Muppets, Murder and Mayhem: 13 Best Road Trip Movies
Planes, Train and Automobiles (1987)
This is one of '80s teen movie master John Hughes' rare ventures into R-rated territory, and showcases comic icons Steve Martin and John Candy at—arguably—the height of their powers. There are plenty of laughs as the pair try to get home for Thanksgiving, but the ending lends the story some surprising dramatic heft.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Forget that Coors isn't really better than any other macro brew—no list of road trip flicks would be complete without including the epic adventure to deliver it across state lines. This movie is why 40-ish dudes still want a Trans Am with a screaming chicken on the hood. And Sally Field's reaction to the bridge jump? Super hot.
The Sure Thing (1985)
If you've seen a movie before, the arch of the story in this '80s romantic comedy will be apparent from the first frames. But the banter between John Cusack's luckless loser and his English class crush—Daphne Zuniga, the princess from Spaceballs—as they negotiate a cross country trip make it an '80s classic.
Tommy Boy (1995)
Chris Farley is at his bumbling best and David Spade's snarkiness is set to stun in this tale of a loveable oaf's struggle to save his deceased father's auto parts company. If you've never found yourself singing along to crappy random music on the radio, you've been doing road trips all wrong.
Vanishing Point (1971)
"It takes a Mopar to catch a Mopar" is one of the best lines in the history of gearhead cinema, and this story of a lead-foot car delivery driver's southwestern sprint is so gorgeous, you could almost watch it on mute. The hero car—a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum—makes this movie a must-see for fans of American muscle.
More in the vein of Shaun of the Dead than The Walking Dead, Zombieland is an absolute hoot of a film, and chronicles the travels of unlikely survivor Jesse Eisenberg and Twinkie-obsessed Woody Harrelson. It's worth watching just for Bill Murray's scenes alone.
Obviously, there are plenty of experiences in these flicks that are better left to fiction. So if you do wind up hitting the road this weekend, remember that murder is illegal in all 50 states—along with the District of Columbia—as is robbing gas stations. That said, feel free to sing "Superstar" or "Moving Right Along," and as the clip from Zombieland advises, "fasten your seatbelts."