10 Great Road Trip Movies

Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 17, 2011 at 10:53:38 AM EDT | Post a Comment
Road-trip-desert-arch.jpgThere are loads of great movies out there that involve road trips, and it can be great fun watching one before you embark on a journey. Some of our favorites, of varying artistic merit, are listed here in alphabetical order. What are your top road trip movies? Share your favorites in the comments below. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Three drag queens head across the Australian outback. (Trust us, it’s hilarious.) Boys on the Side. Friends Drew Barrymore, Mary Louise Parker, and Whoopi Goldberg are three unhappy women searching for different things on a cross-country journey. Easy Rider. Jack Nicholson joins two motorcyclists on their way from California to Louisiana in a star-making supporting role alongside Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. It Happened One Night. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert hitchhike their way to romance in this black-and-white classic. Little Miss Sunshine. A dysfunctional family travels across the country in a VW bus to enter their young daughter in a beauty pageant. The Motorcycle Diaries. In this Spanish-language Oscar winner, Gael García Bernal is prerevolutionary Ché Guavera on a trip across South America. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Steve Martin struggles to get home for Thanksgiving with John Candy as his irritating travel companion in this classic odd-couple comedy. Rain Man.In this Oscar winner Tom Cruise takes Dustin Hoffman, his autistic savant brother, on a cross-country road trip. Thelma and Louise. Susan Sarandon and Gena Davis are two women running from the law—and running into the arms of an impossibly young Brad Pitt. Y Tu Mamá También. In this film from Mexico two young men see their friendship threatened by their attraction to the same older woman.

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  • Adam_Costa on May 26, 11 at 06:38 PM

    Nice list, though I'd have to add National Lampoon's Vacation to the list.

  • Swantraveller on May 22, 11 at 02:33 AM

    I've got 3 out of 10 here. I'm pretty excited to grab a copy of the other 8 - including SunnyDc's suggestion. Thanks for sharing this list! 8-)

  • SunnyDC on May 18, 11 at 10:20 AM

    You can't overlook RV! I drove our RV for 40,000 miles with four kids and we never got tired of that movie. :)

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