My Favourite Road Movies

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1. The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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62 Metascore

A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Director: Udayan Prasad | Stars: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart, Eddie Redmayne

Votes: 7,220 | Gross: $0.32M

2. The Straight Story (1999)

G | 112 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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86 Metascore

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

Votes: 69,377 | Gross: $6.20M

3. Thelma & Louise (1991)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen

Votes: 111,002 | Gross: $45.36M

4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 244,434 | Gross: $45.51M

5. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.0
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79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 24,488 | Gross: $0.66M

6. The Wild One (1953)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

6.9
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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin

Votes: 12,341

7. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

7.4
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86 Metascore

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 81,666 | Gross: $41.73M

8. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 303,031 | Gross: $52.29M

9. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.2
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77 Metascore

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 414,046 | Gross: $226.28M

10. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.0
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A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 7,288

11. Night on Earth (1991)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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68 Metascore

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Lisanne Falk, Alan Randolph Scott

Votes: 45,398 | Gross: $2.02M

12. Dead Man (1995)

R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western

7.7
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62 Metascore

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 78,196 | Gross: $1.04M

13. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Votes: 39,876 | Gross: $1.44M

14. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 40,256

15. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.6
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73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 323,267 | Gross: $45.06M

16. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 155,077 | Gross: $57.23M

17. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.8
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49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 306,488 | Gross: $166.11M

No way back

18. This Must Be the Place (2011)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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61 Metascore

Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson

Votes: 28,394 | Gross: $0.14M

19. In July (2000)

99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

7.8
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71 Metascore

Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love?

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus, Idil Üner

Votes: 18,019

20. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 87,854 | Gross: $16.76M

21. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.1
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77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

Votes: 40,572 | Gross: $6.40M

22. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director: Duncan Tucker | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James

Votes: 37,781 | Gross: $9.02M

23. Rango (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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75 Metascore

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 200,288 | Gross: $123.48M

24. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 17,568 | Gross: $25.00M

25. Karbid und Sauerampfer (1963)

85 min | Comedy

7.3
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After the second World War, Dresden has a lot of reconstructing to do. To get the cigarette factory he once worked for running again, Kalle has to travel to Wittenberg - the only place ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Marita Böhme, Manja Behrens, Margot Busse

Votes: 224

26. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

8.5
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 164,015

27. Life on a String (1991)

110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.1
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A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string...

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Zhongyuan Liu, Lei Huang, Qing Xu, Ling Ma

Votes: 507

28. The Plague Dogs (1982)

PG-13 | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 5,225

29. Detroit Rock City (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Music

6.8
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33 Metascore

In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Sam Huntington

Votes: 31,961 | Gross: $4.22M

30. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 187,413 | Gross: $50.28M

31. Zombieland (2009)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

7.7
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73 Metascore

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 423,485 | Gross: $75.59M

32. Kalifornia (1993)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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49 Metascore

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson, David Milford

Votes: 44,931 | Gross: $2.40M

33. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 170,586 | Gross: $7.27M

34. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.9
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84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 395,766 | Gross: $35.55M

35. The Last Unicorn (1982)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin

Votes: 20,720 | Gross: $6.46M

36. Go Trabi Go (1991)

92 min | Comedy

5.9
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Family Struutz lives in Bitterfeld (GDR). After the fall of the wall, they take the opportunity to go on holiday with their car, an old Trabant. They simply want to visit Italy. But there ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Timm | Stars: Wolfgang Stumph, Claudia Schmutzler, Marie Gruber, Dieter Hildebrandt

Votes: 1,041

37. Speed (1994)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.2
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78 Metascore

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton

Votes: 281,870 | Gross: $121.25M

38. Spider & Rose (1994)

94 min | Comedy

6.8
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Spider and Rose are on the road to Coonabarabran. It's Spider's last day working as an ambo, and he's in a hurry. Rose has been in a car crash and would prefer they take their time. Along ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Ruth Cracknell, Simon Bossell, Max Cullen, Lewis Fitz-Gerald

Votes: 273

39. Train of Life (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.7
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62 Metascore

In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clément Harari, Michel Muller

Votes: 7,802 | Gross: $0.15M

40. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.9
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81 Metascore

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 87,198

41. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

7.4
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91 Metascore

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 40,731 | Gross: $3.83M