Obviously I will not tell you about the trip to do in the next. The situation’s too serious to minimize or make any predictions. In any case, it would be absurd to think that everything will resume as before. One thing is certain, we must keep maximum control of our lives and our freedoms. Freedom to think, freedom to move, freedom to dream, it’s crucial for our future generations.
Now let’s live in the moment and watch together the most beautiful films dedicated to car travel
I share with you a selection of road movies filled with unexpected twists. No wonder this style of film has inspired so many filmmakers. Whether funny, sad, fanciful or violent, films inspired by cars, buses and motorcycles have one thing in common: they all share an appreciation for self-discovery on the open road. With selections from another era to the present, here are 15 of the best road trip movies of all time.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
In Texas, in the 1930s, bar waitress Bonnie Parker met Clyde Barrow while he was trying to steal his mother’s car. Attracted by this cheeky and courageous young man who, to impress him, robbed a shop before his eyes, Bonnie decided to run away with him. The handsome dark man admits to him straight away that he is not very good at love and, in the process, teaches him the handling of firearms. On their way, they meet a young gas pump attendant, C.W. Moss, who leaves his petrol station to follow the couple on their crazy trips. Then began a tumultuous existence for the trio, punctuated by heist and chases with the police. Soon, their adventurous life turns into an endless flight.
Easy Rider (1969)
Billy et Captain America disposent d’une grosse somme d’argent, résultat d’une importante vente de stupéfiants. Cette petite fortune permet aux deux motards d’envisager sereinement une traversée des Etats-Unis. Aussi prennent-ils la route de La Nouvelle-Orléans, dans l’intention de participer au carnaval. Un hippie, rencontré en cours de route, les invite à partager le couvert d’une communauté de citadins retournés à la terre. Dans une petite ville du Sud, les deux hommes sont arrêtés pour avoir paradé sur leurs engins sans autorisation. En prison, ils lient connaissance avec un jeune avocat qui s’adonne régulièrement à l’alcool.
Mad Max 2 (1981)
Shortly after the year 2000. A terrible oil war put the Earth on fire and blood. World reserves of the precious black gold have been looted. The essence became the issue of bloody struggles between the survivors, organized in savage hordes. Max, a police officer, watched helplessly as his family was massacred. Now, he only thinks of satisfying his revenge. At the wheel of his racing car, he relentlessly pursues the bikers of Wez, the murderers. A gyroplane pilot, met by chance, makes him discover an old refinery, occupied by a group of men and women and surrounded by killer bikers.
The Sure Thing (1985)
Gib finishes high school and separates from his friend Lance. He left for New England while Lance went to study at the university in California. Gib is rather a cool boy, he gets to know Alison who is rather “stuck”. Everyone must go to California during the Christmas holidays: – Gig, to see his friend and especially a beautiful girl impatient to get to know him. – Alison, to visit her boyfriend Without much financial means, they will end up in the same car leaving for the west coast
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Neal Page’s only wish is to get home in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. But as his plane was canceled due to bad weather, he had to rely on other means of transport. Which would not be a problem in itself, if it were not also to accommodate the company of Del Griffith, a talkative street vendor who does not want to let him go.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
One is the victim of rape, the other guilty of having killed the one who did not understand that “No, it is no”. Directed in 1991, the cult and feminist film by Ridley Scott made its theatrical release on Wednesday, August 29, and is fiercely topical on the still burning ashes of the Weinstein affair. The film is twenty-seven years old, but “Thelma and Louise live forever”. It is written on t-shirts, proclaimed on badges, stickers, used in demonstrations. In the post-Weinstein era of the United States, Ridley Scott’s furious feminist road movie has never been more relevant.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
A luxury car driver, Lloyd drives Mary to the airport. The beautiful woman forgets her briefcase in the vehicle. Lloyd grabs it in the nose and the beard of a sinister couple trying to grab it. Lloyd persuades his friend and roommate Harry, a dog grooming specialist, to follow him across the United States and to accompany him to Aspen, in the Rockies, where Mary was going. In this way, they can return the coveted object to him. The journey begins. Unfathomably stupid, the two boobies multiply the nonsense from which they emerge miraculously unscathed. They end up discovering that the case is filled with dollars and indiscriminately using their new fortune.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Felicia and Mitzi, two Australian transvestites, and Bernadette, a shemale, are to perform in Alice Springs. Between them and the hotel where they are expected stretches the desert, immense and arid. The three friends are not discouraged. They buy a bus, which they call Priscilla, and head for the dusty tracks. All kinds of meetings punctuate their journey. Sometimes they are sympathetic Aborigines, in no way embarrassed by the situation, sometimes whites, with a much more limited openness of mind. The trio finally arrive at their destination. The hotel manager is none other than the former and dynamic wife of Mitzi.
The Daytrippers (1996)
No shadow overshadows the cloudless love and unabashed happiness of Eliza and Louis. However, one morning, when Louis left, as every day, for his office in Manhattan, Eliza discovers a letter which is very much like a declaration of fiery love. Would Louis cheat on her? Assailed by doubt, Eliza asks her parents for advice. Rita, her mother, a woman of the last energy, decides to go and hold the suspect to account. The whole family as a whole – Eliza, her father, her mother, her sister Jo, her latter’s boyfriend, Carl – immediately piled up in the car. Head for Manhattan.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Just for its legendary opening scene, O’BROTHER is worth a visit. Three inmates, Everett, Pete and Delmar escape and flee through the cornfields. Lulled by folk music from the 1930s, we are struck by this display of colors and landscapes in the midst of which our three merry lads appear to be intruders. Everett (George Clooney) ‘s words “Damn, we’re in a tight spot” ¹ alone sum up the whole movie. The three thieves have 4 days to find a treasure and avoid being caught by Sheriff Cooley (Daniel von Bargen). The adventure is there, it’s crazy!
Y Tu Mamá También (2002)
Tenoch Iturbide, a carefree teenager, the son of a Mexican minister, spends his time with Julio, from a working class background, in whose company he makes the four hundred shots. The two boys meet the lovely Luisa, twenty-eight years old, who is none other than the wife of a cousin of Tenoch. Under the spell, the young man immediately offered to accompany him to Boca del Cielo, a superb beach in the region. But Luisa, happily married, refuses the offer. A few days later, when the young woman learns that her husband is cheating on her, she decides to change her life and agrees to leave with Tenoch and Julio.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
“The Motorcycle Diaries” tells the story of an 8,000 mile trip by motorcycle, raft, truck and foot, from Argentina to Peru, undertaken in 1952 by Ernesto Guevara de la Serna and his friend Alberto Granado. If Ernesto had not later become “Che” Guevara and inspired countless T-shirts, there would be no reason to tell this story, which is interesting in the manner of a travelogue but simplistic as a study of Che’s political conversion. It belongs to the dead-end literary genre in which youthful adventures are described, and then “…that young man grew up to be (Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, Rod Stewart, etc).”
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
What are the underlying reasons that push us to travel? Guillemette Odicino looked at the road movie “Little Miss Sunshine” by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to find an answer … So it’s a road movie. The road will therefore be the site of all kinds of adventures. But the journey, in fact, takes place inside the interior of this van, which must also be constantly pushed for it to restart.
Into The Wild (2007)
This cult, hypnotic film was directed by Sean Penn and released in 2007. It told the tragic fate of Christopher McCandless, this student in love with absolute found dead in Alaska, in 1992. A kind of Easy Rider without cocaine or Harley , carried by the rocky soundtrack of Eddy Vedder. But why did the young man break up so suddenly with his environment to go and perish, no doubt intoxicated by berries, alone, in a disused bus, lost near Fairbanks?
Green Book (2018)
Let’s take the road. You won’t be against a good old road movie right now. “Green Book: on the roads of the South” (released in cinemas in 2018) tells of a long journey by car, on American roads in the 1960s. Story inspired by real events. Tony – played by an unrecognizable Vigo Mortensen – is a lively and easygoing security guard, a New Yorker of Italian origin. He is hired by an internationally renowned jazz pianist, Don Shirley – played by Mahershala Ali – to be his driver during a tour of the Southern United States. High-risk tour, because Don Shirley is black and the south of the country is still segregationist. The title’s “green book” is a guide that lists establishments accepting blacks. This virtuoso musician, applauded by white high society in all the cities where he performs, will experience the humiliations that blacks suffer every day: no access to restaurants, hotels, toilets frequented by whites.