Best Movies for Charter Bus Groups

Best Movies to Watch on a Charter Bus

They say it’s not the destination, but the journey that’s important. If that’s the case, then showing the right movie sets the tone for drive. Essentially, setting the movie list for a group charter trip is the modern-day equivalent of the perfect mix tape. There’s got to be a little bit of everything for everyone. Below are just a few of the best travel movies on our list to be shown on your charter:

“Vacation” (R):

We know we shouldn’t start off with the best first, but the Griswold’s reign supreme when it comes to road trip mayhem. You can even make it a mini-marathon, and follow it up with “European Vacation.”

“Field of Dreams” (PG):

This may be a non-traditional pick, but there’s something for everyone in this flick. There are some good laughs over the absurdity of building a baseball diamond in a cornfield. Tears when Ray finally plays catch with his dad. Plus, you just can’t go wrong with James Earl Jones.

“Tommy Boy” (PG-13) & “Blues Brothers” (R):

These two also make for a good double feature. They showcase two unlikely duos overcoming adversity for a greater good. Facing their challenges head on results in great physical comedy, assisted by some great cameos. So, order up your dry white toast, two whole chickens and a coke, and enjoy!

“Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” (PG):

The love of Pee Wee Hermann’s life—his bike—is stolen, and we get to follow his search that leads him across the country. Along the way, Pee Wee saves some furry friends, shows off his trademark dance moves to “Tequila” and teaches us about the Alamo.

“The Muppet Movie” (G):

Essentially you can’t go wrong with a frog, a pig and a bear road adventure with musical numbers interwoven throughout, as they chase their dreams.

“The Wizard of Oz” (G):

If “The Muppet Movie” doesn’t prompt a sing-a-long, then, this one will! “The Wizard of Oz” may be the quintessential movie for a charter trip. What better way to see America, then by watching an American classic?

“Lord of the Rings” (PG-13):

Granted, this selection would be for a niche group, but we know they are out there. As you begin your trip, follow the Fellowship from the calm of the Shire to the forbidding forests in their mighty quest. An added bonus is it’s almost three hours long.

***One notable exception left of our best travel movies list is “Thelma and Louise.” We just can’t justify destroying a gorgeous 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible like that.

Feel free to use our travel movies list to mix and match your drive time selections. Or, use it to develop a marathon list tailored for your group. All of it enhances your charter. Just be sure that your driver has an ASCAP, BMI and Motorcoach Movies license/permit to avoid any copyright issues. (Please note that they need all three licenses to show movies on the charter).

By the way, there’s extra credit for creativity by tying in local attractions with your movie selections. We can help you find attractions best suited for your group with our group attraction search.