We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 road trip movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes
Beavis and Butthead are teenage slackers who just want to chill at home watching TV. Unfortunately, someone stole the TV, and now they’re on a road trip across America to find it. They meet other travelers along the way and find themselves in a lot of unexpected positions. Still, their adventure is bound to end up fruitful.
Director: Mike Judge
Starring: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore
9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes
Max seeks peace in a harsh desert landscape filled with roaming gangs. He meets a tribe of women, including Furiosa, who are searching for sacred ground. To make it, they’ll need to traverse a barren wasteland while being hunted.
Director: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravitz
8. Road Trip (2000) 57% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Josh and Tiffany attend different colleges, they’re determined to make a long-distance relationship work. However, one night, Beth and Josh hook up, and a video tape of their session gets sent to Tiffany. Now Josh and his friends have to race the package to Tiffany before it’s too late.
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Seann William Scott
7. Rat Race (2001) 43% at Rotten Tomatoes
Six people find lucky coins in slot machines that give them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win $2 million. The catch is they must race each other to New Mexico to claim the cash. Each groups has different highs and lows as greed proves to be a motivating force to get people moving.
Director: Jerry Zucker
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Whoopi Goldberg
6. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes
When Kazakh TV personality Borat is dispatched to explore America, he ends up in some hilarious situations. The twist in this mockumentary is the star is the only person in character. Everyone else is really reacting to him in the real world. It still holds its comedic value to this day.
Director: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Pamela Anderson
5. Poetic Justice (1993) 31% at Rotten Tomatoes
Justice and Lucky take a road trip through California in a USPS postal truck with their friends. Life hits hard, but the open road (and an open mind) bonds them when the road gets rough. Shakur and Jackson make an unforgettable on-screen couple in this on-the-road classic.
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
4. The Art of Travel (2008) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes
Conner’s wedding plans are shot, but he decides to take the honeymoon trip solo anyway. Central America is both beautiful and dangerous, and he finds himself being robbed pretty quickly. He then finds work on a jungle adventure with a ragtag crew of explorers.
Director: Thomas Whelan
Starring: Christopher Masterson, Brooke Burns, Johnny Messner
3. EuroTrip (2004) 46% at Rotten Tomatoes
After being dumped by his girlfriend Fiona, high school graduate Scott Thomas embarks on a European vacation with his friends. His ultimate destination is Berlin, Germany, where his pen pal Mieke lives. However, they make a ton of stops along the way and see Europe on an unforgettable summer road trip.
Director: Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, David Mandel
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jacob Pitts
2. Vegas Vacation (2015) 13% at Rotten Tomatoes
Clark Griswold is determined to enjoy a family vacation in Las Vegas. There, they meet his cousin Eddie, and both families enjoy Las Vegas to its fullest. It’s the most underrated National Lampoon Vacation movies, and still very watchable today.
Director: Stephen Kessler
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid
1. Dumb and Dumber (1994) 67% at Rotten Tomatoes
Harry and Lloyd aren’t bright, but they have (selectively) kind hearts. When Lloyd falls in love with Mary and both men lose their jobs, they embark on a cross-country road trip to return Mary’s lost suitcase to her in Aspen, CO. Unfortunately they inadvertently interrupted a ransom drop and have to dodge a couple hit men on the way.
Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly