Backpacker themed movies..

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1. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

These are the movies/telemovies i have found, some i have seen.....not many out there but a movie called 'backpacker' coming in 2009 which looks good, anyone know of any others... I reckoned that 'Americano' must be the best effort so far, although it gets a bit weird at times....

1. Euro Trip (5.8/10)
2. Hostel I & II (6.2/10 & 5.6/10)
3. A Map for Saturday (Independent movie- haven't seen it)
4. Paradise Lost aka Turistas (5.5)
5. Americano (7.3/10)
6. American werewolf in London (7.0/10)
7. The Beach (6.1/10)
8. The English Teacher (Independent movie - haven't seen it)
9. Wolf creek (6.9/10)
10. Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback (TV) (7.1/10)
11. Return to Paradise - (haven't seen it)
12. Before the Sunrise (haven't seen it)
13. The Ruins (maybe a bit backpacking - haven't seen it)

14. Coming in 2009 - Backpacker

2. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1116 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


The one stet in BRAZIL and they were put in some hospital where their organs were removed to be sold.

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1116 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


and that movie set in PENANG, About the MEDIA kills people.
the main actress is Anne H. (COURT ROOM drama)

4. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I would recommend A Map For Saturday. It's a great documentary on living life from hostel to hostel.

5. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

the best backpacker doc I have seen is Chris Roe's "Pop & Me" about his year long round the world with his father who was going through a midlife crisis.

I think Sean Penn's "Into The Wild" counts as a backpacker movie, doesn't it?


6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Saw "Into the Wild" recently. Had read the book first. The book is much better!

7. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

'Motorcycle Diaries' about Che's trip through SA.
Bloody good movie.

8. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

This reminded me on when I was travelling in a campervan with my best friend in New Zealand in 2003
and we watched Kombi Nation in the cinema.
It was a quite funny movie, especially the fact that it was about people like us, just playing in Europe.
Another backpacker movie I recently saw, was Hotel Very Welcome followed by a discussion with the (German) director which was quite interesting.
Didn't love the film, but thought especially the accents of all the people were hilarious ;).

9. Posted by kiwiklou (Budding Member 39 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I don't know about backpacker themed, but any film that has a good road trip in it and/or possesses a humanistic quality that encompasses change, social abandon or even coming-of-age are what truly inspire me to go out and discover not just the world but the fundamental reason for being human in the first place.

A few of my favourites are:

'The Go Getter' (USA)
'The World's Fastast Indian' (New Zealand/USA)
'Transamerica' (USA)
'Motorcycle Diaries' (Latin America)
'Into The Wild' (USA)
'Easy Rider' (USA)
'The Darjeering Limited' (India)
'Thelma & Louise' (USA)
'Y Tu Mama Tabian' (And Your Mother Too) (Mexico)
'3 Hari Untuk Selamanya' (3 Days To Forever) (Indonesia)
'Under the Tuscan Sun' (Italy/USA)
'The Mosquito Coast' (Central America/USA)
'Almost Famous' (USA)
'Hideous Kinky' (Morocco)
'The Beach' (Thailand)
'Wild Strawberries' (Germany)
'Morning Of The Earth' (Australia/Bali)
'Before Sunrise' & 'After Sunset' (Italy)

Anyways theres probably a fair few more out there.

10. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Shantaram will be a good one (when its finally made) - the book was amazing, it never fails to remind me of India now i'm back and its sitting on my book shelf looking weather-beaten having travelled through India and up the mountains in Nepal with me.