Are you looking for a way to explore the world without leaving your house? To help, we’ve come up with a list of 8 movies that will take you on a journey around the world while you dream about Journeys to Come.
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First stop, ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ in New Zealand
This movie showcases the natural beauty of New Zealand with humorous and heartfelt performances. A boy and his foster-father, played by Sam Neill, become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. It’s a movie the whole family can watch, and will have you laughing out loud.
Then onto Tokyo in Japan for ‘Lost in Translation’
If you love Japan, then you’ll love this movie. It’s set in the bustling city of Tokyo where Bill Murray’s character Bob Harris, a fading American movie star, has travelled to promote Suntory whisky. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is a main character and will have you dreaming of a visit.
For our stop in India, check into ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
Seven British retirees (including Judy Dench and Maggie Smith, need we say more!) head to India for a new life at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The movie takes us through the hectic streets of Jaipur, India, and shows us how different people view this bustling city.
Warm up your voice and join us in Greece with ‘Mamma Mia!’
This movie delivers big music numbers with the Greek Islands as the stage. And if that’s not enough, Meryl Streep headlines a great cast. Again, this is a movie the whole family can enjoy. The only issue is you’ll be singing Abba songs for days.
Time for a classic stop in Italy with ‘Roman Holiday’
We have a Princess played by Audrey Hepburn. A reporter played by Gregory Peck. And a city ready to dazzle us. If you haven’t seen Roman Holiday than you must stop everything, cook yourself some pasta and watch it now. This romantic film was shot entirely in Italy. It was originally planned to be in colour, but filming outside was so expensive that it had to be done in black and white – and aren’t we thankful!
Jump on a train and spend ‘Midnight in Paris’
Have you ever wondered what Paris would be like in the 1920s? Get ready to go back in time – this Woody Allen film delivers an incredible Parisian experience set after midnight in the 1920s. It will have you dreaming of walking the cobblestoned streets and stumbling across a party with some of the world’s literary greats. And of course it’s Paris!
A short trip across the channel and we’re in ‘Notting Hill’
Ok, we can’t promise you’ll meet a movie star the next time you’re in Notting Hill but you will if you watch this movie. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant team up for this romantic comedy with the popular London borough as its backdrop. You’ll want to put down your copy of ‘Horse and Hound’ straight away and lose yourself in the private parks of this great movie.
Before we head home, it’s off to the USA for a stop in ‘Wine Country’
Have you ever been on a weekend away with friends? Then you’ll love this Tina Fey comedy about six female friends celebrating a 50th birthday in Napa. The scenery is spectacular, the chardonnay crisp, and the tension between well-intentioned friends is palpable.
If you’re looking to stay closer to home, here are some films that show off Australia:
- The Tracker
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert