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Hitchhiking in the Movies

Plots and movie descriptions from 100s of films that feature hitchhiking. Includes many great road movies with recommended DVDs and music soundtracks.

These are movies that either feature hitchhiking or have brief scenes with hitchhikers. Read a summary of each film and visit suggested links to learn more. Special thanks to Smiles19 for major contribution to the list.
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HWY: An American Pastoral (1969, Jim Morrison)

HWY: An American Pastoral (1969, Jim Morrison)
Like the man himself, HWY: An American Pastoral is complex and mysterious. He hits the road like Kerouac, wandering, searching for meaning.    » More Movie description

Man Who Knew Belle Starr, The (2001)

Man Who Knew Belle Starr, The (2001)
The spirit of the old west comes hauntingly to life in this modern day suspense drama. Based on the short story by Richard Bausch, The Man Who Knew Belle Starr, tells the tale of a man seeking a change of luck and finding it when he picks up a female hitchhiker while journeying out west.    » More Movie description

Intensity (1997; TV Movie)

Intensity (1997; TV Movie)
Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old psychology student who survived an extremely troubled past. While visiting Laura Templeton's house, a farm in the Napa Valley, a serial killer named Edgler Foreman Vess breaks into the house, killing Laura and her parents. Chyna survives, but she learns of Vess's captive: a girl, just as innocent as Chyna, trapped in Vess's home far from the Napa Valley.    » More Movie description

Four Corners of Nowhere, The (1995)

Four Corners of Nowhere, The (1995)
Duncan (Mark McClain Wilson), a philosophical nomad hitchhiking across America, grabs a ride to Ann Arbor, Michigan from Toad (Eric Vesbit) - a performance artist and purple leisure slacks enthusiast from the suburbs.    » More Movie description

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Cult Film Status!    » More Movie description

Highway 61 (1991)

Highway 61 (1991)
Cult Film Status!    » More Movie description

It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934)
A true classic. An heiress named Ellie (Claudette Colbert) runs away from her fiance and is taken under the wing of a devil-may-care reporter named Peter (Clark Gable) who escorts her home to get the big story, and a reward.    » More Movie description

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising and her NY agent 'the Countess' sends her to his ranch in Oregon to shoot a commercial, set against the background of mating whooping cranes. There, she befriends Bonanza Jellybean, one of the cowgirls at the beauty ranch. The cowgirls take command of the ranch from the Countess and 'drug' the cranes with 'peyote'. The police besiege the ranch.    » More Movie description

Exponerad (1971; Sweden)

Lena is alone in the city when her parents are on vacation. She's torn between her innocent boyfriend and the older, more experienced, and sadistic sociopath Helge. She tells Jan about Helge, who gets angry and slaps her, she thereafter runs away and hitchhikes with the promiscuous and friendly couple Lars and Ulla, with whom she goes to Jan's mother's summer cabin. The day after, her boyfriend finds her there and takes her back to the city. Where she yet again is drawn to Helge. Lena's memories, the present and fantasies are frequently mixed.    » More Movie description

Untamed Youth (1958)

Untamed Youth (1958)
Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny dip in a rural town. Local agricultural magnate Trump is a sponsor for a local prison work program and the women get put in the fields to work off their sentence. Trump is dating the widowed judge in order to ensure a stable supply of cheap labor in order to undercut his competition. The prisoners suffer ill treatment, but the judge's son has signed on as a hired hand and begins to figure out the scam as he begins falling in love with Jane, and Penny dreams of making it big in showbiz.    » More Movie description
· Kanaria (2005; Japan)

· Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke (1978)

· Grido, Il (1957; Italian)

· Fais-moi des vacances (2002; French)

· Amerikanskaya doch (1995; Russia)

· Camilla (1994)

· Crash (2004)

· Made In Heaven (1987)

· Tex (1982)

· Stoned Age, The (1994)


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