There are so many, and I am already imagining the part two to this post. But until then, here are my 9 + 5 movies on travel and adventure. For families, pairs or solo travelers. To be inspired, to learn, to be entertained and to keep in mind… and not make the same mistakes others did before us!
To the solo traveler
Eat, pray, love
I used to have this appetite for food, for life… and it’s just gone
Story about a female traveller and her journey to find herself when she knows something is wrong, and is in search of something different.
I wanna go someplace where I can marvel at something
Based on a true story, it narrates Liz Gilbert’s (Julia Roberts) journey to self-discovery. She had everything one typically dreams of: stable and successful job, a nice house and a husband; but she feels unfulfilled, lost and unhappy. After ending her marriage, she kisses goodbye her comfortable house and risks everything, to go on a journey throughout Italy, India and Indonesia, to find herself.
Your life is changing
And that’s not a bad thing
[*contains delicate scenes for sensitive public]
An adventurous cyclist takes a journey through the desert, unannounced and under-ready, and he becomes trapped amongst the beauty and tough scene that surrounds him.
Based on a true story, this movie narrates the solo adventure of Aaron Ralston, played by James Franco. It catches the attention of the solo traveller, especially because it does not only show the fun side of it and the opportunities of growth, but also the consequences of not taking precautions and being cautious
There is no force on Earth more powerful than the will to live
Clicl to see more info about 127 hours on IMDB.
If your nerve deny you, go above your nerve
Reese Witherspoon plays the role of a woman who travels solo for over a thousand miles, after living terrible moments in her personal life. Harsh story, pain, and a strong woman who fights for self-improvement and overcoming difficulties.
What if I forgive myself? What if I was sorry? But if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t do a single thing differently. What if all of those things I did were the things that got me here?
Click to see more info about Wild on IMDB.
Tom (Martin Sheen) receives a phone call from France, to communicate him that his son, an adventurous young man who was doing the Camino de Santiago by himself, died during a storm. Tom travels to France to pick up his son’s remains, and ends up living a great adventure, and understanding (maybe too late) why his son loved traveling and adventure so much.
A movie that moves you.
You don’t choose a life, dad, you live one
Click to see more info about The Way on IMDB.
Into the Wild
Happiness is only real when shared
A young man (Emile Hirsch) who has family problems and frustrations, finishes university and decides to leave everything behind, to hitch-hike to Alaska, where he hopes to find the meaning of life and to reencounter with Nature. He disappears, even changing his name, to reclaim freedom, playing with his own death.
Based on a true story, such of Christopher McCandless. Worth seeing.
Happiness is only real when shared
Click to see more info about Into the Wild on IMDB.
To the one who believes in it’s never too late
The big year
Most people wake up one day and realize they didn’t do everything they wanted to
Three men in crisis: mid-life crisis (Owen Wilson), work-life crisis (Steve Martin), and the no-life crisis (Jack Black), decide to embark the adventure of their lives, participating in an anual competition of bird-watching.
They will compete, explore, get to know each other and make some dreams come true.
The year to do all of the things we never could
This is my year, I’m gonna make my mark
Click to see more info about The big year on IMDB.
The Bucket List
– (…) we’re supposed to make a list of all the things we wanted to do in our life before we kick the bucket
– We could do this. We should do this
Two terminally ill men become friends and decide to face cancer in a different way: accomplishing their bucket list before the final day, embarking themselves into a trip together.
It is very interesting and wonderful to see how two completely different men (a millionaire and a mechanic) get united to make their dreams come true.
Find the joy in your life
Click to see more info about The Bucket List on IMDB.
The secret life of Walter Mitty
Life is about courage and going into the unknown
This movie, whose main character is played by Ben Stiller, is a remake of such of 1947 under the same name. Walter is a shy employee in an publishing company, who dreams about being the hero of amazing adventures… until his dream comes true – an extraordinary adventure, better than any he could have ever imagined.
I love mysteries. There are parts that you think can’t connect, and then in the end they do
A very inspiring, eye-opening movie: any person can reach their dreams. 🙂
Click to see more info about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on IMDB.
My first trip anywhere
In the land down under, in the Australian outback, lives an eccentric crocodile hunter considered a hero in his area. Where a man thinks on his feet, speaks with his fists, and lives by his wits. A New York reporter decides to visit him to document his life, and once in Australia, she convinces him to accompany her to New York. The Australian then enters the biggest adventure of his life.
A legendary figure about to encounter a world more treacherous than any he has ever known
I loved watching this movie when I came back from Australia. His accent is authentic, they play a bit with the typical topics, and it is made with a sense of humor… totally worth it. 🙂
Click to see more info about Crocodile Dundee on IMDB.
To the family guy/ girl
Nature must be explored
Carl is a 78 years old balloon seller who dreams about traveling to South America in his balloon-equipped house. A little late does he discover a young intruder to his solo adventure: an optimistic 8 years old explorer.
Funny and fun – makes you want to dream and travel. 🙂
The adventure of a lifetime will be finding their way home
Click to see máore info about Up on IMDB.
Nim (Abigail Breslin) and her father (Gerard Butler) live on a secret island, away from civilization. That is how they like it and how they want it to stay. When Nim’s father embarks on one of his scientific trips, Nim finds herself alone and in need for help, and she turns to the most epic adventurer and writer she has ever known of: Alex Rover.
Be the hero of your own story
Click to see more info about Nim’s island on IMDB.
Tad: the lost explorer
Someday I will grow up, and then you won’t scare me
For the dreamers and explorers out there.
I really got something here, I can feel it
Tadeo is a famous archaeologist and a well-known adventurer… in his dreams! He dreamt about it since he was a little boy, but became a construction worker in Chicago instead. After having been confused with a popular archaeologist, he begins his journey to Perú, to find the lost city of Paititi. There, he begins an intrepid adventure with the company of his faithful dog, Jeff.
Money isn’t everything
There’s no need to be rich and famous
There are better treasures
The best one is being with the people you love
The ocean is my friend
Moana always loved the ocean, even though it was forbidden for her, as her parents and neighbors thought it to hold many dangers within. That did not stop her thirst to explore the world by navigating its seas. When a horrible curse reached her island, she responded to the calling of the ocean to find Maui, a semi-god, and fix everything.
The people you love will change you
The things you have learnt will guide you
And nothing on Earth can silence the quiet voice still inside you
Click to see more info about Moana on IMDB.
To the one who enjoys a good documentary
A dramatic and ecological documentary filmed in the 5 oceans, part thriller, part meditation on the wonders of the under-water world. It explores the least known side of Earth, from tropical lagoons to unexplored depths. Engaging. Magnificent. Especially for those who are also ocean lovers.
Live the stories that connect their world with ours
Click to see more info about Oceans on IMDB.