road trip movies

Road Tripping in The Movies

Whether there’s summer or winter knocking at your door, the open road is calling you. Can you hear it?! If you’re a little deaf, here’s a list of classic road trip movies to inspire you to get into that car and give in to your wanderlust.

Road Tripping with Your Girlfriend:

Bonnie and Clyde, 1967

Bonnie, you a bad girl. Sure, the sexiest outlaws in history don’t get a happy ending, but they have good fun along the way and they look great doing it. We don’t recommend any crime sprees on your romantic getaway, so if you’re looking to channel the B and C, make a playlist of Serge Gainsbourg and Beyonce and wear some berets.

Wild at Heart, 1990

Grab your Lulu, Sailor, and hit the road to California, North Carolina and Texas. Sorry for yet another violent movie here, but it’s not like you have to go a robbin’ to make your road trip have sex appeal. Steal her heart by packing some sweet snacks in the cooler.

Road Tripping with the Dudes:

Beavis and Butthead Do America, 1996

FYI: this movie was the biggest December box-office opening in history before being beaten by Scream 2. Beyond the hit-men, peyote and cavity searches, these guys actually have quite an interesting itinerary, stopping in at some of the most picturesque places in the wonderful US of A like The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and Hoover Dam. Who knew these guys had taste?!

Sideways, 2004

This movie makes me thirsty. Thirsty for wine I can’t afford. Here we have Miles and Jack heading to the Santa Ynez Valley in Cali for some fine wine before Jack’s wedding. Cheating, drunk dialling and general bad behaviours ensue, creating one of the best bromance movies ever.

Road Tripping with the Family: Little Miss Sunshine, 2006

If an 800 mile road trip with your crazy family isn’t enough to kill you then I don’t know what is. Family tensions get real during this film along with classic mechanical probs, the best being that the family has to run to 20km to start the van, which is just pure gold. Financial ruin, heroin overdoses and beauty pageants make for a trifecta of hilarity. Lessons learned: don’t do anything anyone does in this film. Ever.

National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1983

The 46th Greatest Comedy Film of all time features a family road trip from Chicago to LA. Can you imagine Chevy Chase as your dad?! Wouldn’t that be awesome? The formidable, late and great John Candy is one of the highlights in this beauty.

And last, but surely not least, here’s one for the ladies:

Thelma and Louise, 1991

The ultimate feel-good road trip movie, despite an ending with the heroines plunging to their deaths, Thelma & Louise is an adventure gal-pal film by Ridley Scott. An incredible Californian road trip is featured, amongst some crime, but in the end, it’s the female friendship bond that is the real star of the movie.

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