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Best road trip films

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When it comes to settling down on the sofa for a good movie, the team at Trafalgar Street often find themselves looking for great road trip films… which got us wondering if we could come up with a definitive list.

After much debate, we think that our top five road trip movies are the best of the best, and we hope that you agree!

Road Trip

Road Trip is what happens when someone decides that the American Pie franchise needs to hit the road! The plot – idiot tapes himself cheating on girlfriend and accidentally sends the tape to girlfriend – is largely a vehicle (if you’ll pardon the pun) for a series of suitably tasteless adventures that’ll have you screaming with laughter. It’s our first choice when we want easy laughs and effortless entertainment.


A contender for the best zombie and road trip movie of all time, all wrapped up in a Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg fuelled gore-fest. Featuring a sassy Emma Stone as the kick-ass love interest, Zombieland ticks all the boxes: comedy zombie deaths, witty script, heart-warming character development and a guest appearance from Bill Murray as himself. We love it!

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine is almost the perfect movie. It’s one of those road trip films that you come back to time and again because it features the winning combination of a great script, wonderful cast and perfect direction. A road trip movie should be a journey of distance and growth for the characters, and Little Miss Sunshine is certainly that – not to mention the final show stealing dance scene!

Easy Rider

No road movie list would be complete without this counter-culture classic from the 60s. As famous for the motorbikes and soundtrack as the iconic performances from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, Easy Rider is as politically and socially relevant today as it ever was.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild is a beautiful road trip movie based on the true story of a young man who decided the life his parents wanted for him wasn’t going to fulfil him, so he rips up his ID and heads off on a road trip into the wild. Thought-provoking, funny, scary, sad and ultimately tragic, this is a road movie for anyone with real wanderlust.

We think our top five road trip films has something for everyone, but if you think we’ve missed something out send us a Tweet and let us know!