20 travel movies that make you want to leave

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Martí Micolau

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Where can our desire to travel come from? We usually desire what we see, and there is no doubt that often the irrepressible urge to pack and escaping to more or less distant destinations is fueled by the films we watch. Crazy adventures, journeys full of vicissitudes, endless tours with thousands of teachings: the protagonists of the masterpieces of cinema live unforgettable travel experiences, which makes you want to imitate. There are many films that talk about this type of travel, some biographical, others compelling, others even tragic or dramatic. In the following list you will find 20 films about the journey that will certainly convince you that it is time to leave.


  1. Into The Wild - In the wilds
  2. The motorcycle diaries
  3. The Beach
  4. The way to Santiago
  5. Game
  6. Tracks - Through the desert
  7. Y tu mamá también - Your mother too
  8. The train to Darjeeling
  9. It's never too late
  10. The secret dreams of Walter Mitty
  11. My Africa
  12. Easy Rider
  13. Lost in Translation - Love translated
  14. Sotto il sole della Toscana
  15. Mangia prega ama
  16. Seven years in Tibet
  17. The Way Back
  18. Before sunrise
  19. Cast Away
  20. On the Road
  21. User questions and comments

1 - Into The Wild - In the wilds

Into The Wild is the true story of Christopher McCandless, a recent graduate who decides to get rid of all his belongings and travel to Alaska by hitchhiking. Along the way he has the opportunity to meet all kinds of people, each with their own story to tell. Once in Alaska, he manages to live his dream of adventure in this hard and wild land. His life is filled with extreme but fulfilling experiences, the essence of a journey.

  • Year: 2007
  • Director's name: Sean Penn
  • Main actors: Emile Hirsch, Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn
  • Awards and awards: Gotham Award for Best Picture, Golden Globes 2008 - Best Song at "Guaranteed"
  • Blu-ray and DVD: Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 12,00 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

2 - The motorcycle diaries

This majestic film is based on the memoirs of Che Guevara, in the period of time before he became the iconic revolutionary. Guevara and his Alberto "Mial" Granado jump on a motorcycle and cross South America for eight months, covering over 14.000 kilometers. The journey inspired the rest of Che's incredible life. The film will inspire you to learn more about this incredibly beautiful continent.

  • Year: 2004
  • Director's name: Walter Salles
  • Main actors: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro
  • Awards and awards: Academy Award Best Song to "Al otro lado del río" to Jorge Drexler
  • Blu-ray and DVD: DVD: from € 11,79

3 - The Beach

Want to see Di Caprio before he gets some bacon? Even before the award-winning Titanic, the handsome actor brought to the screen an adventure set in an earthly paradise, between white beach and crystal clear sea.

  • Year: 2000
  • Director's name: Danny Boyle
  • Main actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: DVD: from € 6,55

4 - The way to Santiago

  • Year: 2010
  • Director's name: Emilio Estevez
  • Main actors: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 6,99 - € 8,64 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

5 - Wild

Reese Witherspoon donned a pair of hiking boots and a huge backpack to star as Cheryl Strayed, a writer who hiked 1.100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail after the devastating loss of her mother. The film is based on the writer's best-selling book of the same name. The protagonist has traversed the Mojave desert, crazy forests, wide snowy expanses and muddy trails, losing her toenails but gaining more mental clarity along the way.

  • Year: 2014
  • Director's name: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Main actors: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 14,99 - € 12,57 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

6 - Tracks - Through the desert

As real-life writer Robyn Davidson, Mia Wasikowska travels through the breathtaking landscapes of Western Australia with only four camels and her beloved dog for company. Her casual human visitors include a National Geographic photographer, an old Australian native named Mr. Eddy who guides her through the sacred lands and various tourists intrigued by the "Camel Lady". Davidson's solo trip was considered outrageous to a woman in the s, but to this day it still remains incredibly inspiring.

  • Year: 2013
  • Director's name: John Curran
  • Main actors: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 9,41

7 - Y tu mamá también - Your mother too

Julio and Tenoch are two teenagers in the throes of unleashed hormones and the desire to try "exotic" substances. During the summer, the two boys learn much more about life than they ever wanted to learn when they improvise a wild and long journey across the country in the company of a seductive 28-year-old named Luisa. The temptress teaches them what passion means so much that they both fall madly in love with her.

  • Year: 2001
  • Director's name: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Main actors: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cach
  • Awards and awards: 2001 Venice International Film Festival - Best Screenplay to Alfonso and Carlos Cuarón, Best New Actor to Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 8,56

8 - The train to Darjeeling

A bizarre film about three rich and spoiled brothers who decide to take a train journey across India. Since they haven't spoken to each other for years, this trip should dispel misunderstandings and mend relationships. Initially everything goes wrong, between more or less violent quarrels. All three suffer from depression and abuse painkillers. When it seems like nothing is going right, their crazy experiences along the way ultimately put everything in perspective. The ultimate goal of reconciliation begins to approach. Finally they seem to grow up and become men. The film is fun and will surely make you want to visit India.

  • Year: 2007
  • Director's name: Wes Anderson
  • Main actors: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 8,56

9 - It is never too late

It's a heartwarming and moving film that will inspire us to do all those things you want to do before you leave this earth, including travel. It will remind you that life is too short not to live it fully.

  • Year: 2007
  • Director's name: Rob Reiner
  • Main actors: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 9,99 - € 9,00 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

10 - Walter Mitty's Secret Dreams

When the jobs of Walter and his colleague are threatened, Walter decides to react by embarking on a worldwide journey that turns into an adventure far more extraordinary than anything else imagined. The film shows a carefree vision of the adventurous spirit and wonderful journeys.

  • Year: 2013
  • Director's name: Ben Stiller
  • Main actors: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 9,88 - € 7,44 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

11 - My Africa

Meryl Streep and Robert Redford star in this tragic love story about a married baroness who falls in love with a hunter. The story is based on the autobiographical novel by Isak Dinesen. Shot between the UK and Kenya, including the Shaba National Game Reserve, the film is about an epic but damned love between two very different people, with Africa as a backdrop.

  • Year: 1985
  • Director's name: Sydney Pollack
  • Main actors: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
  • Any prizes and awards: 1986 - Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director to Sydney Pollack, Best Non-Original Screenplay to Kurt Luedtke, Best Cinematography to David Watkin, Best Production Design Stephen B. Grimers, Best Sound to Chris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold and Peter Handford, Best Score to John Barry
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 9,99 - € 11,36 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

12 - Easy Rider

Released the same year as the Woodstock festival (possibly the biggest counterculture celebratory event of the s), Easy Rider couldn't have come at a better time in history. The film develops as a motorcycle travel documentary and follows the stories of Wyatt and Billy as they travel from Mexico to Los Angeles and New Orleans. Shot on a very low budget, the film shows desert scenarios and cities where good-for-nothing people (including a young Jack Nicholson) live their hippie adventure between drugs and drunks.

  • Year: 1969
  • Director's name: Dennis Hopper
  • Main actors: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
  • Awards and awards: 1969 - Cannes Film Festival Best First Film to Dennis Hopper
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 7,90

13 - Lost in Translation - Love translated

Lost In Translation is about two travelers, Bob and Charlotte, who visit Tokyo during the same period. They meet and form a friendship through which they share confusion and hilarity in a strange and curious city. Bob is a middle-aged actor who participates in commercials, while Charlotte is the bored wife of a photographer in town on business. They form a strange couple and experience some degree of loneliness in a foreign city populated by millions of people. It is another beautiful film that also shows how fun and interesting it is to travel to discover a new country.

  • Year: 2003
  • Director's name: Sofia Coppola
  • Main actors: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi
  • Awards and awards: 2004 - Oscar Award Best Original Screenplay to Sofia Coppola
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 7,91 - € 12,99 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

14 - Under the Tuscan sun

Don't want to leave city life? A word of advice: don't watch this movie! Delicious wines, mouthwatering food, country houses and an extraordinary hilly panorama will make you dream of traveling right through Tuscany, making you feel the need to escape from city life.

  • Year: 2003
  • Director's name: Audrey Wells
  • Main actors: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 9,69

15 - Eat pray love

The film, based on the book of the same name, has encouraged people to travel and pursue a life or career away from noisy cities since its release. After a difficult divorce, the protagonist embarks on a mission to rediscover herself through a journey where she eats in Italy, prays in India and loves in Bali.

  • Year: 2010
  • Director's name: Ryan Murphy
  • Main actors: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 11,99 - € 9,99 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

16 - Seven years in Tibet

The film tells the story of an Austrian mountaineer who goes to conquer the Himalayas in 1939. After being captured and sent to a prison camp, he ends up escaping with the help of another man and sneaking in the sacred city of Lhasa, Tibet. Befriends the young Dalai Lama just before China's attempted invasion. The two men, despite being part of two diametrically different worlds, become great friends and learn from each other. The main character was initially a selfish idiot, but slowly changes his outlook on life when confronted with new experiences in a foreign land. The film shows well how travel adventures can change one's life.

  • Year: 1997
  • Director's name: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Main actors: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 5,50 - € 8,48 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

17 - The Way Back

Based on an incredible true story, The Way Back follows the stories of seven prisoners with very different backgrounds as they try the impossible: escape from a Siberian prison in the middle of winter. They then begin their perilous 4.500-mile journey to freedom through the most merciless landscape in the world, attempting to reach India. They have little food and supplies. They don't know if they can trust each other. Their desire to survive, however, leads them to resist the most extreme nature. The film shows the value of the tacit code of trust that is established between travelers, as well as our innate ability to survive and seek freedom at any cost.

  • Year: 2010
  • Director's name: Peter Weir
  • Main actors: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell
  • Any prizes and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 10,58 - € 11,36 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

18 - Before dawn

Known as one of the most significant films of the nineties, with a young Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, it tells the story of an American traveler discovering Europe who meets a French girl on her way home from Budapest. After an engaging conversation started on the train, and after noting a particular affinity, the two decide to take a break in Vienna. Discovering the city, they establish an intense intimacy, share their stories and opinions, discover love, defying time before sunset arrives, when they must necessarily separate.

  • Year: 1995
  • Director's name: Richard Linklater
  • Main actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 9,50 - € 10,44 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

19 - Cast Away

A true masterpiece that can also have a dramatic impact on every trip. The protagonist, who miraculously survived a plane crash, is shipwrecked on a desert island and is forced to stay there for years, as no one can know that he is there. Only after four years does he decide to attempt a risky sea voyage to return home. It is certainly not the kind of trip that a person can hope for but the film is full of teachings and food for thought.

  • Year: 2000
  • Director's name: Robert Zemeckis
  • Main actors: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Lari White
  • Awards and awards: 2001 - Golden Globe Best Actor in a Drama Film to Tom Hanks
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 6,80 - € 8,48 (Dvd - Blu-ray)

20 - On the Road

The important thing is to go, no matter where. This film makes this phrase a true motto and immediately became a symbol of the beat generation, after the novel from which it is based. The story tells of a journey with unpredictable implications and of the friendship between the two protagonists, Sal and Dean, travelers with a nomadic spirit and restless souls.

  • Year: 2012
  • Director's name: Walter Salles
  • Main actors: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart
  • Awards and awards: /
  • Blu-ray and DVD: starting from € 7,16

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