Road movie: 20 best films about traveling by car

If the heroes have a long journey, and even by car, then get ready for surprises – the film can turn into a comedy or drama, but a long car trip will definitely not be without adventure. That’s why we love road movies so much – you never know what’s going to happen around the next turn of the highway and the plot. And this selection of ours includes the best films in the road movie genre of recent years with amazing road and life ups and downs.

Pranksters on the Road (2021)

The heroes of the American comedy are two friends, not burdened with intelligence and good manners. Chris and Bud dream of going on a road trip to see the world and show themselves off. Bosom buddies take Bud’s sister’s pink car and hit the road. Along the way, the guys shock the people around with their antics, dragging oncoming strangers into their jokes. The foreign novelty of the road movie filmed with the help of hidden cameras, so the reactions of random people are sincere and genuine.

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Original title:
Bad Trip

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Eric Andre, Michaela Conlin, Lil Rel Howery …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
18+


Land of the Nomads (2020)

A new film about life-on-wheels car rides imposed by fate is an American drama that has been awarded three Oscars. The widow Fern is out of a job after the factory closes, and is forced to sell her property so she can leave the town. There are no prospects in the provinces and an elderly woman decides to buy a van to travel around America in search of seasonal earnings. On the way, Fern meets the same modern nomads with dissimilar stories and tragic fates.

Original title:
Nomadland

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Francis McDormand, Gay DeForest, Patricia Grir …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Heaven Can Wait (2020)

Young Steffi dreams of becoming a policeman and linking her fate with her beloved boyfriend, but a terrible diagnosis puts an end to her plans. During a medical examination, the girl was diagnosed with an oncological disease, and doctors give disappointing forecasts. Steffi does not have more than a year to live, but her parents are ready to fight and resort to innovative methods of treatment to extend the life of their daughter. But she decides to manage the remaining time in her own way. Steffi runs away from home to travel across the country where she will meet amazing people.

Original title:
Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Signe Irslinger, Max Hubacher, Til Schweiger …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Native (2020)

The plot of the Russian film about a road and a family trip by car is somewhat similar to the previous one – the main character is also diagnosed with cancer. Pavel categorically refuses treatment, although his wife and children insist on an operation. The head of the family decides to use the remaining days to make his cherished dream come true. Pavel has written a song and wants to sing it at the legendary bard competition. Having convinced his relatives of the need for his performance at the festival, the hero gathers his family – and the Karnaukhovs set off on the road in an old truck.

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Sergey Burunov, Irina Pegova, Semyon Treskunov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Piano (mini-series, 2019 – 2020)

The Australian road movie series is a highly rated life comedy that is a breeze to watch. Lucky Flynn travels home for the first time in years to say goodbye to his terminally ill mother. The son carries with him an unusual load – an old piano and a sense of guilt. At the beginning of the road, the guy gets into an accident, crashing into the car of a teenage girl. Young Meg blackmails Lucky into taking her as a travel companion, and the couple embark on an unforgettable journey.

Original title:
Upright

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Tim Minchin, Millie Alcock, Heather Mitchell…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age limit:
18+


Venice Calling (2019)

Emil, a high school student, lives with his parents in a van because his dad can’t complete the construction of the house. Mom forces a teenager to lighten her hair, believing that only blondes are successful. The statement partly comes true when Emil meets the beautiful Polina. The girl plays the harp and prepares to perform in Venice. Polina invites Emil to a concert, and the parents and elder brother of the young man are asking for fellow travelers to her son.

Original title:
Venise n’est pas en Italie

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Benoit Pulvoord, Valerie Bonneton, Elie Tonn…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Green Book (2018)

The Oscar-winning comedy based on real events continues the list of the best films in the road movie genre . After the nightclub closes, bouncer Tony is out of work, but with his reputation as a fearless thug. The professional qualities of the Italian attract an unusual employer – the talented pianist Don Shirley. The musician intends to tour the southern part of America on tour, and he needs a reliable bodyguard. Don Shirley is black, and in the 60s of the last century in the southern states they had not yet done away with racial segregation.

Original title:
Green Book

Genre:
Biography, comedy, drama

Actors:
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4 IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Romance “303” (2018)

Yule, a student, inherits a motorhome and goes to Portugal to her lover. On the way, the girl meets Jan, who is going to Spain to meet his biological father. Yule agrees to take the guy as a travel companion to the nearest large city, and a joint trip helps young people get to know each other better. With each new kilometer, it is more difficult for a couple to part – communication on a journey develops into a romantic relationship.

Original title:
303

Genre:
Melodrama

Cast:
Mala Emde, Anton Spieker, Arndt-Schwering Sonrey

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Borders (2018)

A lyrical film about a family trip by car will raise the difficult topic of the relationship between parents and children. Laura herself is raising her teenage son, unsuccessfully trying to establish a personal life, so she is not very happy about the appearance of an elderly father. Jack is kicked out of the nursing home for inappropriate behavior and turns to his daughter for help. Laura must take the pensioner to her sister in Los Angeles, and the family embarks on a long journey, where everyone has to face their own fears and grievances.

Original title:
Boundaries

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis McDougall …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Looking for a Holiday (2017)

An elderly Spencer couple decides to take a ride on the memorable places of their youth. John and Ella sit in an old trailer, forgetting about illnesses and leaving behind household chores. The couple want to spend the rest of their days in search of vivid impressions, and the end point of their route is the famous Hemingway house. John intends to visit his favorite writer’s cottage in his later years, as he has been postponing an important visit all his life.

Original title:
The Leisure Seeker

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy, Adventure

Actors:
Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay…

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
18+


How Vitka Chesnok took Lekha Shtyr to the nursing home (2017)

The Russian film about the trip of an unusual family by car received high ratings and reviews from the audience. Vitka Chesnok was brought up in an orphanage, so he was not used to the burden of family life. The young man is tired of his wife and his own son, he is looking for any excuse to run away from them – and fate provides a unique chance. Vitya meets his father, who has become a helpless cripple due to his criminal past, and decides to take his parent to a nursing home. Many incidents await them along the way, but trials will only temper strong-willed men.

Genre:
Drama, Crime

Actors:
Alexey Serebryakov, Evgeny Tkachuk, Olga Lapshina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Without brakes (2016)

The French comedy will appeal to road movie fans with a funny and unpredictable plot. Tom Cox takes a vacation with his pregnant wife and two children. The company of the family is an eccentric grandfather and an informal fellow traveler. Tom rents a climate-controlled minivan, but the four-wheel crown of modern technology suddenly fails. The car’s brakes fail, and a family trip turns into a crazy ride on the highway at breakneck speed.

Original title:
À fond

Genre:
Action, comedy

Actors:
José Garcia, Andre Dussolier, Caroline Vigno…

Country:
France, Macedonia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Vacation (2015)

A comedy road trip movie is the perfect choice if you want to brighten up a boring evening. Rusty Griswold dreams of making the children’s vacation unforgettable, so he persuades the family to go to the famous theme park. Already from the first kilometers, travelers are haunted by troubles, but the man does not intend to give up his goal. Rusty is ready to get to the amusement park by any means, and in this perseverance lies a terrible secret from childhood.

Original title:
Vacation

Genre:
Comedy, adventure

Actors:
Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
16+


Snow (2013)

Donato picks up a stranger on the road, thrown out of the car, and gets into serious trouble. A mysterious mulatto is trying to escape from a criminal past, but old acquaintances remind of themselves. The pursuers of the girl involuntarily destroy the plans of Donato, who is heading to the cache of money – an obsessive company constantly appears on a deserted path covered with snow.

Original title:
Neve

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Roberto De Francesco, Esther Elisha, Massimiliano Gallo …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Nebraska (2013)

A black-and-white comedy drama about human mercy has replenished the top films in the style of a road movie. Woody Grant is the owner of a severe character and the last stage of alcoholism, which, combined with Alzheimer’s disease, is an explosive mixture. The old man receives a “letter of happiness” about a big win, for which he needs to come to Nebraska. Grant makes big plans, and David agrees to take his father to collect the prize. The son realizes that this is a fraudulent scheme , but does not want to deprive Woody of his last happy moments.

Original title:
Nebraska

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squib …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


On the road (2012)

Aspiring American writer Sal Paradise, after the death of his father, is trying to escape from unpleasant thoughts. Meeting a young married couple gives the author a chance to see the other side of reality – and there is entertainment and fun. Ex-convict Dean and his adorable wife Meryl keep Sal ​​company on a journey where the main goal is to burn life.

Original title:
On the Road

Genre:
Drama, romance, adventure

Actors:
Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst…

Country:
France, USA, UK, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Back to back (2010)

An ordinary trip home turned into an exciting adventure for the architect Peter, with chases and unpredictable twists of fate. Only a few hours of flight separate a man from his pregnant wife, who is due to give birth soon, but by an absurd coincidence, the future father is dropped off the plane . Peter is forced to get to his city along the highway in the company of a young actor Ethan, who constantly gets into unpleasant situations. A film about a funny car trip will be appreciated by fans of unpretentious comedies and an inimitable star duet.

Original title:
Due Date

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+


What Men Talk About (2010)

Domestic comedy in the road movie genre is an ode to true friendship, for which there is no time or boundaries. Four old friends are going to Odessa for a concert of the popular Bi-2 group, passing the time with pleasant conversations. Friends remember funny moments from life, share problems and make plans. For two days on the road, men will have time to discuss a lot of different topics, resting from everyday worries.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Leonid Barats, Alexander Demidov, Kamil Larin, Rostislav Khait, Nonna Grishaeva, Nina Ruslanova, Zhanna Friske, Sergei Nikonenko, Fedor Dobronravov, Andrey Makarevich …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Little Miss Happy (2006)

Seven-year-old Olive Hoover gets an amazing chance to take part in a children’s beauty pageant. The girl’s main rival was disqualified for violating the rules, so the probability of winning increases several times. Olive has to arrive at the competition site, and the Hoovers are on their way. Olive’s parents are sure that family support is an important component of success. And the girl will soon be convinced of the veracity of this statement.

Original title:
Little Miss Sunshine

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


On the sidelines (2004)

Jack Cole is preparing for the wedding , and on the eve of the ceremony, he decides to take a short break. Together with his best friend Miles, the guy goes on a tour of California wineries, but the cultural program quickly gets out of hand. Friends meet two charming girlfriends – and the wedding is in jeopardy.

Original title:
Sideways

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Paul Giematti, Thomas Hayden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra O…

Country:
USA, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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