Must-see movies?

8 Apr 2007 JBCali asked

Hey all, <BR>So, being super-excited for our trip, my husband and I have been trying to watch movies that take place in Europe. <BR>So far we've seen Eurotrip, and National Lampoon's European Vacation. Are there any other movies that we need to see? They don't necessarily have to be about visiting Europe, just anything involving European life or culture is great. Any suggestions? <BR>I'm kinda avoiding Hostel, btw. I'm easily freaked out. :-)
  • 9 Apr 2007 ashleightara said


    I’ve seen a few lately in preperation too Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->
    The new Mr Bean movie does France.
    Under the Tuscan Sun has some great shots of Italy.
    Surprising, The Lizzie Maguire movie is a good one too, she’s on a school holiday in Rome.
    I’m still looking for others Smiler<!--graemlin::)--> I think I might have to venture into foreign movies.

  • 9 Apr 2007 ~*Alex*~ said


    oh, definitely Chocolat- it is the best movie!!! Set in france, with Johnny Depp Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

    Also, if you’re into reading, i’d reccommend Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. Fantastic, set in Rome, you’d be able to see all the sights/ settings in real life Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 10 Apr 2007 space_monkey said


    the spannish apartment has some shots of spain and france. and russian dolls has some shots of england france and moscow or somewhere in russia. both are really good and funny movies. but be ready to read, they are mainly in french. but some parts ar in english.

  • 10 Apr 2007 ashleightara said


    once you run through that list, check out this site Film locations in Europe for movies that have been shot in europe (has other places too)

    Also good if you have a favourite movie and want to visit the locations in it on your travels.

  • 10 Apr 2007 Brigid_Q said


    don’t forget the one where Garfield goes to London.

  • 10 Apr 2007 ptooma said


    Might not recognize much seeing the film before the tour, but afterwards when you get back, you do say “Oh … I’ve been there ”" alt=“Smiler” width=“15” height="15"><!--graemlin::)-->" … such as in the Bourne Identity which wanders around Europe and concludes in Mykonos.

  • 10 Apr 2007 lex400 said


    “French Kiss” with Meg Ryan and Kevin Klein is one of my favorite movies. It takes place in various parts of France. It’s cute, funny, and highlights cultural differences between the French and Americans/Canadians.

  • 10 Apr 2007 mella_d said


    How about the movie hostel? an interesting way to holiday in europe….

  • 11 Apr 2007 JBCali said


    Thanks for the suggestions, all. I’ve added a few more to my Netflix queue, as well as Sound of Music.
    I don’t think my tour stops in Salzburg, but it’s still the Alps, right?
    Has anyone seen Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo or Roman Holiday (Audrey Hepburn)? I’m wondering if either of those would be good.

  • 30 May 2007 JBCali said


    Thanks for all your suggestions.
    We just watched “Before Sunrise” (takes place in Vienna) and “Before Sunset” (takes place in Paris). I recommend them both – very cute!

  • 31 May 2007 Kelsey said


    Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst.
    Very beautiful, set in France (Versaille)!

  • 8 Jun 2007 Sarah Plummer said


    notting hill has good shots of london, the da vinci code has great shots of paris.

  • 20 Apr 2010 Mel the aussie said

    Mel the aussie

    i’d like to get this post going again, i love movies and ive looked through this list and plan on watching a heap of these movies before i go lol. So has anyone got any suggestions?
    i have to say “My life in ruins” i love it lol its a great movie set in greece.

  • 21 Apr 2010 ChrisSoll48 said


    Casino Royale has some awesome scenes in Venice if you are going there. Movie to avoid: Taken.

  • 21 Apr 2010 Jen_au said

    Originally posted by ChrisSoll48:
    . Movie to avoid: Taken.

    LOL I was going to post the same thing!!! Definitely not a good movie to watch, I am trying to erase it from my memory before I go as I watched it about a year ago before I had plans of going (alone) to Europe…..:S

  • 22 Apr 2010 Mel the aussie said

    Mel the aussie

    haha yeh ive seen it too… prolly not the best movie to see lol

  • 23 Apr 2010 ~*EmmaG*~ said


    A Good Year (with Russell Crowe and Abbie Cornish) is set almost entirely in a vineyard in the south of France

  • 30 Apr 2010 Naomi said


    France – Amelie (I planned a free day around the movie), 2 Nights in Paris, Mr Bean’s Holiday, Marie Antoinette

    Europe – The Spanish Apartment, Chasing Liberty

  • 1 May 2010 DarnellJ said

    Originally posted by ChrisSoll48:
    Movie to avoid: Taken.

    Haha, I could definitely see this movie freaking some people out.

    Don’t watch it before you leave, watch it when you get back. It’s actually an excellent movie!

  • 2 May 2010 Nguyen1986 said


    What about Day of the Jackal? A good one for parts of France & Italy…



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