They also take the audience across many different countries, stressing how important it is to enjoy these moments. The two friends hop to many different destinations around the world and tug at your heart strings while doing it.
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy shine in this small, intimate romance that highlights just how drop dead gorgeous the city of Vienna is, the capital of Austria. More people really need to go there.
Not so much a film as a sensory experience, this visual documentary captures some of the most spectacular imagery from around the world, from dancing prisoners in the Philippines to Great Pyramids of Giza. It’s a fascinating mix of different images from many different parts of the world.
Paris almost sells itself, but with Amelie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, you see a much more intimate, personal look at the city that reveals some surprising, secret charms. It’s Paris, so you already know this will be a beautiful film, but it has a lot of quirkiness too.
The Motorcycle Diaries
This is the ultimate South American road trip, with a bio pic of Che Guevara’s inspirational journey around the continent. Here, he learns firsthand how beautiful the land can be, and how ugly humanity can be to each other.
The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
The Australian outback isn’t often regarded as a must-see tourist destination, but this road movie about a traveling band of drag performers brings out the landscape in surprising ways.
Seven Years In Tibet
This movie starring Brad Pitt takes his selfish character on a journey of self-discovery into Tibet, where he meets the Dalai Lama, the spectacular Himalayan landscape, and learns that there is more to life than your own personal goals.
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