9 Best Movies about Cars

1. The Italian Job (1969)

This classic film combines British design (supplied by Michael Caine and a fleet of Mini Coopers) with Italian style (Lamborghini Miuras).
The film makers apparently struggled to get Mini’s car maker BMC to supply them with enough Mini Coopers. Despite the free publicity involved, BMC insisted on supplying many of the cars at trade price. Catching wind of the situation, Fiat stepped in to offer free cars – but the producers stuck with the Mini Cooper and the rest is history.

2. Back to the Future (1985)

The Back to the Future trilogy would not be what it is without the DeLorean sport car – converting the vehicle with the gull-wing doors into a time machine capable of travelling back and forth in time. These days, the only ‘new’ DeLorean cars you will see are re-manufactured versions of original models.

3. Days of Thunder (1990)

Four years after the huge success of Top Gun, director Tony Scott and Tom Cruise teamed up once again to deliver this high-octane movie about auto-racing. Cruise plays the superbly named ‘Cole Trickle’, a younger driver looking to make a name for himself in NASCAR.

While the plot is pretty predictable, the fast paced racing sequences still stand the test of time making this an enjoyable popcorn flick. Perfect Sunday afternoon viewing.

4. Christine (1983)

Cars can sometimes take on an almost-human quality and mirror, or indeed shape, the personality of their owner. This is a fact which is the central premise of the film Christine – an adaptation of a Stephen King novel in which a red-and-white Plymouth Fury named Christine seems to be ‘driving’ the thoughts and actions of its teenage owner.
This unusual horror film is a chilling reminder that it’s always best to try and find out a car’s previous history before buying one!


5. Bullit (1968)

This late 60s classic provided cinema with one of the most influential car chases ever committed to celluloid. Steve McQueen stars as the Detective Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco police offier investigating the murder of a witness he was assigned to protect.

The streets of San Francisco provided the perfect setting for the iconic car chase. For 10 minutes Bullit’s 1968 Ford Mustang GT is pushed to the limits on the cities numerous hills.

6. Ronin (1998)

When it comes to car chases in modern cinema, few movies come close to Ronin. The under-appreciated heist movie features lengthy car chases through Paris and Nice. The white knuckle rides take place across motorways, tunnels and narrow side streets. The car featured in the chase is a black Audi S8 which is described by one of the characters in the film as “something very fast… something that can shove a bit”.

7. Vanishing Point (1971)

Part road movie, part action adventure. Former race driver Kowalski, played by Barry Newman, is given the task of delivering a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum from Denver to San Francisco. To makes things more interesting he places a bet that he will be able to deliver it in under 15 hours. What follows is sprawling cat and mouse game across the expansive open roads of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California.

8. Drive (2011)

This classy film is about an enigmatically-silent getaway driver who allows his clients just five minutes to carry out raids. The nameless driver constantly changes cars, and seems at home in any make as long as it’s quick. Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado, Chevrolet Impala and Chrysler 300 all make appearances. A comprehensive list can be found here.

9. Senna (2010)

Documentary film Senna details the breathtaking highs and crushing lows of driving in the fast lane. Its star is Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, a man whose daring driving style contrasts with the calculated risk-taking of his team mate Alain Prost. The rivalry between the team mates is examined using never-before-seen racing footage owned by Bernie Ecclestone. Far from a revhead movie, even cinema-goers who don’t like Formula One can’t help but love Senna.

Viv Egan writes for Thomson Local who provide listings for car body repair services.

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