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The best films against wanderlust

The corona crisis is forcing us to stay at home. The cinemas are closed, all film releases have been postponed and our planned trips are now moving into an uncertain distance.

But here comes a remedy: If we are too much plagued by the longing for the big wide world, we travel from the sofa.

The following 20 films successfully satisfy our wanderlust and thirst for adventure by taking us on a trip for one evening:


Information on the exact locations is available by clicking on the film name in the text.



Australia, we are coming! In the film “Traces”, the young Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) comes to Alice Springs with a crazy plan: She wants to cross the Australian desert to the Indian Ocean on foot, 2700 km, together with four stubborn camels and their dog.

Shortly before leaving, she met the “National Geographic” photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), who was accompanying her. You will encounter nature that is as majestic as it is hostile.

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Here we go to Cornwall without any Rosamunde Pilcher: Cute fishing villages with thatched houses and small alleys form the backdrop to "The Scent of Lavender".

The film icons Maggie Smith and Judi Dench take on the main roles of the story as two older sisters who nurture the Polish concert violinist Andrea (Daniel Brühl) washed up in the bay.

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With Woody Allen's “Midnight in Paris” you can not only dream your way to Paris, no, you can even go on a journey through time to the Belle Époque and the Roaring Twenties.

In the role of Hollywood screenwriter Gil, Owen Wilson meets celebrities like Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Ernest Hemingway and celebrates the Parisian nightlife with them. During the day it goes to the famous sights of the city.

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Small trip around the world for one evening! The film adaptation of the bestseller of the same name "Eat Pray Love" is one of the travel film classics. The enjoyable self-discovery trip of the main character Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) takes us halfway around the world.

She feeds her way through Italy, meditates in the ashram in India and cycles through the rice terraces of the god island of Bali until suddenly Javier Bardem appears ...

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The adventure fairy tale "The Amazing Life of Walter Mitty" is a wonderful homage to travel! In addition to Ben Stiller, the Icelandic landscape also plays a leading role in the film with its breathtaking images.

Incidentally, the filming location Iceland embodies not only Iceland itself in the story, but also Greenland and the Himalayan mountains in Afghanistan. Breathtakingly beautiful!

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The adventure drama "Into the Wild" is the backpacker film par excellence and is based on the life of the dropout Christopher McCandless.

Under the pseudonym Alexander Supertramp, Chris (Emile Hirsch) embarks on a two-year journey from Atlanta to Alaska to face the challenges of a life far away from civilization. On the way he makes extremely interesting acquaintances.

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Culture shock in Tokyo! Scarlett Johansson has it as the lonely Charlotte in the Park Hyatt Hotel in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation".

Together with the aging actor Bob Harris (Bill Murray), she finally plunges into the hustle and bustle of the city, from temples to karaoke bars. Of course, the busy intersection in the Shibuya district should not be missing from the impressive locations.

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We accompany Reese Witherspoon on a solo trip of extremes on the Pacific Crest Trail from the dust-dry Mojave Desert to the imposing western backdrop in northern Oregon.

In the role of the 26-year-old Cheryl Strayed in “The Big Trip - Wild” she follows the call of the wild after several strokes of fate in order to leave the painful past behind. By a true story.

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Fancy some southern romance? Nicholas Spark's love story "Like a Single Day" tells the touching story of Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams).

The locations include dreamy plantations, such as the Boone Hall Plantation, already known for “torches in the storm”, the idyllic Cypress Gardens and the small town of Charleston, all of which are located in South Carolina. It is possible that on this cinematic journey you will crush one or two tears ...

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The film drama “P.S. I love you ”, in which Holly (Hilary Swank) loses her husband Gerry (Gerard Butler).

At the same time, however, the film comforts us with wonderful shots from Ireland, especially the Wicklow Mountains. Because letters ultimately lead Holly back to the place where she first met her great love. There she rediscovered life.

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Three Parisian city children spend their holidays with their grandparents in the south of France. They have never met their grandfather Paul (Jean Reno) because of a family quarrel.

This is how a chaotic “summer in Provence” begins, in which both generations try to cope with each other. Fun fact: Jean Reno actually owns a farmhouse in Provence and is very knowledgeable about olive trees.

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Have you ever been to Tibet? Neither do I! But the classic film "Seven Years in Tibet" both awakens and calms the wanderlust, so to speak.

The mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, who meets the Dalai Lama, is played by Brad Pitt. What very few people know: For political reasons, most of the film's recordings were not made in Tibet, but in northern Argentina. The scenes of the ascent of Nanga Parbat were filmed in Canada.

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Admittedly, the Belgian town of Bruges does not necessarily come across as a dream travel destination at first glance in the gangster film "See Bruges ... and die?" Even contract killer Ray (Colin Farrell) cannot be enthusiastic about Bruges at all.

His gangster colleague Ken (Brendan Gleeson), on the other hand, is very impressed by the history of the city and would like to explore it more closely. So on closer inspection, the film turns into an interesting guided tour across Bruges.

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Entertainer Hape Kerkeling took half a year off to hike the Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela. His bestseller "Ich bin mal weg" was filmed with Devid Striesow in the lead role, so that we can also follow the story visually from home.

While previous films of the Way of St. James were only shot within a radius of two base camps, the film team walked the entire pilgrimage here.

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Spectacular images from South Africa can be found in the road movie “The hottest day”. In it, the life artist Benno (Florian David Fitz) and the hypochondriac Andi (Matthias Schweighöfer) go on a journey together.

Neither of them will live much longer and so they start looking for the “hottest day” of their lives, which leads them to Cape Town and to unexpected insights.

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The film “Vielmachglas” is 100% made in Germany, more precisely in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg. The story: At the age of 20, Marleen (Jella Haase) experiences her everyday life as a steep mountain. But a personal catastrophe shakes her up and catapults her on an adventurous journey where she meets Ben (Marc Benjamin).

Her destination is the Port of Hamburg, from where she plans to travel to Antarctica. But she has to get there first ...

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Longing for South America? The road movie “The Journey of Young Che”, in which the young Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garciá Bernal), later known as Che Guevara, accompanies his friend Alberto on a four-month tour through the continent, takes us there for two hours.

The 8,000-kilometer journey with an old motorcycle changed is bursting with adventure and a feeling of freedom.

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The impressive journey in the Oscar-winning film “Green Book” is based on a true story: The gifted pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) goes on a concert tour from New York to the southern states in 1962. Its driver is the Italian-American Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen).

You must plan your trip using the Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide that listed the restaurants and hotels where black customers were welcome.

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The film “Madame Mallory and the scent of curry” takes us both to France and to Indian culinary art.

In the story, the young Indian Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) leaves his homeland with his family and ends up in the idyllic village of Lumière in southern France. There they open the “Maison Mumbai” exactly opposite the starred restaurant “Le Saule Pleureur”. Owner Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) doesn't like that at all ...

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Break out of everyday life and just drive off. Best friends Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) put this into practice with a Ford Thunderbird convertible.

Pretty much everything goes wrong, but the joint road trip welds “Thelma & Louise” together even more. The emotional road movie was shot against the impressive backdrop of Arches National Park and Canyonlands in Utah.

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Which is your favorite wanderlust film? Let us know in the comments.


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