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10 Travel Films you Haven’t Seen

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On a recent longhaul flight from Australia to LAX with Qantas, I found myself meandering through the classic movie selection and noticed a common theme – many of the films onboard were either directly or indirectly related to travel. Having previously written this post about 10 of the best travel films, I realised there were many greats missing from the list and others claiming to uncover the Best Travel Films.

So here are 10 Travel Films you Haven’t Seen to keep your wanderlust at bay.


The Aviator [2004]

If you’re a nervous flier, this film might help put your nerves to rest. The Aviator follows the story of legendary film director and aviation enthusiast Howard Hughes’ career in the late 1920s-1940s.


Cast Away [2000]

In a nutshell: Tom Hanks stranded on an island. You’ve probably seen this one, but what better way to kick off a travel films list than with a classic. For similar island vibes less the isolation, you might consider another 2000 travel classic, The Beach.


Anna Karenina [2012]

Put Keira Knightley and Jude Law together in aristocratic Russia circa late-19th Century and you have a pretty good film with a strong insight into modern Russian history. This film is also particularly insightful for those interested in visiting St Petersburg, Russia’s former capital.


Nebraska [2013]Β 

This critically acclaimed film is likely to be one you haven’t seen before, but it is certainly up to the Sunday-afternoon standard and should be place on your list of films to watch when in need of an escape. The story follows a man and his estranged son who travel from Montana to Nebraska.


Out of Africa [1985]

The perfect introduction to life as a Westerner living in Africa or the cultural differences for expats more generally, Out of Africa is a fantastic film featuring the one and only Meryl Streep.


The Endless Summer [1996]

An old school surf documentary that takes you around the world in search of “the perfect wave”.


Thelma & Louise [1991]

What do you get when one housewife and one independent solo woman take themselves on a road trip? Adventure. And things going wrong… of course! This thriller/drama from the early 90’s will keep you entertained for a couple of hours.


The Talented Mr. Ripley [1999]

Chances are you may have seen Mr. Ripley over the years since it was released in the late 1990’s, but it is well worth a re-watch for the travel focus, if not to see Matt Damon in his prime time.


If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium [1969]

A tour guide’s patience is tested when he takes a tour group of Americans across Europe. Good, fun humour and an effortless laugh.


Two for the Road [1967]

A married couple make their way to France to test the limits of their lifeless marriage. Infidelity threatens to capture both of them in this holiday un-romance film. Audrey Hepburn is a delight to watch, as usual.


Over to YOU! Do you have any lesser-known travel films to share?

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    Nigel & Jane
    March 7, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I have seen a few of them. And I’ve just written my Top 10 – there’s not much overlap …
    Must check out Nebraska.

    Cest La Vibe
    November 14, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Just saw “The Endless Summer”; Great movie!

    September 11, 2015 at 1:36 am

    HI! I saw exactly half of them πŸ™‚

    September 11, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Hi! I saw exactly half of them πŸ˜‰

    May 19, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I love travel movies, but I never saw one of your great suggestions… I’m going to start Netflix immediately and put them on my list to watch!

    May 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    LOL Most of these movies were Oscar nominated. I think you’re reaching a bit by saying they’re “films you haven’t seen”, aren’t you?

    April 9, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Who hasn’t seen Thelma and Louise?!

    Will Bowie
    April 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Great unique list Brooke…will check out the ones I have not seen for sure! I have a soft spot for Audrey Hepburn, but do not tell anyone…it will destroy my street cred!

    April 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I remember watching Cast Away the night before I first boarded a plane in the fifth grade (my actual first time as a two-year-old didn’t count), and was completely freaked out about the trip. Talk about bad timing, but still such a good classic film!

    April 7, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    If you understand the French sense of humour, Les BronzΓ©s au Soleil and Les BronzΓ©s font du Ski are classics! Even better is that they’re both ’70s movies

    April 6, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Great list! I have seen Out of Africa though hahaha I love having travel movies to see whenever I can’t be traveling. Have a wonderful day,

    April 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    You’re right, I haven’t seen any of these films, but I have no idea why! Thinks i’ll start with Thelma and Louise!

    April 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm


    April 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Great post, Anna Karenina is on my list!

    April 6, 2015 at 5:18 am

    These are great! I haven’t heard of some of these, I will definitely have to take some time to watch soon. Another lesser-known travel film is Chasing Liberty. It’s about the US president’s daughter as she escapes her parents while abroad and travels through Europe trying to make it to the Berlin Love Parade. It’s a great romantic comedy!

    Mel xx

    April 6, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Thats funny I literally just watched aviator yesterday randomly. Castaway is a classic!

    April 6, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Added all of these to my ‘to-watch’ list. I love Cast Away & The Talented Mr. Riplet but haven’t seen any of the other. Great finds!

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 6, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I’m such a sucker for travel movies (the woes of being a travel blogger), so I’m glad you shared this list! I haven’t seen a few of them. My go-to is “Eat, Pray, Love.” I can’t get enough of all the pizza scenes in Italy πŸ˜‰

    April 6, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Loved it! IΒ΄m in need of new travel movies. Nebraska is such a good film, so underrated (:
    Have a good day,
    Marie x

    Jake Ryan
    April 6, 2015 at 12:35 am

    I’ve seen most of these but pretty decent list anyway πŸ˜€


    Sarah Lou
    April 5, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve only seen 3 out of 10! Shocking, shall amend accordingly. Great post πŸ™‚

    April 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Well I have only watched three of them – but I have heard about most of them πŸ™‚

    April 5, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Great list of films but most of these are well known blockbusters and utterly ill suited to the title of this post.

    Adelaide Haynes
    April 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Anything with Audrey Hepburn is amazing!
    I love watching good films which incorporate aspects of travel. After living in London I absolutely love films which feature the amazing city e.g Notting Hill, About Time πŸ™‚

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored
    April 5, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Funnily enough I watched Anna Karenina on my KL- London flight just a few days ago! I’ve never seen Cast Away – shockingly as I love islands and my idea of heaven is being stranded on a tropical paradise with sunscreen, a mobile phone and solar charger, and coconut scented lip balm. I’m going to watch that tonight with M&S pina colada cans and coconut cookies! x


    Rebecca Sharp
    April 5, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    You ‘haven’t seen’? Some of these are pretty well known… Good list though!

    April 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Great idea for a post, even though I’ve seen all of the films with the exception of If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium πŸ™‚

    April 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I like this post! I have only seen castaway so I will definitely make sure to check out the other, thank you so much πŸ™‚

    April 5, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I’ve seen most of these, but Anna Karenina is an absolute fave- the gorgeous outfits and the wonderful shots of Russia just ignite my need to get there asap!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    April 5, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Great list, although I’ve seen most of these films! Nebraska is such a gorgeous film.

    April 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Funny enough I’ve seen just about every movie on this list — but that’s because I’m a big fan of classics. I love that you included Thelma & Louise and The Talented Mr. Ripley — some of my favourites! πŸ™‚

    April 5, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Oh i definitely need to watch anna karenina and nebraska! Also, Thelma and Louise and Two for the Road looks like something i’d enjoy! I hope i can stream them somewhere online!

    X, Carina

    April 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

    A great list, however Leo is not in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

    April 5, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Great Post! I love documentarys from Richard Gress (the wildness and I, unfortunately only in german) and from Andreas Kieling (he is a famous german animal film maker).

    Love from germany & happy easter! xo
    Jasmin from | travel & lifestyle blog

    April 5, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for the great suggestions! I would also add a documentary called “A Map for Saturday” which is a guy’s journey traveling the world solo. It was very eye-opening.