Top 100 films that inspire travel

British Airways, Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom plus passengers have picked their top 100 movies to celebrate the launch of special cinema screenings

Films from British Airways’ recent list of 100 top movies that inspire travel were chosen by passengers plus Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom.


The recent list was created ahead of the airline carriers’ special cinema screenings launch next month, in London. More than 2000 people voted in the poll, which saw The Beach, Braveheart, City of God, Eat Pray Love, Thelma and Louise and The Hangover make it into the top 100.

British Airways In-flight entertainment and technology manager Richard D’Cruze said: “A great movie can inspire you to do great things. We considered hundreds of titles for this list, including films that give you the confidence to travel alone, those that evoke a sense of adventure and films that promote a specific destination.”

Orlando Bloom spoke of his trip to New Zealand to film Lord of the Rings: “I cherished my time filming Lord of the Rings,” he said, “it’s the most beautiful, magical place, with great hospitality.”

Bloom is quite an adventurous traveller and likes to go off the beaten track. “I love places that are completely cut off from everything – where I can relax and enjoy the simplicity of nature,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow and Colin Firth are captivated by European destinations. Paltrow thinks of southern France when she watches Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Firth made a trip to Rome after seeing La Dolce Vita.

See the top 100 films inspired by travel from A-Z below:

A Good Year
A Room with a View
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Annie Hall
Around the World in 80 Days
The Beach
Before Sunrise
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Blue Hawaii
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
To Catch a Thief
Casino Royale (2006)
Chariots of Fire
City of God
Coming to America
Crocodile Dundee
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Darjeeling Limited
The Dark Knight
The Da Vinci Code
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dr. No
Eat Pray Love
The Endless Summer (1966)
Enter the Dragon
Forrest Gump
Four Weddings and a Funeral
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Gone with the Wind
Gorillas in the Mist
The Hangover
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Holiday
In Bruges
Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indecent Proposal
Into the Wild
It Started in Naples
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
The King and I
La Dolce Vita
L.A. Story
La Vie En Rose
Lawrence of Arabia
Life of Pi
Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring)
Lost in Translation
Mamma Mia
Memoirs of a Geisha
Miami Vice
Midnight in Paris
The Motorcycle Diaries
Moulin Rouge!
National Lampoon’s European Vacation
Notting Hill
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
Out of Africa
The Piano
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Pretty Woman
Roman Holiday
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Searching for Sugar Man
Sex and the City 2
Seven Years in Tibet
Shirley Valentine
Sliding Doors
Sleepless in Seattle
Slumdog Millionaire
The Sound of Music
South Pacific
The Spy who Loved Me
Stand by Me
Summer Holiday
The Talented Mr Ripley
Thelma and Louise
Top Gun
Under the Tuscan Sun
Up in the Air
When Harry Met Sally
24 Hour Party People


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