Last updated on October 15, 2019 at 02:40 pm
The best car movies of all time? That’s a pretty subjective list to put together. We’re not film critics, after all (plus, what do they know?). What we have for you are 19 awesome car movies to consider if you’re planning a relaxing weekend on the couch.
The best part is there is something for everyone on this list. Whereas you might like a patch-laying, engine smoking, crashed-filled car film, your S.O. might like something a little more fanciful and your kids may want something animated. That said … the vast majority of these films are action packed movies covered in tire smoke.
Just to be clear: the driving featured in many of these movies is atrocious and dangerous. Please keep safe driving in mind at all times. Don’t use the driving in these movies as some kind of benchmark to live up to.
Ready for the list of 19 awesome car movies? Buckle up cause here we go:
- Back to the Future I, II and III (1986, 1989, 1990) – All three films are winners, but if you’re new to them, just binge-watch them in order. These films gave us the flux capacitor, but we’re still waiting on our hover conversion option to make our cars fly.
- The Blues Brothers (1980) – The Bluesmobile is a cultural icon. It’s got a cop motor, cop tires, cop suspension and cop shocks.
- Bullitt (1968) – This is a hill-hopping crime thriller with high-speed pursuits that take place through the streets of San Francisco. The over-the-shoulder camera shots make you almost feel the bumps and jolts of the chase scenes.
- Cars (2006) – Cars are literally the characters in this animated film, which is by now, arguably, a classic.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) – In addition to a magical car, this movie also comes with one of the biggest earworm songs of all time. Where would we be without our fine four-fendered friend?
- Days of Thunder (1990) – From a film perspective, it’s Top Gun on wheels. It’s a supercharged, vroom-vroom of deafening engines with tense race scenes and crashes.
- Fast and the Furious (2001) – Screech, vroom! The original film, which features illegal street racing and robberies set off a film empire with seven sequels.
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – A classic movie by nearly any measure, there’s a luxury car at the center of the sick-day turned local road-trip adventure. The question is, “what aren’t they going to do?” While it’s probably not spoiler alert, they do kill the car.
- Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 & 2000) – The original, low-budget film is known for a 40-minute chase scene during which nearly 100 cars were destroyed.
- The Great Race (1965) – Not the most high-profile film on the list, but it certainly has a cult following. Not only does it involve a car race from New York to Paris (some of it takes place atop floating icebergs), but there’s a spectacular pie fight baked into the movie.
- Italian Job (1969 & 2003) – Be it the Michael Caine classic or the Mark Wahlberg reboot, these movies feature some spectacular movie driving and entertaining story lines.
- The Love Bug (1968) – It’s the original self-driving car. What else can we say?
- Speed (1994) – OK, this isn’t a car movie, so much as a bus movie. But, it does take place mostly on wheels … and it’s a blast (there are a lot of bombs and explosions, but it’s also fun).
- Thelma and Louise (1991) – Two hellions on a once in a lifetime road trip – you’ll understand why once you get to the end.
- The Transporter (2002) – Sort of a Jason-Bourne-on-wheels joint. It’s entertaining and fast-paced, and at 92 minutes, a perfect length for a movie.
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