Ever since we left the DMV with a driver’s license in hand, we’ve been obsessed with taking the quintessential road trip. Our inspiration? The movies, of course. From screwball comedies like Dumb and Dumber to indie sleepers like Little Miss Sunshine, we're cruising through some of our favorite pop culture car rides.
Many road trip movies are driven by the protagonist's desire to reclaim something he or she has lost. In the case of Pee-wee Herman, it's his beloved red bike, which was stolen from right under his powdered nose.
National Lampoon's comedy of errors follows the Griswald family as they prove that the best laid plans often go astray. From car trouble to a run-in with the cops, it's a wild ride to Walley World.
After kicking up trouble in their South Dakotan town, two renegades make like Bonnie and Clyde and take to the open highway to escape. Terrance Malick's dreamy 1973 film combines everything we love about the mythical road trip—danger, speed, and a little romance, too.
The characters in this ensemble cast make the VW-crammed trip worth taking. From Steven Carrell's wounded Frank to Abigail Breslin's budding star Olive, the film follows one rag-tag family's quest to make their youngest happy while putting the "fun" in dysfunctional.
What do you get when two clueless buddies drive from Providence to Aspen to perform an unnecessary good deed? One of the funniest road trip movies ever, courtesy of Jim Carey and Jeff Daniel's hilarious chemistry.
We'd say we're ashamed to admit that we love this movie, but then again, what good are guilty pleasures anyway?
This movie makes us want nothing more than to go on tour with a famous rock band and write about it for Rolling Stone. At the end of the day, isn't touring just a glorified road trip (sans parents or rules)?
If you're looking for a heartwarming journey, look no further than David Lynch's film, which follows an elderly man as he drives across state lines to visit his dying brother... on a riding mower.
What begins as an innocent evening watching some neighborhood kids turns into the craziest night ever, replete with flat tires, stolen cars, an impromptu blues performance, skyscraper repelling, and much, much more.
Susan Sarrandon and Gina Davis star in what we like to think of as the number one ode to female badassery. Through encounters with thieves and good looking bad boys (hello, young Brad Pitt), these two ladies make the ultimate sacrifice to the road.
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