Easy Rider

1969 film by Dennis Hopper

Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie directed by Dennis Hopper, and written by Hopper, Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South for freedom. The success of the movie helped spark the New Hollywood phase of movie making during the early 1970s. The movie was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998.

Easy Rider
Directed byDennis Hopper
Written byPeter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Terry Southern
Produced byPeter Fonda
StarringPeter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Jack Nicholson
CinematographyLaszlo Kovacs
Edited byDonn Cambern
Music byRoger McGuinn
Raybert Productions
Pando Company Inc.
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 14, 1969 (1969-07-14)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$41,728,598[1]

The movie was said to be a counterculture movie.[2] Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle.

Easy Rider is famous for its use of real drugs in its portrayal of marijuana and other substances.[3]

Awards and honors


Hopper received the First Film Award (Prix de la première œuvre) at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[4] At the Academy Awards, Nicholson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The movie was also nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced.

The movie is at number 88 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Years, 100 Movies.


  1. "Box Office Information for Easy Rider". The Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  2. "Peter Fonda's Easy Rider auction". Boing Boing. 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  3. Interviews in Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage on IMDb. A Making-of documentary.
  4. "Festival de Cannes: Easy Rider". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2009-04-05.

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