Action/Adventure, Best Movies, Classics, Crime/Mystery, Drama

The Best Car Movies Of All-Time!

Best Car Movies

“What are the best movies about or featuring Cars?” We looked at 146 of the top Car films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 27 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Car” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 27 Car Movies



27 .) Back to the Future (1985)

 Back to the Future (1985) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Road And Track

Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents’ first meeting and attracting his mother’s romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents’ romance and – with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown – return to 1985.

Purchase / Learn More



26 .) Cars (2006)

 Cars (2006) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Paste
  • Ranker

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town’s offbeat characters.

Purchase / Learn More



25 .) Christine (1983)

 Christine (1983) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Vulture

Geeky student Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. As the car changes, so does Arnie, whose newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind the wheel of his exotic beauty. Arnie’s girlfriend Leigh and best friend Dennis reach out to him, only to be met by a Fury like no other.

Purchase / Learn More



24 .) Fast Five (2011)

 Fast Five (2011) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Vulture

Former cop Brian O’Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.

Purchase / Learn More



23 .) Mad Max: Fury Road

 Mad Max: Fury Road Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Consumption
  • Ranker
  • Vulture

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Purchase / Learn More



22 .) Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

 Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Paste
  • Ranker

A race car driver tries to transport an illegal beer shipment from Texas to Atlanta in under 28 hours, picking up a reluctant bride-to-be on the way.

Purchase / Learn More



21 .) The Driver (1978)

 The Driver (1978) Lists It Appears On:

  • Endurance Warranty
  • Hi Consumption
  • Vulture

The Driver specializes in driving getaway cars for robberies. His exceptional talent has prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the police a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He promises pardons to a gang if they help to convict him in a set-up robbery. The Driver seeks help from The Player to mislead the detective.

Purchase / Learn More



20 .) The Gumball Rally (1976)

 The Gumball Rally (1976) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

A group of people from different backgrounds have one thing in common: when they hear the world “gumball” whispered by one of the others, they know that it’s time for the Gumball Rally: a no-holds barred, secret, winner-take-all rally across the USA.

Purchase / Learn More



19 .) Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

 Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Vulture

Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a dynamic engineer and an enthusiastic showman who envisions the car of the future. Against mighty odds he manages to build a fleet of them – only to have his factory shut down by Detroit’s Big Three automobile manufacturers. They took away his car – but nobody could take away his dream.

Purchase / Learn More



18 .) American Graffiti (1973)

 American Graffiti (1973) Lists It Appears On:

  • Autowise
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Purchase / Learn More



17 .) Duel (1971)

 Duel (1971) Lists It Appears On:

  • Endurance Warranty
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Vulture

Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.

Purchase / Learn More



16 .) Grand Prix (1966)

 Grand Prix (1966) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Autowise
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his team after a crash at Monaco that injures his teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for another team, and starts dating Stoddard’s wife.

Purchase / Learn More



15 .) Senna (2010)

 Senna (2010) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Endurance Warranty
  • Hi Consumption
  • Road And Track

Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.

Purchase / Learn More



14 .) The Transporter (2002)

 The Transporter (2002) Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Vulture

Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of events. The bound and gagged Lai is being smuggled to France by a shady American businessman, and Frank works to save her as his own illegal activities are uncovered by a French detective.

Purchase / Learn More



13 .) Drive (2011)

 Drive (2011) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Paste
  • Vulture

A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

Purchase / Learn More



12 .) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Lists It Appears On:

  • Around About Cars
  • Paste
  • Ranker
  • Road And Track
  • Vulture

Lifelong friends and national idols Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. have earned their NASCAR stripes with their uncanny knack of finishing races in the first and second slots, respectively, and slinging catchphrases like “Shake and bake!” But when a rival French driver coasts onto the track to challenge their records, they’ll have to floor it to retain their top-dog status.

Purchase / Learn More



11 .) The Cannonball Run (1981)

 The Cannonball Run (1981) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Paste
  • Ranker

A cross-country road race is based on an actual event, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, organized by Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit then in effect in the U.S. The Cannonball was named for Erwin G. “Cannonball” Baker, who in the roaring 20’s rode his motorcycle across the country. Many of the characters are based on ruses developed by real Cannonball racers over the several years that the event was run.

Purchase / Learn More



10 .) The Italian Job (1969)

 The Italian Job (1969) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Around About Cars
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

Charlie’s got a ‘job’ to do. Having just left prison he finds one his of friends has attempted a high risk job in Torino, Italy, right under the nose of the mafia. Charlie’s friend doesn’t get very far, so Charlie takes over the ‘job’. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal a fortune in gold and escape in the chaos.

Purchase / Learn More



9 .) Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

 Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Lists It Appears On:

  • Autowise
  • Endurance Warranty
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Vulture

A driver and a mechanic travel around the United States hopping from drag strip to drag strip in a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air coupe. They race for money, betting with their competitors. The pair gain a young and talkative female stowaway. Along the way they unintentionally attract a well-to-do drifter driving a new Pontiac GTO. This older man, looking for attention, antagonizes their efforts.

Purchase / Learn More



8 .) Death Proof (2007)

 Death Proof (2007) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Top Speed
  • Vulture

Austin’s hottest DJ, Jungle Julia, sets out into the night to unwind with her two friends Shanna and Arlene. Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike, a scarred rebel leering from behind the wheel of his muscle car, revving just feet away.

Purchase / Learn More



7 .) Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)

 Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) Lists It Appears On:

  • Autowise
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Top Speed
  • Vulture

Two lovers, Mary and Larry, in their Dodge Charger are chased by the police after robbing a grocery store.

Purchase / Learn More



6 .) Rush (2013)

 Rush (2013) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Top Speed
  • Vulture

A biographical drama centered on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season.

Purchase / Learn More



5 .) Bullit (1968)

 Bullit (1968) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Autowise
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Paste
  • Ranker
  • Road And Track

Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal’s hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a maze of complications and double-crosses. This thriller includes one of the most famous car chases ever filmed.

Purchase / Learn More



4 .) Le Mans (1971)

 Le Mans (1971) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Autowise
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Road And Track
  • Top Speed

Steve McQueen is ideally cast as a champion race car driver, participating in the famed 24-hour race headquartered in Le Mans, France. Though dedicated to Going for the Gold, McQueen finds time to romance widowed Elga Andersen. The dramatic angle to this plot wrinkle is that McQueen may well have been responsible for the death of Andersen’s husband during a previous car pile-up. Director John Sturges, who’d previously helmed Steve McQueen’s legendary motorcycle chase scenes in The Great Escape, was originally slated to direct Le Mans, but withdrew from the project; it was then taken over by Lee H. Katzin.

Purchase / Learn More



3 .) Vanishing Point (1971)

 Vanishing Point (1971) Lists It Appears On:

  • Autowise
  • Endurance Warranty
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Top Speed
  • Vulture

Kowalski works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to San Francisco, California. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours.

Purchase / Learn More



2 .) The Fast and the Furious (2001)

 The Fast and the Furious (2001) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Around About Cars
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Paste
  • Ranker
  • Road And Track
  • Top Speed

Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O’Conner infiltrates Toretto’s iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto’s sister and must choose a side: the gang or the LAPD.

Purchase / Learn More



1 .) Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

 Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) Lists It Appears On:

  • Airows
  • Around About Cars
  • Autowise
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • Paste
  • Ranker
  • Road And Track
  • Vulture

Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed “Eleanor”, in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute.

Purchase / Learn More




The 100+ Additional Best Car & Vehicle Movies



 

#MovieLists
(Films Appear On 2 Lists Each)
28Black Dog (1998)Ranker
IMDB
29Convoy (1978)Ranker
IMDB
30Corvette Summer (1978)Ranker
IMDB
31Days of Thunder
Hi Consumption
Paste
32Death Race (2008)Ranker
IMDB
33Death Race 2000 (1975)IMDB
Top Speed
34Fast & Furious (2009)Ranker
IMDB
35Fast & Furious 6 (2013)Ranker
IMDB
36Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)Top Speed
IMDB
37Mad Max (1979)Ranker
IMDB
38Rebel Without a Cause (1955)Ranker
IMDB
39Repo Man
Endurance Warranty
Vulture
40Ronin (1998)Ranker
IMDB
41SpeedPaste
Ranker
42Taxi (1998)Vulture
IMDB
43Taxi Driver (1976)Vulture
IMDB
44The Blues Brothers (1980)Ranker
IMDB
45The Love Bug (1968)Ranker
IMDB
46The Wraith (1986)
Endurance Warranty
IMDB
47Thunder Road (1958)Vulture
IMDB
48Transformers (2007Ranker
Top Speed
49Transporter 2 (2005)Ranker
IMDB
50Winning, 1969
Hi Consumption
Airows
(Films Appear On 1 Lists Each)
512 Fast 2 FuriousRanker
52Against All Odds (1984)IMDB
53Apex
Hi Consumption
54Babas bilar (2006)IMDB
55Baby DriverVulture
56Bad BoysRanker
57Drive Angry (2011)IMDB
58Blue Streak (1999)IMDB
59Blue Thunder (1983)IMDB
60Bobby Deerfield (1977)Autowise
61Bonnie and Clyde (1967)IMDB
62C’était un Rendez-vous (1976)Autowise
63Cannonball Run II (1984)IMDB
64CobraRanker
65CollateralVulture
66Collision (2009)IMDB
67Crash (1996)IMDB
68Danger Diabolik, 1968Airows
69Dead End (I) (2003)IMDB
70Die Another Day (2002)IMDB
71Driving Miss Daisy (1989)IMDB
72Easy Rider (1969)IMDB
73Family Plot (1976)IMDB
74Fargo (1996)IMDB
75Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)IMDB
76Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Road And Track
77Flash of Genius (2008)IMDB
78Frozen River (2008)IMDB
79Furious 7Ranker
80Get Carter (1971)IMDB
81Goldfinger (1964)IMDB
82Gran TorinoRanker
83Grand Theft Auto (1977)IMDB
84Gumball Rally (1976)Autowise
85Halfway to Haugesund (1997)IMDB
86Headhunters (2011)IMDB
87Herbie Rides AgainRanker
88Herbie: Fully Loaded
Around About Cars
89Highway 61 (1991)IMDB
90Highwaymen (2004)IMDB
91Hit and Run (2012)IMDB
92Holy MotorsVulture
93Initial D (2005)
Endurance Warranty
94Iron Man (2008)IMDB
95Italian Job (1969)Autowise
96Jeepers Creepers (2001)IMDB
97Joy RideVulture
98LockeVulture
99Mad Max 2Ranker
100Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)IMDB
101Mad Max: The Road Warrior (1981Top Speed
102National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)IMDB
103Need for SpeedRanker
104No Man’s Land
Endurance Warranty
105O’Horten (2007)IMDB
106Psycho (1960)IMDB
107Riding Bean
Endurance Warranty
108Rubber (2010)IMDB
109Speedtrap (1977)IMDB
110Starsky & HutchRanker
111Surveillance (I) (2008)IMDB
112Taken (I) (2008)IMDB
113Taste of CherryVulture
114The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)IMDB
115The Big Lebowski (1998)IMDB
116The Car (1997)IMDB
117The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)IMDB
118The Chase (1994)
Endurance Warranty
119The Dukes of HazzardRanker
120The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftRanker
121The Fifth Element (1997)IMDB
122The French Connection (1971)IMDB
123The Great Race (1965)IMDB
124The Hitcher (1986)IMDB
125The HitchhikerVulture
126The Italian JobRanker
127The James Bond Collection
Road And Track
128The Machinist (2004)IMDB
129The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)IMDB
130The Road Warrior (1981)IMDB
131The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)IMDB
132The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968Airows
133The World’s Fastest Indian
Hi Consumption
134Thelma & LouiseVulture
135To Live and Die in LIMDB
136Trafic (1971)IMDB
137Transit (I) (2012)IMDB
138Transporter 3 (2008)IMDB
139Two for the RoadVulture
140Used Cars (1980)IMDB
141Vanishing Point (1997 TV Movie)IMDB
142Vehicle 19 (2013)IMDB
143Weekend (1967)IMDB
144What’s Up, Doc? (1972)IMDB
145Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)IMDB
146Zyzzyx Rd (2006)IMDB


11 Best Car Film Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Airows 15 Best Car Movies Of All Time, Ranked – Airows
Around About Cars Best Car Movies | Car Rental | Around About Cars
Autowise Top 12 Classic 70s Car Movies All Lovers of Cars Must See – Autowise
Endurance Warranty Best Car-Themed Movies That You’ve Probably Never Seen
Hi Consumption The 20 Best Car Movies Of All Time | HiConsumption
IMDB Best CAR-MOVIES ever! – IMDb
Paste The 10 Best Car-Racing Movies of All Time :: Movies :: Lists :: Paste
Ranker Best Car Movies | List of Fast Car Films – Ranker
Road And Track 10 Best Car Movies – Top Car Racing Movies of All Time – Road & Track
Top Speed TopSpeed’s 10 Best Car Movies | Top Speed
Vulture The 33 Greatest Car Movies Ever — Vulture

 

Click Here To Subscribe To The Cinema Dailies Youtube Channel!

You Might Also Like