European Staycation Movies

by Reefmonkey | created - 12 Apr 2017 | updated - 12 Apr 2017 | Public

Wistfully remembering your last trip to Europe? Don't know then the next one will be? Then cook up some food from your favorite European country, or get some takeout, and watch one of these films. With the exception of two films, all these movies are in color, in English, take place after World War II (so modern Europe), and involve an English speaking (usually American) traveler to the country as a main character. I included Amelie and Cinema Paradiso just because they are beautiful movies that showcase their settings so well.

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1. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

G | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Three American women working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan

Votes: 2,804

Italy - Rome and environs, mostly

2. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Director: Audrey Wells | Stars: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 43,593 | Gross: $43.61M

Italy - Florence and Positano

3. French Kiss (1995)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno

Votes: 44,346 | Gross: $38.90M

France - Paris, the Wine Country, and the Cote d'Azur

4. Before Sunset (2004)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Votes: 210,931 | Gross: $5.82M

France - Paris

5. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 241,378 | Gross: $5.54M

Austria - Vienna

6. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of fifty thousand dollars first.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 59,900 | Gross: $42.04M

France - Cote d'Azur

7. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 57,182 | Gross: $8.75M

France - Cote d'Azur

8. My Life in Ruins (2009)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

34 Metascore

A travel guide rediscovers her romantic side on a trip around Greece.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Rachel Dratch, Alexis Georgoulis

Votes: 17,458 | Gross: $8.66M

Greece

9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively

Votes: 51,357 | Gross: $39.01M

About a third of the movie takes place in Greece, on Santorini

10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Four college freshmen and best friends find that it may take more than a shared pair of jeans to help them stay in touch as their lives go in different directions.

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively

Votes: 25,714 | Gross: $44.09M

About a third of the movie takes place in Greece, on Santorini

11. National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

47 Metascore

The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill, Jason Lively

Votes: 52,878 | Gross: $49.40M

England - London and Stonehenge France - Paris Germany - Bavaria Italy - Rome

12. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 658,116 | Gross: $33.23M

France - Paris

13. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 204,847 | Gross: $11.99M

Italy - Southern

14. Leap Year (2010)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

33 Metascore

Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow

Votes: 87,127 | Gross: $25.92M

Ireland

15. Wimbledon (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

59 Metascore

A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets a young player on the women's circuit who helps him recapture his focus for Wimbledon.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Sam Neill

Votes: 56,973 | Gross: $17.00M

England

16. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow

Votes: 128,074 | Gross: $52.70M

England

17. The Wedding Date (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

32 Metascore

Single-girl anxiety causes Kat Ellis to hire a male escort to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior, proves to be her undoing.

Director: Clare Kilner | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Amy Adams

Votes: 45,578 | Gross: $31.73M

England

18. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Director: Sharon Maguire | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 208,734 | Gross: $71.54M

19. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

After finding love, Bridget Jones questions if she really has everything she's dreamed of having.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 97,387 | Gross: $40.23M

England

20. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 359,535 | Gross: $56.82M

France - Paris

21. Chocolat (2000)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 169,259 | Gross: $71.51M

France

22. Mamma Mia! (2008)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

51 Metascore

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 196,343 | Gross: $144.13M

Greek Islands

23. Eat Pray Love (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis

Votes: 78,675 | Gross: $80.57M

Italy - about the beginning third

24. Letters to Juliet (2010)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

Sophie dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy where she meets the "Secretaries of Juliet".

Director: Gary Winick | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave, Marcia DeBonis

Votes: 86,794 | Gross: $53.03M

Italy - Verona

25. To Rome with Love (2012)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

54 Metascore

The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page

Votes: 79,846 | Gross: $16.69M

Italy - Rome

26. When in Rome (2010)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

25 Metascore

Beth is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Danny DeVito

Votes: 57,743 | Gross: $32.67M

Italy - Rome

27. Angels & Demons (2009)

PG-13 | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 254,991 | Gross: $133.38M

Italy - Rome

28. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 375,212 | Gross: $217.54M

France - Paris And elsewhere

29. Monte Carlo (2011)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

43 Metascore

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Cory Monteith

Votes: 39,009 | Gross: $23.19M

Monaco

30. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Christopher Evan Welch

Votes: 229,147 | Gross: $23.22M

Spain

31. A Good Year (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 83,111 | Gross: $7.46M

France

32. The Tourist (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 208,414 | Gross: $67.63M

Italy

33. If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)

G | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Suzanne Pleshette, Ian McShane, Vittorio De Sica, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 1,632

All over

34. Stealing Beauty (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

60 Metascore

After her mother commits suicide, a young woman travels to Italy in search of love, truth and a deeper connection with herself.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 24,077 | Gross: $4.57M

Italy

35. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 163,549 | Gross: $81.30M

Italy - the Mediterranean



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