Everyone dreams of jumping in their car and taking off on a once in a lifetime road trip, and many people do just that. Whether they've decided to see more of the world around them, or ended up unexpectedly relocating across the country (like I did, thanks to the ex-wife), people of all ages want to hit the open highway and see where it leads them.
For those who can't, however, there are road movies. A road movie either has a premise which involves a massive road trip, or simply has some driving scenes that were good enough to become inscribed into the average movie goer's memory.
For me, after driving from West Virginia to Colorado in a beat up 15 year old eco-barge, there's nothing better than a good road movie marathon. Here's my top five:
#5 The Blues Brothers (1980):
Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Akroyd) are on a mission from God to get the band back together again and save the orphanage they grew up in. What more could you ask for? Illinois Nazis? Nah, I hate Illinois Nazis.
#4 Convoy (1978):
The Rubber Duck (Kris Kristofferson) and his impromptu traveling companion (Ali MacGraw) lead a convoy of truckers across several mid-western states in an attempt to elude Sheriff Dirty Lyle and make their way to safety and freedom in Mexico.
#3 Corvette Summer (1978)
Kenny Dantley (Mark Hamill) is your average California High School senior and certified car nut. After having his pet autoshop project stolen, Kenny catches a ride to Vegas with Anne Potts hoping to track down his beloved Corvette without getting himself killed in the process.
#2 The Road Warrior (1981):
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Simply known as The Road Warrior in the U.S.) gave many Americans their first glimpse of Max Rockatansky, Australian accents, and a post apocalyptic wasteland where gasoline is king and worth killing for. If you can get any. Perhaps Mel Gibson's most iconic role.
#1 Dumb and Dumber (1994):
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star as Harry and Lloyd, two guys who got the short end of the stick in the genetics department. The pair decides to travel cross country to return a "misplaced" case full of money to Lauren Holly in Colorado. Hilarity, hitmen, and one very cold drive ensues.
Some people dream of epic road trips. Others have epic road trips thrust upon them. However, anyone can take care of that old wanderlust from the comfort of their own couch with these five movies, just remember to bring some popcorn along for the ride.