The Interstate Serial Killer Collection

This is a collection of films that combine two basic themes: highway travel and murder. Some of these titles would be categorized as "Highway Noir". There are many older films from the 50's and 60's that I've intentionally left out trying to keep the list more appealing to the modern movie viewer. The top two films are the work of Robert Harmon; a director who's style and ability have defined the art of illustrating the creepiness and mystery of this film genre. I give similar praise to John Dahl, and appreciation to author Ginger Strand for the inspiration to compose the list.
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1.
The Hitcher (1986)
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A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
 
2.
Highwaymen (2004)
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Rennie Cray (Caviezel) embarks on a bloodthirsty rampage to avenge the death of his wife who was struck down by a serial killer - a man who hunts and kills women using his '72 El Dorado. (80 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
 
3.
Badlands (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
4.
Identity (2003)
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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. (90 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
5.
Breakdown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert. (93 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
6.
Surveillance (2008)
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Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell. (97 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Lynch
 
7.
Octane (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcus Adams
 
8.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
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Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
 
9.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
10.
Mojave (2015)
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A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter. (93 mins.)
Director: William Monahan
 
11.
The Bag Man (2014)
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A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag. (108 mins.)
Director: David Grovic
 
12.
Freeway (1996)
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A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile. (102 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
 
13.
Interstate (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A Montreal DJ, following his girlfriend to Los Angeles, falls into a deadly relationship with a couple of female hitchhikers. (80 mins.)
 
14.
Transit (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A gang of bank robbers hide their loot in the car of a family going camping. They chase down the family to kill them and get the loot back, but run into a fight. (88 mins.)
Director: Antonio Negret
 
15.
Vacancy (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film. (85 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
16.
U Turn (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (125 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
17.
Wild at Heart (1990)
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Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor. (125 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
18.
Lost Highway (1997)
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After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
19.
Death Proof (2007)
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Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans. (113 mins.)
 
20.
Joy Ride (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer. (97 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
21.
Dark Country (2009)
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A couple en route from Las Vegas are forced to deal with a body out in the desert making their honeymoon one hellish ride. (88 mins.)
Director: Thomas Jane
 
22.
Freeway Killer (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The true story of William Bonin a California serial killer. (85 mins.)
Director: John Murlowski
 
23.
Dolan's Cadillac (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A young man attempts to seek to avenge his wife's death after she is murdered by a Las Vegas mobster. (89 mins.)
Director: Jeff Beesley
 
24.
Kalifornia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
 
25.
Southbound (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. (89 mins.)
 
26.
The Road Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
After a young boy is almost runover by a maniac on a highway, a re-encounter and confrontation by the... (89 mins.)
Director: Deran Sarafian
 
27.
Red Rock West (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife... (98 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
28.
Kill Me Again (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend. (94 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
29.
American Strays (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The desert can be a lonely place for the people who live there or for those who are traveling through... (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Covert
 
30.
Dead End (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. (85 mins.)
 
31.
Outside Ozona (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A drama revolving around a group of strangers brought together by a common occurrence as well as listening to the same radio station. (100 mins.)
Director: J.S. Cardone
 
32.
Penny Dreadful (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Young Penny goes on a retreat with her psychologist; the intention is to help her overcome her phobia, an intense fear of cars. Unexpected events find her in a nightmarish situation where her worst fears come true. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Brandes
 
33.
Rest Stop (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
The film follows Nicole Carrow, a young woman who is threatened by a maniac serial killer, after her boyfriend Jess, is abducted in a rest stop. (80 mins.)
Director: John Shiban
 
34.
Duel (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. (90 mins.)
 
35.
The Hitcher (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride. (84 mins.)
Director: Dave Meyers