Time for the Oscars for Travel Movies

Now is the time for all good film buffs to gather around the TV set to see who wins the Oscars for this year. However, we’re all for establishing the Traveler’s Oscar–films that make you want to go there. (Please suggest names for the new award in the comment section below.)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Judi Dench and Celia Imrie in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Our Film Expert, Jane Boursaw earlier recommended 5 Best Movies of 2012 to Inspire Travel

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (India)

The Intouchables (France)

Hide Away (Michigan)

Salmon Fishing in Yemen 

Big Miracle (Alaska)

Taste of Cinema shares their list of Ten All-Time Best Movies to Give you Itchy Feet.

The Beach (Thailand)
Slumdog Milionnaire (Bombay)
127 Hours (Grand Canyon)
Little Miss Sunshine (Road Trip USA)
The Lord of the Rings (New Zealand)
Euro Trip (Road Trip Europe)
Into the Wild (Alaska)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Thelma and Louise (road trip USA)
Cast Away (Pacific Island)

Poster: American in Paris

The Cheap Flights Blog helpfully lists travel movies that have won Oscars in the past. Not all for best movie, you’ll have to follow the link to learn what they did win.

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Sideways (2004)
Up (2009)
An American in Paris (1951)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Out of Africa (1985)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Forrest Gump (1994)

Along a canal in Bruges. This is my photo from the trip I took because of the movie!

At Tales From the Road, Dick Jordan tells us his five all-time favorite travel movies:
Charlie Wilson’s Private War (Afghanistan)
In Bruges (Belgium)
There Will Be Blood (California)
Paris (Rififi)
Transiberian (Russia)

Expert Vagabound recommends 19 movies for travelers, and, unlike most lists, some are not American made. This is a good one, so I suggest you check it out, if you’re looking for a native view of a destination.

Did any of the Oscar-nominated movies this year make you want to pack your packs, hit the road, call the travel agent, book passage?



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About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, or recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons . She has written for Reel Life With Jane, Life is a Trip and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

2 thoughts on “Time for the Oscars for Travel Movies

  1. I love these movie lists! I love travel related or inspiring films. Sometimes I’ll do it the other way around though. Find movies to watch when we are in places they are set in.
    We are in HCMC now and one of the first movies we watched here was Good Morning Vietnam 🙂

  2. I have seen many of these movies and they tell us so much about the place & culture.

    I wish I see all of them soon before visiting those places.

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