Road Picture List
American audiences love road pictures. They’re deceptively difficult to execute, but when they work, they really work.
My judgment of a road picture is simply this, “do I want to be in the car with them?”
This is my list of favorite road pictures:
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT: Claudette Colbert teaches Clark Gable about hitchhiking.
THE GREAT RACE: Who cares about Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood, when you’ve got Lemmon and Falk as the ultimate villains?
MIDNIGHT RUN: Why isn’t this movie on everyone’s action film list?
PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES: John Hughes at his best with great comedy talent.
THELMA AND LOUISE: The ultimate road chick movie. It makes you want to blow up a semi.
THE SURE THING: it starts with show tunes and ends with love.
BITE THE BULLET: Yep. It’s a western. But it’s also one of the best road pictures ever made.
THE GUMBALL RALLY: Straight up fun.
VANISHING POINT: When America was wide open and you could run under the radar.
EASY RIDER: A psychedelic Harley ride.
ALMOST FAMOUS: Coming of age on a rock and roll tour bus.
NATIONAL LAMPOON VACATION: The ultimate American vacation.
NATIONAL LAMPOON EUROPEAN VACATION: The ultimate American vacation overseas.
IF IT’S TUESDAY THIS MUST BE BELGIUM: Love and romance on a European bus ride.
A LITTLE ROMANCE: First love and a road trip across Europe for a kiss.
WITHNAIL AND I: What a broke actor will do for a little cash—oh dear.
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT: Watch it for Jackie Gleason. He perfected the scattalogical term, “summbitch.”