Hitchhiking in movies

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At times people hitchhike in movies. Some give a bad impression of hitchhiking, some are good. Some movies (such as The Hitcher) have perpetuated a strong anti-hitchhiking attitude among more impressionable people.


These are the movies we like. Hitchhiking is fun, adventurous and lets people live their lives out of the ordinary.

Documentaries & short movies

Full length movies

Title Description Year IMDB Wikipedia
Exit Marrakech German teenage guy travels to Marrakech with his father, but soon gets bored and hits the road 2013 6.1 (German)
Rabat Dutch movie. Three dutch-moroccan guys drive to Morocco in summertime 2011 7.0 (English)
Avé Bulgarian movie 2011 6.9 (English)
The Motorcycle Diaries Che Guevara's trip throughout South America. 2004 7.8 (English)
Roads to Koktebel (Ru: Коктебель) Russian movie. Father and son go on a trip through Russia and Ukraine by means of train hopping and hitchhiking. 2003 6.9 (English)
The Forest Prince and the Pig Man Hitchhiking in America. Documentary. 2011 [1] (English)
Turkish Delight "Turks Fruit". A Dutch movie from the 1970s 1973 7.2 (English)
Podróż za jeden uśmiech A Polish movie from the 1970s, comedy 1972 8.0 (English)
Le Corniaud "The sucker". A French comedy. The main hero takes the hitch-hiker who later saves his life. 1965 7.4 (English)
Travellers and Magicians Bhutanese movie. 2003 7.3 (English)
Und nächstes Jahr am Balaton Comedy from East Germany. 1980 6.4
Into the Wild A guy hitchhiking in the US and finally through Canada to Alaska, where he lives in the wild. 2007 8.2 (English)
EuroTrip Teen comedy. 2005 6.5 (English)
Friendship! A German movie. something similar to Eurotrip 2010 6.7 (German)
Im Juli Germany. Featuring the main actor hitchhiking from Hamburg to Istanbul, following the girl he loves. 2000 7.8 (English)
Drôle de Félix A french movie about a guy hitching across France to meet his father, whom he never knew. 2000 7.1 (English)
Snow cake Movie starts with a girl hitchhiking and dying in a car accident. 2006 7.5 (English)
Even cowgirls get the blues A Gus Van Sant's movie about a girl who was born with incredibly big thumbs. Based on the eponymous book, by Tom Robbins. 1993 4.0 (English)
Kiki's Delivery Service Miyuzaki's film (briefly) shows young females hitchhiking in a carefree, positive light. 1989 7.9 (English)
Reiseziel Erfurt A pioneer is hitch hiking from Elsterwerda to Erfurt after he was missing his train. GDR movie for children, so some kind of strange, but nothing bad about hitch hikers 1962 no
Scarecrow Starring: Al Pacino, Gene Hackman... Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together. The movie starts with one of the best hitchhiking scene on screen. 1973 7.4
Kikujiro Starring: Takeshi Kitano. A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way. Brilliant scene about hitchhiking tricks, involving nails and blindness. 1999 7.9
Barfi! Even if you aren't fond of Indian movies, this one is a gem and there's some hitchhiking in it . 2013 8.3
Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados Teacher is driving across Spain to see John Lennon and picks up two young hitchhikers. 2013 7.0
Transamerica Starring: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers. A trans woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she has a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. 2005 7.5 (English)
Les Petits Matines From imdb: "Eighteen-year old Agathe is a modern girl, with a firm independence of men even if she uses them to get to Riviera hitch-hiking." 1962 6.4 (French)


Avoid. Silly. Puts hitchhiking in a bad light.

Title Description Year IMDB Wikipedia
The Hitcher Horror. 1986 7.2 (English)
The Hitcher Horror. 2007 5.5 (English)
Wolf Creek Horror. 2005 6.3 (English)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back USA Comedy. 2001 6.8 (English)

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If you've seen some of these, could you tell us: was it good or bad?

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