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 across that great continent. Films that make you want to buy a plane ticket and fly across the Atlantic. I leave for Europe in just two short weeks so I hope this list inspires you as much as is does me! Film descriptions from IMDB.

Austria

Austria, a German-speaking country, located in Central Europe is characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history, and Alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces. It has counted Mozart, Strauss, and many other musical residents. Yes, the hills are really alive with music!

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

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

Denmark

Denmark is a Scandinavian country consisting of the Jutland Peninsula and numerous islands. Copenhagen, the capital, is home to royal palaces and the colorful Nyhavn harbor. As well as the Tivoli amusement park, which inspired Walt Disney, and the iconic “Little Mermaid” statue. Odense is writer Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown, complete with cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

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.

England

England, the birthplace of Shakespeare and Stonehenge, is a country in the British Isles bordering Scotland and Wales. The capital, London, is home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London. Featuring other large cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and the university centers of Oxford and Cambridge.

National Lampoon's European Vacation

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues. (The film also covers France and Italy)

Tuesday it Must Be Belgium

Tuesday it Must Be Belgium

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.  (The film also covers Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands)

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France

There is a LOAD of movies set in France! With its medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches, what’s not to love? Paris, its capital, houses classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. Renowned for its wines and sophisticated Parisian cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles are part of its rich history.

Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock

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”.

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

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

Chocolat

Chocolat

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

A Good Year

A Good Year

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.

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

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.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

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

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

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

French Kiss

French Kiss

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.

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

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.

Greece

Greece, a country composed of thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. While influential in ancient times, it is often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Picturesque beaches such as the black sands of Santorini and the party resorts of Mykonos.

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My Life in Ruins

My Life in Ruins

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.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

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.

Ireland

Ireland, an island in the North Atlantic, is the second-largest island of the British Isles. As well as the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth. While it may not be as big as some of the other countries on this list, it is no less important. Full of lush green fields, and awe-inspiring sights such as the Cliffs of Mohr. Grab a Guinness and tour some castles! You’ll be hard pressed to not love the Emerald Isle and these movies set in Ireland!

Leap Year

Leap Year

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.

P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You

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

Italy

Italy, located along the Mediterranean coastline, has been the seat of incredible empires. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. It’s hard not to see why there are so many movies set in Italy!

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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.

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love

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.

Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet

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

When in Rome

When in Rome

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.

The Tourist

The Tourist

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

To Rome with Love

To Rome with Love

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

Summertime

Summertime

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

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

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.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

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.

Spain

Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, is full of fantastic food and music. The capital city Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and museums housing works by European masters. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks such as the Sagrada Família church.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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.

Movies Set in Europe

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

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 across that great continent. Films that make you want to buy a plane ticket and fly across the Atlantic. I leave for Europe in just two short weeks so I hope this list inspires you as much as is does me! Austria, a German-speaking country, located in Central Europe is characterized by mountain villages, baroque
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Michelle Jensen is a twenty-something traveler, occasionally solo, you’ll find road tripping across the U.S. or hostel-hopping in Europe. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with a day job in Television.
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    • Zibe
    • 08/23/2015
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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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