Escape to Paris in 10 Films

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I for one always want to escape to Paris. But living on the opposite side of the world makes that a little difficult… so if you know those feels and you feel my pain, here are 10 films that will aid your escape to Paris (albeit through a tv screen)!

1. 2 Days in Paris

A European vacation was intended to repair the tattered relationship between American Jack (Adam Goldberg) and French native Marion (Julie Delpy). But, by the time they arrive in Paris to visit Marion’s family, it is clear the trip is not going well. The city brings out aspects of Marion that only alienate neurotic Jack further, from her in-your-face politics to her former boyfriends, who surface in every cafe. Thus the most romantic city in the world could mean the end of the couple’s romance. 


2. An American in Paris

Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention of Milo Roberts, a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art.


3. Le Divorce

While visiting her sister (Naomi Watts) in Paris, a young woman (Kate Hudson) finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.


4. Before Sunset

A sequel to “Before Sunrise,” this film starts nine years later as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine (Julie Delpy). After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.


5. Charade

After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband’s World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?


6. Last Tango in Paris

Distraught following his wife’s suicide, American hotelier Paul (Marlon Brando) becomes transfixed by the beautiful younger Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider) when he meets her by chance at an apartment both are attempting to rent. The couple begin an extended but purely anonymous sexual relationship in which they do not even tell each other their names, but it soon becomes clear that the couple’s deliberate level of disassociation cannot continue.


7. Midnight in Paris

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist. Vacationing in Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), he has taken to touring the city alone. On one such late-night excursion, Gil encounters a group of strange — yet familiar — revelers, who sweep him along, apparently back in time, for a night with some of the Jazz Age’s icons of art and literature. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present.


8. Ratatouille

Remy (Patton Oswalt), a resident of Paris, appreciates good food and has quite a sophisticated palate. He would love to become a chef so he can create and enjoy culinary masterpieces to his heart’s delight. The only problem is, Remy is a rat. When he winds up in the sewer beneath one of Paris’ finest restaurants, the rodent gourmet finds himself ideally placed to realize his dream.


9. Amelie

“Amélie” is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Delicatessen”; “The City of Lost Children”) invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue.


10. Monte Carlo

Best friends Grace (Selena Gomez) and Emma (Katie Cassidy) quit their waitress jobs in small-town Texas and head to Paris for a summer adventure, accompanied by Grace’s stepsister, Meg (Leighton Meester). The prepackaged tour fails to meet their expectations, however, and soon their spirits sag. But, when Grace is mistaken for a British socialite named Cordelia, she and her companions head to Monte Carlo to enjoy a week of yacht parties and cute bachelors — then the real Cordelia arrives.

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    Brittany Stopa
    January 30, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Love this! Midnight in Paris and Ratatouille are a couple of my all-time faves! Will have to check out these other suggestions.

    December 2, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I love this list 🙂
    I’ve just started writing up on my trip to Paris ( and Amelie definitely inspired a lot of my choices in regards of where to go!

    Mary Lyndall
    November 21, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Makes me want to jump on a plan and leave to Pairs right now!

    Miles of Happiness
    November 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    🙂 I miss this city !

    November 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’ve watched #1 and #9 on this list – I love watching films in French because I find it really helps me learn the language even more!

    -Raza from

    Luc @ The Wanderlust Scout
    November 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I totally forgot about Monte Carlo and Le Divorce ha! Funny movies.

    From Paris with love is also a great one!

    Lucy x ||

    November 18, 2014 at 6:16 am

    The only movie I have seen so far is ‘Monte carlo” and I absolutely loved it! Probably a lot more of your list are gonna be watched soon by me because I just love Paris so much! And until I can actually travel there, movies will have to do. 😀

    November 18, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Midnight in Paris is a wonderful movie! Of course, Woody Allen knew had to bring light to the city. And Ratatouille, unforgettable!
    With love,

    November 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Oh Paris, a perfect location for many many movies! Too bad you did not include French movies (except Amelie), which I find more realistic and better. But that’s my humble opinion 🙂

    November 18, 2014 at 3:57 am

    good list – i love paris, need to go again

    November 18, 2014 at 3:56 am

    i love paris, want to go again for sure

    November 18, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Chocolat (while not Parisian) always gets me in the mood for France too!
    Lovely post with some movies I’ll have to check out!

    November 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I am not a fan of Paris as a city, but maybe it was the way I was introduced to it – in a very organized, yet rushed manner.
    The movies and books about Paris are something special for me, though. It takes my breath away and leaves me feeling wonderful and happy. The way people manage to capture streets and corners on film is incredible. I can re-watch these movies again and again! Thanks for a reminder 🙂

    P.s. Yesterday I saw a cut version of “Julie&Julia” called “&Julia”, which was very Paris-intense as well! 🙂

    Patricija xxxx

    November 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I LOVE watching movies about a place before I visit – it gets me excited about my trip and sometimes you can learn a bit of history before you go!

    I watched Midnight in Paris twice before I visited Paris. That movie is probably one of my all time favourites.

    Global Girl Travels
    November 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Saw this same post on Conde Nast Traveler:

    Kelly @ Endlessly Exploring
    November 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve only seen a few of movies on here, so I’m going to start making my way through the rest of the list! Will be a nice way to pretend that I’m in the beautiful Paris! 😉 x

    Best holiday destinations
    November 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Nice video. thanks for sharing your experince.

    Jessica Feng
    November 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I want to watch every single movie now!! Experience living in Paris for 6 months while I was an undergrad and there isn’t a day I ago without thinking about how amazing and magical the city was. Paris will always have a piece of my heart, and I cannot wait until the next time I get to visit. Love your blog Brooke, always an inspiration and glad I get to see the world through your eyes!! xx

    My Paris post:

    November 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    you must add French Kiss to your list if you haven’t already seen it! one of my favorite films, and also set in beautiful Paris.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    November 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    So many great movies on this list! I absolutely adore Before Sunset, such a gorgeous film

    November 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Makes me want to watch all of these next month over Christmas break! I love Amelie and Ratatouille. Sounds like you’ve been watching a lot of movies lately.

    LEE @ Modern Granola
    November 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    So fun! I’ve only seen half, so I need to do some movie watching!

    November 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Aw I have seen all of these movies and love them! Midnight in Paris was so strange yet super enthralling. Really good list! You should make posts like this about heaps of different places!

    21 year old travel blogger

    Clipping Path Outsource
    November 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Monte Carlo is a interesting movie my colleague told.