Thelma and Louise road trip movie

On the Road // A trip down memory lane AKA five great road trippin’ films

Shot for a new generation of beat aficionados, the crazy highs and lows of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel On the Road is set for release this September.

On The Road Movie

The trailer made waves when it hit the web the other week, plus the cast sound like a roll call of who’s who in Hollywood; Kristen Stewart (gasp! Bella Swan sitting between the boys with her top off!) to the divine Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Steve Buscemi to name a few.

And if you’ve forgotten how great road-trip stories can be (think open highways, wild adventures and general Americana weirdness) here are a few refresh your memory:

Near Dark (1987)

Near Dark road trip movie

Love vampires and road-trip movies? Well before you see Kristin in On the Road check out Kathryn Biglow’s bunch of crazy blood suckers roving the American West.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

Planes Trains and Automobiles road trip movies

Slapstick fans rejoice! Steve Martin and John Candy play an endearingly odd couple travelling to get across America in time for Thanksgiving. File next to Road Trip and National Lampoon for comedy gold.

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

My Own Private Idaho

Sigh. River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves play hustlers and best friends embarking on a risk-taking journey of self-discovery on wheels.

The Hitchhiker (1953)

The Hitch Hiker road trip movie

Swot up now on your B-movie, film noir repertoire. A psycho ex-con (played by Ida Lupino) hikes, kidnaps and tortures a couple of unlucky middle-class types. Try watching back-to-back with the slightly less serious road trip movie Dumb and Dumber for a more modern perspective.

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Thelma and Louise road trip movie

OBVS!! Didn’t think I’d miss this one did you? Obsession with BFF’s till the end (and Brad Pitt) truly started here. Live the dream by ask your mate what she’s doing with her car this weekend but be sure avoid all handbag handguns and nearby coastlines.

On The Road ain’t out until September, but you can catch a cheeky peek of the action here:

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