These stunning films, all of which are now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime, will allow you to tour the globe without ever leaving your couch.
For the time being, we’re restricted to our sofas, but there’s a way to get out of the coronavirus quarantine without breaching any social-distancing rules: travel movies. That’s right: the next best thing to going on vacation, we’ve combed Netflix and Amazon Prime for the most binge-worthy travel flicks, all of which are sure to satiate your wanderlust.
We’ve selected 17 films with sweeping landscapes, panoramic views, iconic monuments, stunning beaches, and far-flung places to sate your travel itch, ranging from romantic city breaks to adventurous trips.
Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon), a newly divorced lady, chooses to begin a new life by trekking the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 1,100 miles. And, as is so frequently the case, she begins to learn about herself as she travels…
Midsommar, like Fear Street Part Two: 1978, takes place during the day. Is this a horror film? Sure, but this story of rural mystery cults, ritual sacrifices, and fatal loves (featuring our favorite Florence Pugh) was shot in Hungary, just outside Budapest, where the rolling hills appear unnaturally green beneath the crystal-blue sky.
Come for the chilling story, but stay for the scenery. Just disregard the fact that the characters in the movie keep saying they’re in Sweden, and they aren’t, for the simple reason that they aren’t.
LETTERS TO JULIET
Amanda Seyfried’s (Amanda Seyfried) Sophie is a budding author who travels to Verona, Italy, in the hopes of reuniting Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) with her boyfriend. However, she is captivated by Claire’s grandson, Charlie (Christopher Egan), while on her quest, and flames ignite…
THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC
Do you want to visit Guernsey Island? You do, of course. Bella Brown (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay), an ambitious children’s book author and hesitant librarian, is faced with eviction unless she gives her garden a makeover in this fairy-tale film. However, when she begins to work on her grass, she quickly catches the notice of her snobbish neighbor.
The film, which is based in Dublin, keeps things simple yet lovely. Essentially, it’s a story about a girl who meets a boy with a dash of musical magic thrown in for good measure.
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF
You’ll see iconic buildings, restaurants, art galleries, parades, and baseball stadiums if you let the self-proclaimed “Sausage King of Chicago” guide you around the Windy City… not to mention a couple of other fantastic locations!
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
The sequel to the sleeper hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel returns us to India, where we reunite with our star-studded group for a new love journey.
Guava Island is a film set in Cuba that chronicles a local musician’s efforts to put on a fantastic music festival for everyone to enjoy. Oh, and Rihanna – the real Rihanna – makes an appearance.
JULIE & JULIA
Julia Chiles (Meryl Streep) goes on a gastronomic journey in Paris, deboning fish, making pastries, and cooking with so much butter that it practically causes you a heart attack just looking at it. Why don’t you join her?
LOST IN TRANSLATION
When Bill Murray’s Bob arrives in Tokyo for a commercial shoot, he meets Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte, abandoned by her photographer husband. Sofia Coppola has created a captivating romance.
FALLING INN LOVE
Falling Inn Love is a must-see for everyone who likes romance and home makeover programs. Christina Milian is a business executive who competes to win a rural inn in New Zealand on the spur of the moment – and wins!
OUT OF THE AFRICA
Are you in love with Nairobi? With Meryl Streep, the Oscar-winning actress? Please include us. The aristocratic Karen Blixen (Streep) travels to Africa to join her husband, Bror, in Out Of Africa (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Karen develops affections for hunter Denys (Robert Redford) after learning of his infidelity… She embarks on a relationship unlike any she’s ever had before.
Based on Amy Poehler’s real-life vacations with her SNL buddies, this film follows six women as they examine their friendships and futures while visiting Napa Valley, California, to celebrate someone’s 50th birthday.
LA LA LAND
This musical spectacle, which came close to winning Best Picture, transports you to the heart of La La Land. People, be ready to view Los Angeles in a whole new light.
EAT PRAY LOVE
Julia Roberts takes you to Italy, India, and Indonesia as she searches for herself by opening her heart and spirit to new experiences.
50 FIRST DATES
In this lovely Hawaii-set rom-com, Drew Barrymore plays the woman of Adam Sandler’s fantasies. Isn’t it unfortunate that she has no recollection of him?
So what are you waiting for? Add these to your list and travel the world without a passport and your favorite drink.