All the travel movies ever made!

Most of us love to travel. Some love to dream about it. For some, the idea of it sounds more fascinating than the act itself. Most of us love movies too. A medium to transport us for a couple of hours into another dimension. A break from our routine life. But they can have a huge influence on us too.

For those who love both, here is the list of the movies which are predominantly travel related. In some cases, travel may be a secondary theme with a gorgeous setting, but with enough elements to send you on an exciting trip.

Before you jump on the list, do check my top 10 travel movies.

Top 10 must-watch travel movies!

11. On the Road

Road Trip

Setting- 1940’s America

Plot- Young, carefree lives of Americans who set out on a cross country adventure. (Adapted from a book)

12. Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi

Road Trip – Motorcycle

Setting- India

Plot- Transformations along a long journey from Kerala to Nagaland.

13. A Good Year


Setting- Vineyards of France

Plot- Max revisits inherited property to sell it off which brings back old memories.

14. Up


Setting- South America, Fantasy

Plot- Carl sets out on fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit Paradise Falls.

15. The Way Back


Setting- Siberia to India

Plot- Prisoners of war escaping with the possibility of earning freedom by hiking 4000 miles.

16. Sideways

Road Trip

Setting- Santa Ynez Valley

Plot- Miles and Jack celebrate the latter’s bachelor’s party in a wine country.

17. Everest


Setting- Everest

Plot- Teams encounter threatening weather conditions on their mission to summit Everest.

18. Out Of Africa


Setting- Kenya

Plot- Challenges of a woman adapting to life in Africa.

19. Thelma and Louise

Road Trip

Setting- USA

Plot- A weekend trip has unexpected adventures waiting for two friends.

20. A Walk in the Woods


Setting- Appalachian trail, USA

Plot- Two friends embark on a two thousand miles hike along the Appalachian Trail.

21. The Peanut Butter Falcon

Rafting, Hiking

Setting- Countryside, USA

Plot- A young man with down syndrome befriends a wayward fisherman.

22. Easy Rider

Road Trip – Motorcycle

Setting- USA

Plot- Two Harley riding hippies decide to travel cross country in search of spiritual truth.

23. Nomadland

Caravan life

Setting- West America

Plot- A woman lives a nomadic life after losing everything in the Great Recession.

24. Life of Pi

Lifeboat, Survival

Setting- Pacific Ocean

Plot- Pi Patel’s survival story on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

25. Highway

Road Trip

Setting- Indian highways

Plot- A young girl finds meaning in life after being abducted.

26. The Call of the Wild


Setting- Alaska

Plot- Buck discovers himself in the wild.

27. Indiana Jones


Setting- Around the globe

Plot- Archaeology professor gets into trouble in his quests.

28. The Bucket List


Setting- Around the globe

Plot- Two terminally ill men list down all the things they want to do in life.

29. Eat Pray Love


Setting- Italy, India and Indonesia

Plot- Liz Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone after getting divorced.

30. Midnight in Paris


Setting- Paris

Plot- Gil goes on night excursions where he meets cultural heroes of the past.

31. Around the World in 80 Days


Setting- Around the world

Plot- A Chinese thief joins an Englishman who plans to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days to win a bet.

32. The Way


Setting- Spain

Plot- A father takes up a pilgrimage in Spain where his son died.

33. Under the Tuscan Sun


Setting- Italy

Plot- After her divorce and suffering from writer’s block, Frances travels to Italy for change.

34. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Wild, Hiking

Setting- New Zealand

Plot- A boy and his foster father become subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the wild.

35. How Much Further


Setting- Ecuador

Plot- Two travellers re-evaluate their lives after meeting many interesting people while hitchhiking.

36. The Lost City of Z

Boating, Hiking

Setting- Amazon Rainforest

Plot- A British explorer embarks on a daring journey in search of a mysterious city.

37. Vicky Cristina Barcelona


Setting- Barcelona

Plot- Juan invites Vicky and Barcelona for a weekend trip of sightseeing, fine eating and drinking.

38. In July

Road Trip

Setting- Europe

Plot- Daniel sets out on his quest to find true love.

39. The Darjeeling Limited

Train, Roads

Setting- India

Plot- After their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India in an attempt to bond with each other.

40. Captain Fantastic

Lifestyle, Nature

Setting- Washington wilderness, Roads

Plot- Ben raises his kids in the wild and they deal with issues in their unique way.

41. Before Sunrise


Setting- Vienna

Plot- Jesse meets Celine on a train and invites her for a day out in Vienna.

42. The Art of Travel


Setting- Central America

Plot- When Conner finds out about his fiancee’s affair, he makes his honeymoon alone.

43. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Road Trip

Setting- Germany

Plot- Two terminally ill men venture out to get sight of the sea.

44. Eurotrip


Setting- Europe

Plot- Scott and his friends travel to Europe in search of his pen friend, Mieke.

45. Lost in Translation

Unknown city, Loneliness

Setting- Tokyo

Plot- Bob and Charlotte discover a friend in each other in an otherwise unknown land.

46. The Fundamentals of Caring

Road Trip

Setting- America

Plot- Ben and Trevor find hope and friendship on an impromptu road trip.

The Road Within, Away We Go, Roman Holiday, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, James Bond, The Endless Summer, Romancing The Stone are a few more films that can be considered. Not sure if all of them are strictly travel movies. But then there is no definition that I know of.

Cinema is not only about making people dream. It’s about changing things and making people think.

Which are your favourite travel movies? Comment below.

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10 Replies to “All the travel movies ever made!”

  1. Deepali Nagpal says: Reply

    Some nice recommendations there

  2. Chandranshu Agarwal says: Reply

    Amazing recommendations 👌

    1. Raunak Airan says: Reply

      Thanks, Chandranshu!

  3. Parvathy Suresh says: Reply

    This is a good watch list. 🙂

    1. Raunak Airan says: Reply

      Sure is, Parvathy!

  4. Ozi says: Reply

    Amazing recommendations!! Like really…💯
    As someone who fancies watching these movie I can truly say these are all bombs and cover up so many facets revolving around travel.. Super work!

    1. Raunak Airan says: Reply

      Yes, Ozi! thanks mate!

  5. Sudeshna says: Reply

    Good recommendations!! ✌️

  6. Shaunak says: Reply

    Great! Bookmarked this for future reference 👍🏻

  7. Aniruddh says: Reply

    Great list Raunak!
    I’d also recommend the “before” trilogy

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