Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
The Road Trip Moment: En route to California for little Olive’s beauty pageant, the Hoover family suffers a major setback when grandpa Edwin (Alan Arkin) dies.
Why It’s Crazy: The family sneak his body out of the hospital, pile him into the van and illegally transport his corpse over state lines to reach the pageant in time.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Road Trip Moment: On the road to reform their old blues group, Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) are pulled over for running a red light. When the trooper realises Elwood’s license is suspended, the pair drive off with the cops in hot pursuit.
Why It’s Crazy: In a jam, the brothers opt for a direct way out of their predicament: by driving right through the middle of a mall.
National Lampoons Vacation (1983)
The Road Trip Moment: During the Griswolds’ cross-country vacation to theme park Walley World, they pick up Ellen’s aunt Edna and her dog, Dinky and stop for the night at a campground.
Why It’s Crazy: Clark (Chevy Chase) forgets to untie Dinky from the bumper - but only realises hours later when a passing cop spots the dog’s leash dangling from the rear of the car.
Harold & Kumar Get The Munchies (2004)
The Road Trip Moment: On their quest for the perfect boigah, Harold and Kumar indulge their charitable natures and pick up a hitchhiker.
Why It’s Crazy: It’s Neil Patrick Harris. High-as-a-kite on ecstasy, whose inebriated state means he has no charity - he steals their car while the pair are in a convenience store.
Road Trip (2000)
The Road Trip Moment: Josh (Breckin Meyer), E.L. (Seann William Scott), Rubin (Paulo Costanzo) and Kyle (DJ Qualls) hit a deadend when they approach a dilapidated bridge - meaning they’ll have to backtrack for hours, or attempt to fly over it...
Why It’s Crazy: They soar through the air, and land unharmed. The car however, is totalled. Any thoughts of auto repair quickly exit their minds as Josh’s trusty four-wheeler explodes.
The Road Trip Moment: On the road to their new life in Idaho, Arlo Pear (Richard Pryor) and his family look out from their trusty station wagon and spot Brad Williams the squeaky-clean young man they’d hired to drive Arlo’s Saab cross-country for them.
Why It’s Crazy: Brad is one of many personalities of the person they entrusted with the task of driving Arlo’s pride and joy. As he passes them by, the Pears look on in horror: the car has been vandalised, and behind the wheel sits Williams, dressed up like a deranged hooker.
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
The Road Trip Moment: During her upstate road trip with Courtney (Christina Applegate), a visit to a dingy loo for Christina (Cameron Diaz) quickly goes south as she attempts to unravel the mystery behind the hole in the toilet wall...
Why It’s Crazy: It’s a glory hole. She puts her face up to a glory hole while an interested member pokes her in the eye.
The Road Trip Moment: During a trip round the States, Kazakh TV journalist, Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his producer Azamat (Ken Davitian) fling cash at a gaggle of cockroaches while spending an evening at a B&B.
Why It’s Crazy: The idiotic duo believe the cockroaches are in fact the Jewish couple who run the B&B after some sort of impossible metamorphosis.
Bustin Loose (1981)
The Road Trip Moment: Convict Joe Braxton (Richard Pryor) wangles a deal with his parole officer, who forces him to drive a bunch of schoolkids cross-country. When their bus gets stuck in the mud, Joe gets out to survey the damage.
Why It’s Crazy: Rather bizarrely, he enlists a group of KKK clansmen, who happened to be walking by, to help lift the vehicle back onto the road.
Joy Ride (2001)
The Road Trip Moment: Two brothers, Lewis (Paul Walker) and Fuller (Steve Zahn) fool about on a cheap CB radio during their trip back home. Lewis’ high-pitched flirtations rouse the attention of a trucker, Rusty Nail, whom they genuinely fool into believing he’s a woman.
Continuing the chuckles, they agree for Rusty to meet them at their motel - but give him the wrong room number as a prank.
Why It’s Crazy: “A bit of a laugh” with a guy who’s an absolute psychopath and things get murderous, fast. He brutally slaughters the innocent chap in the adjacent room and begins his pursuit of the teens with a gritty determination.
Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)
The Road Trip Moment: Neal (Steve Martin) and Del (John Candy) are at their wits end, in their joint attempt to get home for Thanksgiving. With all their eggs in one rental car, they hit the highway and strike up a rousing argument.
Why It’s Crazy: Del’s fag end misses the open window, and sizzles away on the backseat setting the car on fire. Luckily the pair escape in time to watch their wallets go up in flame with the singed rental.
Requiem For A Dream (2000)
The Road Trip Moment: On a trek down to Miami to negotiate a drugs deal, Harry’s (Jared Leto) trackmark-infected arm becomes too much to bear and he and Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) visit a hospital so he can receive treatment.
Why It’s Crazy: His treatment arouses police suspicion, and the pair are carted off to prison for possession. Harry’s arm is then amputated with a power saw. Without anaesthetic.
The Road Trip Moment: Traveling salesman David Mann (Dennis Weaver) finds himself subject to a vicious case of road rage when a truck driver won’t quit trying to get him splattered across a two-lane blacktop.
With a few miles distance between them, David hits the brakes at a railroad crossing....
Why It's Crazy: ... but that’s just a challenge for old truck driver man, who rear-ends David’s 1971 Plymouth and edges him closer and closer into the path of the oncoming train.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
The Road Trip Moment: After being nearly run off the road by a mysterious chap in a rustbucket, daredevil teens Trish (Gina Phillips) and Darry (Justin Long) investigate a pipe they previously spotted the weird man feeding bodybags....
Why It's Crazy: ‘Cause these kids have a death wish. An underground funnel chocka with corpses? Either way, Darry somehow manages to lose his grip on the pipe, falling into a pile of hundreds and hundreds of dead bodies all stitched together. Like The Human Centipede but without the sewing accuracy.
The Road Trip Moment: Tinkering beneath the hood of his broken-down Jeep, Jeff (Kurt Russell) manages to fix the battery and hurtles off to collect his wife (Kathleen Quinlan), who’d caught a ride with a trucker (JT Walsh) to a local diner.
Why It's Crazy: After a few minutes searching for his wife, Jeff tracks down the trucker. He ropes in a local cop and demands answers. The man shrugs him off, claiming he’s never seen him or his wife before...
The Road Trip Moment: Road-trippers Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe) stop at the World Heritage Park with their dog Banjo, and rile up a hiker after the pair refuse to clean up the dog’s poop.
Why It's Crazy: Chris tips over into total insanity and beats the man to death.
The Road Trip Moment: Arriving in Hollywood, the four survivors hole up at Bill Murray’s mansion - with its occupant still very much alive in a zombie disguise.
Why It's Crazy: First off, it’s Bill Murray pretending to be a zombie - while watching Ghostbusters ! If that meta-bomb ain’t enough cray-zay, he gets blown away by Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who accidentally mistakes him for a genuine flesh eater.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
The Road Trip Moment: Scarfing down a hefty amount of “Sunshine Acid”, Duke (Johnny Depp) and Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) promptly arrive at their hotel in Las Vegas ready to check in.
Why It's Crazy: They’re both tripping balls. The receptionist behind the desk appears to Duke as a giant eel, and a group of folks in the bar transform into lizards in the midst of an orgy.
The Hitcher (1986)
The Road Trip Moment: Desperately trying to escape from a hitchhiking serial killer, Jim (C. Thomas Howell) stops at a roadside diner for a moment’s reprieve.
Why It's Crazy: About to dig into a sumptuous cheeseburger and fries, Jim spots a severed finger in amongst the chips.
Easy Rider (1969)
The Road Trip Moment: Stricken with grief over the loss of George, Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) hit up New Orleans Mardi Gras and acquire a couple of prostitutes for the evening.
Why It’s Crazy: Instead of scuttling away to a fleapit motel, the quartet retire to a nearby cemetery, drop acid and spend the night tripping away between the tombstones.
Wolf Creek (2005)
The Road Trip Moment: Three backpackers hightailing it across northern Australia accept the hospitality of a local man, who offers to help fix their failing truck and offers them rations.
Why It's Crazy: He’s a serial killer who’d drugged the water - his kindness a mask to entrap the group and carry out his brutal, sadistic desires.
The Doom Generation (1995)
The Road Trip Moment: Xavier (Jonathan Schaech), in an anti-heroic moment saves Amy (Rose McGowan) and Jordan (James Duval) from a raving, gun-toting convenience store clerk by blowing his head off.
Why It's Crazy: The careening, decapitated head lands in a pile of hot dog mush and continues to babble as the trio flee the store.
The Road Trip Moment: Traveling from Pittsburgh to California, Brian (David Duchovny) and Carrie (Michelle Forbes) pick up the mysterious Early (Brad Pitt) and Adele (Juliette Lewis) as part of a rideshare. During a gas station toilet stop, Carrie spots a news announcement revealing their companions are fleeing the law...
Why It's Crazy: ‘Cause turns out Early likes the taste of blood with his slushie and two-dollar hotdog. He kills the gas station attendant, then takes Brian and Carrie hostage.
Thelma And Louise (1991)
The Road Trip Moment: On the last leg of their escape from the law, Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) bump into a leering trucker, who previously harangued them by making obscene gestures.
Why It's Crazy: They demand an apology for his sexist behaviour. When he point blank refuses, out come the pistols and they riddle his tanker with bullets. Which then explodes, attractively.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
The Road Trip Moment: Amorous psychopaths Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis) pull into a diner for some much-needed nourishment from their lengthy travels. Mallory attracts some unwelcome attention from a patron.
Why It's Crazy: She beats him to a pulp, much to the shock of the fellow diners. Then she and Mickey proceed to blow everyone away.