Road movie

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For other uses, see Road movie (disambiguation).

A road movie is a film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip, typically altering the perspective from their everyday lives.[1]


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[citation needed] and Easy Rider.[2]

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  1. ^ Danesi, Marcel (2008). Dictionary of Media and Communications. M.E. Sharpe. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-7656-8098-3. 
  2. ^ Cowen, Nick; Hari Patience (26 Feb 2009). "Wheels On Film: Easy Rider". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 

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