Thursday, January 16, 2014

72 Movies that Get You Going

One of the reason why people watch movie is to be able to see, to know, to feel, and to experience things can't be found in the daily. That's why we find it very relaxing. Sometimes that's one of the best getaway during a week. To have our mind and emotions being flown far away.

Sometimes those 'places' we went to while watching those movies were not 'too far' away : places around the globe. There are movies that beautifully provide us images of places. That even the end of the credit title would not be able to stop desire to see, to know, to feel, and to experience them by ourselves. It would still going for hours, for days, for months, for years, or even forever, until we fulfill them.

Here are some movies I've seen that inspire me to pack my bag and go to some places I've never seen before. Most of these movies might not be a travel movie themselves, but I still found them inspiring--travel-wise. It could be the whole movie, the story, the beauty of one place, the culture, the traditional music, or simply just a few minutes scene that could capture the luring 'aura' of those places. 


  1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) -- British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
  2. Outsourced (2006) -- When the call center he manages in Seattle is outsourced to India, Todd travels there to train his replacement. Housed in a new building that looks like an above-ground bunker, the call center is staffed by willing novices whom Todd trains to sound American. One star on the staff is Asha, who teaches Todd that he should learn about India, and proceeds to do just that.
  3. Lost in Translation (2003) -- A fading movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected young wife meet as strangers in Tokyo and form an unlikely bond.
  4. Tangled (2010) -- The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. Rapunzel strikes a deal with a charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life. Those beautiful floating lights might be your call to see the real one in Chiang Mai, Thailand at their 12th lunar of the year celebration, Loy Krathong.
  5. The Beach (2000) -- Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland. Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it. It was filmed on the Thai island Koh Phi Phi.
  6. Genghis Blues (1999) -- A documentary film that centers on the journey of blind American singer Paul Pena to the isolated Asian nation of Tuva due to his interest in Tuvan throat singing, nomadic people throat sing more than one note simultaneously, using vocal harmonics.
  7. Arisan 2 (2011) -- Eight years have passed, much has changed in their lives. Amidst the chaotic sequence of events in Jakarta, Meimei decides to pack her bags and head to Gili island, Lombok (Indonesia), to immerse herself in nature. Meimei's choice arouses the suspicion of her four friends, and after a while, they are forced to face the reality that Meimei is not merely going on a prolonged retreat, but that she is in fact struggling with something much more serious. The very beautiful and relaxing Gili island still be able to amaze Indonesian people themselves. Plus the view of the Vasak ceremony in Borobudur Temple (Center Java), the biggest Buddhist temple in the world.
  8. 5 cm (2012) -- An Indonesian drama movie about 5 young adult who decided to celebrate their reunion by climbing the highest mountain in Java island. A journey not only about adrenaline, but also friendship, spirituality, and nationality, since they are temp to put on the flag right on the Independence Day.
  9. Sang Penari aka The Dancer (2011) -- An Indonesian film based on the trilogy of novels Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk by Ahmad Tohari.  It tells the story of a young man and his friendship with his small village's new ronggenga dancer girl who is also a prostitute, in a remote village in Central Java, Indonesia. Ronggeng is closely related to Sundanese Jaipongan dance.
  10. Darjeeling Limited (2007) -- A year after the accidental death of their father, three brothers -- each suffering from depression - meet for a train trip across India. A funeral, a meditation, a hilltop ritual, and the Bengal Lancer figure in the reconciliation.
  11. Shanghai Kiss (2007) -- A struggling Chinese-American actor, who unwittingly finds himself involved with a high school girl, learns he has inherited his grandmother's home in Shanghai. The American-raised character moves to China in an attempt to connect with his ancestry, leaving behind quite possibly the only girl who has ever loved him.
  12. Lawrence in Arabia (1962) -- British epic film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name.
  13. The Kite Runner (2007) -- Based on a novel by Khaled Hosseini. After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. Let yourself enjoy Afhganistan as those kid did.
  14. Kundun (1997) -- A biographycal film based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet. From childhood to adulthood, he deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.
  15. Last Stop for Paul (2006) -- Charlie and Cliff decide they want to go to the Full Moon party in Thailand. Along the way they travel around the world sprinkling the ashes of their dead friend Paul. As they go from country to country they meet a wide variety of crazy people and have insane adventures. 
  16. Denias, Senandung di Atas Awan (2006) -- Selected as the official Indonesian entry to the 2008 Academy Award, in the Best Foreign Language Film category.  A true-story based movie about an indigenous child of Papua struggling for a proper education. 
  17. Chennai Express (2013) -- a man embarks on a journey from Mumbai to a small town in Tamil Nadu to fulfill the last wish of his grandfather: to have his ashes immersed in the Holy water of Rameshwaram. En route, he meets a woman hailing from a unique family down South. as they find love through this journey in the exuberant lands of South India, an unanticipated drive awaits them.   

  1. A Good Year (2006) -- A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.
  2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2 (2005 & 2008) -- The movie is based on the young adult book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Anne Brashares. As four best friends spend their first summer apart from one another, they share a magical pair of jeans. Despite being of various shapes and sizes, each one of them fits perfectly into the pants. To keep in touch they pass these pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart. One of these girls are going back to her homeland in Santorini, Greece.
  3. Letters to Juliet (2010) -- An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona (Italy) courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.
  4. Midnight in Paris -- While on a trip to Paris with his fiancĂ©'s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.  Can you imagine how exotic the 20's Paris is?
  5. Leap Year (2010) -- Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on February 29, leap day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.
  6. The Holiday (2006)-- Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. A mansion in London and a cottage in Surrey, a county in south-east England. How interesting is that?
  7. Chasing Liberty (2004) -- The First Daughter of the United States of America who is allowed to attend a concert in Prague, with limited guidance. She goes on the run with a photographer she runs into outside the music club. They travel together with the intention of going to the Love Parade in Berlin. Romance blossoms between the wild, sassy girl and the cool, distant guy as they backpack through Europe.
  8. Made of Honor (2008) -- A guy in love with an engaged woman tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor. Her fiancee is a wealthy Scot. The Eilean Donan Castle, the variant of Higland Games, and the Hen Night tradition would definitely make you want to know more about Scotland.
  9. Shirley Valentine (1989) -- Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she's stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.
  10. The Prince & Me 3 : The Royal Honeymoon (2008) -- At last the newly crowned King of Denmark and his wife and Queen find time to fly to Belavia for their secret honeymoon. They spend their Christmas holidays at a fabulous ski resort and take a tour of Belavia's natural beauty. As a travel inspiration, I think this sequel would do more than te previous 2.
  11. When in Rome (2010) -- A young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
  12. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) -- While on vacation, a just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life.
  13. Eurotrip (2004) -- Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends. This takes him to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bratislava, Berlin, and Rome, encountering awkward and embarrassing situations along the way. While this film received a Teen Choice Award Nomination for Choice Movie Your Parents Didn't Want You to See, then you can imagine how these young blood do their trip.
  14. L'auberge Espagnole aka The Spanish Apartment (2002) -- A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.
  15. The Way (2010) -- A powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. On the journey, he meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives.
  16. The Tallented Mr. Repley (1999) - Based on a 1955 novel. In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. It was filmed mainly in Italy with landmarks in the cities of Rome and Venice used as a backdrop for the narrative.
  17. One Week (2008) -- Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler, who has been diagnosed with cancer, as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.
  18. My House in Unbria (2003) -- An HBO made-for-television movie, based on the novella by William Trevor. An unlikely group of people find solace and friendship in Umbria's countryside after being thrown together in the wake of a terrorist attack. Much of the film was made on location in Italy, including CinecittĂ , Rome, Lazio, Siena, and Tuscany.
  19. The Trip (2010) -- Two best friends undertaking a restaurant tour of northern England, over the country's finest restaurants asked by the observer. 
  20. Night Train to Lisbon (2013) -- A Swiss Classics instructor abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself. This movie recounts his travel as he explores the life of Amadeu de Prade, a Protuguese doctor during the Antonio de Oliveira Salazar's right-wing dictatorship in Portugal.  
  21. Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), Before Midnight (2013) -- A young American man and young French woman meet on a train in Europe and disembark in Vienna, where they spend the night walking around the city and getting to know each other.  Nine years later after they met, their paths intersect again. It plays out in real time as they spend one afternoon together in Paris. Almost two decades after their first meeting, they meet again in Greece.

  1. Into the Wild (2007) -- It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. After graduating from Emory University, this top student and athlete abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
  2. Brokeback Mountain (2005) -- A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond--by turns ecstatic, bitter and conflicted. The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives in the American West over the years.
  3. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
  4. 127 Hours (2010) -- 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
  5. Easy Rider (1969) -- Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
  6. 50 First Dates (2004) -- Henry Roth lives in a Hawaiian paradise with the company of endless women with no strings attached. He is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day. Most of the film was shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii on the Windward side and the North Shore.
  7. The Big Year (2011) -- A sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures-- a competition among birders to see who can see and identify the greatest number of species of birds in North America (north of Mexico in a calendar year.  
  8. Nights in Rodanthe (2008) -- A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son  sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Caroline Inn. It was filmed in the small seaside village of Rodanthe, the northernmost village of the inhabited areas of Hatteras Island as well as North Topsail Beach, North Carolina. 

  1. Buena Vista Social Club (1999) -- A group of legendary Cuban musicians, were brought together to record a CD. In this film, we see and hear some of the songs being recorded in Havana. There is also footage from concerts in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall.
  2. Motorcycle Diaries (2004) -- The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. Four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from his home in Buenos Aires. The quest is to see things only read about in books about the continent, and to finish that quest on his thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela.
  3. Que Tan Lejos aka How Much Further (2006) -- Esperanza and Tristeza both have to get to Cuenca. However, by an unlucky turn of events, the bus they are on gets delayed due to a worker strike. Taking their journey into their own hands, they decide to hitchhike to Cuenca. Along the way they meet interesting characters who help them re-evaluate the purpose of their journey.
  4. Che : Part 1 & 2 (2008) : In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia.
  5. The Art of Travel (2008) -- High school grad. Conner Layne is about to marry his first love, but when wedding plans fail, he goes solo on his honeymoon to Central America, finding adventure with a ragtag group of foreigners who attempt to cross the Darien Gap in record time.
  6. 180 Degrees South (2010) -- The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. 
  7. City of God (2002) -- Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.


  1. The Gods Must be Crazy (1980) -A South African comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.  Set in Botswana, it tells the story of Xi, a Sho of the Kalahari Desert whose tribe has no knowledge of the world beyond. 
  2. Gorillas in the Mist (1988) --  The true-life story of Dian Fossey, a naturalist scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and later fought to protect them.  


  1. Newcastl(2008) -- A coming-of-age tale combining the georgeous Australian surfing beaches with the raw energy, music, and rebellion of teen culture. 
  2. Walkabout (1971) -- Two young children are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic separation from his tribe.

  1. Eat Pray Love (2010) -- A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself". In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.
  2. The Big Blue (1988) -- Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving.
  3. A Map for Saturday (2007) -- On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. It reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents. The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored. But at its core, SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it. 
  4. The Endless Summer (1966) -- A documentary film of a filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate of their native California, cold ocean currents make local beaches inhospitable during the winter. They travel to the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, South AfricaTahiti and Hawaii in a quest for new surf spots and introduce locals to the sport.
  5. Indiana Jones Trilogy -- The adventure of a fictional archeologist, Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr., usually nicknamed as "Indy" for short.  George Lucas created the character in homage to the action heroes of 1930s film serials.  Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is set in 1936 in Egypt.  Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) is set in 1935 in India.  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), is set in 1957 in The Young Indiana Jones Chroniclesfrom 1992 to 1996, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. 
  6. The Hangover Trilogy (2009, 2011, 2013) -- The trilogy chronicles a quartet of friends known as the "Wolfpack".  The first two films depict three of the four men on a mission to locate a missing friend after losing him during a night of debauchery before a wedding. The first one located in Las Vegas and the second one in Thailand. The third film depicts a road trip in lieu of a wedding or a bachelor party, production moving from LA, California to Nogales, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)  --  A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action.  When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
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