It’s summertime! The sun is shining, states are reopening, and you can no longer ignore your wanderlust. So, as you prepare to hit the open road, here are five road trip movies to get you in the traveling mood.
5. Almost Famous
This coming-of-age flick sees a teenage writer talk himself into a job working for Rolling Stone and spending his summer vacation on tour with the fictional band Stillwater. Funny and heartfelt, Almost Famous is a timeless movie that never gets old. Also, the Tiny Dancer scene – best road trip sing-along of all time.
2017’s Logan sees the title character played for (maybe) the final time by Hugh Jackman finally face his own mortality and his legacy as he and his ailing friend Charles Xavier race to get a young mutant (played exquisitely by newcomer Dafne Keen) to the Canadian border before their past catches up with them. If you have a friend who hates superhero movies, show them this one.
3. National Lampoon Vacation
Almost 40 years later and this Chevy Chase-led comedy still holds up. The premise is simple. Loving family man Clark Griswald wants to take his family on a cross-country trip to visit the fictional Disney World stand-in, Walley World. What happens next is a comedy of errors as the family causes chaos everywhere they go, all in the quest for fun.
2. Thelma & Louise
What starts as a fun-filled road trip quickly escalates to a multi-state manhunt as Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) flee to Mexico. Powerful, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant, Thelma and Louise are noteworthy for a cameo from a young Brad Pitt and for being the first on-screen display of the selfie a full 25 years before they were cool.
1. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Magic. This movie is pure magic. Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy play two strangers stuck together as they try to get home for the holidays. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles will make you laugh, cry, and call your loved ones – in that order.
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