25 Movies That'll Take You Around The World — Even As You Sit On Your Couch

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"Don't fence me in," Cole Porter sang in his 1934 ballad. It is a sentiment we share at Fathom HQ; we take every opportunity we get to explore the world's most mesmerizing places, both near and far. But on those evenings when we have no getaway plans, we use movies to whisk us to faraway lands.

Pop some corn, dive under a blanket, and roam the world cinematically. You might just get inspiration for your next great adventure.
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Fellini's gorgeous Italian fantasies, dream sequences, and celebratory imagery are vivid and colorful, even in black and white.
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The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
An aging transsexual, two drag queen sidekicks, and a hilarious romp through the incredible Australian desert make this film an unforgettable journey we can stand to get lost in for a couple of hours.
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Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Following six-year-old Hushpuppy's moving adventures through a mythical swampland transports us to a place inspired by Louisiana's bayous.
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Casablanca
There is so much to love about the noir classic. The intrigue. The love triangle. The "we'll always have Paris" nostalgia. The world's best American bar in the middle of Morocco.
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Chungking Express
Wong Kar-wai encounters love, lonesomeness, and chaos in a hyperreal Hong Kong.
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Cinema Paradiso
An '80s Italian classic, this film features Rome, the small town of Giancaldo, Sicily, and a memorable kissing montage that we won't soon forget.

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The Darjeeling Limited
Wes Anderson takes us to India, where three brothers search for their mother via train and motorbike. Tons of fun, nonsense, color, panoramas, and Adrien Brody make this an easy favorite.
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In this Hindi-language Indian film, gorgeous footage of the old country meets contemporary youth and attitude.
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Dr. No
This James Bond film follows 007 to Jamaica as he investigates the death of his fellow agent. Prepare for blue skies, pristine beaches, and wet bathing suits.
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The Gods Must Be Crazy
This screwball comedy set in the jungles of South Africa gives a spectacular view of the edge of the earth.
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Good Bye, Lenin!
A German tragicomedy about a son who must keep his mother from knowing that East Germany as she knew it no longer exists will make you feel all kinds of things.
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In Bruges
Two Irish hit men hide out in the picturesque old city of Bruges, Belgium, as they wait on orders from their gangster boss.
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Into The Wild
This film is a drama based on Jon Krakauer's biography about Christopher McCandless, a top student who drops out of university, donates his savings, and heads alone into the spectacular, unforgiving Alaskan wilderness.

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The Kite Runner
This film provides a rare look at the beautiful city of Kabulbefore, during, and after a series of tumultuous events that reshape the landscape.
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La Dolce Vita
The image is forever burned into our memory: Anita Ekberg in Rome's Trevi fountain.
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The Last Emperor
Expect glorious panoramas of China during the reign of the last emperor, Puyi.
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Manhattan
Cue classic Woody Allen scenes of the city we love.
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Midnight In Paris
A charming goof flits between days in contemporary Paris to nights spent with the bohemian It crowd of the 1920s.
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The Motorcycle Diaries
This biographical drama about the journey of famous Marxist guerilla commander Che Geuvara starts in Buenos Aires and follows two blokes through Chile, Peru, and Venezuela.

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The Night Of The Shooting Stars
According to Italian folklore, the Night of San Lorenzo is the night when dreams come true. This 1982 Italian fantasy war film follows a group of Italians who flee their town amidst rumors of a Nazi invasion. It's a fantastical love letter to the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You'll want to go lie under a cypress tree and stare at the stars.
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The Red Balloon
This classic film about a boy chasing a balloon around Paris will inspire wanderlust in travelers of all ages.
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Roman Holiday
You've got Audrey Hepburn, Vespas, and a handsome lead. Throw in Rome as a backdrop, and you've got the perfect equation for a night at the movies.
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Seven Years In Tibet
Based on the book by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer (portrayed by Brad Pitt) describing his experiences in Tibet during World War II, the opening scene of Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas, though actually shot in British Columbia, Canada, is absolutely majestic.
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Thelma & Louise
A waitress and a housewife take off in a '66 Thunderbird for a vacation that turns into a nightmare. It is THE quintessential road trip movie.
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Y Tu Mamá También
Two teenaged boys and an older woman go on a road trip through Mexico in this coming-of-age story directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

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