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The Best Summer Movies to Brighten Your Day

by Chloe Wilshere, Content Creator

What would you say if we said it’s possible to travel to the likes of Malaysia, Hollywood and Paris without leaving the comfort of your sofa? Well you wouldn’t believe us right… but you’re in luck as we’ve rounded up 20 reality escaping films that are so capturing you’ll feel like you’re really there. So if you’ve got the itch to go travelling or are dreaming of your next holiday then these films are sure to make you feel like you’ve been away for two hours at least…

1. Roman Holiday, 1953

Where You Can Escape To: Rome

What It’s About: A romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn as Royal princess, Ann. Princess Ann is touring Europe and takes a night off in Rome that leads to romance with a reporter.

2. Out of Africa, 1985

Where You Can Escape To: Africa

What It’s About: An Oscar-winning film based on Danish noblewoman Karen Blixen’s life spent running a coffee plantation in Kenya and her love affair with big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton.

3. Thelma & Louise, 1991

Where You Can Escape To: The Grand Canyon

What It’s About: Two best friends set out on an adventure which soon turns into a horrifying escape from the police as the two girls run away from the crimes they’ve committed along the way.

4. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 1994

Where You Can Escape To: Australia

What It’s About: A comedy about two drag queens and a transgender woman that sign a contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs in the Australian Desert.

5. Before Sunrise, 1995

Where you can escape too: Vienna

What it’s about: If you’re in the mood for watching a romantic film, then Before Sunrise is the film for you. A story about a young man and woman who meet on a train in Europe and end up spending a night together in Vienna - but both know it’s probably the only night they’ll ever spend together.

6. Talented Mr Ripley, 1999

Where You Can Escape To: Italy

What It’s About: If thrillers are your thing then you’ll love this film. Matt Damon stars as Mr Ripley, a young underachiever who's sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoilt millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

7. The Beach, 2000

Where You Can Escape To: Thailand

What It’s About: A tropical paradise and Leonardo DiCaprio, it doesn’t get much better than that right? DiCaprio plays Richard, a young American backpacker who travels to Thailand to find himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours say it leads to a solitary beach paradise, so excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.`

8. Catch Me If You Can, 2002

Where You Can Escape To: New York

What It’s About:
Another Leonardo DiCaprio film this time also starring Tom Hanks. Hanks plays a well-established FBI agent who’s pursing Frank Abagnale Jr, played by DiCaprio. Before his 19th birthday, Frank had successfully forged millions of dollars worth of cheques whilst posing as a pilot, doctor and a legal prosecutor. Question is – will Hanks catch him?

9. Lost in Translation, 2003

Where You Can Escape To: Tokyo

What It’s About: A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo

10. Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003

Where You Can Escape To: Tuscany

What It’s About: In a bid to transform her life, writer Frances impulsively purchases a villa in Tuscany. Something we’d all like to do at the moment right?

11. Little Miss Sunshine, 2005

Where You Can Escape To: America

What It’s About:
If you’re in need of something funny to watch then this is the film for you. An easy-to-watch, light-hearted comedy about a family determined to get their daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant who take a cross country trip around America in their VW bus in order to do so.

12. Up In The Air, 2009

Where You Can Escape To: America

What It’s About:
George Clooney plays Ryan, an executive who lives out of a suitcase for his job, and travels around America firing people – quite a job right? And just when he’s on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles, his lifestyle is threatened by a love interest.

13. Eat Pray Love

Where You Can Escape To: Around the world

What it’s about: A married woman realises she’s unhappy in her marriage and that she needs a change in her life. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a journey around the world to find herself.

14. Midnight in Paris, 2011

Where You Can Escape To: Paris

What It’s About: An Oscar-winning must-watch film. Owen Wilson plays Gil, a screenwriter who heads to Paris with his fiancée's family. every night at midnight he mysteriously finds himself going back to the 1920s.

15. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2011

Where You Can Escape To: Budapest

What It’s About: A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge.

16. The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2013

Where You Can Escape To: Budapest

What It’s About:
A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge.

17. Call Me By Your Name, 2017

Where You Can Escape To: Italy

What It’s About: A romantic film based in 1980s Italy, starring Timothee Chalamet as a 17-year-old student who finds romance with an older man hired as his father’s assistant.

18. Crazy Rich Asians, 2018

Where You Can Escape To: Singapore

What It’s About: Constance Wu plays Rachel, a young woman who heads to Singapore to accompany her boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding. On arrival she learns her boyfriend's family is extremely wealthy and that he is one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Rachel is quickly thrown into the spotlight and soon has to contend with jealous socialites and her boyfriend's disapproving mother…

19. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, 2019

Where You Can Escape To: Hollywood

What It’s About: A must-watch starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. DiCaprio plays a faded television star who, along with Brad as his stunt double, is striving to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969.

20. A Rainy Day in New York, 2019

Where You Can Escape To: New York

What It’s About: A young couple arrive in New York for a weekend away where they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.