I love traveling. That’s one of the main reasons why I went for Jagriti Yatra; it gave me a chance to look at India properly. I also wrote a blog post on why traveling makes you a better person. As a movie freak whenever I come across any movies where the lead character travels I feel myself traveling along and visiting places. It gives me a chance to see various locations and also gives me the inspiration to travel beyond my comfort zone.
But when such travel movies are based on true stories, they attract me a lot. I love movies based on true stories, it could be horror, romance, drama, etc., whenever something is based on a true event or real stories, then it’s like we are reliving the history. In this article I have shared some of my favorite and best travel movies based on true stories, I watched some of them, and I’m going to download the rest.
Best Travel Movies Based On True Stories
1. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
True Story: About Dian Fossey, an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist, on her work in Rwanda with Mountain gorillas.
2. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
True Story: About Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber, on his experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during World War II.
Based On The Novel: Seven Years in Tibet: My Life Before, During and After (1952) by Heinrich Harrer.
3. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
True Story: About Cornelius Rost, a German World War II soldier, who escaped from a Soviet Gulag camp in Siberia.
Based On The Novel: As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (1955) by Josef Martin Bauer.
4. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
True Story: About Ernesto Guevara (aka Che Guevara), the 1952 expedition, initially by motorcycle, across South America by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado.
Based On The Memoir: The Motorcycle Diaries (1995) by Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
5. The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)
True Story: About Burt Munro, the New Zealand speed bike racer, and his highly modified Indian Scout motorcycle, which made the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
6. Into the Wild (2007)
True Story: About Christopher McCandless, his travels across North America and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.
Based On The Novel: Into the Wild (1996) by Jon Krakauer.
7. North Face (2008)
True Story: About a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face (Eiger north face) in the Alps during 1936.
8. The Way Back (2010)
True Story: About Sławomir Rawicz, a former Polish POW, who escaped from a Soviet Gulag and walked 4,000 miles to freedom in World War II.
Based On The Memoir: The Long Walk (1956) by Sławomir Rawicz.
9. 127 Hours (2010)
True Story: About Aron Ralston, a mountain climber, who gets trapped during his hiking adventure and what he does for his survival.
Based On The Book: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004) by Aron Ralston.
10. Tracks (2013)
True Story: About Robyn Davidson, who travels from Alice Springs across 1,700 miles of Australian deserts to the Indian Ocean with her dog and four camels. Her friend Rick Smolan (National Geographic photographer) documents her journey.
Based On The Book: Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback (1980) by Robyn Davidson.
11. Wild (2014)
True Story: About Cheryl Strayed, and her 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
Based On The Memoir: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (2012) by Cheryl Strayed.
12. Everest (2015)
True Story: Based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster and the survival attempts of two expedition groups led by Scott Fischer and Rob Hall.
This is my favourite list. If you know any other movies, feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to this list with your name credit. Meanwhile, do let me know your favorite movies on this list as well.