With the incredible true story 'Tracks' hitting cinemas this weekend, we check out the best films to transport you to somewhere far, far away. Escapism here we come!
1. On The Road (2012)
The Journey: Based on Jack Kerouac's classic novel, 'On The Road' follows Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young and inquisitive writer as he travels across America. Throw in jazz, drugs and a few flighty affairs with the likes of Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst and you've got one of the most famous road trips of all time.
2. Little Miss Sunshine (1996)
The Journey: Pretty much the most dysfunctional family ever jump in a yellow VW van and head across America to get seven year old Olive (Abigail Breslin) to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Cue a midlife crisis, granddad dying, and the best dance you will ever see performed by a seven year old.
3. Before Sunrise (1995)
The Journey: Ok so this one isn’t technically a journey but it does involve travel and if you watch the two sequels (Before Sunset and Before Midnight) you’re taken on what becomes one hell of an emotional rollercoaster with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) as they embark on an impromptu romance over the course of three decades and several European countries. Romantics be warned, this one’s a tear jerker.
4. Thelma and Louise (1991)
The Journey: Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) take off in a '66 Thunderbird to escape their dreary life of suburbia. What starts out as a two day vacation quickly escalates into a bar brawl, a murder, theft and a police car chase from Oklahoma to the border of Mexico. Our best moment? Brad Pitt's cowboy come criminal cameo of course!
5. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
The Journey: One of Wes Anderson’s most fantastical journeys following three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman), all equally suffering from melancholia, who meet for a train trip across India after the death of their father. The brothers argue, sulk and in the midst of everything purchase a venomous snake. All accessorised with Louis Vuitton suitcases. Of course.
6. Crossroads (2002)
The Journey: Your classic road trip where three best friends (note an early noughties Zoe Saldana appearance) jump in a car and drive into the sunset. Oh and Britney Spears is there. And they pick up a random guy. And there’s a spontaneous performance at a dodgy bar involving Britney’s abs and a whole lot of crimping. All in all we can’t help but love this cheesy acting debut from Britney and we’re not ashamed to say it!
'Tracks' hits UK cinemas on April 25th.
By George Driver/@iamgdriver