13 Movies That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust
It’s no secret that our taste for adventure is easily stoked. Whisper a little tale of a far-off destination here, dangle some sights of an unknown place there, and our imaginations will promptly snap to attention with the possibility of escape and discovery. So it goes. And though we love nothing more than planning that getaway, it isn’t always possible, what with jobs and various life responsibilities. So it goes. To serve as a temporary substitute and to give you those same heart flutters that accompany traveling somewhere new, we’re rounding up 13 films that will inspire your wanderlust. From journeys across India to ambling midnight walks through the streets of Paris to—wait for it—treks through Middle-earth, these films will serve as your roundtrip ticket. Scroll now.
One of the beauties of traveling is that it can be at turns both wondrously wild and supremely introspective. No film captures this duality better than Lost in Translation, wherein we follow Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) and Bob Harris (Bill Murray) to Tokyo’s pulsing neon nightlife and its quiet temples dotted with cherry blossoms.
Richard Linklater’s iconic three-part love story begins with baby-faced Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy trading philosophical thoughts and flirtatious glances on a train. The two decide to disembark together in Vienna, where they spend the entire night wandering the cobblestone streets and falling in love. It’s all oh so very romantic, to say the least.
There’s nothing like a rock ’n’ roll music tour and rousing bus sing-alongs to “Tiny Dancer” to make you want to hit the road and see America. The best part, alongside the main plot of Almost Famous (the band, the boy, the unrequited love, etc.), is a smaller one of a young woman becoming a flight attendant in order to escape suburbia. You go, Zooey Deschanel. You go.
Ever considered leaving the hustle and bustle of city life—and the doldrums of corporate life—for the countryside? Be forewarned: A Good Year is about a man (hey, Russell Crowe) so blessed that he is able to do just that. The Provence, France, vineyard he inherits is every bit as dreamy as you might imagine.
Some things would only be possible on vacation, don’t you think? Woody Allen follows two friends, Vicky and Cristina, who head out on summer holiday to Spain and encounter romance. Expect beautiful views of Barcelona and even more enticing views of Javier Bardem—and the seductive holiday love affair he effortlessly personifies.
The first of three adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring sets its tale in the wide world of Middle-earth, filmed in various breathtaking locations throughout New Zealand. Frodo, just a small hobbit from the bucolic Shire, encounters a world he could have only imagined (if that). The story is one of choosing adventure—even if it’s very far beyond your comfort zone—and accepting the unknown.
Set in the City of Light, Midnight in Paris follows a nostalgic writer, Gil (Owen Wilson), as he tours the streets late at night, lamenting modern times, aching for love, and discovering a whole lot more than he could have ever imagined. This film will have you craving a break from the ordinary—for the sake of the magic you might encounter.