There’s not a person out there who doesn’t have some desire to travel, see the world and experience things not local to your native environment. This is a basic human impulse, an inclination towards restlessness that explains, in some capacity, our fascination with travel narratives, or “road trip” stories. Whether it’s Homer’s The Odyssey or Kerouac’s On the Road, people have long been interested in the idea of moving, and moving fast, which is why we here at Goliath have taken the time to look deep into this fascination and pull together 10 great road trip movies that are sure to sate your desire for a kinetic experience. A good blend of action, comedy and drama, there’s a travel film for all sort of folks here, so buckle up that seatbelt and strap in, because we’re going to kick it into a higher gear for this one!
10. Road Trip (2000)
An aptly named film to kick off our list, Road Trip was directed by Todd Phillips (of Old School and The Hangover fame) and released in 2000, right as the era of teen comedies was kicking off good and proper. Starring Breckin Meyer, Sean William Scott, Amy Smart, Paulo Costanzo, DJ Qualls and Tom Green in a career making role, Road Trip revolves around the somewhat ridiculous plot of the central protagonist Josh Parker (Meyer) accidentally mailing an explicit videotape to his long-distance girlfriend who lives in the faraway land of Texas. With a relationship at stake, Parker and his friends must saddle up and make the long trek from New York to Texas in four short days in order to prevent his belle from seeing the incriminating evidence on the tape. While the film’s plot is about what you’d expect from a teen comedy, the film itself delivers laughs aplenty and rides the wave of its ensemble cast’s likeability. A career launcher for several cast members, Road Trip remains one of the better teen comedies of its era and its devotion to motion is what makes it a perfect candidate for this list.