Movies are usually for weekends or at the end of a long day. You watch them for entertainment. You watch them de-stress your brain after a day of hard work. You watch in-flight movies to while away the hours. Very rarely do you watch them for the purpose of travel. But every once in a while, I catch a movie on my AT&T residential TV plans that inspires me to do just that. This blog is about my top 10 best travel movies that are soul food for wander lusters.

10 Wanderlust Inspiring Movies

Hollywood spends big bucks on filming screen-worthy movies. These days, the use of CGI and computing power have allowed filmmakers to create breathtaking virtual landscapes. But sometimes, nothing beats the feel of shooting on location. Mother nature has exceptional views to offer, which is something that many filmmakers recognize. Here are the top 10 movies that inspired me to travel to their locations and settings:

  1. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy
  2. A Good Year
  3. Lost in Translation
  4. The Motorcycle Diaries
  5. Out of Africa
  6. Under The Tuscan Sun
  7. The Way
  8. Into The Wild
  9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  10. The Way Back  

I’m going to try to explain the reasons for watching these movies without giving away any plot details below. Read on to find out more about these outstanding films.

The Lord of The Rings Trilogy

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The Lord of The Rings trilogy was a masterpiece of a book brought to vivid life. J.R.R Tolkien’s epic high-fantasy saga won the hearts of thousands across the globe. The cinematic trilogy in many ways did justice to the excellent source material. But most important of all, the trilogy filmed almost exclusively in New Zealand. The Shire, Rohan, Gondor, Lothlorien, etc. were actual locations in the beautiful landscape of the country. This trilogy will have you packing your bags for an adventure trip in no time.

A Good Year

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In this gorgeous movie, Russel Crowe plays Max Skinner, a failed banker from London who inherits a farm from a relative. The farm is in the beautiful countryside of Provence, France. The film takes a twist when a woman from California shows up with an apparent right to the property. The sunny countryside of the South of France makes for great shots. You’ll probably not be able to resist checking accommodations and airfare after you see this film.

Lost in Translation

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Lost in Translation is all about the unexpected pleasures and fun of traveling in an unfamiliar country. Set in beautiful Japan, the story revolves around Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. It focuses on the experiences that people can take away from a little travel trip that can stay with you forever. The gorgeous Japanese architecture and scenery alone will have you checking flight dates.

The Motorcycle Diaries

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The Motorcycle Diaries is a biopic based on the memoirs of none other than Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Produced by Robert Redford, the film features some of the most beautiful locations in South America. The story of Guevara’s revolutionary struggle and rise to fame finds a home in the beautiful South American setting.

Out of Africa

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Starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in their heyday, Out of Africa is full of gorgeous scenery from the continent. The film shooting took place in gorgeous Kenya for the most part, and in the U.K. as well. The film went on to win 7 Oscars and cement its place as a classic. Prepare for bush fever, because you’ll be drawn towards the African plains.

Under The Tuscan Sun

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Starring the beautiful Diane Lane, Under the Tuscan Sun, is a romantic film that is set in the rustic countryside of Tuscany, Italy. The sun-kissed scenery and gorgeous setting will have your wanderlust acting up in no time.

The Way

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The Way is as soulful as it is beautiful. Directed by Emilio Estevez, The Way revolves around a father who has to go to Spain for his son’s body. His son passed away while hiking on the iconic Camino de Santiago trail. While there, to honor his son’s memory the father decides to undertake the pilgrimage on his own. Prepare yourself for the beautiful and rugged scenery of the Spanish mountains.

Into The Wild

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Into The Wild is a retelling based on the true story of a college student who abandons everything to travel to Alaska. A top student and star athlete Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) graduates with honors from Emory. But instead of choosing a comfortable career path, Chris decides to pack up and head out to the wild Alaskan landscape.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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This light-hearted comedy is perfect for a movie night with friends and family. Shot in Iceland, the movie is all about Walter Mitty’s (Ben Stiller) adventures in different parts of the world. Even the Afghanistan and Himalaya mountain scenery is actually from Iceland. This movie will stoke your appetite for adventure.

The Way Back  

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The Way Back follows seven prisoners who escape from a Siberian gulag or prison. Based on the 1956 book The Long Walk by Polish PoW Slawomir Rawicz, the film is gritty and intense. It follows the escapees as they struggle to survive the long journey home. The film features locations from India, Belgium, and Morocco among others.

In case you’re wondering, all of these movies are not on Netflix. But you can find most of them on AT&T‘s on-demand library. All you have to do is to confirm the exact number of titles you can find in their library. Once you know, all you have to do next is sit back and enjoy watching them. Even better! Have a movie night with your friends and plan your next vacation together! And if you do decide to travel, do share your experience.