The 59th Street Bridge, profiled in the famous poster for 'Manhattan.' via Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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It’s not always possible to get away – hotels are over-booked, the round-trip ticket to London shot from $189 to $329 in five minutes, and sometimes Mother Nature decides to interfere and snow/rain/scorch on your holiday parade. Hollywood is on your side, though, and today we’ve rounded up a list of the most motivating travel-centric films. We’ve done our best to cover every part of the world – Japan, India, the Middle East, Vienna, Paris, Barcelona, Chile, and of course, New York City. Line up these globe-trotting flicks for a holiday that doesn’t require you to leave the sofa.

10. Lost in Translation

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Roaming Tokyo, Bill Murray is mournful angst personified in ‘Lost in Translation.’ via Soulish Exhortations

Director Sofia Coppola’s debut uses the eye ache-inducing glimmer of Tokyo as a backdrop for the burgeoning friendship between a lonely newlywed (Scarlett Johansson) and a disillusioned former movie star (Bill Murray). The city’s towering skyscrapers, screaming arcades and blinking billboards serve as the perfect scenery for two souls searching for meaning in a shallow world. But it’s not all fluorescent bulbs and clogged traffic; Johansson’s brief trip to Shinto shrines in the countryside is a nice reminder that Japan’s verdant countryside is worth a visit.

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Born in New Delhi, India; after nine years, I pit-stopped in Fort Worth, Texas (read: culture shock) for another nine years, and finally escaped the South to attend NYU and major in cinema studies. Friends include tea, sweets, all food (except beef/pork/almonds), sleep, books, the newspaper, television and Netflix (and a few real people). Enemies include chemistry/physics/science/math/numbers of any kind, lack of sweets, lack of sleep.

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