14 Road Trip Movies for Every Personality

17 Aug

When I was an arts & entertainment editor for an indie paper in LA county, I used to work a lot with the big Hollywood studios to promote their films.  At the time, the American Pie franchise was all the rage, and the PR execs in Hollywood contacted me about coordinating a free screening for my readers of the similarly raunchy teen comedy Road Trip.  Not exactly the highest form of entertainment, but it just went to prove that there’s a road trip movie for everyone.

As I’ve been working with Paul Maher Jr. on Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, I’ve been thinking about the upcoming film of On the Road and wondering who it will appeal to.  Will it be the die-hard Beat fans that pilgrimage out to Lowell Celebrates Kerouac?  Will it be a new crop of hipsters in the making?  Will it be a bunch of fanged teenyboppers brought in by Twilight’sKristen Stewart, who’s playing LuAnne?  Will it be the social justice league brought in by Walter Salles, of The Motorcycle Diaries?

For the wine lover: Sideways

For the BFFs (emphasis on the last F): Thelma & Louise

For the quirky, dysfunctional family: Little Miss Sunshine

For remembering your own family road trips gone awry: National Lampoon’s Vacation

For brothers: The Darjeeling Limited

For the beer-lovin’, truck-drivin’, betting type: Smokey and the Bandit

For the hippie: Easy Rider

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For the revolutionary: The Motorcycle Diaries

For the reader who shuns conventional life and his family: Into the Wild

For the scamming father-daughter team: Paper Moon

For fashionable gangsters in love: Bonnie and Clyde

For bored, hormonal teens whose girlfriends are on vacation: Y Tu Mama Tambien

For quirky con artists and an heiress who like their trips European: The Brothers Bloom

For the spoiled heiress and the desperate journalist: It Happened One Night

There are so many other road trip movies.  Which are your favorites?


5 Responses to “14 Road Trip Movies for Every Personality”

  1. JHaeske August 17, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    On top of my head I would add the following films to that list (although I will probabaly come up with a few more in the next few days):

    ‘Roadkill’ by Bruce McDonald (CAN, 1989) http://youtu.be/iC2oNhDu0k4
    ‘Highway 61’ by Bruce McDonald (CAN,1991) http://youtu.be/gBvrSi_YRVU
    ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ by Monte Hellman (US, 1971) http://youtu.be/pLhKh0RQ5Eg
    ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ by Jim Jarmusch (US 1984) http://youtu.be/ToCSOp7FGT0

  2. aeoliankid August 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    READ THIS – http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A4OQ81P4JMAOT?ie=UTF8&display=public&page=5&sort_by=MostRecentReview SEe my 3 reviews of EASY RIDER / INTO THE WILD / MOTORCYCLE DIARIES !!!

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    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos August 18, 2012 at 1:25 am #

      I haven’t seen Into the Wild yet. Only read the book. But I’ve heard the film is beautiful!

  3. middletree October 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Tommy Boy!

    And truth be told, I’d consider Lord of the Rings to be a road movie(s), as well.

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