Top 5 Classic Travel Films

Posted by Claire Dunderman May 20, 2013 0 Comment 8500 views

Summer is the season of travel – whether it’s a road trip with the family or hiking around the country, using any means of getting to where you want to go. Or sometimes, travelling for the sake of travelling. I find that these movies help inspire the wanderlust I have to go to new and different places, and are great to watch along whatever journey you find yourself on.

What are your favorite travel films? Tell us in the comments!

Top 5 Classic Travel Films

Road to Morocco (1942)

You’ve got Bing being Bing and Bob being Bob. Both Crosby and Hope are in their element in this one, and the gimmicks, schticks and romance all make it so that this one is the best of the Road movies, in my opinion. Also, you have a talking camel that breaks the fourth wall. It’s hard to beat that.

The Great Race (1965)

Instead of telling my brother or sister to simply press the microwave button to start, I’ll address them by saying “Push the button, Max!” In their case, they don’t push the wrong button. This is the silliest road trip film of them all, complete with an extended pie-throwing scene. It’s also a true delight to see Jack Lemmon as a not-so-sinister villain and Peter Falk as his right hand man.

Still image from "North by Northwest"North By Northwest (1959)

Not so much travelling by choice, but with this Hitchcock film you are able to see a variety of places of the US. Also, it’s very inclusive of many means of transportation, albeit if one of them is a rogue airplane that tries to wipe out Cary Grant. I personally wouldn’t recommend scaling Mount Rushmore, though. It’s fine enough seeing it without hanging for dear life.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

You wouldn’t immediately place this as a travel movie, now would you? But it very much is one, even if Dorothy and her friends are travelling through the fantastical world of Oz. Also, the film deals with homesickness, which is bound to happen at some point with anyone who is bound to go off on adventures in different places.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Something that war does is that it puts people in different climates and cultures. With Lawrence of Arabia, this is very true, and it shows that travelling isn’t always this romanticized notion that people make it out to be. There is danger when travelling, but through the different experiences that you have and people that you encounter, you are given the chance grow and change as a person in ways that you wouldn’t have realized if you were anywhere else.

What are your favorite travel films? Tell us in the comments!

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Indie & classic rock nerd, writer and blogger, British comedy geek. Television-Radio-Film ’15 student at SU’s Newhouse School.

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