Top Road Trip Movies to Inspire

There really is no denying that Australia is full to the brim, even dripping, with iconic destinations. From ethereal natural escapes, scenic landscapes and riveting architectural masterpieces to breathtaking (literally) and heart-pumping adventure hotspots, the country has become one giant melting pot of travel wonders. Trust us, OZ is that amazing.

Not only are these natural works of art found painted along the coastal areas and mantled in the bustling cities, even the aridest desert contains major attractions aplenty (a visit to the Outback, anyone?) But what happens when night falls and the lights are out, but you’re just not ready to tuck in? Or, what if, you need more than a destination for an inspiration?

We’re listing down ten great road trip movies that will not only get you going, they’ll keep you going on road trips for as long as you live. Without further nuisance, here are our top pick flicks:

Little Miss SunshineLittle Miss Sunshine (2006)

Rewatching the trailer of this little family movie had us all tearing up; the rawness of it all makes it so real. It’s been said that this movie was able to turn something so ordinary and something people don’t really want to watch like mundane family life into something interesting and worthwhile. The story follows a family’s trip (and almost breakdown) to California for their young girl with the titular role to join the beauty pageant “Little Miss Sunshine.” Well, the laughter that will surely follow and the tears that are sure to fall are enough reason for us to remember this one forever.

RVRV (2006)

Most people would say that this film isn’t really one of the best Robbie Williams did. One thing’s for sure, though, it got us laughing our hearts out! The movie is about a dysfunctional family, led by Bob Munro (Williams) and their trip to the Colorado Rockies. As expected, it doesn’t all go smoothly as they are faced with regular (though exaggerated) situations like clashing personalities (from their own family and other camping families), funny sticky situations with the vehicle and all other road trip experiences travellers will relate to.

The Muppet MovieThe Muppet Movie (1979)

Long before Jim Henson’s Muppets became the glitzy and glamorous beings they are now, they had to take the long road to stardom (and to Hollywood, no less!). In the first of many live-action feature films starring the Muppets, Kermit the Frog goes on a trip to find success as a movie star. Along the way, he encounters several other Muppets who also want their own slice of fame and fortune and recognisable actors as cameo guest stars. If you’re not a fan yet, watch how the Muppets struggled to have their own claim to fame and find yourself wanting to go on your own adventure!

The Wizard of OzWizard of Oz (1939)

Though not exactly a road trip or a campervan and definitely not taking place in OZ as we know it, Wizard of Oz has a certain magic that qualifies it on this list. Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto are swept away by a tornado to the land of Oz where they meet a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion. All of them require the wizard’s powers for their wishes (Dorothy’s is to return home) and they must venture into the Yellow Brick Road to meet him. This movie is set to inspire and tell you that sometimes, even when you do take the long road, the answers and the magic are found within you.

Planes, Trains and AutomobilesPlanes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

We know, we know. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles leans a little bit to the old side, but this one’s definitely a flick you need to bring with you. This classic 1987 comedy film stars Steve Martin and John Candy in an epic adventure for the former, in the movie starring as Neal Page, to return back home to New York from Chicago in time for Thanksgiving with his family. He ends up having to travel with Del Griffith (Candy) and well, misadventure ensues. This movie will take you, and your kids, back to a time when slapstick, hard-hitting comedy was actually funny.

College Road Trip

College Road Trip (2008)

Raven-Symoné from the Disney Channel original series That’s So Raven top bills the movie College Road Trip with Martin Lawrence playing as her overprotective cop of a father. In the movie, Melanie Porter (Symoné) plays a high school graduate who decides to venture on a college road trip, to see in Georgetown University in Pittsburgh, away from home. Her father decides to come with her on a mission to change her mind. They find themselves in a series of disagreements, more than sticky (and stinky) situations but end up, in each other’s hands; father finally accepting that his daughter is all grown up.

A Goofy MovieA Goofy Movie (1995)

Here’s something for the young and the young-at-heart. There might be a number of newer and shinier movies now, but nothing beats an original. One of the classic characters of Disney, Goofy, stars in his first full feature film together with his cool son, Max. The story tells of a “father who couldn’t be closer to driving his son crazy” on a road trip and vacation to become “best friends”. The animated musical comedy is nothing short of funny, as is what you would expect from Goofy. And even if “it’s hard to be cool when you’re father’s Goofy”, you’ll find that you’d become cooler with a little more fun in your life!

Are We There YetAre We There Yet? (2012)

Just when things are getting boring, the kids start asking the questions and one of the FAQs that makes F stand for favourite instead of frequently is “are we there yet?” We’ve heard this a lot coming from the back of our RVs but here’s the catch, there’s a movie of the same title; Are We There Yet? puts the F in funny. Here, a playboy bachelor, Nick (Ice Cube) tries to impress an attractive woman (Nia Long) by offering to pick up her kids to see her. Mayhem ensues and they decide to go on a road trip instead. What Nick soon finds out that the kids are walking nightmares for anyone who tries to woo their mom, and Nick was not exempted from the very beginning.

National Lampoons Christmas VacationNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Here’s one for the books, or in our case for the DVD player. We chose the third installment of the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series because, well, it’s one of the most memorable and it has since become a modern Christmas classic. In this movie, the family, led by Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold, does not travel, unlike the previous movies, on a campervan but stay at home for a disastrous, albeit fun and adventurous holiday. This movie will not only have you laughing in stitches, it will also remind you that sometimes, Christmases spent with the family, even without the added bonus bonanzas.

VacationVacation (2015)

Also part of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series, the movie tells the story of Rusty Griswold from the original movies. Griswold wants nothing but to follow his father’s footsteps as he remembers their own (mis)adventures in their families trip to Walley World. He then goes on convincing his wife and two sons to accompany him on another journey like the one he had in his childish years. Of course, plans don’t go their way as they are glued to a series of unfortunate events. In the course of their travesty, they had to seek help, before they move on, from Audrey. Rusty’s sister. Get this, Aussie-born Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth plays Audrey’s anchorman-to-be husband.

Excited for your own journey? With Apollo Motorhome Holidays, you can have your own RV adventure (hopefully not a misadventure) and we’re sure you’ll go as smoothly as you wish! Most of our vehicles are equipped with a TV and DVD player or rent to get your show on the road, literally! Talk to our customer service team to find out how you can take advantage of our features today!