The genre has its roots in spoken and written tales of epic journeys, such as the Odyssey and the Aeneid. The road film is a standard plot employed by screenwriters. It is a type of bildungsroman, a story in which the hero changes, grows or improves over the course of the story.
The on-the-road plot was used at the birth of American cinema but blossomed in the years after World War II, reflecting a boom in automobile production and the growth of youth culture. Even so, awareness of the "road picture" as a genre came only in the 1960s with Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider.
Movies of this genre
- Mad Max
- Thelma & Louise
- The Muppet Movie
- Planes Trains and Automobiles
- Smokey and the Bandit
- Pierrot le Fou
- Leningrad Cowboys Go America
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Easy Rider
- The Guilt Trip
- Danesi, Marcel (2008). Dictionary of Media and Communications. M.E. Sharpe. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-7656-8098-3.
- Cowen, Nick; Hari Patience (26 Feb 2009). "Wheels On Film: Easy Rider". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- Cohan, Steven; Hark, Ina Rae, eds. (1997). The Road Movie Book. Routledge. ISBN 9780415149372. OCLC 36458232. This book collects 16 essays on road movies.
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