Road trip movies - The top ten guide

At times we write about fleets and cars. Sometimes we write about tyres or maybe driver behaviour. These are all good topics, worthy of exploration but they are simply not as exciting, or as divisive as a movie top ten. This time we decided to create a top ten of drive/road trip/road movies to shake things up and bring some culture into our weekly blog. So what kind of movies would get into the mix? Which flicks did we consider worthy of note and most importantly, how do we define which movies count as road movies?

So whats a road movie and what are we basing the list on?

We really needed to make a list which went beyond what we had collectively seen ourselves.  In short, we had to look farther to other lists (5 others to be exact) of driving movies. Yes, our opinions come into play to a good degree, but it wouldn’t be right to just ignore all those movies we hadn’t seen. In terms of what constitutes a road movie we kept things very simple. A road movie is any movie involving a vehicle and a journey/adventure.

So whats the top ten?

We had to give the number one spot to Sideways due to its impressive complexity and also because it just seems to tick all the boxes so easily.  The rest are of top pedigree and really are required watching for movie buffs and fans of road trips alike. All ten feature heavily in most, if not all of our reference top tens so they are strongly endorsed across the board.

1. Sideways (2004)
2. Thelma and Louise (1991)
3. Easy Rider (1969)
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
5. Vanishing Point (1971)
6. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
7. Planes trains and automobiles (1987)
8. Natural Born Killers (1994)
9. National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
10. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Any Australian examples?

What kind of article would this be if we didn’t talk about some of Australia’s own contributions to the world of road trip movies? This continent with its thousands of kilometres of road and wilderness is truly ripe for road movies as the top 3 Australian road movies show.

1. Mad Max (1979)
2. Wolfcreek (2005)
3. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994)

To understand the classic road movie, is to understand the true nature of the vehicle and its ability to offer adventure. Since the early days of the motorcar Australians have found new and interesting ways to adventure from one side of the country to the other. In the past, pioneers were praised for their efforts to seek out and chart new lands, however today the adventure takes a different shape. Todays roadtrips are more about seeking out your own personal voyages of discovery, “to boldly go where you  have never gone before”.

Did we leave any classics out?

What is your favourite road movie?

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