Planning on hitting the road this summer? Get yourself in the mood by checking out our short list of best road trip movies.
Thelma & Louise (1991) – Most of us are probably familiar with the ultimate demise of the two main characters in Thelma & Louise. Knowing how they come to meet their reward takes nothing away from seeing their journey. It’s one of awakening, and essential to any great road trip!
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) – The incredible narrative aside, Y Tu Mama Tambien gets at the heart of one of the most important features of any successful road trip: stunning scenery. Here, two friends and a mutual love interest slowly make their way through the gorgeous Mexican countryside.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) – This may be more appropriate in a list of things not to do on a road trip. But in the end, Planes, Trains and Automobiles reminds us of one very important thing: road trips are all about making unexpected connections. The connection that the two main characters make by the end of this film is nothing but heart-wrenching.
Rain Man (1988) – Sometimes, the most interesting thing about a road trip is getting to know your company. In Rain Man, an entitled yuppie-type is forced to get to know an autistic brother whom he previously didn’t even know existed. The yuppie’s motives are initially suspicious but they are transformed by the movie’s end.
So get your ride tuned up, make your playlists, and watch these movies. Consider them training for your upcoming trip!