With the release of the newest Todd Phillips film Due Date, which takes two unsuspecting strangers on the road together on a drive across the country of the USA I felt it best to list out 20 of my favourite road films; so here we go:
20. Bolt (2008) (dir. Byron Howard & Chris Williams)
After he’s accidentally shipped to the other side of the country Bolt, the wonder dog on TV, must get back to California to save his master Penny. With the help of Mittens – the mafia alley cat – and Rhino – the brave hamster looking for adventure – Bolt heads out on this trip that seems bigger than even he can handle as he learns a little something about life that they don’t always teach you on TV.
19. Sex Drive (2008) (dir. Sean Anders)
Ian is a lonely frustrated virgin. He makes friends with this hot girl over the internet and decides to drive half way across the country to lose his virginity to her. His two best friends, Felicia and Lance, tag along to be there for the moment when they can either pat him on the back or laugh him to scorn.
18. Dumb & Dumber (1994) (dir. Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
Lloyd and Harry are roommates, and best friends. Lloyd works as a limo driver. One day he takes this beautiful woman, Mary Swanson, to the airport and she forgets a bag in the terminal (on purpose) and Lloyd misunderstands and takes it upon himself to drive to Aspen to return to now misplaced luggage and profess his undying love for her.
17. Beavis & Butt-Head Do America (1996) (dir. Mike Judge & Yvette Kaplan)
After Beavis and Butt-Head have their television stolen from them they have to trek across the country to retrieve it. Along the way they encounter everyone from murderers to the FBI and Secret Service.
16. Tommy Boy (1995) (dir. Peter Segal)
Tommy is the son of the owner of one of the biggest car brake manufacturers in the country. Business is slowing up and unless Tommy and Richard can go on the road and boost sales or the company will go over to Tommy’s money hungry step-mother after the passing of Tommy’s father.
15. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) (dir. Kevin Smith)
Jay and Silent Bob have discovered the internet. They’ve found out that Hollywood is making a movie based on the comic book series Bluntman and Chronic, which is loosely based on them (from Chasing Amy). They also discover that there are many people all over the internet calling the idea stupid and them ‘pussies’. So they decide to leave their complacent lives in New Jersey and head over to Hollywood to shut down the production and therefore make sure they can continue to get laid (as if they were already).
14. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)
Julio and Tenoch, two best friends, take a liking to Ana. Ana is having some marital troubles and Julio and Tenoch decide, as a way to get some time alone with her, to take a trip to some secret beach far away. With little in hand they jump behind the wheel and find out more about themselves and where their relationship can go than they ever imagined when they first cooked up the idea.
13. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
Everett, Pete and Delmar have all escaped from prison and are off on a quest for treasure. In this adaptation of Homer’s poem The Odyssey we are treated to the 30s southern culture, musical renditions and a lot of Clooney quirks.
12. Natural Born Killers (1994) (dir. Oliver Stone)
Mickey and Malorey are a match made in heaven, and they’re completely psychotic. The two of them trek across the US of A robbing, murdering and basically pissing off anyone who comes in their way.
11. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) (dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
When Olive gets selected to progress in the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant the Hoover family must all travel in their old VW bus to get Olive to the pageant in time. The Hoovers consist of a young girl, a mute (by choice), a failed suicide, a foul mouthed (but loveable) grandfather, a housewife and a self-help guru who’s trying to make it; put all these together in one room (let alone a small bus) for more than twenty minutes and sparks are going to fly, as we see here.
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