Best “Travel Movies” Ever

February 20, 2013

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At the end of this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its annual “Oscars” award ceremonies, and millions of eyes will be glued to millions of TV sets around the world, watching who walks away with the little gold statuettes.

For at least some of the nominees for this year’s Best Picture Oscar—such as Argothe place in which the story is set is crucial, even if the actual filming location differs from where the story actually took place.

Here are trailers from five movies from my list of “Best Travel Movies” where the place played an important role.

Afghanistan

As U.S. involvement in Afghanistan begins to wind down, we ask ourselves “How did we get involved there in the first place?” Charlie Wilson’s War provides some answers to that question.

Belgium

In the quirky film, In Bruges, hit men go “on holiday” in a picturesque Belgian town.

California

Greed and religion collide, blood and oil flow, as There Will Be Blood tells the battle for petroleum, starring Daniel Day Lewis, up for Best Actor this year for his portrayal of the 16th American President in Lincoln.

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Paris

What could be better than being in Paris? Being in Paris with a bagful of stolen diamonds. But can the crooks pull off this elaborate caper? The only way to find out is to watch Rififi.

Russia

Ah, the train! What a nostalgic mode of transportation! What fun! What adventure! Unless, of course, you’re in danger onboard a long-haul train with Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer in the murder-thriller Transsiberian. Ben Kingsley stars as “the cop.”

And This Year’s Best Picture Is…

So you want to know which film will be named Best Picture at this year’s “Oscars”? Well, just like me, you’ll have to make yourself a big batch of popcorn and plop down on the couch in front of the TV on Sunday, February 24th to find out.

(On Friday, Tales Told From The Road will tell you how to watch this year’s Academy Awards on your smartphone or tablet computer if you’re “on location” away from a TV set. Purchasing the five films featured in this story from Amazon.com through the links on this page helps Tales Told From The Road continue to bring you a wide range of travel-related stories.)

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Vera Marie Badertscher
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February 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

You’ve taken on a tough challenge, to list the best travel movies since there are so many. Road Movies alone can make a chapter. Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney’s Two for the Road surely fits the bill in that category. A magnificent tour of France.

Megan Isadore February 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Out of Africa is one of my favorites.

Megan Isadore February 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Oh yeah, and what about Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Up!

Mariza
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March 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Nice post! My most favorite probably: A Map For Saturday. But there are some others that i do like also check it out here: http://bit.ly/moviesfortravelers

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