Got no plans for the weekend except for maybe crawling onto the couch to binge watch some of your favorite romantic movies to save money for a future trip? If you can’t embark on romantic trips with your significant other or go soul-searching just yet, you can always feast your eyes on these swoon-worthy flicks filmed in gorgeous settings around the world!
So whether you’re unapologetically single or happily committed, these movies will make you believe in second chances, forge deeper connections, laugh out loud, and thank the heavens for stumbling upon this list. Let us start with less popular indie romantic movies that deserve some praises.
Forbidden love and kindred spirits
IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
Filming locations: Ischia Island, Naples, Italy
As this film takes you to every nook and cranny of this magical paradise, which you may want to add to your bucket list, there are more things to love about it! You’ll not only love it for the charming Ischia Island that will take your breath away, but also for the actors’ (especially Kate Bosworth’s) commendable performance throughout the entire duration of the film. It’s so unpretentious and raw, almost like going off script most of the time. The flows of the dialogues are natural and never forced; not something that just happens in the movies. It’s probably the best place to fall in love in, if only she was single.
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
Filming locations: Cairo, Egypt
Yes, more love affairs in foreign lands – nothing I’d recommend! I am simply an advocate of perfectly paced films and awe-inspiring stills this movie is made of. It allows you to take a moment to enjoy the scenes making you feel you’re seeing the Great Pyramids or the vast, vibrant Egyptian markets with your own eyes. You’d appreciate how unhurried everything is. It’s such a visual and auditory delight as panoramic views roll out with eargasmic musical score – an instrumental ode to forbidden love.
Finding love (again) in unexpected places
IMDB Rating: 6/10
Filming locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Ever been stuck all alone at the airport due to a delayed flight or extra-long layover and found yourself making an actual connection with someone who’s on the same boat? It’s getting quite rare these days to strike up a conversation with someone when everyone seems to have his or her own world contained in a smartphone or a laptop, right? This movie urges you to utter a word to someone and let things take its course – with or without a romantic, ulterior motive – just try to connect. It’s a (lot) lighter take on the romantic drama many of you have grown to love, Before Sunrise.
The Thing Called Tadhana (Fate)[Language:Filipino] IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Filming locations: Various locations in The Philippines (Mt. Kitepan, Banawe Rice Terraces, Baguio)
Let’s mix things up a bit by adding romantic comedies in foreign languages. Whether you’d find Filipino humour funny or not; if you’ve loved and lost and still trying to move on with your life, this one is for you. You may think it’s easier to deal with the pain alone, but in some (extreme) cases, you need to air it out to someone who can help you see objectively and clearly through all the scars a lost love has left you with and that perfect someone might just be a total stranger. You don’t know much about each other; you won’t care whether they say the wrong or right things; and you can completely be yourself. This feel-good romantic comedy will give you picturesque sights to marvel at, courage to look beyond the unrelenting bleakness of a life heartaches bring about, slowly let go and let fate decide.
Filming locations: NYC, USA & Paris, France
What would you do when you realize you have to sit next to your ex, you swore never to talk to again, on a long haul flight? When talking normally is near impossible, that’s a problem. No one has to endure anything like that, especially when you hate each other! But what if you really don’t? It just ended badly, but in your heart there’s nothing in the world you’d want more than to have another chance with him or her. Featuring busy streets of Big Apple and lovely City of Lights, this French romantic comedy is sure to make your heart flutter.
You might also enjoy mainstream travel-themed romantic films, which feature ahh-mazing backdrops of some of the most heavenly places we dream about and of course, truly hilarious characters! These are great choices if you don’t like heavy drama or endure at least an hour plus of sitting through a movie with subtitles.
IMDB Rating: 5.4/10
Filming locations: Chicago & various locations in Hawaii, USA
IMDB Rating: 5.5/10
Filming locations: Bora Bora, French Polynesia & various locations in USA
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Filming locations: California & various locations in Hawaii, USA
There! You’ll have enough movies for your me-time chick flick marathons, all-girls sleepovers and date nights!
Can you recommend some lesser-known romance movies which somewhat have a travel theme? Don’t forget to drop them in the comments!