On a recent longhaul flight from Australia to LAX with Qantas, I found myself meandering through the classic movie selection and noticed a common theme – many of the films onboard were either directly or indirectly related to travel. Having previously written this post about 10 of the best travel films, I realised there were many greats missing from the list and others claiming to uncover the Best Travel Films.
So here are 10 Travel Films you Haven’t Seen to keep your wanderlust at bay.
The Aviator 
If you’re a nervous flier, this film might help put your nerves to rest. The Aviator follows the story of legendary film director and aviation enthusiast Howard Hughes’ career in the late 1920s-1940s.
Cast Away 
In a nutshell: Tom Hanks stranded on an island. You’ve probably seen this one, but what better way to kick off a travel films list than with a classic. For similar island vibes less the isolation, you might consider another 2000 travel classic, The Beach.
Anna Karenina 
Put Keira Knightley and Jude Law together in aristocratic Russia circa late-19th Century and you have a pretty good film with a strong insight into modern Russian history. This film is also particularly insightful for those interested in visiting St Petersburg, Russia’s former capital.
This critically acclaimed film is likely to be one you haven’t seen before, but it is certainly up to the Sunday-afternoon standard and should be place on your list of films to watch when in need of an escape. The story follows a man and his estranged son who travel from Montana to Nebraska.
Out of Africa 
The perfect introduction to life as a Westerner living in Africa or the cultural differences for expats more generally, Out of Africa is a fantastic film featuring the one and only Meryl Streep.
The Endless Summer 
An old school surf documentary that takes you around the world in search of “the perfect wave”.
Thelma & Louise 
What do you get when one housewife and one independent solo woman take themselves on a road trip? Adventure. And things going wrong… of course! This thriller/drama from the early 90’s will keep you entertained for a couple of hours.
The Talented Mr. Ripley 
Chances are you may have seen Mr. Ripley over the years since it was released in the late 1990’s, but it is well worth a re-watch for the travel focus, if not to see Matt Damon in his prime time.
If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 
A tour guide’s patience is tested when he takes a tour group of Americans across Europe. Good, fun humour and an effortless laugh.
Two for the Road 
A married couple make their way to France to test the limits of their lifeless marriage. Infidelity threatens to capture both of them in this holiday un-romance film. Audrey Hepburn is a delight to watch, as usual.
Over to YOU! Do you have any lesser-known travel films to share?