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The Best Road-Horror Movies 

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Updated July 1, 2019 3.6k votes 623 voters 77.8k views 38 items

List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Road-horror films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best road-horror movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Check to see which of your favorites are currently streaming on these best horror movies Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant lists. 

This road-horror movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of road-horror films also contains road-horror movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This road-horror films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best road-horror movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This road-horror movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top of the list.

List of road-horror films includes road-horror movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Re-rank this page as your own by deleting movies you don't think belong, then put your personalized list up for a vote on Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter.

These are the top films in the road-horror genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the road-horror genre in it. Be it the motifs of the road-horror genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Which is the better choice for the top of this list Dead End or Just Before Dawn? If we missed any road-horror movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous road-horror movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about road-horror movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the road-horror movies. List includes photos and road-horror movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List is made up of many different movies, including The Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these road-horror movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good road-horror movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest road-horror movies, here is the full road-horror movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper have both directed Road-Horror movies, as have many other great directors.

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Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Victor Salva

Released: 2001

Directed by: Victor Salva

Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Road-Horror Movies
Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey, Mike Vogel

Released: 2003

Directed by: Marcus Nispel

This film is a 2003 American horror film, and a remake of the 1974 horror film of the same name. It is a reboot of the franchise, marking its fifth installment, and was directed by Marcus Nispel ...more

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Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and starred Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, ...more

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Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

Released: 1977

Directed by: Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes is a 1977 American exploitation-horror film written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman and Dee Wallace. It is about a suburan family on a ...more

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Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

Released: 2005

Directed by: Greg McLean

Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean, and starring John Jarratt. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held ...more

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Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Zombie

House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up ...more

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Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 American horror film and remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. Written by filmmaking partners Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur of the ...more

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Tanya Jones added Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Walton Goggins

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Dahl

Joy Ride, also known as Roadkill, is a 2001 American thriller road film. The film was written by J. J. Abrams and Clay Tarver and directed by John Dahl and starring Steve Zahn, Paul Walker and ...more

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Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa

This film is a 2003 French horror film directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa. Although this film only had a budget of $900,000 it made a total of $77 million from DVD sales.
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DivyeshSPillai added Justin Long, Nicki Aycox, Ray Wise

Released: 2003

Directed by: Victor Salva

Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva, produced by American Zoetrope, Capitol Films, Myriad Pictures and distributed by United Artists, a ...more

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Steve Thompson added Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 1986

Directed by: Robert Harmon

The Hitcher is a 1986 action horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red. The film stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jeffrey DeMunn.

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levalex88 added Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid

Released: 2005

Directed by: Neil Marshall

The Descent is a 2005 British adventure horror film directed by Neil Marshall. Six women enter an unmapped cave system, become trapped, and are hunted by flesh-eating subterranean humanoids.

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Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman

This film is a 2006 American slasher film. The sixth installment of the Texas Chainsaw franchise was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and co-produced by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper, the film went ...more
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Cécile de France, Philippe Nahon, Maïwenn Besco

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

High Tension is a 2003 French psychological suspense and slasher film that was later released in 2004 in the UK and 2005 in the US and Canada. The film, directed by Alexandre Aja, stars ...more

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Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (marketed as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2) is a 1986 American black comedy slasher film directed by Tobe Hooper. A radio host (Caroline Williams) is ...more

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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Road-Horror Movies
levalex88 added Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Released: 1999

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Ken Foree, Tom Everett

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jeff Burr

This film is the second sequel to the 1974 film and was directed by Jeff Burr. It was released by New Line Cinema on January 12, 1990. The film makes numerous references to the original film's ...more
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End Trip is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Road-Horror Movies
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Released: June 21st, 2019

Directed by: Aaron Jay Rome

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Rest Stop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Road-Horror Movies
Ted Greshik added Jaimie Alexander, Joey Lawrence, Deanna Russo

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Shiban

Rest Stop: Dead Ahead is the first direct-to-video horror film released by Warner Studios' "Raw Feed" imprint on October 17, 2006. It was written and directed by John Shiban. The plot ...more
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Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, John Laughlin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes Part II is a 1985 American horror film directed by Wes Craven. It is a sequel to the 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. The film is the second film in the The Hills Have Eyes ...more

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jjjjj8888 added Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The film stars Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh, and Kathleen Quinlan. The original music score was composed by ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Debra Marshall

Released: 1994

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is a 1994 independent American horror film written and directed by Kim Henkel, and starring Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey. The plot ...more
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Released: 1975

Directed by: Jack Starrett

Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker. This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star in ...more

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Eric Jungmann, Michael Bailey Smith, Justin Urich

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Davis

Monster Man is a 2003 American comedy horror film written and directed by Michael Davis and stars Eric Jungmann, Justin Urich, Aimee Brooks, and Michael Bailey Smith.

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait

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