A good movie is a movie that wraps you right into it, pulls you out of your day into someone else’s. Now, how to decide on what would be a good movie, depends entirely on your mood. Do you want to laugh, to cry, to sense the chills run down your spine, to remember your crazy school/college days – or, do you want to feel inspired? Livingit believes in guiding you to live your passion, and what better way to get you to set your wanderlust free with a list of 18 movies, in no specific order, to inspire you to discover your love for travel and motivate you to get off your sofa, take leave from work, pack your bags and head out into the world where there is so much more to explore?
18 Movies That Will Inspire You to Do More with Your Life
Can you get inspired from the successes and failures of your favourite characters? Can movies change the way you think? Well, check out some inspiring movies to feel the wonders of life with your heart. Well, if you happen to be interested in reading we also have a list of some phenomenal books which will make you think and inspire you to look at life from a renewed perspective.
IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
Dramatically divorced and having lost her Mother, Cheryl’s life seems to be heading into an uncontrollable downwards spiral. With life throwing one too many obstacles in her way she makes a reckless decision to face the outdoors, with zero experience and completely by herself embarking on the famously long hike, the Pacific Crest Trail; which ultimately is exactly what she needed.
Thelma and Lousie (1991)
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Somebody told a busy Waitress (Louise) with boyfriend problems, and a quiet Housewife (Thelma) with husband issues to “get a life,” and so they did. Breaking out of their sedentary lives the two friends jump into their car and hit the road for the holiday they so deserve, a simple fishing trip. But it gets a whole lot more complicated when Louise more or less accidentally kills a man who attempted to rape Thelma. Fleeing to Mexico the two are suddenly on the run from the American police. A classic.
The Bucket List (2007)
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
A movie proving that no matter your course in life, we all end up in the same grave. The movie stars two terminally ill cancer patients played by Morgan Freeman (Carter Chambers) and Jack Nicholson (Edward Cole), who, against their doctors orders, break out of their cancer ward and together come to terms with fact that their lives are inevitably ending. Forming a Bucket List with the last acts and adventures they must complete, the billionaire and the car mechanic coincidentally thrown into the same hospital room take you on an incredibly inspiring journey about not only facing death, but facing life.
Up in the Air (2009)
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
A professional Corporate Downsizer, Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is content with living out of a suitcase. Constantly in the air his job is to fly to companies across the globe, and do the job no employer likes to do: fire employees. But a casual relationship with a fellow frequent flier, as well as a stubborn new co-worker of his, start to throw him slightly off course and he wonders if there is more to life than living it up in the air.
Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
Closing in on his last semester of Medical School, Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) decides to take up a journey that ends up leading him to his true life’s calling. Taking along his best friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna), the two ride all the way from Brazil to Peru, by motorcycle. Witnessing the exploitation of the poor across South America, Che’s values make a drastic change, and so does his life. Based on an incredible true story – this movie is worth a watch.
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
Days away from their traditional, exciting and large wedding, Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) is violently pulled out of her world of jewels, wedding preparations, and butterflies and into the harsh reality of abduction. Abducted at a Petrol Pump on the Highway with her Fiance only meters away unable to help the movie then follows the story of Veera and her oppressor/truck driver across six different beautiful states of India on your not-so-conventional road trip.
Lost in Translation (2003)
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
Starring Scarlett Johansson as newlywed Charlotte following her celebrity photographer husband across the world, and Bill Muray as aged movie star Bob Harris filming a Japanese commercial for whiskey, this film takes place in the bright lights of Tokyo, Japan. The two foreigners in Japan’s busy and bustling metropolitan city form an unexpected friendship over their mutual understanding and welcomed distraction from that which is bothering them in their respective lives.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
IMDb Rating: 7/10
Seven Years in Tibet is an American Biographical film based off of a book under the same name written by Austrian Mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in 1952. Starring Brad Pitt as Heinrich, he leaves his expecting wife behind in Austria and decides to climb the mountains of the Himalayas. War breaks out, and Heinrich lands in jail – only to break out and flee to Tibet co-incidentally becoming friendly with the young Dalai Lama. The understanding between the curious child monk and explorer grows and the outcome is a life-changing friendship for both of them.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Thanks to a pact formed during their college days, three friends head to Spain on a Bachelors trip. Part of the pact is, that each man gets to choose an adventure sport, any adventure sport, and without any questions, the other two must join in. This leads to a series of funny events, deep-rooted problems being uncovered but solved, and a road trip through the beautiful European countryside. A good choice if you’re in for a lot of laughs, and why not grab your friends and make a travel pact while you’re at it?
The Beach (2000)
IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
A young American backpacker heads to Thailand with one thing in mind: Adventure. Played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard and his two friends, Etienne (Guillaume Canet) and Francoise (Virginie Ledoyen) are on the search for a hidden paradise known simply as The Beach among the tiny islands surrounding Thailand. With a guide from an old map, they do actually find the place – but things get a little more realistic when a series of events lead to the realization that “paradise” may not actually be what it seems…
IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Her choice of travel companions being 4 camels and her faithful dog, Robyn Davidson, a young woman from Brisbane has a plan to reach Ayers rock, walk across Western Australia all the way to the ocean. The film starts out with the struggle of logistics she must take care of before her trip such as earning money for 4 camels, training camels, navigation and food and explores the emotional journey this woman is about to embark on. Amazing in terms of cinematography and heartfelt in terms of the plot, this one’s for those who aren’t afraid to shed a few tears.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
Working at one of the most respected and global magazines in the world, LIFE, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) spends his monotonous days developing pictures for the publication. To keep himself occupied he vividly daydreams about superhero feats in the office, saving his co-worker and crush from all kinds of danger, being someone he believes is worthy. When a photograph negative is found to be missing, Walter suddenly has the opportunity to go on a real adventure: to capture the perfect photo for the final print issue. His adventure rips him out of his sedentary routine and throws him into the cool climate of Greenland with a mission to complete.
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
What better way to deal with your fiance calling off your wedding, than making the most out of your exotic honeymoon reservations? A comedy-drama, ‘Queen’ follows the story of how Rani, a young Punjabi woman from New Dehli decides not to let her honeymoon go to waste and sets off to Paris and Amsterdam all by herself. A conservative and traditional girl, her parents are reluctant to let her go but figure a vacation might just cheer her up after her fiance bails. The trip, the people Rani meets, and the places she gets to witness, are a true eye-opener for her – and they will be for you too!
Midnight in Paris (2011)
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
Vacationing in Paris with his fiancee (Rachel Adams) and her family whilst working towards a pending deadline as a screenwriter, Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) has taken to touring the city alone and begins to make a habit of doing so at night. One night, he encounters and tags along with a group of strange, yet familiar, party-goers. Things get pretty strange as they take him back in time, for a wild night with Jazz Age’s icons of literature and art. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present. A laugh and a tour around the magical city of Paris is going to make you want to book your flight there ASAP.
A Good Year (2006)
IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
Max Skinner, a reckless investment banker in London receives a call learning that he has inherited a chateau and vineyard in Provence, France, from his recently passed uncle, Uncle Henry. Although having spent his childhood summers in those very gardens, Max heads to France to sell off the property. Obviously, things go far from as planned with complications in terms of selling the vineyard, meeting distant relatives, and the cute local cafe owner, Fanny. Long story short, if we mentioned more we would be spoiling it for you.
Into the Wild (2007)
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
A successful graduate from Emory University as a top athlete as well as student, and a son of two equally educated and wealthy parents, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) chooses to take up a minimalistic lifestyle getting rid of his possessions and donating his savings. Instead of following his parents footsteps into a profitable and prestigious career guaranteeing a comfortable life, Christopher sets out on a journey into the wilderness of Alaska.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
IMDb Rating: 7/10
Revolving around a group of 4 former classmates, introverted medical student Naina (Deepika Padukone), her friend Aditi Mehra (Kalki Koechlin), adventurous Kabir “Bunny” Thapar (Ranbir Kapoor) and Avinash “Avi” Yog (Aditya Roy Kapur), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani takes place on a hiking trip into the Himalayas up to Manali. Although majorly a love story between Naina and Kabir, Bollywood never fails to entertain with so many more aspects of the film to enjoy – especially the snows laden trek that they take.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Long story short, estranged brothers (through not having spoken to each other since the date of their father’s death) Peter, Francis and Jack reunite on a train trip across India. To amp up the drama, Peter cannot deal with his wife’s pregnancy, Jack is not over his ex-lover and Francis is recovering from a pretty bad motorcycle accident. It doesn’t take long for the three siblings to fall back into old behavioural patterns and soon Francis reveals the true reason behind his planning of the reunion: to visit their mother in a Himalayan convent.
Comment below if we missed out any of your favourite wanderlust fuelling movies and we’ll make sure to add them to our list!