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7 Movie Ideas to Watch Before Your Next Road Trip

More than just a drive to get to a destination, a road trip is all about the journey and the moments that come along with it.



If you’re currently itching to hit the road or just need a little inspiration to help you choose your next route, these road trip movies are a must in your travel watchlist. From dysfunctional family affairs to journeys of self-reliance and friendship, these road trip movies are guaranteed to set your adventurous soul on fire.

Movie Ideas to Watch Before Your Next Road Trip:

Little Miss Sunshine
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell (Actors)

Little Miss Sunshine

When young Olive makes it into a beauty pageant, an entire family finds themselves hopping in an old VW bus for a cross-country trip. The problem? They’re an extremely dysfunctional family (whose family isn’t?). Along their journey from New Mexico to California, the Hoovers learn to put aside their differences and deal with their personal struggles in an often-hilarious way. Seriously, if you’re dreading your next family road trip, Little Miss Sunshine might make you feel a whole lot better!

The Motorcycle Diaries (English Subtitled)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro (Actors)

Motorcycle Diaries

Based on a young Che Guevara’s memoir, Motorcycle Diaries details his road trip through South America with his close friend. Even though the trip was one meant to be filled with beautiful landscapes and adventure, it quickly turned into one that shaped his life and mindset.

Dumb and Dumber
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly (Actors)

Dumb and Dumber

When two friends, Lloyd and Harry accidentally find themselves carrying a suitcase filled with ransom money, they must do everything in their power to return it to its “rightful” owner when they realize it wasn’t left at an airport by accident. This movie is filled with somewhat childish humor, but it’s still hilarious and worth a watch, especially if you’re looking for a road trip movie full of hijinks and misadventures.

Thelma & Louise
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel (Actors)

Thelma & Louise

This is THE movie to watch if you’re on the lookout for an all-female road trip movie. Warning: This film is hard to digest, but it’s worth watching and has quickly become a landmark of feminist cinema.

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Thelma and Louise and two best friends on a road trip through the Southwest USA with Mexico as their final destination, but not exactly for a holiday escape. Through gorgeous landscapes and a whole lot of shenanigans, the two friends are on a mission to get away from the cops after Louise shoots a man who attempted to rape Thelma. 

On The Road
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart (Actors)

On The Road

Based on Jack Kerouac’s novel of the same name, Sal Paradise is a travel addict who finds himself on a free-spirited road trip across the United States and Mexico with one of his friends (as well as people they meet along the way). The two roam around the North American continent in search of freedom, adventure, and a whole lot of stories to bring back home.

It Happened One Night
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly (Actors)

It Happened One Night

In a mission to reach New York City to reunite with her fiance, Ellie Andrews meets a struggling reporter who seeks to get his job back by getting the scoop of her story. As he joins her journey through the United States, the two start bonding as a little more than just business partners (shocking).

Sullivan's Travels
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake (Actors)

Sullivan’s Travels

From being a successful comedic filmmaker to suddenly finding himself homeless along with an aspiring actress, Sullivan’s mission to gain success by capturing the harsh reality many people face is halted once he gets to experience those hardships firsthand.

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I hope you liked my list of road trip movies! What are some other amazing travel movies that have fueled your wanderlust? I’d love to read your suggestions, so make sure to write down your favorites in the comment section below!

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