25 Movies to Inspire Your Next Vacation

The power of a movie extends beyond the plotline. A great movie draws you in, grips your heart, and leaves you wanting more. And so is the case with the list of movies below - these have inspired us to get out and travel.

1. Casablanca (1946)

In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one-time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.


Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman





2. Lion (2016)

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.


Based on Saroo Brierley's memoir 'A Long Way Home'. Directed by Garth Davis.


Starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.






3. Roman Holiday (1953)

Stuck with boredom in her luxurious confinement, a princess escapes from her guardians and falls in love with an American news reporter in Rome


Starring ‎Gregory Peck‎; ‎Audrey Hepburn






4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.


Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn






5. Midnight in Paris (2011)

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.


Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, among others.






6. Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.


Starring Reese Witherspoon






7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones sets out in search of a biblical artifact called the Ark of the Covenant, which is coveted by many people. In his quest, he must face opposition from the Nazis.


Starring Harrison Ford




8. Up in the Air (2009)

Ryan, a corporate downsizing expert, takes his new colleague on his office tour. On the way, he meets another flier and the two begin a casual relationship.


Starring George Clooney Vera Farmiga Anna Kendrick Danny McBride




9. Call of the Wild (2020)

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team--and later its leader--Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.


Starring Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, and Colin Woodell.




10. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

After Frances's seemingly happy San Francisco marriage ends abruptly, she goes into a funk. Urged by her friends to move on, she joins a bus tour of Tuscany where, on the spur of the moment, she buys a crumbling villa. She assembles a crew of oddballs and immigrants to repair the house; over the next year, as they work, she welcomes one of her New York friends who's pregnant and at loose ends, and she seeks love, first (tenuously) with her married real estate agent, then with a charming stranger. Although life gets in the way of love, Frances's wishes come true in unexpected ways, and there's always the Tuscan sun.


Starring Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh




11. Catch Me if You Can (2002)

Notorious con artist Frank Abagnale has duped people worth millions of dollars with his masterful art of deception. With his scams getting bolder, he is soon pursued by FBI agent Carl Hanratty.


Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye




12. The Beach (2000)

Richard, a young man, travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of an odd map. Rumors state that the map leads to an island paradise. Accompanied by a few friends, he sets out to find it.


Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, Robert Carlyle




13. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Tom travels to Venice to convince Dickie, a rich man's son, to return to the US. When he gets obsessed with Dickie's lavish lifestyle, he resorts to extreme measures to impersonate him.


Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law




14. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

Clark Griswold decides to embark on a cross-country expedition from Chicago to an LA amusement park with his family. Their vacation turns into a nightmare when they encounter several hurdles.


Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, John Candy, Christie Brinkley




15. The Bucket List (2007)

Two terminally ill men left with only six months to live, decide to explore life and make a bucket list comprising all the things they have never tried before.


Starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Rob Morrow




16. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

Elizabeth Gilbert's perfect world comes shattering down when she gets divorced. She then embarks on a journey across the world in an attempt to rediscover her true self.

Starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem




17. The Holiday (2006)

Two girls from different countries swap homes for the holidays to get away from their relationship issues. However, their lives change unexpectedly when they meet and fall in love with two local guys.


Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell




18. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is better known as the boyfriend of TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). After she unceremoniously dumps him, he feels lost and alone but makes a last-ditch bid to get over it by going to Hawaii. However, she and her new boyfriend (Russell Brand) are there in the same hotel.


Starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand




19. EuroTrip (2004)

Scott goes through a break-up after his high school graduation and asks his German penfriend, Mieke, to stay away from him. He realizes that Mieke is a girl and goes to Europe to apologize to her.


Starring Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester





20. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest, a man with low IQ, recounts the early years of his life when he found himself in the middle of key historical events. All he wants now is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny.


Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field




21. A Walk in the Woods (2015)

Hoping to find some peace, Bill Bryson, an author, decides to go on an adventure by hiking the Appalachian Trail along with his old friend, Katz.


Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Thompson




22. Lost in Translation (2003)

An American actor Bob, lands in Tokyo for an ad film and ends up meeting Charlotte, who's left behind by her photographer husband. Gradually, the two discover a friend within each other.


Starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Fumihiro Hayashi




23. Free Solo (2018)

Professional rock climber Alex Honnold attempts to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 900-meter vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.

Starring Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless, Jimmy Chin, Tommy Caldwell




24. Everest (2015)

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.


Starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Jake Gyllenhaal




25. The Way (2010)

An American father travels to France to retrieve the body of his estranged son, who died while attempting the pilgrimage to Spain's Santiago de Compostela. He resolves to take the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his son.


Starring Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara, Unger James, Nesbitt Yorick van Wageningen, Emilio Estevez




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