The best road trip movies you need to see
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
“Don’t ‘darling’ me!”
The Australian road trip movie that won an Oscar for Best Costume Design follows three Sydney-based drag queens who take their act across the desert plains of Australia, encountering a plethora of colourful characters along the way.
A silver screen classic, the film spawned a Broadway musical, made stars of its cast including Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, and danced its way into the cult-status of Australian cinema.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
“We’ve gotta let Olive be Olive.”
The little indie film that won hearts worldwide, Little Miss Sunshine follows the Hoover family on a US road trip when their quirky daughter, Olive, decides to be in a beauty pageant.
With a stellar cast including Australia’s Toni Collette, as well at Steve Carell, Alan Arkin and Abigail Breslin’s breakout role, get ready to laugh and cry as Olive dazzles her way to make this film Oscars gold.
“To open a bottle of '61 Cheval Blanc is enough reason to open a bottle of '61 Cheval Blanc.”
The comedy-drama adapted from the novel follows two former college roommates, now older and somewhat disappointed with the direction their lives have taken, on a road trip through the Californian Wine Country.
Winning Best Adapted Screenplay, Sideways explores themes of ageing, attraction, philosophy, and of course, wine.
National Lampoon’s Family Vacation (series of films from 1983-1997)
“This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun.”
Who didn’t grow up laughing and cringing at the Griswald family and their various holiday escapades?
Headed by their well-meaning but over-zealous family patriarch Clark (Chevy Chase), the family are thrust into crazy situations across the continents - running into hillbilly cousins in their cross-country drive across America (Vacation), language barriers and accidental crime across the EU (European Vacation), or surviving the bright lights of The Strip in Nevada (Vegas Vacation).
It will make surviving your own family road trip seem like a breeze.
Thelma and Louise (1991)
“Somebody said get a life… so they did.”
The film that introduced the world to Brad Pitt needs no introduction. Starring Oscar winners Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as the title characters, the two head on a road trip adventure that takes a turn when they become wanted and on the run for a crime committed along the way.
Winning Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, the movie has since been preserved by the US National Film Registry for being ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’