Pack your virtual suitcase and go on a virtual holiday with this list of some of the most well known Mediterranean travel films.

When we are unable to travel at least we can escape via film to the beauty of the Mediterranean sea!

Grab your best friend, a box of pop corn and follow these main characters on their coastal scenery and discover the area in many different stories and viewpoints.

These films delight with glamour and escapism through the European cities and coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.

Explore the best movies listed below (and a couple of wild cards):

mamma mia

Mamma Mia – 2008 

This hard hitting cast tell a story of love, and the joy of ABBA. A slightly silly storyline, but feel-good film, follows a young girl before her wedding setting out to find out the identity of true father, set in the gorgeous Greek Islands as the backdrop.

Staring an amazing ensemble cast, including Pierce Brosnan,  Colin FirthAmanda Seyfried,  Meryl Streep, and Julie Walters, this is one of the romantic comedies that will get you up dancing in your living chair. Set to the beautiful setting of the Mediterranean, it is difficult to try and pick the star of the show from such a cast!

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday – 1953

Roman Holiday is a timeless film, a classic princess love story, with grace and class. Audrey Hepburn is breathtaking as the bored princess trying to experience the ‘real world’ by escaping into streets and meeting the handsome Gregory Peck with the beautiful city of Rome as a backdrop. Whilst not much of this film is a Mediterranean travel film, they do take a small journey along the coast and capture the essence of the region of Italy.

A breathtaking performance by Hepburn earned her Best Actress winner in the Academy Awards.

Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1999

This gripping movie, is not quite what you would expect. A romantic thriller set in the most beautiful scenery. 

A little dark and staring an amazingly glamorous cast including Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett. This psychological thriller will keep you on the edge as title character Damon’s, Tom Ripley, who is living his best life for the first time in Italy. Tom weaves a web of deceit with the other characters. The American expat cast take lounging by the sea to a new level.

The film is shot around various locations in the area between Naples and Positano on the Amalfi Coast.

This movie is my personal choice for the best film on the Mediterranean. Scroll further to see my least favourite pick!


To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief – 1955

This 1955 classic Hitchcock film, starring two of the most iconic actors of all time Cary Grant, and Grace Kelly, star in a romantic film in the south of France set on the French Riviera.

Grant play s a retired thief, who preys on the the wealth tourists of southern France, and catches the love interest of Kelly’s character.

Before Midnight

Before Midnight – 2013

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are reunited in this third installment of the series. These are deeply romantic films, in complicated relationships. It’s a series of movies of long deep conversations between the two characters. Long dialogue on the topic of marriage, their relationship, dynamics of love and reminiscing.

Based in Greece, on the last night of their vacation.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 – 2008

The ultimate teenage girl friendship group find themselves trying to make their own ways through life after their first year of college but finding themselves back together in and leaning on each other.

This is a classic teenage girl film, with a super cool girl cast. The whole travelling pants idea is, well weird, but if you go along with it, you will find a great story of friendship that leads them all the fabulous destination of Greece.

Swept Away

Swept Away – 2002

This movies is truly awful. I mean, I did try to just watch this for the Madonna factor, and the opening scenes did provide a fantastic backdrop, however, watching a group of spoiled people be rude to their staff, isn’t so entertaining. It then takes a bizarre turn with a shift of power on a desert island, that borders on abuse. Give it a go, and let me know if you completely disagree with me on this one!

Credit: Before Midnight