Over the years there have been many different cars films. Some have been good and some have been terrible. But here are best ten car films to ever grace the silver screen. If you haven’t watched any of these, then we suggest you get right on it. You will not only see beautiful and luxury cars being driven around, you will also see tales of friendship, rivalry, love and much, much more.
Days of Thunder
This films is known for being “Top Gun for Cars”, but it is so much more than that. It tells the story of a young, cocky racing driver who wants a shot at winning in NASCAR. Tom Cruise stars as that young driver, Cole Trickle, who faces many challenges on his way to winning the Daytona 500. These challenges include an almost fatal car crash with his then closest rival. This film is a story of friendship, love and fast cars racing around an oval track.
The Cannonball Run
This comedy car film is all about a cross-country race and became the biggest film in 1981. There are different teams that are parodied of characters from other films and TV shows and they all drive a variety of different cars. Some of the nicest, fastest cars to feature in the film are an Aston Martin DB5, Ferraris and Lamborghinis and there is even an ambulance.
The Fast & The Furious
This is one of the most famous and most successful car films of all time because of the franchise it spawned following its release. The film follows Brian O’Connor, an undercover police officer who is investigating an illegal street racing gang who are pulling off heists on lorry trucks, transporting electrical equipment. O’Connor’s investigation leads to some devastating consequences.
Gone in 60 Seconds (Remake)
This remake of a 1970’s classic sees Nicholas Cage with the help of his old car boosting crew, steal 50 prestige cars all in one night. The film includes such famous names as Angelina Jolie, Vinnie Jones and Robert Duvall. What is even more exciting is some of the 50 prestige cars that appear in the film, with none more exciting than the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 – Eleanor – that participates in one of the most famous car chases in film history.
Cars is the only animated film to appear on this list, but it is still well deserved for its place. You can immediately see how it has been inspired by not only other car films, but other films and TV shows in general. It tells the story of a cocky rookie racer who dreams of his big win at the expense of so many others. The film shows Lightning McQueen’s journey through maturity and going head to head in a three-way battle for the Piston Cup.
Drive is a book-to-film adaption that became of one of the most praised car films of all time. It earned a BAFTA nomination for best film. It starred Ryan Gosling who is a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver. Thanks to his neighbour, the Driver ends up even deeper in the criminal underworld than he originally wants to be.
Bullitt is well known for having the most iconic and famous car chases in film history. Many other films have been inspired by Bullitt and its car chase. The film itself is about a strongminded Lieutenant Bullitt, who embarks upon a mission to find the filler of the witness he had in protection.
Le Mans is unsurprisingly about of the most famous and most dangerous endurance races on the planet, The 24 Hours of Le Mans. It stars Steve McQueen and features genuine footage of the 1970 Le Mans race. The film itself was released in 1971. One of the main focuses of the film is to capture the historical accuracy of the racing conditions of the period.
Rush takes place between 1970 and 1976 and tells the tale of one of the greatest Formula One rivalries ever to take to the track. The rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt began in 1970 when they were both racing in Formula Three and continued through their Formula One careers. In those six years, Lauda experienced a near fatal crash that left his terribly burnt. This is a film worth watching.
This is one of the most successful car films of all time thanks to it winning three Oscars and being credited for having unique racing cinematography. The film itself tells the story of a group of Formula One racers competing against each other in the 1960s.