Movies That Have Taken Me Around the World

NOTE:  Article updated in April 2012.
Before traveling, I always watch a film to get a better sense of place.  Here are the top films that have transported me around the world:

  • Amelie (Paris)
  • A Passage to India (India)
  • A Room with a View (Italy)
  • Babel (California, Japan, Mexico, Morocco)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (USA – New York City)
  • Departures (Japan)
  • Eat Pray Love (Indonesia, India, Italy)
  • Fargo (USA – Minnesota)
  • Frida (Mexico)
  • Jean de Florette (Provence)
  • Il Postino (Italy)
  • La Dolce Vita (Italy)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (Jordan)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (USA)
  • Lord of the Rings (New Zealand)
  • Lost in Translation (Japan)
  • Midnight in Paris (Paris)
  • Monsoon Wedding (India)
  • Ocean’s 13 (USA – Las Vegas)
  • Out of Africa (Kenya)
  • Paris, Je T’aime (Paris)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain)
  • Quinceanera (USA – Los Angeles)
  • Steam: The Turkish Bath (Turkey)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (USA – Iowa)
  • The Descendents (Hawaii)
  • The English Patient (Italy)
  • The Help (Mississippi)
  • The History Boys (England)
  • The Last Emperor (China)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries (Argentina, Chile and Peru)
  • The Painted Veil (China)
  • The Queen (England)
  • The Sheltering Sky (Morocco)
  • The Sound of Music (Austria)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (Italy)
  • Thelma and Louise (USA – Southwest)
  • Volver (Spain)
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico)

  • Argentina: The Motorcycle Diaries
  • Austria: The Sound of Music
  • Chile: The Motorcycle Diaries
  • China: The Last Emperor, The Painted Veil
  • France – Paris: Amelie, Paris, Je T’aime, Midnight in Paris
  • France – Provence: Jean de Florette
  • India – A Passage to India, Eat Pray Love, Monsoon Wedding
  • Italy – Eat Pray Love, The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Italy – Aeolian Islands: Il Postino
  • Italy – Tuscany: A Room With a View, The English Patient
  • Italy – Rome: La Dolce Vita
  • Japan: Babel, Departures, Lost in Translation
  • Jordan – Lawrence of Arabia
  • Kenya: Out of Africa
  • Mexico: Babel, Frida, Y Tu Mama Tambien
  • Morocco: Babel, The Sheltering Sky
  • New Zealand: Lord of the Rings
  • Spain: Pan’s Labyrinth, Volver
  • Turkey: Steam-The Turkish Bath
  • UK – London: The History Boys, The Queen
  • USA – Arizona: Little Miss Sunshine
  • USA – California: Babel
  • USA – Hawaii: The Decendents
  • USA – Iowa: The Bridges of Madison County
  • USA – Los Angeles: Quinceanera
  • USA – Las Vegas: Ocean’s 13
  • USA – Minnesota: Fargo
  • USA – New York City: Annie Hall, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • USA – New York City: The Namesake
  • USA – West: Thelma and Louise

About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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