The road movie is a classic genre of American film. It began in the late 1940s, but only really gained popularity after the release of movies like Easy Rider and Bonnie and Clyde in the 1960s. Fortunately, the genre has remained popular for decades, and some great road movies were released in the 1990s. Let’s take a look at five of the best.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Thelma & Louise is an adventure film directed by Ridley Scott. Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) are women fraught with frustrations about the men in their lives. After leaving for a two-day vacation in Louise’s iconic 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible, a stop at a cowboy bar ends with Louise shooting and killing a man attempting to rape Thelma. Fearful of prosecution, the pair make a break for Mexico.
The Straight Story (1999)
The Straight Story, directed by David Lynch, depicts the journey of 73-year-old Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) as he journeys from Iowa to Wisconsin. Estranged from his brother, 75-year-old Lyle Straight (Harry Dean Stanton) for 10 years, Alvin fears that he doesn’t have much time to mend his relationship with his ailing brother. As he doesn’t possess a driver’s license, Alvin makes the trip on his old riding lawn mower towing a trailer in which he sleeps.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queenof the Desert (1994)
Written and directed by Stephan Elliot, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is an Australian comedy-drama that follows two drag queens (Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce) and a transsexual woman (Terence Stamp) through the Australian outback in a tour bus they’ve name “Priscilla.” Heading to a drag show in Alice Springs, their journey mixes a melancholy mood with a comedy of errors.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Dumb and Dumber is a comedy written and directed by brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly. In it, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are two well-meaning but slightly dim friends who take a road trip across the country. The film follows their comedic adventures as they drive from Rhode Island to Colorado in an attempt to return a briefcase filled with money to its rightful owner.
Tommy Boy (1995)
Directed by Peter Segal, Tommy Boy is a road comedy in which Tommy Callahan Jr. (Chris Farley) must save his late father’s failing auto parts factory. While other family members push to sell the company to a corporation that will surely shut it down, Tommy and his father’s right-hand man, Richard Hayden (David Spade), take to the road as they try to sell enough brake pads to keep the factory open.
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