Greatest Films about the Camino de Santiago

Posted on March 15, 2020

Curious on discovering the greatest films ever made about the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James)? Well, you have landed in the right blog!

Whether you are planning to do the Camino de Santiago and want to know which are the best films out there to get a glimpse on what to expect, or just to enrich your cultural knowledge, sit back, relax, grab some popcorn and enjoy this article!

The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is a story that deserves to be perpetrated even in movies. Infinite are the stories told about this iconic pilgrimage site and it is worthwhile to know the best movies out there.

It’s another way of making a pilgrimage to this wonderful place from the comfort of your couch! Great productions show the wonders of this route, as well as its culture and traditions, so it is worth spending a moment of your life watching these films.

Best Films based on the Camino de Santiago

Here are our Top 4 picks you cannot miss:

The Way (2010)

123 min | Comedy, Drama | Directed by Emilio Estevez | Starring: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wageningen

This is one of the newest film productions about the Way of Saint James and it also managed to generate among the American audience the desire to go on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

In this production, the ophthalmologist Tom Avery is played by the famous Martin Sheen. Tom goes to Europe after the death of his son in the Pyrenees where he discovers that he was doing the French Way (Camino Frances), but he did not manage to finish it.

Tom embarks on a journey from St. Jean Pied de Port with his son’s ashes in this backpack to finish the what his son once started.

Walking the Camino: Six ways to Santiago (2013)

84 min | Documentary | Directed by Lydia Smith | Starring: Scott Erikson, Rebecca Filmer

This documentary reflects the excitement of walking the Camino de Santiago through the experience of six modern day pilgrims of different ages and lifestyles.             They walk along the French Way (Camino Frances) and share their fears, worries, laughter and joy.

The Apostle (2012)

120 min | Comedy, Drama | Directed by Fernando Cortizo | Starring: Carlos Blanco, Xosé Manuel Olveira ‘Pico’, Paul Naschy

Nominated for the Goya Awards in 2012, this is a Spanish production and the first in the country to be made in plasticine animation.

An escape convict returns to a lonely village of the Camino de Santiago  to recover precious jewels he hid there, but he finds the worst, besides evil old men, strange disappearances, ghosts, a very singular priest.

Road to Santiago (2009)

100min | Romantic Comedy | Directed by Roberto Santiago | Starring: Fernando Tejero, Malena Alterio, Javier Gutiérrez, Diego Peretti

This romantic comedy released in 2009, directed by Roberto Santiago, tells the story of Nacho, a photographer, and Pilar, a journalist, who hate each other.

Their boss Inma orders them to go on this journey together to cover a story of the Camino de Santiago. So they go on a six-day trip, along with three other couples who are facing a marriage crisis, and love is born along The Way!

It was filmed in Madrid as well as in the Galician Way.

Wondering which movie is Marly’s favorite? We’ll leave that secret for when you visit us! We hope you like our selection of movies and that these help you know more about the magnificent Camino de Santiago.

Remember if you need help planning your Camino or need more information about private tours for Families, Groups, and Friends don’t hesitate to contact us to prepare the most unforgettable journey of your life!


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