27 Movies Set in Europe to Watch Before You Travel

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There are countless movies filmed in Europe, but this list encapsulates wanderlust for the countries across the pond. Movies set in Europe that paint a picture of the cities and towns there. 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, here’s 27 movies about Europe!

Movies Set in 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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

3. The Sound of Music – Austria

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. Head to Salzburg and there’s tours built around this movie! It’s one of my favorite movies set in Europe. 

movies set in europe

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”. The quintessential movie set in Europe.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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”.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

8. Letters to Juliet – Italy

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

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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. 

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

10. My Life in Ruins – Greece

A travel guide rediscovers her romantic side on a trip around Greece. I really need to visit Greece, it’s one of my bucket list items. 

movies set in europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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

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

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

17. Ratatouille – France

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

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

20. To Rome with Love – Italy

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

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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. 

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

22. Summertime – Italy

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

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

23. Roman Holiday – Italy

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. A classic when it comes to movies set in Europe.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

24. Under the Tuscan Sun – France

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

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

27 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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 Movies to Watch Before You Travel to Europe

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.

And that’s it! 27 Movies set in Europe! What’s your favorite? Did I miss yours? Let me know in the comments below.

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    • Zibe
    • August 23, 2015
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    Lovely list. One detail missing: “Under the Tuscan Sun” was set in Cortona and Positano, not France.

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