Much like seeing your hometown on TV, seeing a RV in a movie brings some kind of unexpected novelty and intrigue. Oddly enough, many of the RV movies we can think of are actually highly regarded. Coincidence? Of course not. The topic of RV movies came up in a water cooler conversation recently and the list below is what we could come up with. Surely there are others but the list below jumps out as some of the more recent favorites with the exception of the timeless RV Movies: The Long, Long Trailer with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball as well as Race with the Devil with Warren Oates and Peter Fonda.
6 RV Movies to Add to Your Watch List
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite as sci-fi geeks taking a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland. There they meet a smart-ass alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home, the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Source: Amazon.com)
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz live slaphappily ever after as newlyweds honeymooning in The Long, Long Trailer, breezily directed by Vincente Minnelli. They quickly find that the interior of a moving trailer is ideal for tossing a Caesar salad – and everything else. That backing up their 40-foot, three-ton home is only a little more difficult than threading a needle wearing boxing gloves. And that trailer-park folks are neighborly sorts who turn the lovebirds’ rig into the wrong, wrong trailer by crashing the wedding night. Co-starring comedy pros Marjorie Main and Keenan Wynn (Ball’s frequent co-star in her MGM days), this smash was filmed at the height of the I Love Lucy craze and is packed with the inventive sight gags and physical humor that made the series a TV landmark. If you like the Trailer, you’re going to love the movie! (Source: Amazon.com)
For old friends Roger (Fonda) and Frank (Warren Oates) and their wives (Lara Parker, Loretta Swit), it was supposed to be the best damn vacation they ever had. But their RV road trip takes a deadly detour at a secluded campsite when they accidentally witness a satanic sacrifice in Race With The Devil. Now horror hits the highway as the couples are pursued by satanic cultists through some of the most intense car chases and into one of the greatest twist endings in drive-in movie history. Directed by Jack Starrett (The Losers, Cleopatra Jones), who was also an actor and played the memorable role of the vicious Deputy Galt in First Blood.(Source: Amazon.com)
Overworked executive, Bob Munro (Robin Williams), persuades his wife and children to give up their Hawaiian vacation for some ‘family bonding’ on a cross-country RV trip. But it’s all a ruse. Bob has other, more career-oriented reasons on his mind than sending quality time with his family in the Rocky Mountains. Through a series if misadventures, including constant run-ins with an overly friendly troupe of full-time RV’ers, Bob inadvertently learns the true meaning of family. (Source: Amazon.com)
Yuppified “Search for America” comedy from co-writer/director/star Albert Brooks has Brooks and wife Julie Hagerty quitting their big city jobs and buying a motor home to “head out on the highway,” only to find obstacles that make “Easy Riders” pale in comparison.(Source: Amazon.com)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (2003)
Make merry as Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid and an ensemble of comedy favorites strive to gift-wrap the “perfect Christmas” for the Griswold family. The most successful of the three vacations. Year: 1989 Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Randy Quaid.(Source: Amazon.com)
To see more you can find a list of movies with a RV appearences at complex.com.
Certainly some of the most memorable RV movies, but definitely not all. What do you think? Which are getting added or already are in your collection? Any RV movies that we missed? Please let us know in the comments section below!
4 thoughts on “6 Timeless RV Movies to Add to Your Watch List”
A friend told me about a movie where a travel Trailer detached from the truck and the family are unaware. The Dad is in the truck and the family stays behind on the runaway Trailer.
Any one knows what movie this is?
new favorite: We’re The Millers!
Great call! Definitely one worth
watching. Jack Nicholson is always entertaining.
About Schmidt featuring Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates is an awesome RV movie. One of our favorites!
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