My Favorite Travel Films

The only thing I love more than being on the road is watching a good film about being on the road. Below I’ve thrown together a list of my favorite travel related films. Some of these films are about travel, while others focus on the destination in which they are set. Whatever the case, I highly recommend all of them.

The Way Back (2010)

Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and several other A-listers escape a gulag and attempt to walk 4,000 miles across Siberia to safety in India.

On the Road (2012)

Based on the Jack Kerouac novel, a young writer travels across 1950s America in search of inspiration.

Far and Away (1992)

A young Irish Tom Cruise leaves Ireland to claim his own land and freedom in late 19th century America.

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma, Arizona. Ben Foster is AMAZING as Russell Crowe’s right-hand man.

Into the Wild (2007)

A young man abandons his possessions and hitchhikes to Alaska.

Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.

Tracks (2013)

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Terrence Malick’s adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father’s footsteps and stop the Nazis. Since Venice is my favorite city, I had to include this film.

Before Sunrise (1995)

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna.

In Bruges (2008)

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

True Grit (2010)

A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father’s murderer on a journey through Indian Nations. Matt Damon is delightful as Texas Ranger Leboeuf.