Seeing Europe in Films

Here are some films that give a peek or sometimes a long look at Europe. Probably my favorite is If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, a film I saw as a teen in 1969, that made me want to visit Europe. I am sure there are many more that I have not listed, but these stand out in my memory...
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1.
Le divorce (2003)
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French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris. (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Lots of scenery....plus a peek at how French families work.... ” - M. Braun
 
2.
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
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The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries. (98 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
“ I was 14 when this film came out. It is a funny one about a bunch of American tourists on one of those whirlwind bus tours of Europe.
But it must have planted a seed in me, because at 22, I saved all my wages and went to Europe to see it myself!!
Early Suzanne Pleshette film. Check it out, if you can find it! ” - M. Braun
 
3.
EuroTrip (2004)
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Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeff Schaffer
“ One of the most hilarious films ever made about Europe, in my opinion. Especially the depiction of Eastern Europe...

Love this film!! ” - M. Braun
 
4.
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
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A man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens. (104 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ I didnt even know we bombed our own men until I read this book, and saw the film.

Excellent Vonnegut !! ” - M. Braun
 
5.
Shirley Valentine (1989)
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Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg... (108 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Every wife and (worn-out) mom's adventure.

Shirley goes to Greece on a vacation, and ends up stubbornly
staying there!!!! much to the dismay of her family back in England...

The last 5 minutes is the best! ” - M. Braun
 
6.
Montenegro (1981)
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A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle. (96 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
“ Dark comedy starring Susan Anspach, who I always thought was so
beautiful.....she is a housewife, upper class, BORED, so she takes an
adventure. Shows Eastern Europe from the 80's...dark,sensual, & mysterious scenery..... fascinating to a Texas girl..... ” - M. Braun
 
7.
Love Actually (2003)
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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
 
8.
Two for the Road (1967)
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A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage. (111 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Classic Film .

Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn trying to decide if their
marriage might be over.....lots of driving the backroads of
Europe.... LOVE this film! ” - M. Braun
 
9.
The Ninth Gate (1999)
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A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. (133 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
10.
Julie & Julia (2009)
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Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (123 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
11.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
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The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. (123 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
12.
Ronin (1998)
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A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. (122 mins.)
 
13.
Taken (2008)
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A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ This film is a great Liam Neeson movie, if you like him as much as I do.
His antics are completely believable and it shows alot of Europe....

Liam, you are the sexiest!!!! ” - M. Braun
 
14.
In Bruges (2008)
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Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
15.
Braveheart (1995)
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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
16.
Before Sunset (2004)
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Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
 
17.
GoldenEye (1995)
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James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent formerly believed to be dead. (130 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
18.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
19.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
20.
The Reader (2008)
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Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. (124 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
21.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
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A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself". (133 mins.)
Director: Ryan Murphy
 
22.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
“ Beautiful movie. Classic . ” - M. Braun
 
23.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Shows alot of Italy.... ” - M. Braun
 
24.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
25.
The Sound of Music (1965)
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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
26.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
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A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
27.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
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When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
28.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
29.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
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Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
 
30.
The Last Station (2009)
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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
31.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
32.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
 
33.
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life. (113 mins.)
Director: Audrey Wells
 
34.
A Room with a View (1985)
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When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
35.
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
36.
Gotcha! (1985)
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Jonathan plays a game called Gotcha in which he hunts and is hunted by other students with paint guns... (101 mins.)
Director: Jeff Kanew
 
37.
The Saint (1997)
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Simon Templar has no real family, no real home and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet Simon Templar... (116 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
38.
The Dreamers (2003)
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots. (115 mins.)
 
39.
Stealing Beauty (1996)
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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted... (118 mins.)
 
40.
Damage (1992)
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A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery. (111 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
41.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. (139 mins.)
 
42.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
43.
Match Point (2005)
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At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. (119 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
44.
Just Married (2003)
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A young newlywed couple honeymoon in Europe, where obstacles challenge their ability to sustain the marriage. (95 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
45.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
 
46.
$ (1971)
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A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany. (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks