20 May
2014

15 Best Road Movies

15. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

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When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

14. Vanishing Point

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Pill-popping delivery driver Kowalski (Barry Newman) outruns the cops in order to get a Dodge Challenger to its owner on time.

13. Midnight Run

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The ultimate foul-mouthed, mismatched-buddies on-the-road comedy, as bounty hunter Robert De Niro finds that getting Mob-thieving accountant Charles Grodin back to L.A. is going to take longer than a 'midnight run.'

12. Two-Lane Blacktop

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Monte Hellman's existential drama about two hot-heads (James Taylor, Dennis Wilson) who challenge Warren Oates to a cross-country race.

11. The Blues Brothers

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Jake and Elwood are on a mission for God to reform the band and save an orphanage. Trouble is, the long road ahead is teeming with police, C&W bands and Illinois Nazis.

10. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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Three drag queens (Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce) leave Sydney for a gig in Alice Springs aboard tour bus 'Priscilla.'

9. Dumb and Dumber

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The Farrelly brothers start as they mean to go on sending idiots Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on a quest to return a lost briefcase.  Star of the show, though, is their mode of transport, the sheepdog-inspired Mutt Cutts van.

8. The Cannonball Run

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One race, and a lot of stars - Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise (aka Captain Chaos), Farrah Fawcett, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

7. Duel

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Steven Spielberg's made-for-TV thriller about an Everyman driver (Dennis Weaver) inexplicably hounded by a Peterbilt tanker truck was so nerve-wracking it was upgraded to a cinema release in the UK. How To Recreate It: Cut up any truck driver, on any road, and you'll soon "enjoy" your very own remake of Duel.

6. The Motorcycle Diaries

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Gael García Bernal plays the young Che Guevara, whose eyes are opened to the injustice of the world while travelling across South America on a knackered bike known, ironically, as The Mighty One.

5. True Romance

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Words by Tarantino; pictures by Tony Scott.  The road movie at its most self-consciously cool, as Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette go on the lam in a blizzard of sex, drugs and kung fu movie references. How To Recreate It: Try to impress a hooker into driving off into the sunset with you by regaling her with your in-depth knowledge of Christopher Nolan'sBatman trilogy.  Note: this won't work.

4. Bonnie and Clyde

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1930s backwoods bank robbers are rhymed with 1960s countercultural cool in Arthur Penn's statement of declaration for the youngsters of the civil rights and Vietnam era. How To Recreate It: Regardless of its illegality, there's little that is glamorous or cool about driving town to town raiding branches of NatWest.

3. Into the Wild

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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

2. The Road Warrior

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Mad Mel Gibson takes on a gang of post-apocalyptic punks threatening a convoy of survivors.

1. Easy Rider

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Generation-defining rebel yell of "born to be wild" biker pals Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, who drag Jack Nicholson's lawyer on a sex and drug-binge. How To Recreate It: Borrow your mate's Harley and dress up in Native American gear a la Hopper. Try to avoid looking like the Village People, mind.

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