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Top 10 road trip movies


Ahh, the cinematic open road. Even though you’re sitting comfortably in your living room, a good road trip movie will make it seem as though you’ve replaced your recliner with a motorcycle or your couch with a getaway car.

Like a top-of-the-line GPS, we’ll help you navigate past all the celluloid detours and direct you to the best road trip movies of all time. We’ll shift gears between killers on the lam, drifting bikers, a wayward family vacation and a group of traveling puppets.

  • ‘Smokey and the Bandit:’ Even though thick sideburns and disco are now “out,” Burt Renolds’ ride in the film — a black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with T-tops and a golden screaming eagle — is now considered a classic.
  • ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation:’ Starring Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, he decides to take everyone on a cross-country road trip, but between lost credit cards, a vicious dog and a deceased aunt, nothing goes as planned.
  • ‘The Wizard of Oz:’ It’s the ultimate road trip movie (even if the road is made from yellow bricks). Dorothy Gale’s journey to the Land of Oz is as entertaining as it is fantastic, and though the classic flick was released in 1939, its popularity lives on as each generation discovers it.

Full list at HowStuffWorks.com.

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