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The 32 best automotive movies to watch as recommended by you

Watch these excellent recommendations, lord knows you need something to watch now that you've finished 'Tiger King'.

13w ago


I'm cooped up like the rest of you. Cabin fever is beginning to set in. The kids aren't behaving. The store is running low on stock. Lastly, I'm stuck on 'that difficult part' in about every video game I play. It's time to watch more movies!

I compiled a list of all the movies YOU recommended. There is some interesting stuff, plenty of movies I had never watched or even heard of.

Again, these are in no particular order... and the first list I made contains several you might suggest.

The trailer for each movie is attached as a link (ex: - TRAILER)

Drive (2011)

The gore comes out of nowhere in this movie.

The gore comes out of nowhere in this movie.

The Goz' stars in this 2011 action drama about an unnamed stunt, racing, and get-away driver who gets wrapped up in his neighbors cash heist. He drives a silver late model Impala in one scene as it is the 'most common car in California'. About the most exciting car you'll see in any chase is a 2010 Ford Mustang GT. The first half of this movie felt like a love letter to Los Angeles, followed by a second half trying to be similar to 'The Town'. - TRAILER

Bullitt (1968)

This movie is partially responsible for why a Mustang fastback is 2000% more expensive than the coupe.

This movie is partially responsible for why a Mustang fastback is 2000% more expensive than the coupe.

You've all seen the famous chase scene between Lt. Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) in his green Mustang fastback versus the black Dodge Charger. It is one of the most famous and influential car chase scenes in movie history. That much can't be denied. What can be denied is that the movie on the whole isnt' really that good. It is a worthy contender to forget the plot once you entrance yourself with green Mustang burnout heaven. - TRAILER

Ronin (1998)

Mercenaries, rogue operatives, KGB, spies, the IRA... need I say more? If you've ever wanted an E34 M5 - this movie is probably where you got your desire from. Ronin contains a car chase scene between the M5 and Peugeot through some very narrow European streets. - TRAILER

Hooper (1978)

Was Burt Reynolds the world's greatest action hero by the beginning of the 1980s? It sure seems like it. If you're a fan of his work with a certain black Trans Am, you need to watch him in this movie about 'the greatest stuntman alive'. - TRAILER

Cannonball Run (1981)

Another Burt Reynolds automotive film masterpiece. This time it's about a cross country race from New York to California dubbed 'America's Illegal Gran Prix'. I always thought the car Jackie Chan drove was a Starion - I was shocked to see it was actually a Subaru GL! You'll love the eclectic collection of cars, and the cast about as much. - TRAILER

Duel (1971)

I remember watching this years ago and not remembering the name of this one. You might think twice about that trucker next to you on the freeway after watching this one. If the trucker is driving a Peterbilt 281 and you're in a Plymouth Valiant - you're screwed. - TRAILER

Vanishing Point (1971)

A Medal of Honor recipient and former cop transports a 'supercharged' Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco. You'll notice a very appropriate for the time hippy vibe as Kowalski (Barry Newman) travels across the west fleeing from motor officers, a Jaguar E-Type, and he meets his match with a bulldozer? - TRAILER

Gumball Rally (1976)

This is the genesis for it all. It inspired every rally movie since, and even the real life rallies like the Gumball 3000. There are no rules in this race across America - including no catalytic converters or obeying the 55 MPH limit! - TRAILER

Death Race 2000 (1975)

I'm not aware of another movie that stars David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. This is a must see if for nothing more than that! Ironically this is another movie about a race across America where 'you finish or not at all'. People were sure obsessed with across country races in the 70s and 80s. They sure didn't nail what the year 2000 would be either... - TRAILER

Christine (1983)

A 1958 Plymouth Fury that kills people. Need I say more? This is based on a Steven King novel from the same year. Apparently this car is possessed by Satan and kills or maims everyone it doesn't like. This is probably one of the few cars Plymouth ever made that you should be afraid of... god knows the Prowler isn't anything to worry about! - TRAILER

Gran Torino (2008)

This is one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies that isn't a western. I wish the title car made more scenes. After you see this movie you'll consider not messing with any former Korean War Veterans and their lawns.

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

This is the worst movie in the entire F&F movie saga but, it did give us Ludacris and Tyrese. It is so bad you can't look away. It is the 'slow motion train wreck' of a Fast and Furious movie. The cars are peak 90s - early 2000s. They are hilariously over the top and terrible. If the style of these cars ever becomes the uniform for my generation to take to hot rod shows, I'll quit this hobby. - TRAILER

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)

Two NASCAR hopefuls carry out a cash heist to fund their racing careers. They thankfully trade up a 1966 Chevrolet Impala for a 1969 Dodge Challenger R/T 440. There's plenty of crashes and chases in this one, with a sorta 'Dukes of Hazard' vibe to it. - TRAILER

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

A driver and mechanic live on the road and go town to town drag racing the locals for cash. A cross country race ensues after a hostile encounter with a Pontiac GTO. They pick up a variety of hitchhiker and actually visit the 'Tail of the Dragon' - I believe before it was known as such? - TRAILER

Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974)

This is the original to the 2000-remake with Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie. There is a similar theme if you've seen the remake. It is about an insurance agent who steals insured cars and resells the stolen cars with parts off legitimately purchased cars. He is approached by a drug lord who offers him $400,000 to steal 48 cars in five days! - TRAILER

The Car (1977)

Here I thought 'Christine' was the only movie with a car that kills people! The driverless and possessed car in this movie kills just about everyone it comes in contact with. It mysteriously survives all damage people attempt to deal it, although it won't go into the graveyard! - TRAILER

Baby Driver (2017)

Did anyone else go slumming Craigslist for a red Subaru WRX after watching this movie? I sure did - the opening car chase is epic. All the scenes in the movie are sync'd to the action. It is a fun heist movie to watch with the 'Tequila' song scene being my favorite. - TRAILER

Mad Max (1979)

From my recollection this movie feels much different than the predecessors as the budget wasn't big enough for this first movie when compared to the sequels. This is the first movie I'm aware of that showcases the awesome Australian muscle cars. This dystopian Australia of the future stars Mel Gibson as cop 'Max Rockatansky' as he fights off a biker gang. - TRAILER

The French Connection (1971)

This movie stars Gene Hackman as a tough cop who is trying to take down a big time heroin dealer. It contains a famous car vs. train chase scene where Hackman turns the car into something better resembling a destruction derby entry by the end. - TRAILER

The Italian Job (1969)

The is the original to the 2003-remake that most of us are familiar with. It stars Michael Caine in a comedy-caper film from 1969 where Mini Coopers are used to steal gold from the Italian city of Turin and escape to Switzerland. If this movie doesn't make you want to drive a car into a shopping mall, none will. - TRAILER

Days of Thunder (1990)

I'm convinced Tom Cruise gets his oil changed every three months like a Chevrolet because that man hasn't aged. He is unquestionably still recognizable as himself in this movie 30 years ago! This NASCAR themed movie features real-life racers and will feel very similar to Top Gun for many of you - that isn't a bad thing unless you hated Top Gun?

Speed Racer (2008)

I remember seeing this in the theater and thinking it was a fun movie. I'm probably biased as I enjoy anything with John Goodman, but seeing as this is also from the creators of 'The Matrix', I'll go with that instead. This movie is considered a flop due to making less money than its 120 million budget. It is set in the 'Speed Racer' world we know from the anime of the 1960's and contains all the zany music and humor. - TRAILER

Used Cars (1980)

Trust me it isn't a LEMON! Fun fact: This satirical black comedy was the only Robert Zemeckis film to be rated R until 'Flight' in 2012. This movie stars Kurt Russell as a dishonest salesman who gets caught up in a staged death between two brothers who have competing car lots. - TRAILER

Thunder Road (1958)

This movie is about a Korean War Veteran who delivers moonshine through out the southern United States in a hot rod. He attempts to keep his younger brother from getting into the business as death starts to plague their lives after an outside gangster enters their life. - TRAILER

Repo Man (1984)

The fact this is a 'science fiction black comedy' should be enticing enough. I'll add some spice to it by telling you it has Charlie Sheen's brother (Emilio Estevez) in it with Henry Dean Stanton. Emilio gets recruited to a repossession agency trying to track down a Chevrolet Malibu that could be connected to aliens. - TRAILER

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Will Ferrell movies were my 'bread and butter' go-to movies in college. 'Talladega Nights', 'Old School', 'The Anchorman', and especially 'Step Brothers' are some of his best work. This movie will leave you with numerous quotes that you've probably heard for years, but no one let you in on the secret. And yes, that IS Sacha Baron Cohen in the movie poster. - TRAILER

Rush (2013)

This movie centers around the James Hunt / Niki Lauda rivalry during the 1976 Formula One season where Lauda is burned nearly to death. Nearly 40 years later Lauda watched the movie and apparently he liked it and so did the critics - it currently sits with a 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Another Emilio Estevez movie but, this time it was nominated for a 'Golden Raspberry'. Maybe it was nominated due to Steven King's sole directorial outing or maybe the antics behind inanimate objects coming to live to cause all sorts of havoc. Plenty of fueled things can be seen coming to life - big rigs, Caterpillar bulldozer, and even a M274 Mechanical Mule! - TRAILER

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

We have all heard the story about the Tucker and how he was denied his dream by the 'Big Three' automakers. This movie staring Jeff Bridges as Preston Tucker recounts this story in a biographical comedy-drama.

The Love Bug (1968)

Even if you don't love the VW Beetle, try to find room for an anthropomorphic 1963 model named Herbie. This movie is the first in the series of movies leading all the way up until 2005. Some of the racing in this movie actually goes through my 'neck of the woods' into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, and into Virginia City.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

I never knew this movie was based on an Ian Fleming (yes the James Bond guy) novel and produced by Albert Broccoli (who produced every Bond movie until he died). This is a movie about a magical car that can also float and fly. We have all heard the song from the movie - it was nominated for an Academy Award after all. - TRAILER

Le Mans (1971)

You know Steve McQueen from 'Bullitt' but, I'd argue this is a far better movie. The production of this movie was centered around the 1970 24-Hours of Lemans and uses actual race footage. For the crash scenes they outfitted obsolete chassis' with the bodywork and liveries of the movie cars to make believable horror.

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