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Steve R
07-18-2010, 07:54 AM
Your favorite movies that take place On The Road.


Easy Rider
The Sure Thing
Nature Of The Beast (Lance Hendrikson, Eric Roberts)

Robin Bougie
07-18-2010, 08:22 AM
My top 5 are (in no order):

Vanishing Point
Hitch-Hike
The Hitcher (original)
Sugarland Express
Pee Wee's big adventure

Runner up:
Kidnapped Co-Ed

Unless you count the Road Warrior, which would make my top five. It doesn't really fit the mold of a "road movie", though. I always put it in the "post apocalypse" genre instead.

BrianS
07-18-2010, 08:37 AM
Two Lane Blacktop was a good one
Hitch-hike is probably the sleaziest
Does Road Warrior count ? or Teenage Hitchhikers? Road Warrior's a classic, obviously. TH is just fun! :)

Steve R
07-18-2010, 09:18 AM
Bougie, "Sugarland Express" good call.

It Happend one Night (was that the first one?)

paul h.
07-18-2010, 12:40 PM
Motorama

Something Wild

Easy Rider

Dead Man

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

The Wild Bunch

Apocalypse Now

Vanishing Point

Two Lane Blacktop



While some of these picks may not meet the conventional definition of a road movie, this thread got me thinking that the structure is very similar to some westerns, etc., where characters move through a series of new locations and situations.

Chris Kewley
07-18-2010, 12:42 PM
Hard Core Logo
Vanishing Point
The Worlds Fastest Indian
One Week

John W..
07-18-2010, 01:16 PM
Straight Story
Paris, Texas
And Soon the Darkness

Terry Carpenter
07-18-2010, 01:19 PM
Kikujiro
Mystery Train (First and Last Segment)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Near Dark
Stand By Me
9 Souls
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Walkabout
The Hitcher
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
Two Lane Blacktop
Easy Rider
Bonnie and Clyde
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Wild at Heart
Rain Man
The Vanishing
Duel

Like Paul, some are not quite conventional.

Shane K
07-18-2010, 01:23 PM
Scarecrow
Midnight Cowboy

Steve R
07-18-2010, 01:54 PM
Shane - Scarecrow - Nice pick.
Pacino and Hackman, classic offbeat 70s film!


Thelma and Louise
Kalifornia
The Hitch Hiker (Ida Lupino)

Evan C. Price
07-18-2010, 03:00 PM
DEADHEAD MILES
TWO-LANE BLACKTOP
DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY
GRAND THEFT AUTO
ROAD GAMES
PATTI ROCKS
THE STRAIGHT STORY

Matthew BB
07-18-2010, 03:22 PM
THE LAST DETAIL
KINGS OF THE ROAD

EDIT: Adding RACE WITH THE DEVIL

Robin Bougie
07-18-2010, 05:39 PM
ROAD GAMES\

Ohhhh good pick!!

Daniel S.S.
07-18-2010, 06:20 PM
Dumb & Dumber
It's a Gift
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
Race With the Devil
And Soon the Darkness (good call John)

And filed under "pushing it"

Death Race 2000
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Logan's Run

GaryM
07-18-2010, 07:33 PM
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot
12 Monkeys
Slapshot
Kingpin
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Midnight Run
Children Of Men

plus all the ones previously mentioned...

I think it may be time for a road movie-themed DVD fest, noticing alot of titles just ripe for re-visting. Great thread topic!

clinton t
07-18-2010, 09:01 PM
Two-Lane Blacktop is the end all of road movies, imho. Race with the Devil will do also because it as well sports the mighty Warren Oates.

paul h.
07-18-2010, 09:05 PM
Two-Lane Blacktop is the end all of road movies, imho. Race with the Devil will do also because it as well sports the mighty Warren Oates.

That's a mighty fine double feature.

tina B
07-18-2010, 09:27 PM
Roadside Prophets
Surveillance
Perdita Durango
Highway Patrolman
Near Dark
Stone
Mad Max

CarterStevens
07-18-2010, 09:31 PM
Not one mention of a single Hope/Crosby Road to... movie. For shame.

BrianS
07-18-2010, 10:26 PM
Not one mention of a single Hope/Crosby Road to... movie. For shame.

Oh yeah!! Road to Morroco, definitely.
Great call!

paul h.
07-18-2010, 11:32 PM
Not one mention of a single Hope/Crosby Road to... movie. For shame.


I feel ashamed now. I will make an effort to see them (I only remember tiny bits from seeing them on TV as a wee lad).

Which are the best from the Hope/Crosby series?

clinton t
07-18-2010, 11:41 PM
That's a mighty fine double feature.
Hell, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is also a road movie. That would make an amazing triple feature.

Jon Houghton
07-19-2010, 12:05 AM
does North By Northwest count or am I pushing it? also wanted to add Cannonball Run and possibly also Cannonball.

Thomas D.
07-19-2010, 05:23 AM
Two-Lane Blacktop (probably my fave movie of all time)
followed by: Alfredo Garcia and Paris, Texas

Troy Howarth
07-19-2010, 12:07 PM
Rabid Dogs
National Lampoon's Vacation
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Hmmm... that's a weird group!

Terry Carpenter
07-19-2010, 12:47 PM
I'll add Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia to the list. For some damned reason I forgot that, plus it's one of my favorite films to boot.

RichardDoyle
07-19-2010, 04:43 PM
Most of what I like has already been mentioned. I like two Wim Wenders road movies:

Alice in the Cities
Until the End of the World

Matthew BB
07-19-2010, 06:52 PM
National Lampoon's Vacation

Right on!


A couple more:

BADLANDS
THE BROWN BUNNY

Al Edwards
07-20-2010, 02:49 AM
Some favorites I can think of

Kamikaze Taxi
Detour(1946)
Emperor of the North
The Last Detail

Randy Thomas G
07-20-2010, 05:07 AM
Two Lane Blacktop
Badlands
Sugarland Express
The State of Things
Paris, Texas (all Wenders best films are road movies imo)

Wes Moynihan
07-20-2010, 05:11 AM
More obscure than the previous mentions but well worth tracking down - the b/w British road movie Radio On (http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_8609.html) (1979) and Robert Kramer's massive 4 hour plus epic Route One USA (1989)

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Steve R
07-20-2010, 07:28 AM
Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975)

klaus kristensen
12-08-2010, 12:56 AM
Mad Max
Bring med the head of Alfredo Garcia
Duel
Rabid Dogs
Vanishing point
Death race 2000
Wild at heart
Thunderbolt and lightfoot
The Hitcher
Hitch-hike

Shane K
12-08-2010, 11:35 AM
Joseph Strick's Road Movie

R. Olson
12-08-2010, 02:00 PM
Most of my faves have already been mentioned, so to add to the list:

True Romance
The Road

Jonathan H.
12-08-2010, 02:27 PM
I think all have been mentioned, so more votes for:

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP
THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT
SOMETHING WILD
ROAD GAMES
GUN CRAZY
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
VACATION

Haven't watched it in years, but how about PAYDAY?

Just watched my new APOCALYPSE NOW Blu-ray the other day and it is many things to me, one of which is a "road movie" on a river, a war-torn river at that.

Jonathan H.
12-20-2010, 12:47 AM
Just re-watched STARMAN after many years and quite enjoyed it AND it's a really good road movie to boot.

Shane K
12-20-2010, 12:52 AM
Haven't watched it in years, but how about PAYDAY?

Payday is so fucking awesome, on soooo many different levels. Easily in my top 10 of all time.

Andrew Ellis
12-20-2010, 01:17 AM
Yeah, you guys already got a lot of my faves. There's also

"Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains"

and the whole sexy female hitchhiker genre (celebrating girls with tight shorts and loose morals)

"Runaway, Runaway"
"The Young Graduates"
"Pick-up"
"Girls on the Road"
"Pets"
"Joyride to Nowhere"
"Thumb Tripping"
"Young Cycle Girls"
(and, of course) "Teenage Hitchhikers"

also I don't think anybody mentioned the classic "Bonnie and Clyde", and ther'e's also Eric Stoltz's best movie ever "Running Hot"

Ken Toops
12-20-2010, 01:52 AM
The Muppet Movie

Steve R
12-20-2010, 01:44 PM
Andrew, I thought of, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains"
when I saw The Runaways recently. Ladies was a great film and gave you
such a genuine sense of the road and small clubs. The streets looked real.

"We're the Stains and we don't put out!"

And how about
Kalifornia
Another Day in Paradise
and Ida Lupino's The Hitch Hiker

Andrew Ellis
12-21-2010, 03:16 PM
Yeah, I saw that recently too and it reminded me of "Stains" (and a lot of other much more entertaining flicks). . .

I really hated "Another Day in Paradise"; however, that does remind of "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private", which were both really good road movies. "Cowboy" and "Paradise" were both apparently loosely based on the same group of real-life people, and "Idaho" is the best movie ever made about a narcoleptic street hustler and Shakespeare's "Henry the IVth" (besides, it was the end credit song of that one that first introduced me to the Pogues).

I don't know if anyone mentioned "Natural Born Killers". That was a collision of the sensibilities of Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino with no known survivors, but I did like that some of it took place on real-life highway 666 in northwest New Mexico. . .