They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's true a movie is worth like a million words. Watching an epic journey is much more exciting than reading about an epic journey. Movies always get me way more hyped to travel than any book could. These are the facts: Movies are cool, and traveling is cool, so movies about traveling are twice as cool. The 9 best travel movies of all-time are listed below.
1. The Darjeeling Limited
The Darjeeling Limited is a tale of three eccentric brothers that take a train trip through India. It is a classic Wes Anderson film. Every landmark and location the brothers visit looks amazing. The Darjeeling Limited was shot in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and Udaipur in India. The film is as deep as it is comical. You can't go wrong with a cast of Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. Train trip through India went on my bucket list, shortly after watching this movie.
You might say Zombieland isn't about travel, but I beg to differ. Jesse Eisenberg wants to get to Ohio, Emma Stone promises her sister they will see an amusement park, and Woody Harrelson is in search of a Twinkie. If that is not a wild journey, I do not know what is. Zombieland isn't your typical zombie movie, and it is funny without being cheesy.
3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is cool, because it is about a normal guy that just decides to live his dreams of traveling and experiencing the world. Ben Stiller finds greater meaning, and a sense of purpose through traveling. People hate on Ben Stiller, but this was a great movie.
4. Little Miss Sunshine
This movie is about the Hoover family's road trip to a children's beauty pageant. The Hoovers embark on this journey, because the daughter, Olive, has qualified for the pageant. This family has some issues to say the least. Little Miss Sunshine will make you laugh, and cry. The color blind part is heartbreaking. If you ever have the opportunity to go on a cross-country road trip don't miss it. They are awesome.
5. Lord of the Rings
Any Lord of the Rings movie works here. Even The Hobbit is acceptable, but Lord of the Rings is much better. At this point, most everyone has seen this movie, so I am not going to get too in depth. Just know that it is the most epic journey of all-time, and Legolas is the best character. Next time you watch Lord of the Rings, imagine yourself in Frodo's shoes (or feet), on the most memorable journey of your life.
Even though it is animated, Up is for adults as much as it is for kids. Up is about an old balloon salesman's journey to Paradise Falls. He always planned to visit Paradise Falls with his wife, but life kept getting in the way. After his wife dies, he vows to make the journey. Naturally, he uses balloons to turn his house into a makeshift airplane.
Amelie is about this really bizarre girl that pulls off random elaborate schemes on random people in her life. For example, Amelie's father dreams of traveling the world. She eventually gets him to travel the world, by stealing his garden gnome, and having her flight attendant friend send back pictures of the gnome posing with landmarks from all around the world. Amelie is a little slow, but it's good. And of course there is a love story.
8. Stand By Me
Stand By Me is a classic coming of age story. It is about a group of four kids that go on a journey to find the body of a missing child. Stand By Me highlights Oregon's beauty, as that is where the four kids are from. The movie was filmed all around Oregon. Namely, the cities of Brownsville, Eugene, Franklin, and Veneta.
9. National Lampoon's Vacation
Another classic, National Lampoon's Vacation, is about the Griswold family's road trip to an amusement park called Walley World. If you haven't seen this movie, you are missing out. It reminds me of my family's road trip to Disney World. The only difference was that Disney World was open, and my dad did not hold up a security guard with a BB gun.