27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe


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There are countless movies filmed in Europe, but this list encapsulates wanderlust for the countries across the pond. Movies that paint a picture of the cities and towns of Europe. Films that make you want to buy a plane ticket and fly across the Atlantic. I leave for Europe in just short of two weeks so I hope this list inspires you as much as is does me! Descriptions from IMDB. List is in no particular order. Without further ado, 27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe…


1. Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Spain

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.


2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Venice

When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father’s footsteps and stop the Nazis.


3. The Sound of Music – Austria

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the
children of a Naval officer widower.


4. Eat Pray Love – Italy

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”.


5. Bottle Shock – France

The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris”.


6. Leap Year – Ireland

Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.


7. P.S. I Love You – Ireland

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.


8. Letters to Juliet – Italy

Sophie dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy where she meets the “Secretaries of Juliet”.


9. Monte Carlo – France

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.


10. My Life in Ruins – Greece

A travel guide rediscovers her romantic side on a trip around Greece.


11. When in Rome – Italy

Beth is 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. National Lampoon’s European Vacation – England, France, and Italy

The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.


13. Copenhagen – Denmark

While trying to track down his grandfather in Denmark, a surly Canadian strikes up a friendship with a teenage waitress who agrees to serve as his translator and guide.


14. Chocolat – France

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.


15. A Good Year – France

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.


16. Julie & Julia – France

Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book.


17. Ratatouille – France

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.


18. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 – Greece

Following freshman year at college, best friends find it increasingly difficult to stay in touch. As their lives take different paths, it may take more than a shared pair of well-worn blue jeans to keep their bonds from completely unraveling.


19. The Tourist – Italy

Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.


20. To Rome with Love – Italy

The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into.


21. Tuesday it Must Be Belgium  – England, Belgium, Italy,
Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands

A tour guide taking a busload of American tourists across Europe. The group of travelers includes a World War II veteran, a wife and her cynical husband, young lovers, an Italian-American meeting his relatives for the first time, and Samantha Perkins, the beautiful but old-fashioned department store buyer traveling on her own.


22. Summertime – Italy

A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.


23. Roman Holiday – Italy

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.


24. Under the Tuscan Sun – France

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.


25. French Kiss – French

A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.


26. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Italy

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.


27. Midnight in Paris – France

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.


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    • Zibe
    • August 23, 2015

    Lovely list. One detail missing: “Under the Tuscan Sun” was set in Cortona and Positano, not France.

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