Road Films To Inspire Summer Road Trips

As winter begins turning to spring, the time has come to start planning those summer road trips. The road film has become a unique genre in film in which characters leave their comfortable everyday lives, confront uncomfortable new realities, and when they arrive at end of the journey they have a new view of the world. Here are a few of my favorite road films that may encourage (or completely discourage) you from planning that next road trip:

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper ride across the American Southwest and South in this counterculture classic from the 1960's.

Easy Rider

The dysfunctional Hoover family bond and grow during their attempt to get Olive to her beauty pageant.

Little Miss Sunshine

Victor and Thomas travel from their Coeur D'Alene Reservation to Arizona to retrieve Thomas' deceased father's ashes. Along the way they find new meaning in family and friendship.

Smoke Signals

The misadventures of the Griswold family as they drive from Chicago to California amusement park Wally World have made this a comedy cult classic. Directed by Harold Ramis and written by John Hughes.

National Lampoon's Vacation

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis are two friends with plans for a relaxing weekend away from their ho-hum lives. When their plans go terribly wrong they must go on the run across the southwest. Much more than just a road film.

Thelma & Louise

More titles of DVDs with road trip themes can be found in the Arapahoe Library catalog by entering a Keyword search for Road Films. A more specific list of results will come up with the Subject search of the same "Road Films".

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