By Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
“On the Road” opens today — you can read my review here. It’s Walter Salles’ film version of the Jack Kerouac novel.
The promise of the open road . . . that was a fixture of American literature well before Kerouac. It goes back at least to HUCKLEBERRY FINN, the product of a country big enough to allow for completely new beginnings.
Road movies have become a staple of film, especially in the last 30 years, mainly in the United States but throughout the world as well. Today we take a look at some of them (above), some bad, most good — and feel free to suggest more.