A road trip, for better or worse, is sure to be s a memorable experience. So it’s not surprising that a some of the greatest movies ever made have taken place on the open road. Characters who drive off into the horizon are bound to encounter a few twists and turns, some of which make us laugh, while others make use cry. This article will explore the four of the top road trip movies.
Little Miss Sunshine
Just when you thought camper vans were a thing of the past, in rolled a yellow VW that stole the hearts of audiences in 2006. This comedy-drama, which had an international box office gross of over $100 million, followed an off-beat family traveling across country to get their young daughter to the finals of a beauty pageant. They encounter moments of laughter, tragedy and triumph along the way.
Thelma and Louise
This 1991 movie starring Gina Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Luise was an immediate hit with audiences and critics, receiving six academy award nominations and winning Best Original Screenplay. The film follows two small town best friends who, after shooting an attacker, become outlaws on the run. Few dynamic duos have made such an impression on audiences as Thelma and Louise.
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is a 2004 biopic of a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Che, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, and friend Alberto Granado, played by Rodrigo de la Serna, spend four months in 1952 cruising across South America by motorcycle. The coming-of-age story proved moving to critics and audiences alike; The Daily Telegraph called it, “a gorgeous depiction of two best friends riding unknowingly into the history books.”
National Lampoon’s Vacation
This 1983 comedy starring Chevy Chase became an instant classic. In 2000, National Lampoon’s Vacation was voted one of the best comedy films of all time by readers of Total Film magazine. The film (in the unlikely event you still haven’t seen it) centers on the Griswald family who are traveling across country in their infamous green station wagon to Walley World, “America’s Favorite Family Fun Park.” Nothing could have prepared them the adventure.