Sometimes the best way to experience a destination you haven’t been to is to watch a movie that takes place there.
From the “Lord of the Rings,” which brings New Zealand’s beauty to the forefront, to “Into the Wild,” which was filmed in Alaska’s rugged wilderness, here are 30 movies that will fuel your wanderlust.
A classic black-and-white film featuring an always elegant Audrey Hepburn, 'Roman Holiday' features 1950s Rome through the eyes of a sheltered princess and the American man she falls in love with.
The movie was filmed at a variety of iconic landmarks throughout the city.
Featuring a teen who grew up in India's slums and then makes it on the show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire,' 'Slumdog Millionaire' shows India in all its gritty, overcrowded, and often dirty glory.
It's sure to spark some curiosity in avid travellers who have never been. The movie was filmed mostly in the cities of Agra and Mumbai.
Based on the book by Frances Mayes, 'Under the Tuscan Sun' tells the story of a recently divorced writer who ends up impulsively buying a villa in the Italian countryside while on vacation in Tuscany.
The movie was filmed in multiple locations throughout Italy, many in Tuscany -- Florence, Arezzo, and Siena -- as well as Rome and Positano. Think quaint villages, Tuscan countryside, and spectacular coastal views.
'Into the Wild' is the true story of a top student and athlete who gives up everything after his college graduation in favour of hitchhiking to Alaska and surviving in the wilderness.
The movie was filmed throughout the United States, in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and South Dakota.
Taking place in 1930s Indochina, just as the area's French colonial rule was ending, the plot of 'Indochine' centres on a French woman, the Vietnamese princess she ends up raising, and the drama that ensues when they both fall in love with a French navy officer.
The movie was filmed in Malaysia and Vietnam, including Halong Bay.
Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' takes place in a fantasy world filled with hobbits and dark lords.
This movie, along with the others in the series, inspired much travel to New Zealand, where the movies were filmed.
James Bond's first mission to kill as a 007 requires him to win a high-stakes poker game against a weapons dealer in 'Casino Royale.'
Although the casino where Bond plays is located in Montenegro in the movie, the actual filming locations include Italy, the Czech Republic, England, and the Bahamas -- inspiration for every kind of traveller.
'Catch me if You Can' tells the crazy but true story of a 19-year-old man who pretended to be a lawyer, doctor, and pilot, conning millions of dollars in the process.
The movie's main character is always jetting off to somewhere new, and the movie was filmed in three different locations: California, New York City, and Quebec.
In '7 Years in Tibet,' Brad Pitt plays an Austrian explorer who befriended the Dalai Lama as China was taking over Tibet.
It's a true story, and some of the scenes in the movie were actually filmed in Tibet. Other shooting locations include Argentina, Canada, Austria, Chile, and England.
'The Beach' tells the story of three 20-somethings who discover a stunning and secluded island in Thailand, but run into trouble while there.
The movie is filmed all over Thailand, including Phuket, Krabi, Bangkok, and Phi Phi Leh Island.
'The Sound of Music' is a classic that was made in the '60s but is set in 1930s Austria. It's the story of a woman who instead of becoming a nun leaves her convent and becomes a nanny for the children of a widowed naval officer.
It was filmed mostly in Salzburg, Austria, where tourists can still take a tour inspired by the movie.
'Wild' focuses on one woman's journey as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone after the failure of her marriage and the death of her mother.
The movie's scenery would make any hiker drool; it was filmed mostly in Oregon (Crater Lake National Park, Ashland, and Bend) as well as in Vancouver, Washington.
Director Bruce Brown followed two young surfers on their quest for the perfect wave, which took them to numerous exotic locations around the world.
Filmed in Australia, Hawaii, South Africa, Ghana, New Zealand, California, Tahiti, Nigeria, and Senegal, 'The Endless Summer' is nothing but scenes from paradise.
'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' is all about a heated love triangle that occurs between a painter, his ex-wife, and an American woman spending the summer in Spain.
You'll not only be intrigued by the plot, but also by the idyllic Spanish countryside; the movie was filmed in Barcelona, Oviedo, and Aviles.
'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' is a classic Western about two bank robbers who travel to Bolivia to escape the law.
Though the movie was actually filmed mainly in the Western US and not in Bolivia, the movie's scenery is still beautiful. Filming locations include California, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Mexico.
'Easy Rider' features two bikers on a classic road trip across America, from Los Angeles to New Orleans.
The movie was filmed among the desert and red rocks of the Western US, as well as in the south. Filming locations include New Mexico, California, Utah, Arizona, as well as Louisiana.
A writer's trip to Paris with his fiancée and in-laws turns into a time-travelling experience in 'Midnight in Paris.' The movie showcases Paris in all its glory by day -- think Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and outdoor street cafés -- and then re-creates what the city was like during the 20s at night.
Filmed mostly all over Paris, the movie also features scenes filmed in Versailles and Giverny.
In hopes of bringing fly-fishing to the desert, a Sheikh hires a consultant who then contacts a fisheries expert to help with the unusual project that 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' chronicles.
The movie is filmed in two very different locales: Morocco and England.
Woody Allen plays a divorced writer in 'Manhattan' who is dating a girl 25 years his senior, and who falls in love with the mistress of one of his closest friends.
The movie was filmed all over Manhattan.
In 'The Darjeeling Limited' three brothers decide to take a train trip through India in hopes of reconnecting with one another a year after their father's funeral.
Plenty of entertaining things happen during their travels through Osian, Udaipur, and Jodhpur, the Indian cities where the movie was filmed.
'Doctor Zhivago' is both an epic and a classic that follows the life of a Russian physician and poet during the tumultuous time of the First World War and the October Revolution as he falls in love with another woman despite being married.
The movie, which is three hours long, wasn't actually filmed in Russia, but in Finland, Spain, and Alberta, Canada.
The life of a young French student turns upside down when he moves from France to Barcelona, Spain, for a year and ends up living in an apartment with five other roommates who are from Germany, England, Spain, Italy, and Denmark.
The movie was filmed in both Paris and Barcelona.
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