20 May

15 Best Road Movies

15. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

1. Easy Rider


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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