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, 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!
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 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.
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, 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.
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues. (The film also covers France and Italy)
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)
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.
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”.
Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
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.
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.
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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!
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.
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, 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!
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.
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.
Sophie dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy where she meets the “Secretaries of Juliet”.
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.
Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.
The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures, and predicaments they get into.
A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, 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.
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, 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.
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.