List of Foreign Films and Travel-Related Movies

Yesterday on #CultureTrav we discussed the topic “Movies” together with special guest host Erik Scalavino. The discussion was not only inspirational – providing the community with ideas of new places to see and explore – but also added foreign films and travel-related movies to our “must see” list. Following the chat, I collected the names of all the foreign films and travel-related movies, whether mentioned as an overall favorite, inspiration to travel to a particular destination or an accurate representation of a certain culture, ones associated with travel destinations and those suggested by a #CultureTrav chatter who visited a film set location. Below is the list in alphabetical order:


In a way, the Disney movie “The Lion King” inspired me to visit South Africa and embark on multiple safaris. Photo: male lion in Kruger Park, South Africa

  • 100-Foot Journey
  • A Good Year
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • A Map for Saturday
  • African Cats’
  • Alan Whicker documentaries
  • Amelie
  • An Affair To Remember
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Aristocats
  • Atanarjuat: Fast Runner
  • Avengers, Age of Ultron
  • Back to the Future trilogy
  • Bajrangi Bhaijaan
  • Batman Begins
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Beetlejuice
  • Before Sunset
  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Borat
  • Bottle Shock
  • Captain America
  • Casablanca
  • Chasing Liberty
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Clueless
  • Cool Runnings
  • Count of Monte Cristo
  • Da Vinci Code
  • Diva
  • Dolls by Takeshi Kitano
  • Dr No
  • Dr. Zhivago
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Eurotrip
  • Ever After
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Forrest Gump
  • French Kiss
  • Gladiator
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • Gorillas In The Mist
  • Hamam: Il Bagno Turco
  • Harry Potter series
  • Highway (Bollywood)
  • Home Alone
  • Homeward Bound
  • Hostel
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
  • In Bruges
  • Indiana Jones
  • Into The Wild
  • James Bond movies
  • Je T’aime
  • Julie & Julia
  • L’auberge l’espagnole
  • La Bella Grandezza
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Le Grand Bleu
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Local Hero
  • Lost In Translation
  • Love Actually
  • Mad Max
  • Mamma Mia
  • Manhattan
  • Michael Palin documentaries
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • Monte Carlo
  • Mr. Bean’s Holiday
  • Murder on The Orient Express
  • My Life in Ruins
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation
  • New York Minute
  • Notting Hill
  • Nueve Reinas
  • Out of Africa
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Pans Labyrinth
  • Pink Panther
  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Ratatouille
  • Roman Holiday
  • Rosario Tijeras
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Star Wars series
  • Stepping Into The Fire
  • Suicide Squad
  • Summer Lovers
  • Summertime
  • Taken 1 and 2
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Beach
  • The Bourne series
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • The Decalogue – Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Holiday
  • The Last Emperor
  • The Lion King
  • The Long Way Around
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The Lover
  • The Motorcycle Diaries
  • The Mummy
  • The Proposal
  • The Quiet American
  • The Railway Man
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • The Terminal
  • The Way
  • The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Tracks
  • Trainspotting
  • True Grit
  • Twilight
  • Under The Tuscan Sun
  • UP
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Wild
  • Zorba the Greek

A few television series were also mentioned, which I’ve listed below also in alphabetical order:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anthony Bourdain
  • Crossing Jordan
  • Doctor Who
  • Game of Thrones
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Outlander
  • Rizzoli and Isles
  • Sherlock
  • Shetland
  • Yukon Gold

Thank you once again to Erik for the great topic suggestion and guest hosting yesterday, and as always, to my amazing co-host and the founder of #CultureTrav Nicolette Orlemans. And an even bigger shout-out to the wonderful #CultureTrav community – thank you for inspirational and intellectual discussions each and every week!

I’d love to hear from you which foreign films and travel-related movies are your favorites. Did they make this list? Please let me know in the comments below.

2 replies
  1. Maria
    Maria says:

    I’m absolutely gutted I missed the chat! There are some of my all time favourite films in this list. I’ve recently watched Everest and would really recommend it to anyone who likes adventure and has seen into the wild as it features Jon Krakauer, the journalist that wrote into the wild. Fantastic film!

    • Jessica Lipowski
      Jessica Lipowski says:

      Thank you for the recommendation, Maria! I’m sure many would love that film, as well, as Into The Wild was a popular pick. We missed you, too, during #CultureTrav, but know you were there in spirit 🙂


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