The best road movies of all times

Going on a road trip stands for ultimate adventure and is one of those bucket list experiences everyone needs to check off. So it's no wonder this concept has inspired filmmakers for decades, with some iconic films as a result. In this blog post, we'll go over the 5 best road trip movies to spark your lust for life (and travel), and who knows, maybe you'll even hit the open road soon!

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Thelma & Louise (1991)

The 1991 film “Thelma and Louise,” directed by Ridley Scott, is a classic that follows two unforgettable characters on a road trip of rebellion and liberation. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are the main characters, whose journey takes an unexpected turn, turning them into symbols of empowerment while rebelling against societal pressures. It combines elements of adventure, friendship, and self-discovery, leading to a powerful ending that has earned its place in cinema history. Whether you're a fan of iconic female characters or looking for an inspirational film, you should definitely watch "Thelma and Louise" with your bestie.

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On the Road (2012)

Adapted from Jack Kerouac's classic novel, “On the Road” is a cinematic masterpiece that explores the Beat Movement's quest for self-discovery and adventure. The film, which Walter Salles directed, follows Sal Paradise, on a road trip where he encounters a colourful cast of characters. “On the Road” captures the spirit of the Beatnik Generation and highlights the power of the open road and choosing an unconventional lifestyle. Whether you choose the book or the film, “On the Road” is not to be missed.

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Nomadland (2020)

“Nomadland” follows the journey of Fern, as she travels across the American West, living in her van and encountering fellow nomad travellers. With breathtaking cinematography, this introspective movie looks at the essence of freedom and resilience in a constantly evolving world. This has won “Nomadland” multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture, for its moving portrayal of life on the road.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

“Little Miss Sunshine” is an offbeat comedy about the Hoover family's road trip. Their journey begins when their daughter Olive qualifies for a beauty pageant, and they set off in their old Volkswagen van. Along the way, they encounter obstacles and confront their issues. However, as time goes by, they learn the importance of family and find comfort in one another.

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Easy Rider (1969)

“Easy Rider” is a classic film that follows two bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) as they journey through America on a quest for freedom, meeting different communities along the way. With its innovative visuals and unforgettable soundtrack (with icons like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan), the film explores themes of rebellion, freedom, and the clash between establishment and counterculture.

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Road movies are a way for us to escape from the ordinary and take us on exciting adventures. The films in our blog post all made a significant impact on cinema, and offer viewers inspiration, entertainment, an alternative perspective, and a deeper understanding of life. So, prepare for an adventure, and let these films spark your imagination.

Nicky Verdoodt

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