Top 10 Road Trip Movies :: Monday Movies

Top 10 Road Trip Movies :: Monday Movies

Me and my gypsy soul love road trips, and I have been itching to take one lately. I have one planned in September, but until then, my wayward imagination is plotting and planning some of my dream road trips. Musing on the road got me thinking what movies I love most that include, or are about, a road trip. The list is actually pretty long, but I’ve narrowed it down to 10.

I love that my lists crosses movie-genres, and that it includes great scenes and memorable soundtracks. Some of my favorite movies of all-time are on this list, too, which, I suppose, is not much of a surprise since I have such a soft spot/obsession with the road, and road trips.

I’d love to hear/read what yours are. Please share in the comments.


1. Wild at Heart (1990)
Written by Barry Gifford (novel) and David Lynch (screenplay)
Directed by David Lynch

“This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” ~ Lula


2. Away We Go (2009)
Written by Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida
Directed by Sam Mendes

What if something happens to one of us and just makes us go crazy? I mean, what if I’m walking by a construction site and something falls, and them my frontal lobe gets chopped off and my personality’s altered and then I’m not a good dad? What happens then?” ~ Burt

Well, be careful walking near construction sites.” ~ Verona


3. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Written by Etgar Keret (short story “Kneller’s Happy Campers”) & Goran Dukic (screenplay)
Directed by Goran Dukic

I’m not sitting in the back.” ~ Eugene
Why not?” ~ Zia
“Cause everybody knows guy in the back seat doesn’t have a cock.” ~ Eugene


4. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Written & Directed by Lorene Scafaria

“I don’t know, I just… I love records. I mean, they’re not for everyone, you know? You really have to take care of vinyl. It’s very delicate, it can get wrecked so easily. You really have to love it. Do you hear how full it sounds? Now, what you want to buy is a thicker record. They’re more stable. The grooves in them are sort of deeper and wider. You get more detail. I mean, they’re harder to carry around ’cause they’re heavier, but they’re worth it. You know, my parents have this… It’s an amazing turntable. It’s vintage, cherry wood Victor 45. Oh! Perfect tone. All the original parts. I can’t wait to hear it again.” ~ Penny


5. It Happened One Night (1934)
Written by Samuel Hopkins Adams (short story) & Robert Riskin (screenplay)
Directed by Frank Capra

Aren’t you going to give me a little credit?” ~ Ellie

What for?” ~ Peter

I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb.” ~ Ellie

Why didn’t you take off all your clothes? You could have stopped forty cars.” ~ Peter

Well, ooo, I’ll remember that when we need forty cars.” ~ Peter


6. Boys on the Side (1995)
Written by Don Roos
Directed by Herbert Ross

No, we’re not taking drug money on the road with us. Put it back.” ~ Jane

Well, it’s not like you can tell by looking at it.” ~ Holly

OK, you have a point: we’ll just take half, all right? And we are not taking drugs on the road with us, either. So give them back.” ~ Jane

[Holly returns the stash]

Thank you.” ~ Jane

You’re welcome.” ~ Holly


7. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Written by  Alfonso & Carlos Cuarón
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Truth is cool but unattainable… the truth is totally amazing, but you can’t ever reach it.” ~ Julio


8. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Written by Michael Arndt
Directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

A real loser is someone who’s so afraid of not winning he doesn’t even try.” ~ Grandpa


9. The Doom Generation (1995)
Written & Directed by Gregg Araki

“If bullshit were music, you’d be a big brass band.” ~ Amy


10. Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Written & Directed by Victor Salva

You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it.” ~ Trish

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