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7 of the best road movies

We’ve reviewed seven of the best road movies to help you choose the one that suits you best.

Little Miss Sunshine is a great family road movie

Little Miss Sunshine is a great family road movie

Here at Arnold Clark, we love road movies – for a reason! Throughout the years, so many brilliant movies have been made about the open road that it now has it’s own genre, the road movie, from which it’s hard to choose a favourite. If you’re more interested in the cars than the roads then take a look at the best cars from new films in 2015. However, we’ve whittled down our shortlist for all you movie lovers!

For lovers of literature: On the Road (2012)

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No road movie list is complete without On the Road, based on the iconic beat-generation novel with the same name by writer Jack Kerouac. The 2012 film assembles a star-studded cast under director Walter Salles, including Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. The film tells the story of Kerouac and some of his friends travelling in the States in the 1940s, and the experiences they have which will shape their lives forever.

For those who like to go it alone: Into the Wild (2007)

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Another box-office hit, Into the Wild is directed by Sean Penn and tells the story of a young man who decides to leave the conventional way of living and travel, often in complete isolation, across North America and Alaska to look for something more. Casting Emile Hirsch as its lead, the film features performances from Vince Vaughn and Kristen Stewart and is shot in a very novel way, cutting back and forth in time.

For alternative families: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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A unique comedy-drama that reveals the complicated relationships, which run to the core of a very troubled family, Little Miss Sunshine won two Oscars for its tremendous lead performances. Riding in their Volkswagen T2 Microbus, the family heads to a beauty pageant in which Olive (Abigail Breslin) will participate, While on the road, the family gradually unravels their problems and worries, until events culminate at a very alternative pageant performance.

For the horror of it all: Near Dark (1987)

This list would not be complete without a proper horror road movie for those who like to sink their teeth into something grisly. Near Dark is about a group of vicious vampires, who travel from town to town, looking for dinner! When Caleb, an innocent boy, falls in love and gets bitten he realizes that the road is not for everyone and decides to part ways with the gruesome collective.

For those in search of adventure: The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

This biopic is based on the memoir of a young Ernesto Guevara, before he becomes Che Guevara. This film unfolds the story of a Latin American road trip, taken by Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. Riding motorcycles through South America seems to be one of the best ways to enjoy the astonishing landscape (especially in 1952!).

For classic laughs: Dumb and Dumber (1994)

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It is hard to assemble such a list without including this iconic road buddy comedy with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The film tells the story about the two friends’ cross-country trip to Colorado from Rhode Island…to return a briefcase full of money. Ever since it first screened over 20 years ago, this movie has earned itself sufficient cult status to warrant a sequel, the not-so-hilarious Dumb and Dumber To.

 For contemporary comedy lovers: Due Date (2010)

This hilarious movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis and Jamie Foxx and it will make you laugh until your stomach hurts. An odd couple fall into all kinds of awkward situations, while driving cross country in a red Subaru. The movie offers plenty of light relief, and stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

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Yoana Velikova

Staff writer at Arnold Clark