Good news, movie fans! The FAA recently loosened its strictures on personal electronics to allow for gate-to-gate use. This means we passengers have even more in-seat screen time, which means more anticipation-stoking entertainment en route. Here are the travel-centric selections that Flight 001’s crew relies on to get extra-pumped for arrival.
The Way: Real-life father/son duo Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen partnered for this 2010 film about the “El camino de Santiago” pilgrimage.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Woody Allen’s 2008 dram-edy featured some big names (Scarlett Johansen, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem), but the real star here is the uninhibited Spanish city itself.
Lost in Translation: Set in Tokyo, Sofia Coppola’s film perfectly captures the freeing vulnerability of finding yourself in an unfamiliar city.
Roman Holiday: This unequaled Hepburn/Peck classic first put the ‘Roman’ in ‘romance’ over sixty years ago.
The Talented Mr. Ripley: The 1999 thriller features stunning shots of ‘50s-era southern Italy.
Monsoon Wedding: Modernity and tradition converge in this story about an arranged marriage in India.
Darjeeling Limited: Wes Anderson lends his uniquely stylized vision to three brothers’ trek across India.
Shirley Valentine: A dissatisfied British housewife journeys to Greece in this hilarious comedy, where she gains a new lease on life.
Midnight in Paris: Parisian glamour—both past and present—is paramount in Woody Allen’s wistful, moody film.
Buena Vista Social Club: Cuban culture and music set the scene in this Oscar-winning documentary.