Last Updated: October 10th
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.
Up In The Air (2009)
Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
It’s hard not to love a good George Clooney movie. Add in a mentorship with Anna Kendrick about the ins-and-outs of traveling the country (to fire people) and you’ve got travel cinema gold. Jason Reitman’s glance into corporate America and the domestic airports that shuttle workers around the country is an emotionally deft and often hilarious look at life on the road.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Run Time: 178 min, IMDb: 8.8/10
The first installment of Peter Jackson’s original epic trilogy has migrated to Netflix and with it, the chance to be engrossed in all things Middle Earth once again. By now the story is well-known: hobbit finds valuable piece of jewelry, goes on a quest to destroy said piece of jewelry, makes friends with elves, dwarves, and a few humans, makes enemies of orcs, evil wizards, and Satan himself. But watching Frodo, Gandalf, Legolas, and the rest traverse the dangerous landscape of Middle Earth never gets old.
You’ll want to wander those streets and eat next to those azure seas. Though you’ll probably want to leave the arguments behind.
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.
Into The Wild (2007)
Run Time: 148 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Your love or hate of this film probably depends on how you feel about the film’s subject, Chris McCandless. On the one hand, McCandless struck out on an adventure to eschew the doldrums of modern life in the Alaskan wilderness. On the other hand, his woeful underestimation of the wilds and unpreparedness is maddening and cost him his life. Still, the man gets a lot of points for living a life uncommon when so many don’t.