100 movies that will inspire you to travel the world


After reading books, watching movies comes a close second for me.

Films are the next best thing when it comes to inspiring armchair travelers. For others, they’re a great way to pass the time on those long-haul flights and wait times at airports and stations!

I especially love movies filmed about travel or set in a particular country and countries.  This is a list of my all-time favorite travel movies arranged by country/countries featured rather than country of origin. Hopefully, it will inspire you to start planning, packing those bags, and heading out there! How many have you seen already?

Disclaimer: my list is curated, highly subjective, and a work in progress!

100 movies that will inspire you to travel the world

  1. The Mystic Masseur (Trinidad and Tobago)
  2. Green Days by the River (Trinidad and Tobago)
  3. The Harder They Come (Jamaica)
  4. Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico)
  5. Touching the Void (Peru)
  6. City of God (Brazil)
  7. A Separation (Iran)
  8. The Kite Runner (Afghanistan)
  9. The Ten Commandments (Egypt)
  10. Cleopatra (Egypt)
  11. Blood Diamond (Sierra Leone)
  12. Queen of Katwe (Uganda)
  13. District 9 (South Africa)
  14. Fashion (India)
  15. The Darjeeling Limited (India)
  16. Fire/Earth/Water series (India)
  17. Three Idiots (India)
  18. Barfi! (India)
  19. PK (India)
  20. Slumdog Millionaire (India)
  21. Salaam Bombay! (India)
  22. Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s red light kids (India)
  23. Mother India (India)
  24. Lagaan (India)
  25. Pather Panchali (India)
  26. Monsoon Wedding (India)
  27. Seven Years in Tibet (Tibet)
  28. The Beach (Thailand)
  29. Tracks (Australia)
  30. Australia (Australia)
  31. The Piano (New Zealand)
  32. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand)
  33. Lord of the Rings (New Zealand)
  34. Cast Away (South Pacific)
  35. Tampopo (Japan)
  36. Departures (Japan)
  37. Silence (Japan)
  38. My Neighbor Totoro (Japan)
  39. Spirited Away (Japan)
  40. Your Name (Japan)
  41. Tokyo Story (Japan)
  42. Nobody knows (Japan)
  43. Memoirs of a Geisha (Japan)
  44. Lost in translation (Japan)
  45. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Japan)
  46. Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
  47. All about Lily Chou Chou (Japan)
  48. A Scene at the Sea (Japan)
  49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China)
  50. The Last Emperor (China)
  51. The Painted Veil (China)
  52. Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwan)
  53. Goodbye Lenin (Germany)
  54. A Friend of Mine (Germany)
  55. The Sound of Music (Austria)
  56. In Bruges (Belgium)
  57. Midnight in Paris (France)
  58. The Red Balloon (France)
  59. Amélie (France)
  60. Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain)
  61. L’auberge Espagnole (Spain)
  62. The Way (Spain)
  63. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Spain)
  64. To Rome with Love (Italy)
  65. The Bicycle Thief (Italy)
  66. Life is Beautiful (Italy)
  67. La Dolce Vita (Italy)
  68. I am Love (Italy)
  69. Hot Fuzz (England)
  70. This is England (England)
  71. Bend it like Beckham (England)
  72. To Sir, With Love (England)
  73. Billy Eliot (England)
  74. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (England)
  75. An Education (England)
  76. Macbeth (Scotland)
  77. One Day (Scotland)
  78. Sing Street (Ireland)
  79. Angela’s Ashes (Ireland)
  80. Copenhagen (Denmark)
  81. Wild Strawberries (Sweden)
  82. Into the Wild (US)
  83. Wild (US)
  84. Forrest Gump (US)
  85. The Dark Knight (US)
  86. Moonrise Kingdom (US)
  87. Brooklyn (Ireland/US)
  88. Apocalypto (Guatemala/Mexico)
  89. The Motorcycle Diaries (South America)
  90. The Art of Travel (Central and South America)
  91. In July (Germany/Turkey)
  92. The Constant Gardener (UK/Kenya)
  93. Lion (India/Australia)
  94. Babel (Morocco/Mexico/US/Japan)
  95. Love Actually (UK/US/France/Portugal)
  96. A Map for Saturday (Australia/India/England/Brazil/Nepal/Thailand)
  97. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (US/Greenland/Iceland/Himalayas)
  98. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight (Austria/France/Greece)
  99. Baraka(Argentina/Australia/Brazil/Cambodia/China/Ecuador/Egypt/France/India/Indonesia/Iran/Italy/Japan/Israel/Kenya/Kuwait/Nepal/Poland/SaudArabia/Tanzania/Thailand/Turkey/US/Vatican City
  100. Samsara (Angola/Brazil/China/Denmark/Egypt/Ethiopia/France/Ghana/Hong Kong/India/ Indonesia/Israel/Palestine/Italy/Jordan/Japan/Mali/Myanmar/Namibia/ Philippines/Saudi Arabia/South Korea/Thailand/Turkey/UAE/US)

What else should I watch? Comment below!

100 movies


18 thoughts on “100 movies that will inspire you to travel the world

  1. I have only seen few of them in the list. No doubt three idiots was full of great scenery and into the wild is my forever love, though he went into the extremes but truly shows how a trip can be enjoyed. I will try to watch rest of the movies on the list.

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  2. Superb list and has been added to my movies to catch up on. If I may can I add a Canadian film that will make you drool with desire to head to Canada – One Week – it’s about a Canadian who is diagnosed with cancer and travels right across the country by motorcycle – awesome scenery. I also created a list of 40 of my favourite Irish movies for folks who are planning a trip there so I adore these kinds of lists they fill me with wanderlust and always add a new place to my to do list…lol..

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  3. Movies actually inspires you to travel and imbibe in you the knowledge of a specific place. My personal favorite are the Motorcycle dairies and Into the wild, which I saw even before I started traveling. And must say that these movies left a deep mark on me. Lovely names you have included in your blog

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  4. I love to getaway on a holiday through a good movie. Forrest Gump is a movie I have visited a few filming locations of. I would love to watch all of these 100 movies.

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  5. Not that I need any more inspiration to travel (already have too much probably haha), but I’d love to dig through this list now that I’m home for a bit! When I was in Bruges, everyone asked if I had seen In Bruges… and I still haven’t! So that’s definitely on my list.

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  6. I am so happy to find so many names from India. Of the films you have mentioned, Barfi, 3 idiots and Fire/earth/water series are my favourite. Barfi did inspire me to pack my bags and visit Eastern India. I am not much of a fan of Slumdog Millionaire though. That was a skewed and unrealistic view of India.

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  7. This is such a cool list of movies and when you are reading it on a Friday, you can easily download one or two and spend the weekend well. I have seen the Indian movies but I think I have missed a lot from the International names.. Thank you for the lovely list. I am a movies buff.


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