From the earliest days of American cinema, the road movie has been synonymous with American culture and the image America has presented both to itself and to the world. But the road movie is not uniquely American, and other national cinemas have offered their own take, adapting it to reflect their own sensibilities and geographies. Whatever its nationality, the road movie has presented a means by which to challenge and confront convention, remaining an ever-changing, fascinating metaphor for life. Beginning with an expansive essay tracing its historical development, 100 Road Movies provides a comprehensive guide to the development of what is perhaps one of the most enduring, popular and reflexive of subgenres. Each entry in 100 Road Movies offers an insightful critique in terms of aesthetics, plot structure and defining formal and thematic features, while also considering individual titles in a wider context. Many of the films have assumed huge historical import: The Grapes of Wrath, Easy Rider, Two-Lane Blacktop, Kings of the Road, Stranger Than Paradise and The Motorcycle Diaries. 100 Road Movies also includes a preface by Chris Petit, the director of the seminal Radio On.