This month sees the release of Wild, the visually stunning biopic about Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon), who makes a 1100-mile journey of self–discovery along the Pacific Crest Trail. To celebrate, we’ve dug up our top five favourite scenic films…
An undoubtedly iconic film in terms of visually unforgettable locations, The Beach stars Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his breakout roles, and features the idyllic beach setting of Ko Phi Phi Lee in Thailand. Aqua lagoons filled with sharks, dramatic limestone hills, and stretches of caster sugar sand - seriously, paradise personified.
Another adaptation of a memoir, Tracks brings to life the true story of Robyn Davidson (played by the brilliant Mia Wasikowska), who takes a 1700-mile trek across Western Australia to the Indian Ocean – with her dog and four camels. Don’t be fooled – it’s not all glittering beaches and oceans, but still achingly beautiful nonetheless. Cue breath-taking landscape shots of the stark and uninhabited Australian outback, all scorching sun and hostile wildlife.
It’s likely that Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy has single-handedly boosted tourism levels for New Zealand for the last 14 years. It's easy to see why, with Middle-Earth showcasing the country in all its craggy, mountainous glory, from verdant farming landscapes (The Shire), to dense regional parks (Rivendale). Just add talking trees and bow-toting elves.
Adam Sandler plays a vet attempting to woo a woman suffering from short-term memory loss (Drew Barrymore). Filmed on the spectacular island of Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the audience is privy to slapstick hilarity amid shots of palm tree-lined ranches, as well as a pretty memorable scene at Honolulu’s Sea Life Park. (It involves a walrus. We recommend you look it up.
The film version of the famous West End musical sees Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfriend, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan take to the Greek island of Skopelos for a song-singing, air-jumping, wedding-themed extravaganza. The overwhelmingly beautiful backdrop to the film includes dusty, white-cobbled houses, rustic wooden piers and immaculate beaches for ABBA-related fun.
Wild is out on 16 January.