Five Must-Watch Road Trip Movies

When people hear the word “travel,” what immediately comes to mind is boarding a plane to get to some distant, exotic location. While that scenario certainly qualifies as traveling, you don’t always need a plane ticket to indulge your need to see something new and different.

This article takes a look at five fun road trip movies that will leave you wanting to go on a long drive yourself.

“One Week”

At first glance, “One Week” seems to have a depressing concept. It features Joshua Jackson (best known for his roles in “The Mighty Ducks” film series, “Dawson’s Creek,” and “Fringe”) as Ben Tyler, an aspiring writer who was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of undergoing medical treatment as advised by his doctor, he decides instead to take his motorcycle across Canada. Far from being depressing, ThePlanetD describes the film as “uplifting and enlightening,” because the journey allowed Ben to re-evaluate his life and his relationships with fresh eyes.

If you want something based on reality, you can also opt for “Motorcycle Diaries,” which is a film about the early life of Che Guevara, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, and how his road trip across South America led him to become a revolutionary.

“The Darjeeling Limited”

Technically, this isn’t a road trip, as the characters here take a train instead of a car. Nonetheless, the comedy-drama features a heart-warming story about family reconciliation set in the heart of India.

“Thelma and Louise”

”Thelma and Louise” is the famous tale of two friends who go on a two-day road trip in an attempt to find excitement in their lives, only to find themselves embroiled in something more than what they bargained for. The film features a fresh take on a typical buddy movie, with two women being cast as the film’s lead characters. Film site The Atlantic called the movie “the last great film about women” because it defies what was then considered as the societal norms for women. The film garnered several awards for its unique storyline.

“The Hangover”

“The Hangover” is a raunchy comedy in its own right, even before you bring Heather Graham into the equation. Graham is a popular figure across the globe due to her appearances in comedy films such as one Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and more recently for being the new face for highly rated gaming site Foxy Bingo. In “The Hangover” her usual playful bravado compliments the likes of Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms characters in the flick, eventually marrying the latter after a crazy night of partying.

But the main theme of the film focuses on four friends traveling together to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, only to wake up the following day with no memory about what happened the previous night. The guys’ adventures there will leave you wanting to go on your own road trip to Las Vegas, tiger notwithstanding.


“Zombieland” is not your typical road trip movie. The story features four people, two of whom are sisters, meeting each other in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and banding together in an attempt to survive. The film takes the group across Los Angeles, Hollywood, and even an amusement park.

As a side note, the sequel to this movie, “Zombieland 2” and is currently under being shot, according to the screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. MovieWeb reported that the four original cast members are set to return for this film.

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