5 Classic Family Road Trip Movies

Family Road Trip

Planning a family movie night is a great way to get everyone together for a couple hours each week. And to keep the film selection interesting, try coming up with a different movie theme each month. You can keep the theme broad, like comedy, or more specific, like films that feature a road trip. Here are five classic, family friendly road trip movies to get you started.


MPAA rating: G

Synopsis: This instant Pixar classic is about a hot-shot race car named Lightning McQueen who is out to prove he’s the best. But when McQueen is detoured through old route 66, he learns a hard lesson about humility and that there are more important things than winning.

The Wizard of Oz

MPAA rating: G

Synopsis: “The Wizard of Oz” is the one of the best road trip movies of all time, even though there are hardly any cars in the film. Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to a Technicolor fantasy land and are left to find their way home with the help of a few friends that join along the way. Their yellow brick road trip leads them to Emerald City, where they hope to find the Wizard and a way back to Kansas.

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

MPAA rating: G

Synopsis: After the Mousekewitz family becomes disenchanted with New York City, they decide to head west, where some say that cats and mice live in peace. Along the way, Fievel is separated from his family and has to wander through the desert to find them again.

The Muppet Movie

MPAA rating: G

Synopsis: In the big screen debut of Jim Henson’s Muppets, the gang heads to Hollywood to make it big. Over the course of their cross country road trip, they meet a few friends and change vehicles to accommodate the new passengers.

Finding Nemo

MPAA rating: G

Since Pixar films are so often enjoyed by both children and adults, we’ll end the list with “Finding Nemo.” This “road trip” takes place under the ocean, where a concerned clown fish father searches to find his lost son. His journey brings him through shark-infested waters, a dangerous field of jellyfish and eventually to Sydney, Australia.

Check out these five road trip movies, and if you’re feeling inspired, plan a family road trip of your own. You can head West, like Fievel, or visit a local attraction in your home state. Just make sure that you’re ready for the journey. The characters in these films run into several obstacles during their adventures, so learn from their mistakes. Take your vehicle in for a checkup before embarking on your trip, and look into auto insurance coverage options like road side assistance, which could get you out of trouble if your car breaks down. Check your auto insurance policy to see whether it’s already included, and then call your provider if you’re interested in adding roadside coverage.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.