Things can get a bit crazy out on the open road and off the beaten track, so it is natural that countless filmmakers have taken advantage of this narrative to create a natural storyboard that us humans are so inherently inquisitive about. Not many people dream about staying in the same place; we are settlers by nature after all.
The United States has long been synonymous with the great unknown and the forging of a grand adventure or journey. Whether it be its vast plains, wild frontiers, barren national parks or endless highways, the USA has often been a backdrop for for big screen pilgrimages. Sometimes the journey’s end goal is grand; with the subject of the film seeking solitude or a clean break in a difficult time of their life. Sometimes the end goal is adventurous self-indulgence. Sometimes the end goal is just copious amounts of wine.
However, the unchanging aspect of these journeys are the locations in which they take place. Of course, scores of films have been produced around, shot at and written about the landscapes and cityscapes of this huge land mass. However, the traveler is interested in the scenic and geographical nuisances, the attention paid to the story’s surroundings, and the role the location itself plays in the film.
I’ve chosen a selection of my favourite films that this bill. They’re something a little different, feature stunning cinematography, are great films in their own right, and will give you a real feel for the locations across the US that are at the forefront of the films’ ambience and plot.