Films to take you to faraway places

A man and a woman sunbathing on a beach.

Travel vicariously through Cary Grant, Liv Tyler and Brigitte Bardot in these iconic summer movies

By Danielle Radojcin   Above image: The Talented Mr Ripley (Shutterstock)   Wednesday 27 May, 2020   Short read

While travelling for leisure may be temporarily off the cards, there’s still the chance to satisfy your wanderlust with these richly evocative films. Not only do they transport you to some of the most beautiful destinations, but they also make you feel, see and even smell the surroundings in a heightened way – minus the jet lag. 

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, Anthony Minghella)
Catnip for those in search of preppy, summer style inspiration, the Italian Riviera provides an equally good-looking foil to Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Jude Law. They sip espresso on cafe pavements, stretch out on the beach and – in Damon’s character’s case – commit murder in this brilliant interpretation of Patricia Highsmith’s psychological thriller from 1955.