Favourite road movies

by RogerTheMovieManiac88 | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public

A selection of some of my favourite road movies. I have mostly limited myself here to films featuring journeys or travels on actual roads. The entries are unranked and arranged in no particular order.

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1. Pas de problème! (1975)

105 min | Comedy

Following a car chase and shootout, a man stumbles into a girl's apartment and dies. Frantic to be rid of this encumbrance, and wishing to avoid getting involved with the police, the girl ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Miou-Miou, Jean Lefebvre, Bernard Menez, Henri Guybet

Votes: 283

2. Alyonka (1962)

86 min | Comedy

Set in 1955 when many migrated from Russia to the Steppes of Kazakhstan, this is the trip back to the Canal from the frontier and farms by a number of people who tell their settler stories.... See full summary »

Director: Boris Barnet | Stars: Natalya Ovodova, Irina Zarubina, Vasiliy Shukshin, Nikolay Bogolyubov

Votes: 86

3. The Camp Followers (1965)

119 min | Drama, War

In WWII, Lieut. Martino and his men are assigned to lead a group of prostitutes through the mountainous ways to serve in brothels for Italian soldiers in Albania.

Director: Valerio Zurlini | Stars: Mario Adorf, Anna Karina, Marie Laforêt, Lea Massari

Votes: 291

4. Zgodba ki je ni (1967)

99 min | Drama

The feeling of being incapable of controlling your own life and general uselessness make people want to escape the world around them. In spite of the feeling that they possess some creative... See full summary »

Director: Matjaz Klopcic | Stars: Lojze Rozman, Milena Dravic, Snezana Niksic, Stanislava Pesic

Votes: 15

5. Wild Strawberries (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 79,858

6. The Open Road (1926)

64 min | Documentary

Travelogue filmed between 1924 and 1926 on a motor journey between Land's End and John O'Groats using Friese-Green's two colour additive process.

Director: Claude Friese-Greene

Votes: 118

7. Ella Maillart: Double Journey (2015)

40 min | Short, Biography

Summer 1939. Ella Maillart and Annemarie Schwarzenbach leave Europe for Asia. Ella hopes to make an ethnographic film and to help Annemarie get off drugs. In Kabul she realizes to have lost... See full summary »

Directors: Antonio Bigini, Mariann Lewinsky | Star: Irène Jacob

Votes: 6

8. 4 passi fra le nuvole (1942)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Adriana Benetti, Giuditta Rissone, Carlo Romano

Votes: 266

9. Viagem aos Seios de Duília (1965)

105 min | Drama

Single retired civil servant decides to return to his hometown to meet his first and only love. But the woman he finds is just a spectre of his memory.

Director: Carlos Hugo Christensen | Stars: Rodolfo Mayer, Nathália Timberg, Oswaldo Louzada, Lícia Magna

Votes: 57

10. Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Approved | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, Harry Andrews

Votes: 4,355

11. Bezucelná procházka (1930)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A young man sets out for an aimless stroll by tram from the center to the outskirts of Prague.

Director: Alexander Hammid

Votes: 133

12. Five Easy Pieces (1970)

R | 98 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg

Votes: 29,209

13. The Uninvited (1969)

115 min | Drama

When her husband returns from his work abroad with a guest, a young girl, his wife suspects a liaison. She leaves her home. Her boss takes her to the Côte d'Azur. They get closer during the... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Seta | Stars: Joanna Shimkus, Michel Piccoli, Paul Barge, Lorna Heilbron

Votes: 56

14. Las acacias (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Reluctantly, a dour long-distance truck driver agrees to give a lift to a Paraguayan single mother and her five-month-old daughter to Buenos Aires. Can the palpable silence soften up the taciturn trucker's sullen heart?

Director: Pablo Giorgelli | Stars: Germán de Silva, Hebe Duarte, Nayra Calle Mamani, Monica Coca

Votes: 1,985

15. Autobahn (1979)

12 min | Short, Animation

A part alien, part human character floats, flies, sails and swims through psychedelic landscapes.

Director: John Halas

Votes: 54

16. Pick-up (1975)

R | 80 min | Drama

Sexy hippie chicks Carol and Maureen get more than they bargained for when they hitch a ride with groovy hippie dude Chuck in his nifty mobile bus home. The trio get lost in the Florida ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Hirschenson | Stars: Jill Senter, Alan Long, Gini Eastwood, Tom Quinn

Votes: 739

17. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

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, stealing cars and robbing banks.

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

Votes: 90,795

18. A Perfect World (1993)

PG-13 | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by an honorable Texas Ranger.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther

Votes: 65,344 | Gross: $31.16M

19. Sideways (2004)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 165,908 | Gross: $71.50M

20. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 56,030

21. Sex Drive (2008)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online.

Director: Sean Anders | Stars: Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, Amanda Crew, James Marsden

Votes: 78,501 | Gross: $8.40M

22. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 37,762 | Gross: $28.70M

23. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Votes: 35,666 | Gross: $30.93M

24. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 54,940

25. About Schmidt (2002)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates

Votes: 115,405 | Gross: $65.02M

26. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger

Votes: 24,089

27. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 20,986

28. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 81,493

29. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, History

95 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 78,224 | Gross: $0.06M

30. Scarecrow (1973)

R | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth

Votes: 13,430

31. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Mia Bendixsen, Alfred Lutter III

Votes: 17,973 | Gross: $17.60M

32. The Sugarland Express (1974)

PG | 110 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton

Votes: 13,333 | Gross: $7.50M

33. Il Sorpasso (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak, Claudio Gora

Votes: 7,338

34. Vagabond (1985)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss, Setti Ramdane

Votes: 5,967

35. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 5,291

36. Going Places (1974)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere, Miou-Miou, Jeanne Moreau

Votes: 7,083

37. Genevieve (1953)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More

Votes: 2,366

38. Taxi for Tobruk (1961)

95 min | Drama, War

During World War II, French Commandos join forces with a German officer in order to survive the African desert.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Lino Ventura, Maurice Biraud, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 1,303

39. In July (2000)

99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

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: 18,918

40. Kalifornia (1993)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 46,498 | Gross: $2.40M

41. Detour (1945)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald

Votes: 11,672

42. The Rain People (1969)

R | 101 min | Drama

When a housewife finds out she is pregnant, she runs out of town looking for freedom to reevaluate her life decisions.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: James Caan, Shirley Knight, Robert Duvall, Marya Zimmet

Votes: 2,428

43. Buffalo '66 (1998)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

Director: Vincent Gallo | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 41,487 | Gross: $2.38M

44. The Gauntlet (1977)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

59 Metascore

A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince

Votes: 18,288 | Gross: $35.40M

45. Motociklu vasara (1975)

67 min

An accidental meeting helps to learn a lot of new in surrounding world and his soul, to realize that youth is one of the most important stages of human life.

Director: Uldis Brauns | Stars: Inese Jansone, Peteris Gaudins, Benita Ozolina

Votes: 60

46. Hitch-Hike (1962)

95 min | Comedy

Agathe ,a sweet hitch -hiker,is en route to the Riviera.She meets many men on her way.

Director: Jacqueline Audry | Stars: Darry Cowl, Pierre Mondy, Lino Ventura, Daniel Gélin

Votes: 78



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