Favorite Road Trips in Movies by Theresa Romain + Giveaway
The release of A Gentleman’s Game, a road-trip historical romance that follows travelers and racehorses across England, got me thinking about my own favorite road-trip stories. In books and movies, the road can give characters a chance to explore themselves and each other along with the landscape.
When I said “road trip,” you all just said National Lampoon’s Vacation, didn’t you? That was the first road-trip story that came to mind for me too. But beyond the poor Griswolds and their trip to Walley World, here are a few other movies with road trips I loved.
1. It Happened One Night (1934). This movie won just about every Oscar in the year of its release, but even better, it’s still funny more than 80 years later. When an heiress and a reporter are flung together with a bit of bribery and blackmail, the sparks fly. She teaches him to hitchhike, and he demonstrates the proper place for the “walls of Jericho.”
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003). If sending hobbits, humans, a wizard, a dwarf, and an elf across a country to destroy a magical evil ring isn’t a road trip, I don’t know what is. These movies made me (and the rest of the world!) fall in love with New Zealand, the beautiful stand-in for Middle-earth.
3. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). My father once called this “easily the best movie ever made,” and ok, he was joking, but not entirely. As different groups of people pursue a hidden treasure, they undercut and sabotage each other and themselves. Yeah, it’s funny, but it also makes you think. In that situation, would you be the exasperated Emmaline who just wants to go home? Would you chase the treasure like her mother? Or would you be Captain Culpepper, switching sides at the last minute? (Oh…spoiler.)
4. Zombieland (2009). I’m throwing this one in for my husband, who adores all things zombie-related. I have a tough time with a lot of post-apocalyptic stories, but this one made me laugh despite its goriness. As a college student makes his way across country to see whether his parents survived the epidemic, he joins forces with a hardened survivor on a hunt for Twinkies. I have to admire such dedication to snack cakes.
5. Pride and Prejudice (1995). Look, you had to know this was coming. The road trip is at the heart of the story! Elizabeth Bennet visits Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle; they see the sights and tour Pemberley. Darcy dives into a lake, then is adorably befuddled at spotting Elizabeth. This is the turning point for their relationship, when they begin to fall for each other as equals.
Best. Road trip. Ever.
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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.
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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book.