Summer is officially upon us and for many, that brings the call of the open road and the need for adventure. For those of you who are smitten with wanderlust and born to be wild, we present our list of 10 great road trip movies. It is certainly not an exhaustive list, or even the “10 Best of All Time”. The variety of movie genres and enormous Hollywood library of buddy pictures and road trip films make that virtually impossible.
What does all of this have to do with shipping and logistics you ask? Very little, but to quote Jack Nicholson in The Shining, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Join us as we get your motor runnin’ and head out on the highway, looking for adventure…
Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star in this quintessential 60’s cult classic of the open road, as the three head for Mardi Gras in search of free love and adventure. It has inspired countless motorcycle purchases and sold millions copies of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild”.
We all remember those family trips of our youth. Odds are, this is how you remember them. Join Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his dysfunctional family in this epic, lunatic adventure to Wally World in The Family Truckster. Are we there yet?
Ridley Scott proves that epic road trips aren’t just for guys. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as an Arkansas waitress and bored housewife who hit the road in a ’66 Thunderbird. Includes a great bit by Brad Pitt: “Well now, I’ve always believed that if done properly, armed robbery doesn’t have to be a totally unpleasant experience.”
How anybody ever successfully pitched a wine-tasting buddy movie, we’ll never know. Nominated for Best Picture, this movie nearly single-handedly killed the Merlot industry. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church star as middle aged guys with not much to show for it, when they head out to California’s wine country for adventure. As funny as it painful in its portrayal of middle-age disappointment.
Spielberg’s directorial debut. This made-for-TV movie is a cult classic. Dennis Weaver stars in a nightmarish tale of a salesman being relentlessly pursued across California’s desert by a rusty, menacing, smoke-spewing big-rig. Self-preservation instincts drive this mild-mannered salesman to extremes. Sound strange? It is. But it is also very, very good.