Last Updated: March 4th
Movies are a big part of our daily lives. As such, they’ve inspired many of us to finally live out our travel dreams and go on our own adventures. That’s why we put together a list of our favorite travel-themed movies on Netflix right now. Of course, it should go without saying, this list will constantly be evolving as Netflix rotates its streaming library.
Let these travel movies be your guide and inspire your next adventure.
Like Father (2018)
Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
Kristen Bell in anything is guaranteed to be funny but this father-daughter comedy looks especially rife with humor. Bell plays a workaholic woman jilted at the altar who decides to salvage something from her relationship when she heads out on her honeymoon cruise … with her estranged father. Kelsey Grammer stars as her deadbeat dad and the two try to reconnect over tropical expeditions, ziplining, and plenty of seafaring.
The English Patient (1996)
Run Time: 162 mins | IMDb: 7.4/10
Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche star in this romantic drama set against the backdrop of World War II. Fiennes plays a Hungarian cartographer named Almasy who strikes up a love affair with a married woman. Their romance ends in tragedy when the woman’s husband discovers the affair, and Almasy’s plane is struck down in the desert. Dying from critical burn wounds, he recounts his story to a French-Canadian nurse named Hanna (Binoche), who helps him remember the finer details and eventually grants him peace. It’s a sweeping, romantic epic, one that took home plenty of awards and propelled its cast to stardom, but the story of a man desperately trying to remember the woman he loved is what makes it worthy of inclusion on this list. It’s also told through some of the most stunning visuals you’ll find in film, teetering between portraits of pre-war Egypt and post-war Italy.
Mississippi Grind (2015)
Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star in this road trip drama about a pair of down-on-their-luck gamblers making their way to New Orleans. Reynolds plays Curtis, the younger of the two who’s developed a system to manage his gambling habits. The key, Curtis says, is to not care about winning. Gerry (Mendelsohn) on the other hand is deep into his addiction, out of money and unable to quit. The two team up, traveling down the Mississippi river, betting all they have on horse races and roulette tables before their wild ways catch up with them. It’s a film steeped in the South and there’s plenty to admire about the scenery, but it’s also a film that does a decent job of tackling addiction without making it feel trite and overdone.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Run Time: 115 min | IMDb: 8.5/10
The Indiana Jones franchise has been housed on Amazon Prime for a while now but it’s finally making its way to Netflix with the streaming platform hosting all four feature films. Of course, nothing beats the original, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and as far as travel and adventure go, this movie has everything you could possibly want. A hero with a love for archeology and whips? Check. An adventure to recover a stolen artifact with destructive powers? Check check. Harrison Ford beating up Nazis with sarcastic one-liners and a knowing twinkle in his eye? Did movies even exist before this?