Best of holiday travel movies [Movies]

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“The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004) – Based on the travel diary of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna star in this recreation of Guevara’s trip up through South America. Along the way they learn more about the land and the people on their way to help out at a hospital.

“North by Northwest” (1959) – New York ad exec Cary Grant has an identity problem: foreign spies think that he’s a CIA operative. Throw in a train ride with Eva Marie Saint, evading Martin Landau and James Mason, running through an Iowa cornfield while being chased by a biplane, and finally scaling Mount Rushmore and you’ve got the best travel, and Hitchcock movie, there is.

“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” (1987) – Steve Martin’s flight has been cancelled and his only savior is traveling shower curtain ring salesman John Candy who is obnoxious, tells bad jokes, etc.  A holiday classic.

“Up in the Air” (2010) – George Clooney is a jet-setting exec given the charge of axing your job. Anna Kendrick is the younger, female trainee. Vera Farmiga is another lonely traveling soul he meets and Jason Bateman is his boss. Clooney lands and departs from St. Louis, Miami, and even Omaha in hopes of getting a sacred, near-mythical Frequent Flyer card.

“Into the Wild” (2007) – Based on the book by Jon Krakauer about Christopher McCandless who, at the age of 24, abandoned all of his possessions, drove out to California and then up to Alaska in order to find himself.  Emile Hirsch stars as McCandless.
 

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