Below is a list of my ten favorite ROAD TRIP movies:
TOP TEN FAVORITE ROAD TRIP MOVIES
1. "Midnight Run" (1988) - Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin starred in this hilarious movie about a bounty hunter who escorts his prisoner from New York City to Los Angeles. Martin Brest directed.
2. "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) - Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jerry Reed and Jackie Gleason starred in this fun and witty tale about two Georgia truckers hired to illegally transport beer from Texarkana to Atlanta within 28 hours. Hal Needham directed.
3. "King Solomon's Mines" (1950) - This Oscar nominated film was the second adaptation of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel about an expedition into uncharted African territory to locate a missing explorer looking for the fabled King Solomon's Mines. Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr and Richard Carlson starred.
4. "LORD OF THE RINGS: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - This first of three installments from Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy saga about an epic quest to destroy an ancient and powerful ring is my favorite. Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellan starred.
5. "It Happened One Night" (1934) - Frank Capra directed Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in this Oscar winning classic comedy about a runaway heiress and a roguish reporter on a cross country trip.
6. "Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad" - A small group of North Carolina slaves risk their lives for a cross country bid for freedom in Canada. Produced by actor Tim Reid, this excellent television movie starred Courtney B. Vance, Janet Bailey and Glynn Thurman.
7. "HARRY POTTER and the Deathly Hallows, Part I" - David Yates directed the first half of the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's 2007 novel about Harry Potter's attempts to find the means to destroy Lord Voldemort, while evading the evil wizard throughout Britain. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson starred.
8. "Cold Mountain" (2003) - Anthony Minghella directed this emotional and satisfying adaptation of Charles Frazer's novel about a Confederate Army deserter's journey back to his North Carolina home during the Civil War. Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Oscar winner Rene Zellweger starred.
9. "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004) - Walter Salles directed this excellent adaptation of Che Guevara's memoirs about his 1952 motocycle journey across South America. Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna starred.
10. "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) - Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directed this entertaining comedy-drama about a family's cross country trip from Albuquerque, New Mexico to a children's beauty pageant in Redondo Beach, California. Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carrell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Oscar winner Alan Arkin starred.