If you are missing Paris, here are a few of my favorite movies to transport you to France. How many have you seen? Do you have a favorite movie you watch on repeat?
When I am about to board a plane to Paris and on the plane, my two favorites to watch are Sabrina and Midnight in Paris.
I prefer the new version vs the old (with Audrey Hepburn) because Sabrina is a photographer instead of a cook (old version). I love the introduction, it is so well done and I immediately have to sit in front of the tv and watch the whole movie through to the end. I love picking out all locations in Paris as I watch it. The love story is beautiful!
If you are reading this blog post and you haven’t seen Midnight in Paris, you have permission to click out and turn it on. I promise I won’t be mad. Gil is enchanted with Paris as much as I feel I am so I completely understand his character. Again, this one has a great introduction that is beautifully shot. If you don’t like Woody Allen movies you can skip it. It is quirky and funny but it has the right balance that will carry you through the very end to the last line of the movie. “Actually, Paris is the most beautiful in the rain.”
I first saw this movie on a date and I was immediately drawn in by the cinematography and the light, plus Russell Crowe isn’t bad to look at 😉 The date wasn’t a keeper, but this movie has been one of my favorites ever since. The film takes you to the South of France and if you aren’t convinced to take a trip in the Summer to Provence yet, you will be by the end.
I first saw this movie when I was younger way before I ever went to Paris and it made me want to go even more. I loved Sleepless in Seattle and seeing Meg Ryan in a film about Paris sold it for me. This is an oldie 1995 but the soundtrack is great and so is the movie.
My niece and nephew adore this movie and they would be mad if I didn’t include it on the list. If you have kids, this is a great one to watch together. It is an adorable story set about a rat that moves to Paris to follow his dream of being a chef. It’s a Pixar animation.
The story is about love at The Moulin Rouge staring Nichole Kidman. You will want to listen to the soundtrack for days afterward and sing along. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
This movie stars Billy Crystal and features Paris in a flashback sequence of a love story. This movie may not be on your radar (it’s from 1995) but it should be. It is a feel-good movie that will have you on the edge of your seat to find out how the love story ends.
In 2013, I started a project with red balloons in Paris. I just had this vision in my head and I had to have it come to life. I had several friends in Paris tell me that I needed to see the movie, The Red Balloon. It is 34 minutes long and perfect for small kids to watch on a rainy afternoon. It is a simple story about a boy and his balloon that will capture your attention.
I couldn’t do a movie roundup without a nod to Audrey Hepburn. Funny Face takes place in Paris and includes Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn for singing and dancing numbers. The combination along with the backdrop of Paris and the fashion makes it a must-see movie at least once.
This is one of my favorites on the list and it always seems to be on the plane on the way to Paris. I can relate so much to this movie with Julie who writes a blog about trying all of Julia Child’s recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The story goes back and forth from Brooklyn (Julie) to France (Julia) covering their story and how they eventually intertwine at the end.