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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The 100+ Additional Best Car & Vehicle Movies



 

# Movie Lists
(Films Appear On 2 Lists Each)
28 Black Dog (1998) Ranker
IMDB
29 Convoy (1978) Ranker
IMDB
30 Corvette Summer (1978) Ranker
IMDB
31 Days of Thunder
Hi Consumption
Paste
32 Death Race (2008) Ranker
IMDB
33 Death Race 2000 (1975) IMDB
Top Speed
34 Fast & Furious (2009) Ranker
IMDB
35 Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Ranker
IMDB
36 Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) Top Speed
IMDB
37 Mad Max (1979) Ranker
IMDB
38 Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Ranker
IMDB
39 Repo Man
Endurance Warranty
Vulture
40 Ronin (1998) Ranker
IMDB
41 Speed Paste
Ranker
42 Taxi (1998) Vulture
IMDB
43 Taxi Driver (1976) Vulture
IMDB
44 The Blues Brothers (1980) Ranker
IMDB
45 The Love Bug (1968) Ranker
IMDB
46 The Wraith (1986)
Endurance Warranty
IMDB
47 Thunder Road (1958) Vulture
IMDB
48 Transformers (2007 Ranker
Top Speed
49 Transporter 2 (2005) Ranker
IMDB
50 Winning, 1969
Hi Consumption
Airows
(Films Appear On 1 Lists Each)
51 2 Fast 2 Furious Ranker
52 Against All Odds (1984) IMDB
53 Apex
Hi Consumption
54 Babas bilar (2006) IMDB
55 Baby Driver Vulture
56 Bad Boys Ranker
57 Drive Angry (2011) IMDB
58 Blue Streak (1999) IMDB
59 Blue Thunder (1983) IMDB
60 Bobby Deerfield (1977) Autowise
61 Bonnie and Clyde (1967) IMDB
62 C’était un Rendez-vous (1976) Autowise
63 Cannonball Run II (1984) IMDB
64 Cobra Ranker
65 Collateral Vulture
66 Collision (2009) IMDB
67 Crash (1996) IMDB
68 Danger Diabolik, 1968 Airows
69 Dead End (I) (2003) IMDB
70 Die Another Day (2002) IMDB
71 Driving Miss Daisy (1989) IMDB
72 Easy Rider (1969) IMDB
73 Family Plot (1976) IMDB
74 Fargo (1996) IMDB
75 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) IMDB
76 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Road And Track
77 Flash of Genius (2008) IMDB
78 Frozen River (2008) IMDB
79 Furious 7 Ranker
80 Get Carter (1971) IMDB
81 Goldfinger (1964) IMDB
82 Gran Torino Ranker
83 Grand Theft Auto (1977) IMDB
84 Gumball Rally (1976) Autowise
85 Halfway to Haugesund (1997) IMDB
86 Headhunters (2011) IMDB
87 Herbie Rides Again Ranker
88 Herbie: Fully Loaded
Around About Cars
89 Highway 61 (1991) IMDB
90 Highwaymen (2004) IMDB
91 Hit and Run (2012) IMDB
92 Holy Motors Vulture
93 Initial D (2005)
Endurance Warranty
94 Iron Man (2008) IMDB
95 Italian Job (1969) Autowise
96 Jeepers Creepers (2001) IMDB
97 Joy Ride Vulture
98 Locke Vulture
99 Mad Max 2 Ranker
100 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) IMDB
101 Mad Max: The Road Warrior (1981 Top Speed
102 National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) IMDB
103 Need for Speed Ranker
104 No Man’s Land
Endurance Warranty
105 O’Horten (2007) IMDB
106 Psycho (1960) IMDB
107 Riding Bean
Endurance Warranty
108 Rubber (2010) IMDB
109 Speedtrap (1977) IMDB
110 Starsky & Hutch Ranker
111 Surveillance (I) (2008) IMDB
112 Taken (I) (2008) IMDB
113 Taste of Cherry Vulture
114 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) IMDB
115 The Big Lebowski (1998) IMDB
116 The Car (1997) IMDB
117 The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) IMDB
118 The Chase (1994)
Endurance Warranty
119 The Dukes of Hazzard Ranker
120 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Ranker
121 The Fifth Element (1997) IMDB
122 The French Connection (1971) IMDB
123 The Great Race (1965) IMDB
124 The Hitcher (1986) IMDB
125 The Hitchhiker Vulture
126 The Italian Job Ranker
127 The James Bond Collection
Road And Track
128 The Machinist (2004) IMDB
129 The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975) IMDB
130 The Road Warrior (1981) IMDB
131 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) IMDB
132 The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968 Airows
133 The World’s Fastest Indian
Hi Consumption
134 Thelma & Louise Vulture
135 To Live and Die in L IMDB
136 Trafic (1971) IMDB
137 Transit (I) (2012) IMDB
138 Transporter 3 (2008) IMDB
139 Two for the Road Vulture
140 Used Cars (1980) IMDB
141 Vanishing Point (1997 TV Movie) IMDB
142 Vehicle 19 (2013) IMDB
143 Weekend (1967) IMDB
144 What’s Up, Doc? (1972) IMDB
145 Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) IMDB
146 Zyzzyx Rd (2006) IMDB


11 Best Car Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
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

 

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