What do Indiana Jones, Little Miss Sunshine, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Darjeeling Unlimited, and Endless Summer have in common? They’re among the very best feature films that make you want to go places. So before streaming your next great home movie, consider one of these first:
- Indiana Jones (trilogy). Watching as a boy, this series triggered my world wanderlust and are a lot of fun to boot.
- Darjeeling Unlimited. A great train ride and enduring family story through India.
- Slumdog Millionaire. A heavy-hitting, difficult to watch, but powerful movie also set in India.
- Little Miss Sunshine. A cross country family road trip to help a little girl win a beauty pageant.
- Endless Summer. Deadpan jokes and surfing around the world in the 1960s. Awesome.
- Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. When everything goes wrong while traveling. Funny and heartwarming at the same time.
- Grand Budapest Hotel. A grand hotel in Eastern Europe that’s full of intrigue and equally hilarious.
- Amelie. A french girl travels around Paris helping people while popularizing Travelocity’s “Travel Gnome.”
- The Way. This is what happens when a father and son hike Spain’s El Camino.
- Green Book. How one man changes his heart after driving through the segregated South with a marginalized concert pianist.
- Secret Life of Walter Mitty. An adventure movie about a man actually doing instead of dreaming.
- Catch Me If You Can. A true-life caper about a man he pretends to be an airplane pilot, and nearly gets away with it.
- Out of Africa. A little slow but absolutely beautiful—you’ll probably want to visit Africa after seeing this.
- The Terminal. Imagine being stuck in an airport with no passport. That’s what happens to Tom Hanks in this movie.
- National Lampoon’s Vacation. Slap stick road trip but still worth it.
Readers: What are your favorite travel movies?