Top 10 Offbeat Road Movies
#10 - POWWOW HIGHWAY [1989]
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"I get sick of being asked for good old Indian wisdom. I ain't got none. So get the hell out of here!"

#09 - KALIFORNIA [1993]
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"I'll never know why Early Grayce became a killer. I don't know why any of them did. When I looked into his eyes I felt nothing, nothing. That day I learned any one of us is capable of taking another human life. But I also learned there is a difference between us and them: it's feeling remorse. Dealing with it. Confronting a conscience. Early never did."

#08 - FANDANGO [1985]
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"There's nothing wrong with going nowhere, son. It's a privilege of youth." A gang of slackers take one last road trip across Texas in search of their old buddy "Dom" before some of them have to head to Vietnam. Before Kevin Costner's ego took off and he made a string of turkeys like Waterworld and The Postman, he actually starred as Gardner in this decent movie about five college buddies (called "The Groovers") in the class of '71 at the University of Texas. Judd Nelson plays a geek named Phil who must prove his mettle by skydiving from what looks like a crop-dusting plane. One of the "Groovers" stays passed out in the car for the entire duration of the film. Fandango inevitably goes nowhere but it's a great ride.

#07 - THE STRAIGHT STORY [1999]
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"Well I can't imagine anything good about being blind and lame at the same time but, still at my age I've seen about all that life has to dish out. I know to separate the wheat from the chaff, and let the small stuff fall away."

#06 - FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS [1998]
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"What was I doing here? What was the meaning of this trip? Was I just roaming around in a drug frenzy of some kind? Or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story? Who are these people, these faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream, that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino."

#05 - TWO-LANE BLACKTOP [1971]
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"Performance and image, that's what it's all about." Stoic buddies The Driver (James Taylor) and The Mechanic (Dennis Wilson) take an existential trip on the road to nowhere.

#04 - STRANGER THAN PARADISE [1984]
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"You know, it's funny. You come to someplace new and everything looks just the same." Dull Willie and his even duller buddy Eddie attempt to liven up their excruciatingly dull lives by taking a vacation . . . to Cleveland! Nothing much happens and that's the brilliance of this film. Somehow, Lurie ends up taking a one-way journey to Hungary. Director Jim Jarmusch filmed this static masterpiece for $120,000. Music by Lurie and his group "The Lounge Lizards."

#03 - THE WAGES OF FEAR [1953]
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"You don't know what fear is. But you'll see. It's catching, it's catching like small pox! And once you get it, it's for life! So long, boys, and good luck."

#02 - EASY RIDER [1969]
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"We blew it . . ."

#01 - DETOUR [1945]
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"Money. You know what that is, the stuff you never have enough of. Little green things with George Washington's picture that men slave for, commit crimes for, die for. It's the stuff that has caused more trouble in the world than anything else we ever invented, simply because there's too little of it."

User Comments - Add a Comment
Julie - 2008-06-24 15:51:27
Richard Farnsworth, the lead in the Straight Story, committed suicide right after the movie debuted. He had terminal cancer. Sad ending to a rip roaring life.
Ed Ganer - 2008-12-11 10:57:19

Kalifornia.. Brad Pitt can act "this aint Luck Lager"

insomniac419 - 2008-12-13 16:32:45

Gimme a hork off yer reeb. He he. Reeb. That's "beer" spelled backward.

Jay - 2009-01-19 21:08:52

Seriously, Detour? To each his own, I guess. I'd still stick Wristcutters on here, f'reals.

OKADA IZO - 2009-01-30 09:31:12

True Romance