Best Movies for Car Lovers
By: Good2GoPublished: December 21, 2015
Car movies have been popular for about as long as cars themselves. The world’s infatuation with automobiles has driven filmmakers to produce countless movies that center on cars. From car chases to auto races, gearheads pour into theaters in droves in seek of a thrill. Here is a list of must-see movies for car lovers and film buffs alike.
Bullitt is a 1968 thriller classic starring Steve McQueen. McQueen plays an all guts, no glory San Francisco police officer determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed a witness in his protection. The film’s car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco is often regarded as the most influential scene in movie history.
The Italian Job (1969)
A British caper film, The Italian Job, follows a group of criminals and their plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam. Considered one of the best British films of all time, the movie was an instant classic.
American Graffiti (1973)
Set in California during the mid-sixties, the film follows a couple of high school grads as they spend one final night cruising around town before going off to college. Central to the movie’s plot is the evolving muscle car and greaser culture.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest-grossing film of 1977. The Bandit, played by Burt Reynolds, is hired to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines, but is pursued by a pesky sheriff.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi created “The Blues Brothers” characters while working on Saturday Night Live in 1976. Four years later, they released a musical comedy directed by John Landis. Jake Blues, just out of prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. The brothers’ adventure features several high-speed car chases in the “Bluesmobile”, a decommissioned police car.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
A 1988 biographical comedy-drama starring Jeff Bridges follows the story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept. Although the film struggled at the box office, it received high praise from critics.
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? This 2000 action film stars Nicholas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duvall to name a few. Cage plays a retired car thief that must come back home and steal 50 cars in one night in order to save his brother’s life.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The first installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise is a cult classic, starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Los Angeles police officer Brian O’Connor must decide where his loyalties lie when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.
Fast & Furious (2009)
Eight years later with a slight change in title, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), now working for the FBI in LA, teams up with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation. Exotic imports and American muscles fill the screen throughout the film.
The most recent movie on this list, Rush is a biographical drama that tales the rivalry between Formula One drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, during the 1970s. The Ron Howard film achieved both box office success and critical acclaim.
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