It is a good habit for backpackers to watch inspiring movies before they go on the real trail. The article contains list along with trailers of the movies that are a must watch for backpackers. Movies can inspire us a lot, and that’s why I am compiling a list of the ones I found worth sharing, after watching some 20-30. You can easily get great tips on how to experience the place you visit for the first time or how to talk to the new people, and this list goes on. Movies are a great way to inspire, impact and bring to light unique places which are yet to be navigated in the world.
List goes on as:
1. Into the Wild:
Into the wild has inspired many souls since 2007, and has been doing this at an exponential rate throughout the world. Any college student can relate to it.
Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young traveler into an enduring symbol for countless people – a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the dangerous balance between man and nature. “Into the Wild” was nominated twice for Oscar awards.
2. The Darjeeling Limited:
You cannot miss this movie, even if India is not in your current bucket-list.
A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. See how the three brother-enemies become life-lasting friends and their adventures in beautiful India.
3. Eat Pray Love:
The movie has Julia Roberts playing the lead. Do I need to say more?
Julia Roberts is a modern woman, and the lead in Eat Pray and Love. In her fascinating and exotic journey, she experiences the simple pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali. Based on an inspiring true story, Eat Pray Love proves that there really is more than one way to let yourself go and see the world.
4. 127 Hours
127 Hours is Danny Boyle’s next masterpiece after Slumdog Millionaire, and it is completely different.
The film tells the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon. 127 Hours was nominated for six academy awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
“Wild” movie is a great inspirer for girls, but I quite didn’t find it as interesting as others in the list.
With the end of her marriage and the loss of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. The movie has been inspired by a true story, so this is a must-watch for all the travelers.
6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Just go for it! Dream like there’s no tomorrow. A must watch for everyone who dreams.
In his secret life, Walter Mitty dreams big and feels like there’s no challenge beyond his grasp. When he’s not daydreaming, the life of Walter Mitty is just like an ordinary guy’s. He’s too shy to ask out his beautiful co-worker. But when Walter faces his ultimate real-world test, he springs into action on a global adventure exceeding anything even he could have dreamed of.
7. Around the World in 80 Days
A must watch movies for all the Jackie Chan lovers! The movie is based on fiction, but the adventures are true to the soul.
Around the World in Eighty Days is a comedy and jolly, yet adventurous movie which takes a British scientist, a Chinese thief, and a French artist to witness the world tour in eighty days. The movie’s plot starts from London and includes stops in Paris, Turkey, India, China and USA.
8) Seven Years in Tibet
Based on a true story, the role of the mountain climber who become friends with Dalai Lama has been played by Brad Pitt in this movie. The movie has a rating of 7 on 10 at IMDB.
9) The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is a movie based on travel memoirs/book of a motorcycle road trip that Che Guevara went on in his early age. The trip that showed him his life’s calling.
10) 180 South
The documentary 180 Degrees South is based on the life of an adventurer Jeff Johnson, as he backtracks the epic journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia in 1968.
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My personal favorites in the list are Into the Wild, and 127 hours. What about you?