Mad Max (1979)
An unknown actor called Mel Gibson stepped up to play the lead in his native Australia’s violence-drenched fictional future where bike gangs maraud the deserted highways in search of trouble. Such was the brutality, the film was banned in Sweden until 2005.
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
This road trip-based Mexican menage-a-trois demonstrates that sex can easily be juxtaposed for the usual gas station/roadhouse/wisecracking road trip antics with equally destructive results. Good times.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
If you’ve never seen Smokey and the Bandit, you probably grew up in house without a TV. Endless repeats aside, it was the second-highest grossing film of 1977. The first? A little sci-fi effort called Star Wars.
Dennis Weaver’s terrified salesman is chased by a massive truck for an hour. Although made for TV, not cinematic release, Spielberg’s feature directing debut is much better than it sounds.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Based on real events, The Cannonball Run is what Wacky Races would have looked like as a live-action movie with a Jackie Chan cameo. Roger Moore plays himself. Nothing new there, then.