Best Europe Travel Films
written by Souranath Banerjee
Best Europe Travel Films – these films shouldn’t be confused with the Road-movies category made by European directors (though a few of them in the list does fulfill that criteria as well).
This particular list of movies, for them the locations are as important as the characters in the narrative, and they are meant to inspire you to travel to the stunning European cities so rich in beauty, culture and heritage.
To travel is to live and as they say ‘when you travel far enough you meet yourself‘. And it’s so true! In each of these films you will find the characters somehow discovering themselves at the end of their romantic/emotional or spiritual/adventurous journeys!
Hope you start packing your bags for Europe soon after watching these films! (No documentaries included in this list though.)
10. How Much Further (2006)
Qué tan lejos (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNnzrllQlzQ
Place to Visit: Ecuador
Two girls on a bus-ride to the city of Cuenca, but due to certain unavoidable reasons they finally decide to hitchhike their way. They meet interesting people, they have fun and experience the journey of their lives!
Directed by Tania Hermida, a pretty underrated travel drama with superb landscapes and a very well narrated plot.
9. The Way (2010)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnTpJEFlj5g
Place to Visit: Spain
A father (Martin Sheen) carrying the ashes of his adult son completes the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey.
Directed by Emilio Estevez, this emotional film takes us through a enchantingly scenic walk from the French border through northern Spain – known as The Way of St. James or Camino de Santiago.
8. Copenhagen (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivNMSxPE-_w
Place to Visit: Denmark
A guy comes to Copenhagen to find about his grandfather’s past but soon enough he falls in love with a girl only to find out later that she is a minor!
Directed by Mark Raso, this charming film is essentially a love-story but it will help you explore the beautiful and historic Danish capital; a perfect movie for romantic wanderers!
7. The Trip (2010)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9bPJmy68Rs
Place to Visit: England
If comedy, good food and traveling makes you happy then this first chapter of director Michael Winterbottom‘s The Trip Trilogy is definitely worth your time!
6. In July (2000)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr7WImqnKBM
Place to Visit: Germany, Turkey
A professor (Moritz Bleibtreu) in search for his soulmate is ready to travel all across Europe, from Hamburg to Istanbul but does he really know who is his true love?
Directed by Fatih Akin, a brilliant tale of adventure and passion, full of comic moments and yet so romantic. Probably the best road-movie I have ever seen!
4. Midnight in Paris (2011)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_3gIxrcWK8
Place to Visit: France
Every midnight a nostalgic screenwriter (Owen Wilson) mysteriously goes back to the golden age of Paris – the 1920s, and there he finds his inspiration!
Directed by Woody Allen who has made numerous films focusing on many cities around the world but this Oscar wining film is special – Paris has never been so romantic!
5. A Room with a View (1985)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFIPjRFuaHA
Place to Visit: Italy
When you visit a city as beautiful as Florence you surely deserve a view from your hotel room!
Directed by James Ivory, this brilliant romantic drama (nominated for 8 Oscars, won 3) celebrates both love and passion as well as the vistas of the picturesque city. Trust me, this movie is the reason for many to plan a visit to Italy!
4. Mamma Mia! (2008)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiVnD9i7BpE
Place to Visit: Greece
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, if you adore ABBA and Greece, this is THE film for you!
3. Kings of the Road (1976)
Im Lauf der Zeit (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zq-EBhErEI
Place to Visit: Germany
A film-projection-equipment repairman and a heart-broken young man team up to travel along the East-German border – an unknown adventure begins!
The third film of the Road-movie Trilogy directed by acclaimed Wim Wenders, with the German countryside in the background this is a brilliant piece of Cinema both artistically and intellectually.
2. Before Sunrise (1995)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25v7N34d5HE
Place to Visit: Austria
A guy meets a girl on a train and they instinctively decide to spend one evening together, trying to know each other while roaming around the picturesque city of Vienna!
- The Spanish Apartment (2002)
L’Auberge Espagnole (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsvJFtUDfl0
Place to Visit: Spain
During his ‘Erasmus year’ a young French guy goes to Barcelona and rents a room with another five people all coming from different countries and speaking different languages!
The first part of the famous Spanish Apartment Trilogy directed by Cédric Klapisch, a brilliant comedy that portrays the multicultural spirit of youth and the beauty of Spain like never before!
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
+1. EuroTrip (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Eu0X3B6OM
Place to Visit: Europe
Dumped by his girlfriend a guy plans a sudden trip (backpacking Europe) with his crazy friends.
Directed by Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg and David Mandel, this one is a very popular sex comedy, full of half-naked teenagers, adult jokes and slapstick moments. But then again it’s all about fun and traveling all across the Europe!
A few other films that definitely inspire us to travel to Europe are Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Roman Holiday (1953), Zorba the Greek (1964), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Local Hero (1983), A Good Year (2006), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005).
Poster courtesy: www.imdb.com.