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Europe Movies

Whenever I’m planning a trip I love to see if there are any movies filmed or set there. And even if I’m not planning a trip, nothing satisfies wanderlust more than a movie full of quaint towns and beautiful scenery (even if only for a little while)!

Below is a list of movies that are bursting with all sorts of European charm. Whether you’re planning a trip, or just wishing you were, I think there is something on this list for all of you.

And because it’s fun to choose favorites, I included my top 10 picks at the bottom of the list. I had Mike pick his top 10 as well so you have a few guy-approved movies to try for your next date night!


RomanticWimbledon, Notting Hill, The Wedding Date, One Day, What a Girl Wants, Sliding Doors, Emma, Shakespeare in Love, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, The Holiday, Pride & Prejudice (Don’t forget the BBC version is better!), Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sense & Sensibility

Kid Friendly – Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Hook, any Harry Potter Movie

Action – Any James Bond Movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Sherlock Holmes

Drama – Matchpoint, Atonement, The King’s Speech, Bend it like beckham



Romantic – French Kiss, Chocolat, Le Divorce, Before Sunset, Julie & Julia, Sex and the City – An American Girl in Paris: Part Une and Part Deux, A Good year, Amelie, Midnight in Paris

Kid Friendly – Ratatouille, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Classic – An American in Paris, Funny Face, Sabrina, Paris When it Sizzles, How to Steal a Million, To Catch a Thief

Musical – Moulin Rouge!, Les Miserables

Action – Da Vinci Code, The Bourne Identity, Catch Me If You Can

Drama – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Comedy – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Germany / Austria

Romantic – Before Sunrise

Musical – Sound of Music

Action – The Monuments Men

Drama – The Book Thief

Comedy – Beerfest



Romantic – Before Midnight

Kid Friendly – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Musical – Mamma Mia!


Ireland & Northern Ireland

Romantic – P.S. I Love You, Leap Year, Circle of Friends

Musical – Once

Drama – Michael Collins, In the Name of the Father, Angela’s ashes

Comedy – Waking Ned Devine



Romantic – Under the Tuscan Sun, Letters to Juliet, Eat Pray Love, To Rome with Love, When in Rome

Kid Friendly – Pinocchio, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, When in Rome

Classic – Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, Bicycle Thieves

Musical – Nine

Action – The Tourist, The Italian Job, Ocean’s Twelve, Gladiator, Angels & Demons

Drama – The Talented Mr. Ripley, A Summer in Genoa, The American, The Godfather



Romantic – Grace of Monaco

Kid Friendly – Monte Carlo



Romantic – The Fault in our Stars



Romantic – Made of Honor, One Day

Kid Friendly – Brave

Action – Braveheart, Skyfall

Drama – Trainspotting, Chariots of Fire



Romantic – Vicky Christina Barcelona



Drama – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Multiple Locations in Europe

Action – All the James Bond Movies, The Bourne Series, Ocean’s Twelve, The Count of Monte Cristo

Comedy – Europe Vacation


*Jenny’s Top Ten (in no particular order)

Amelie, Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Italian Job, French Kiss, Roman Holiday, P.S. I Love You, Le Divorce, Notting Hill, Love Actually, and Under the Tuscan Sun

Β *Mike’s Top Ten (in no particular order)

Casino Royale (Basically all the Bond movies), Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremecy, Bourne Ultimatum, Waking Ned Devine, Braveheart, Bicycle Thief, Sherlock Holmes, The Godfather, and The Count of Monte Cristo

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!:)

Happy Travels!

xo, Jenny

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    Rachel @ STCL
    July 12, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Love this! I’m inspired without the movies – add the movies into the mix and I’m dying to go!!

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    Emily Abernathy
    July 12, 2015 at 2:34 am

    What a great list! I’m saving this for reference when I can’t think of a movie to watch. Might as well pick one that takes place in a favorite country!

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    July 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Dear Jenny, this is a great list. I also love to see movies filmed in a country that I am traveling to. I also watch Bollywood movies because they have some pretty amazing locations! You should check it out! Save travels!

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    July 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    My Life in Ruins – fabulous rom com around Greece!

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      Traveling Chic
      August 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Patti! That’s on my list to watch! Thanks for reminding me!:)

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    October 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    A little cheesy but ‘Chasing Liberty’ with Mandy Moore kinda gets me hyped about Europe.

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    May 23, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I would add Love Is All You Need, a film by Susanne Bier.

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      Traveling Chic
      May 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Tez! I will add this one to the list!:)

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    September 15, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I think you’re forgetting “Only You” with Marissa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. set in Italy, it’s a Rom-com movie. One of my favorites and beautiful shots of Venice, Rome, Positano, the Tuscan valley.

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    September 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    For France, there’s a collection of short films called “Paris, Je T’Aime” that I love. It’s definitely not kid friendly, but each short is directed by a different director, so they’re in completely different styles and all gorgeously shot. The last one is my favorite! There is also a “New York, I Love You” in the same vein.

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    Martin Lopez
    June 1, 2018 at 1:28 am

    God yes! You missed My Life In Ruins … on that Greece part, romantic comedy and itches you to get to Greece!

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    Michelle Jensen
    February 15, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Summertime! for Venice

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