Nik came across this site that presents the most transformative roadtrip movies of all time. Now, this is a bit of a serious list – definitely in the more noir film grouping when looking at the roadtrip category. For some laughs, we’re going to counter this list with our own “RidePost Favorite Roadtrip Movies” list:
1. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
You just can’t go on a roadtrip without pulling some wisdom from the misadventures of the Griswold family. If you can’t get enough roadtrip action from this movie, you can continue on your Griswold quest with National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) and of course – who can’t forget the opening scene of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), where the Griswolds take a trip to collect their Christmas tree.
2. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
This Bildungsroman encompasses much of the spectrum of experiences people have on road trips. From gas station Big Gulps to following the love of your life across the country in a 1984 Sheepdog–this flick has it all.
3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
John Candy and Steve Martin show how stressful holiday travel can be with delays and frustrated customer service. If only RidePost had existed in 1987, Steve Martin would have avoided an ill-fated adventure with the traveling shower curtain ring salesman.
4. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
Ah, The Lord of the Rings. Who needs a car to have an epic road trip? On horseback, ships, Eagles of the Misty Mountains or just his hairy, oversized feet, Frodo shares the road from the rolling hills of The Shire to the unfriendly peaks of Mordor with his 8 newest besties. Tensions are high and they often lose their way, but at the end of the day, the gang learns that it pays to have friends and an adventurous journey is best when shared.
5. RidePost Roadtrip (2013)
By far the most recent of the lot, this video short takes 2 minutes to follow the RidePost Team as they take the day to explore South Carolina. (We had to give a shout out to our own roadtrip movie, right?!)
What are your favorite roadtrip movies? Let us know in the comments below!