8 Stylish Travel Films: Escape without Leaving Home

8 Stylish Travel Films: Escape without Leaving Home

Sarah Coffey
Jul 7, 2010

Since it's travel month on Apartment Therapy, we're beginning a list of our favorite film escapes. There are so many good movies about travel — amazing locations that move the plot forward are a director's dream. It seems almost silly to pick just 8 movies, but we're starting with a small number in the hope that you'll help us round out the list.

  1. To Catch a Thief (1955): Cary Grant and Grace Kelly travel through the French Riviera in high style.
  2. North by Northwest (1959): The always-elegant Cary Grant runs from foreign spies through a series of gorgeous U.S. locations and modern interiors.
  3. Lost in Translation (2003): Rainy, moody shots of Tokyo and swanky Japanese hotel interiors.
  4. The Darjeeling Limited (2007): A hand-painted train and beautiful shots of India with lots of turquoise, orange, and pink. Add to the style file: one set of monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage.
  5. Up in the Air (2009): A well-dressed George Clooney cruises through airport bars and executive hotels. Of course, there's a lot more to the film, but the style is very business class.
  6. Roman Holiday (1953): Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck zipping around 1950s Rome.
  7. Pierrot le fou (1965): Jean Luc Godard's film about a bored-to-tears Parisian who runs away with the babysitter. Beautiful European locations and saturated colors.
  8. The Passenger (1975): Jack Nicholson travels through North Africa, while director Michelangelo Antonioni captures some incredible panoramic shots.


This list is just a beginning...fill it out with your favorite stylish travel films!

Photos: North by Northwest via Wikimedia Commons, Lost in Translation via the MovieDB, The Darjeeling Limited via IMDB, Roman Holiday via IMDB, Up in the Air via IMDB, Pierrot le fou via Romance in the Picture, To Catch a Thief via IMDB, The Passenger via IMDB

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