The Interstate Serial Killer Collectionby onlyjared | created - 06 Jan 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
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)
R | 97 min | Thriller
A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.
Votes: 37,404 | Gross: $5.84M
2. Highwaymen (2004)
R | 80 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 7,779 | Gross: $0.37M
4. The Lucky Man (2018)
R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A young charismatic preacher and his hot Latina girlfriend travel Route 66 scamming the small churches along the way only to find that the bogus healing powers he portrays become real. The healing powers serve as a blessing and a curse.
Votes: 1,553 | Gross: $0.02M
5. Identity (2003)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 198,942 | Gross: $52.16M
7. Surveillance (I) (2008)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 15,755 | Gross: $0.03M
8. Octane (2003)
R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
9. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 716,160 | Gross: $74.28M
10. Natural Born Killers (1994)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Votes: 191,505 | Gross: $50.28M
12. The Bag Man (I) (2014)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag.
Votes: 14,818 | Gross: $0.05M
13. Freeway (1996)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 23,687 | Gross: $0.30M
15. Transit (I) (2012)
R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
16. Vacancy (2007)
R | 85 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 86,271 | Gross: $19.36M
17. U Turn (1997)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 44,964 | Gross: $6.63M
19. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 111,895 | Gross: $3.80M
20. Death Proof (2007)
Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller
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.
21. Joy Ride (2001)
R | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 57,937 | Gross: $21.97M
25. Kalifornia (1993)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 45,758 | Gross: $2.40M
26. Southbound (2015)
R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 12,681 | Gross: $0.01M
27. The Road Killers (1994)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama
At a desert truck stop, a gang of joyriders kidnaps a man's family and kills his brother. The local sheriff is of no help, so the man goes after them himself.
30. American Strays (1996)
R | 97 min | Action, Comedy
The desert can be a lonely place for the people who live there or for those who are traveling through. It is also the teller of different stories including the story of a traveling salesman... See full summary »
Votes: 562 | Gross: $0.00M
31. Dead End (I) (2003)
R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
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.
32. Outside Ozona (1998)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A drama revolving around a group of strangers brought together by a common occurrence as well as listening to the same radio station.
Votes: 808 | Gross: $0.01M
33. Beneath the Dark (2010)
R | 102 min | Mystery, Thriller
Driving to a wedding in Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert, Paul and Adrienne pull off the highway and into Roy's Motel and Cafe. This roadside artifact proves to be a strange and ... See full summary »
34. Penny Dreadful (2006)
R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
35. Rest Stop (2006 Video)
R | 80 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller
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.