10 Best Road Trip Movies That You Should Watching Update 05/2024

Best Road Trip Movies

1. Easy Rider

Easy Rider

The road movie’s central topic is the independence of the wide road, free from societal, moral, and economic restraints. As a result, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda’s LA hippy motorcyclists naturally want to travel, but their “journey” degenerates into a nihilistic, countercultural inversion of that frontier spirit in Hopper’s ramshackle 1969 film. Amount (£) Amazon/YouTube

2. Kings of the Road

It’s a 1976 film by Wim Wenders that focuses on the status of cinema, American cultural colonization, and male friendship in East and West Germany. A Roger Miller song plays in the background while Rüdiger Vogler (the film projector repairman) and Hanns Zischler (the melancholy passenger) drive down a road to nowhere. It’s a BFI

3. Badlands


Fifties When Holly (Sissy Spacek) falls for Kit (Martin Sheen), an unstable, young rebel, she goes on the run with him after he shoots her father, an aristocrat in South Dakota. It’s a standard lovers-on-the-lam story, but Terence Malick’s now-lauded sense of geography and atmosphere imbue it with a poetic, fairytale flavor in his 1973 debut picture. Online retailer Amazon (GBP) is

4. Sightseers

This thriller about assassins on the run is decidedly British in approach. Ben Wheatley’s jet-black 2012 comedy, instead of Monument Valley and the Mojave Desert, offers the Derwent Pencil Museum and Crich Tramway Village. The psychopathic caravanners of Steve Oram and Alice Lowe embark on a road trip through northern England, which quickly turns into a murderous rampage. Like May’s Nuts, but with a sledgehammer. Amazon (£) and BFI Player (£)

5. Midnight Run

Midnight Run

When Robert De Niro, a cop-turned-bounty hunter, picks up shlubby mafia accountant Charles Grodin, he thinks he’s got an easy payoff. He doesn’t know… As they journey across the United States by train, bus, and plane, Martin Brest and Robert De Niro play up their disagreements and bring out a hitherto unseen humorous side of De Niro. Netflix

6. Y Tu Mamá 

As a coming-of-age story, the road movie. Gael Garca Bernal and Diego Luna star in Alfonso Cuarón’s well-crafted 2001 Mexican drama, in which a married woman (Maribel Verdi) is persuaded to join them on a long trip to a distant beach. They learn more about themselves during the journey than they expected. It is available on DVD

7. Taxi Tehran

Taxi Tehran

Filmmaker Jafar Panahi uses the car as a metaphor for political liberation in his 2015 film. He was barred from shooting films in Iran, so he set up a taxi with hidden cameras and started filming himself picking up people. Snapshot of modern life that is both private and public at once. Ten, a 2002 film by Abbas Kiarostami, depicts a woman’s point of view in a similar way. It’s a BFI

8. Wild Strawberries

Sjöström’s professor drives from Stockholm to Lund with his pregnant daughter-in-law and three young hitchhikers in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 masterpiece. In the process, he journeys back to his youth and comes to terms with the loss of affection he felt as a youngster. A touching composition from Bergman, with a dream sequence that has been copied many times. Online retailer Amazon (GBP) is

9. The Straight Story

The Straight Story

Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) rides his lawnmower, at 5mph, 240 miles from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his ailing, estranged brother in David Lynch’s arch, elegiac 1999 comedy-drama. One of the best films on old age, heartland America and a bargain 99p to stream. Online retailer Amazon (GBP) is

10. Thelma & Louise

Road movies and buddy films are given new life in Ridley Scott’s highly fun, feminist 1991 feature. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, a downtrodden Arkansas housewife and waitress, end up fleeing the police, their former lives, and society’s expectations on women to Mexico.