Top 10 Car Movies of All Time

10. The Car 

Near the small desert town of Santa Ynez, a mysterious black car runs down two teenage bicyclers en route to camp, then it hit-and-runs a hitchhiker with local Amos Clements as witness. Sheriff Everett puts his men on alert and plants road blocks in the area to arrest the murderer, but soon he himself falls victim to the car. Sheriff Wade Parent leads the hunt for the vehicle that threatens their town and seems impossible to locate. When his beloved girlfriend, teacher Lauren Humphries, challenges the driver in a cemetery, the car hunts her in her home. Wade realizes he might be dealing with supernatural powers.

 

9. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

An American teenager named Sean Boswell is a loner in school, however, he challenges his rival for an illegal street racing, and he totals his car in the end of the race. To avoid time in prison he is sent to Tokyo to live with his father who is in the military. As soon as he arrives he discovers a new, fun but dangerous way of street racing in the underworld of the streets of Tokyo, Japan.

 

 

8. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

 

Talladega Nights is pretty low-hanging fruit. The cars are just NASCAR race cars—basically a spec series comprised of sheetmetal, tube-frame chassis and small-block V-8s that just recently discovered fuel injection. Bu you’re not really in it for the cars—though if you watch closely you’ll see a lovely black and gold 1969 Chevy Chevelle Malibu. You’re really here for the idiocy: The Perrier sponsorship of Sacha Baron Cohen’s villainous Jean Girard, the bro-down between John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell, and the casual send up of the God-fearing greedheads who inhabit the NASCAR world.

 

7. Rush

People loved this movie when it came out because, as great car movies go, it was easy like Ron Howard, it displayed a surprising grasp of the details of Formula 1 racing, and brought to life a time and place we all secretly want to inhabit. The F1 cars of that era are exceedingly sexy, death and mayhem litter the race schedule, and James Hunt, the last of F1’s great cocksmen, does battle with the indefatigable Niki Lauda. Howard cajoled many of the actual race cars out of their owners and, cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle channeled Frankenheimer shooting them in motion.

 

6. Duel

While traveling through the desert for an appointment with a client, the businessman David Mann from California passes a slow and old tanker truck. The psychotic truck driver feels offended and chases David along the empty highway trying to kill him.

 

 

5. Gone in Sixty Seconds 

Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall “Memphis” Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday. With Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip, and the police GRAB unit breathing down his neck, Memphis reassembles his old crew and attempts to pull off the logistically impossible.

 

 

4. Repo Man 

Frustrated punk rocker Otto quits his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker, and is later dumped by his girlfriend at a party. Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent. After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation) as an apprentice “repo man”. During his training, he is introduced into the mercenary and paranoid world of the drivers, befriended by a UFO conspiracy theorist, confronted by rival repo agents, discovers some of his one-time friends have turned to a life of crime, is lectured to near cosmic unconsciousness by the repo agency grounds worker, and finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue concerning a huge repossession bounty on a 1964 Chevy Malibu driven by a lunatic government scientist, with Top Secret cargo in the trunk.

 

 

3. Bullitt 

 

High profile San Francisco Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt is asked personally by ambitious Walter Chalmers, who is in town to hold a US Senate subcommittee hearing on organized crime, to guard Johnny Ross, a Chicago based mobster who is about to turn evidence against the organization at the hearing. Chalmers wants Ross’ safety at all cost, or else Bullitt will pay the consequences. Bullitt and his team of Sergeant Delgetti and Detective Carl Stanton have Ross in protective custody for 48 hours over the weekend until Ross provides his testimony that upcoming Monday. Bullitt’s immediate superior, Captain Samuel Bennet, gives Bullitt full authority to lead the case, no questions asked for any move Bullitt makes. When an incident occurs early during their watch, Bullitt is certain that Ross and/or Chalmers are not telling them the full story to protect Ross properly. Without telling Bennet or an incensed Chalmers, Bullitt clandestinely moves Ross while he tries to find out who is after …

 

 

2. Thunder Road

There is no more overlooked great American actor than Robert Mitchum. He nailed every single role he ever played (watch The Night of the Hunter; every other American male actor studies it), and he recorded songs that managed to sound menacing even when he was singing simply about Jesus. In Thunder Road, a film that cinephiles would consider relatively minor, Mitchum played a hard-living, chain-smoking bootlegger who never wore his seatbelt. Just back from the Korean War, Mitchum’s Lucas Dooley finds himself in the middle of another war—against “revenuers.” He drives a 1951 Ford Deluxe coupe, modified with a 1949 hood and tail lights, and 1950 grille and front bumper.

1.The Road Warrior

A former Australian policeman now living in the post-apocalyptic Australian outback as a warrior agrees to help a community of survivors living in a gasoline refinery to defend them and their gasoline supplies from evil barbarian warriors.

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