If you've scrolled through Instagram lately, your feed is probably filled with your friends' sunny photos in pretty beaches. If you're stuck behind a desk this summer (and the FOMO is real), settle into your couch and watch these romance movies that will take you around the world. Who knows, you might just get inspired to plan your next vacay! Or... you know, fall in love. Wink, wink.
Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
Jet off to: Tuscany, Italy
Tired of the city life? You'll absolutely fall in love with this 2003 film. It stars Dianne Lane as Frances, a recently divorced writer who packs up her bags and flies to beautiful Tuscany and settles into a charming villa there. Filled with picturesque Italian scenery, this movie will inspire you to embrace spontaneity—whether it's in life or love.
Before Sunrise (1995)
Jet off to: Vienna, Austria
A classic for romance lovers and travel junkies alike, Richard Linklater's film follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), two strangers who meet on a train on the way to Vienna. Despite being total opposites—Jesse is a cynic, while Celine is an openly hopeless romantic—they are immediately drawn to each other. The film takes place over the course of one night, but that apparently wasn't enough for fans because it spawned two more sequels: Before Sunset (which takes place nine years later in Paris) and Before Sunrise (which is set in Greece 18 years later).
Lost in Translation (2003)
Jet off to: Tokyo, Japan
Sofia Coppola's romantic drama centers on an aging actor named Bob (Bill Murray), who befriends a young college graduate named Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) in a Tokyo hotel. If you've never been to Japan, this movie will convince you to finally see Tokyo's exciting energy that you won't experience anywhere else.
Camp Sawi (2016)
Jet off to: Bantayan Island, Cebu
Camp Sawi is proof that you don't need to fly very far to experience paradise. In this hilariously relatable rom-com, five women (Arci Munoz, Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Andi Eigenmann, and Kim Molina) join a post-breakup workshop by the beach as they try to grapple with their feelings of heartbreak and loneliness. The film was primarily filmed in a tiny resort called Kota Beach Resort, which you can still see for yourself today!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Jef off to: Barcelona, Spain
In this drama, two American women named Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) fly to Spain for the summer. There, they meet a Spanish man (Javier Bardem), who is attracted to both of them but is still dealing with his complicated relationship with his ex-wife (Penelope Cruz). Although most of the film is set in Barcelona, you also get a glimpse of the gorgeous scenery in Avilés and Oviedo.
Sakaling Hindi Makarating (2016)
Jet off to: Zamboanga, Marinduque, Siquijor, Batanes, and Ilocos
Fall in love with the beauty of the Philippines in this road trip-themed indie by Ice Idanan. Alessandra De Rossi stars as Cielo, whose heart gets shattered after her long-term boyfriend breaks off their engagement just days before their wedding. As she wallows in self-pity, she starts receiving anonymous hand-painted postcards from around the Philippines and decides to retrace the postcards' origins. What follows is more than just a journey around the country as she discovers herself and who she is outside of a relationship that has long defined her.
Jet off to: Montmartre in Paris, France
In this delightful French film, Audrey Tautou plays Amelie, a young and shy waitress who has been isolated for most of her life because of a misdiagnosed heart condition. She resolves to change the lives of the people around her for the better by secretly doing good deeds for them. Along the way, the audience is transported across Paris, including Café des 2 Moulins, the real-life location of Amelie's workplace that still draws fans from around the world to this day!
Il Mare (2000)
Jet off to: Ganghwa Island and Jeju Island, South Korea
Eun Joo (Jun Ji Hyun) plays a young woman living in 1999, who forms a friendship through letters with Sung Hyun (Lee Jung Jae). The twist is that Sung Hyun is living in the same house—but in 1997. As their friendship deepens, they both decide to somehow meet—but life, as always, has other plans. If its plot sounds familiar to you, that's because the 2006 romance starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock was based on this movie!
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