The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Before kickstarting the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara kickstarted a Norton 500 called La Poderosa and set off on a trip with his mate Alberto. Fortunately for us, he kept a diary. Better still, we don’t have to read it thanks to this excellent film.
The Straight Story (1999)
The Straight Story makes David Lynch seem normal for a couple of hours. It also impresses the lesson that if you’re undertaking a road trip to see your aged, ailing brother, you should drive something faster than a ride-on lawnmower.
The Reivers (1969)
It’s the early days of the motor car, and Steve McQueen is pioneering joyriding in a canary yellow Winton Flyer. His mate Ned comes along for the ride, ostensibly to teach horses to race by feeding them sardines. You had to be there.
Road Trip (2000)
According to the tagline, it’s “the greatest college tradition of all.” Whether that applies to mailing your long-distance girlfriend a sex tape of your exploits with a fellow student or the ensuing titular journey is the closest this comedy gets to ambiguity. Not subtle, but it raises a smile.
Vanishing Point (1971)
Depending who you listen to, Vanishing Point is either an incisive existentialist commentary on the post-Woodstock era or a confusing waste of petrol. Watch it for the stunningly shot scenery and pick a side.