Road movie

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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 road movie keeps its characters "on the move", and as such the "car, the tracking shot, [and] wild and wild open space" are important iconography elements, similar to a Western movie.[2] As well, the road movie is similar to a Western in that road films are also about a "frontiersmanship" and about the codes of discovery (often self-discovery).[3] Usually the travellers are male, but in some cases, women are depicted on the road (e.g., Thelma and Louise from 1991). [4] The genre can also be parodied, as with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), which depicts a group of drag queens who tour the Australian desert.[5]


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. It focuses more on the journey rather than the goal.

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.[6]

Movies of this genre[edit]

Note, that the Country column is the country of origin and/or financing, and does not necessarily represent the country or countries depicted in each film.

Title Year Country Distribution
A French Holiday 2018 UK, United States, France Sony Pictures Releasing
A Perfect World 1993 United States Warner Bros.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Adventures in Babysitting 1987 Buena Vista Pictures
The Adventures of Priscilla,
Queen of the Desert
1994 Australia Gramercy Pictures
Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Road Chip
2015 United States 20th Century Fox
Alice in the Cities 1974 West Germany Bauer International
Ameerika Suvi (American Summer) 2016 Estonia
Are We There Yet? 2005 USA, Canada Columbia Pictures
As Good as it Gets 1997 United States
As Crazy as It Gets 2015 Nigeria
Badlands 1973 United States Warner Bros.
Beavis and Butt-head Do America 1996 Paramount Pictures
The Blue Bird 1940 20th Century Fox
The Blues Brothers 1980 Universal Pictures
Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Warner Bros.
Boys on the Side 1995
The Bucket List 2007
Burn Burn Burn 2015 United Kingdom Verve Pictures
Cactus 2008 Australia Hoyts Distribution
Charlie 2015 India RFT Films
Cop Car 2015 United States Universal Home Entertainment
Children Who Chase Lost Voices 2011 Japan
Come as You Are (aka Hasta la Vista) 2011 Belgium Eureka Entertainment
Coupe de Ville 1990 United States Warner Bros.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul 2017 United States 20th Century Fox
Dhanak 2016 India
Dirty Girl 2010 United States The Weinstein Company
Due Date 2010 Warner Bros.
Duel 1971 Universal Pictures
Dumb and Dumber 1994 New Line Cinema
Dumb and Dumber To 2014 Universal Pictures
Easy Rider 1969 Sony Pictures Releasing
Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show 2009 USA, Canada Warner Bros. Television
EuroTrip 2004 USA, Czech Republic Universal Pictures
Eyjafjallajökull 2013 France
Fanboys 2009 United States Anchor Bay Entertainment
Fandango 1985
Get on the Bus 1996
God Bless America 2011
Goin' Down the Road 1970 Canada
Goodbye Pork Pie 1981 New Zealand
A Goofy Movie 1995 United States Buena Vista Pictures
Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Japan
The Grapes of Wrath 1940 United States
The Fundamentals of Caring 2016
The Guilt Trip 2012
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 UK, USA Warner Bros.
Have Dreams, Will Travel 2007 United States
The Hitcher 1986
Ice Age 2002 20th Century Fox
It Happened One Night 1934 Columbia Pictures
Il Sorpasso 1962 Italy
Interstate 60 2002 USA, Canada
Into the Night 1985 United States
Kanni Thaai 1965 India
Karachi se Lahore 2015 Pakistan
Kings of the Road 1976 West Germany
Kingpin 1996 United States
Kshana Kshanam 1991 India Durga Arts
Knockin' on Heaven's Door 1997 Germany
Lahore Se Aagey 2016 Pakistan
The Last Detail 1973 United States
Leningrad Cowboys Go America 1989 Finland, Sweden
Little Miss Sunshine 2006 United States
Loev 2015 India
Magic Trip 2011 United States
M Cream 2014 India
Mad Max 1979 Australia Warner Bros.
Mad Max 2 1981
Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 Australia, United States
Madeline: Lost in Paris 1999 United States
Midnight Run 1988
Midnight Special 2016
Motorama 1991
The Motorcycle Diaries 2004 Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru,
Brazil, UK, Germany, France
Mourning[:w:fr] (aka Soog or Soug, سوگ) 2011 Iran
The Muppet Movie 1979 United States, United Kingdom
My Own Private Idaho 1991 United States
Natural Born Killers 1994
National Lampoon's Vacation 1983
National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985
Nebraska 2013
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi 2013 India
Gamyam 2008
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 United States, United Kingdom, France
On the Road 2012 USA, UK, France, Brazil, Canada
Paper Towns 2015 United States
Paper Moon 1973
The Parade 2011 Serbia
Paul 2011 United States
Paris, Texas 1984 West Germany, France
Pee-wee's Big Adventure 1985 United States
Pee-wee's Big Holiday 2016
Pierrot le Fou 1965 France
Piku 2015 India
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 United States
The Rugrats Movie 1998 Paramount Pictures
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 2000 United States, Germany
Rain Man 1988 United States
Road, Movie 2009 India
Road to Yesterday 2015 Nigeria
Road Trip 2000 United States
Road to Morocco 1942
RV 2006 Universal Pictures
Sideways 2004
Smoke Signals 1998 United States, Canada
Smokey and the Bandit 1977 United States
The Spongebob SquarePants Movie 2004 Paramount Pictures
The Sugarland Express 1974
Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo 2015 Nigeria
The Straight Story 1999 United States, United Kingdom, France
The Sure Thing 1985 United States
The Cannonball Run 1981
The Croods 2013 20th Century Fox
(via DreamWorks Animation)
Thelma & Louise 1991
Things Are Tough All Over 1982 Columbia Pictures
Three for the Road 1987
Transamerica 2005
To Grandmother's House We Go 1992
The Little Bear Movie 2001 Canada, United States
Y Tu Mamá También 2001 Mexico
Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 United States
Until the End of the World 1991 Germany, France, Australia, United States
Vacation 2015 United States Universal Studios
Vanishing Point 1971
We're the Millers 2013
Wild at Heart 1990
Wild Hogs 2007
Wild Strawberries 1957 Sweden
The Wizard of Oz 1939 United States Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Wristcutters: A Love Story 2006
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Danesi, Marcel (2008). Dictionary of Media and Communications. M.E. Sharpe. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-7656-8098-3. 
  2. ^ Hayward, Susan. "Road movie" in Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (Third Edition). Routledge, 2006. p. 335-336
  3. ^ Hayward, Susan. "Road movie" in Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (Third Edition). Routledge, 2006. p. 335-336
  4. ^ Hayward, Susan. "Road movie" in Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (Third Edition). Routledge, 2006. p. 335-336
  5. ^ Hayward, Susan. "Road movie" in Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (Third Edition). Routledge, 2006. p. 335-336
  6. ^ Cowen, Nick; Hari Patience (26 Feb 2009). "Wheels On Film: Easy Rider". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 

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