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The Top 10 Best Car Movies of All Time

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The Top 10 Best Car Movies of All Time

There are movies that feature not just the actors but also the cars. Sometimes, the
cars get talked about more than the actors themselves. Here are the top 10 car
movies of all time.

10. Mad Max, 1979

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This Australian movie came out before Mel Gibson became a huge star. It had a
small budget, yet it was able to pack in more action than other films with bigger
budgets. Directed by George Miller, the anarchic car action was led by the 1973
Ford Falcon Coupe. The story itself was about the breakdown of society, with its
characters involved in a game of love and revenge. It was a top grosser down under
and was considered one of the most profitable films ever made. It had sequels in
1981 and 1985 and was also remade in recent years, but none of the new ones
could match up to the original “Mad Max.”

9. Vanishing Point, 1971

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This movie is still a huge hit among Mopar auto fans because of the film’s use of
the 1970 Dodge Challenger muscle car. “Vanishing Point” was shot across the
Southwest and featured picturesque locales to complement the movie’s social
commentary about the mood of society after Woodstock. Car chases abound as the
lead character tries to get to San Francisco from Denver in just 15 hours. The high-
speed stunts were choreographed and executed perfectly by the legendary stuntman
Carey Loftin.

8. The Gumball Rally, 1976

the gumball rally

“The Gumball Rally” was inspired by the Brock Yates’ Cannonball Baker Sea to
Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash that was first stage in 1971. It was the second
movie about the event, narrowly beaten in its release by a couple of weeks by the
movie entitled “Cannonball.” The film had Michael Sarazin, Raul Julia and Gary
Busey, but viewers knew that the real stars were the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427, the
1970 Camaro and the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder. It was a funny movie about an
illegal cross-country road race. One of the most memorable scenes was when Raul
Julia ripped off the rear view mirror of his Ferrari Daytona Spyder, explaining that,
“…what’s behind me is not important.”

7. The Fast and the Furious, 2001

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Back in the late 90s until the turn of the century, the huge fad among street racers
and enthusiasts were the tuner cars. That was what “The Fast and the Furious” tried
to exploit. It showed several imported cars that were so overly done that it actually
looked ugly. It also featured a 1970 V8 Charger that one of the characters was afraid
of. It also had a 2001 Ford Lightning. Cars were given additional power by nitrous
oxide and the car races, along with the presence of Jordana Brewster, helped make
the movie entertaining.

6. Grand Prix, 1966

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It was billed as, “…the glamour and greatness of the world’s most exciting drama
of speed and spectacle,” and the movie “Grand Prix” did not disappoint. It starred
James Garner, Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato and it featured the world of
Formula One racing vehicles. It was one of the highest-grossing movies of 1966 and
it won three Academy Awards. It showed real-life footage and brief appearances by
racing stars like Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill,
Phil Hill, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt, Dan Gurney, Jo Bonnier and Richie Ginther.

5. Gone in 60 Seconds, 2000

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Aston Martins, Bentleys, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Ford, DeTomaso, Dodges, Ferraris,
Ford, GMC, HumVee, Infiniti, Jaguars, Lamborghinis, Lincoln, Mercedes Benzes,
Plymouths, Pontiac, Porsches, Rolls Royce, Toyota and Volvo…it seemed that all
the car manufacturers were represented in “Gone in 60 Seconds.” Nicolas Cage had
to steal all these in a short amount of time. To facilitate things, he assigned a girl’s
name to every car. But the real standout was Eleanor, the 1967 Shelby Mustang
GT500. It spawned several imitations and clones afterwards.

4. Le Mans, 1971

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This movie is about the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is probably the standard against
which all other racing movies are compared to. There is no drama here as it is quite
simply about the race and the racing. You have to be a lover of cars to get through
this movie. And if you are, then this film delivers. It starred Steve McQueen and it
prominently featured the Ferrari 512S and the Porsche 917.

3. Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971

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It starred James Taylor and Dennis Wilson and featured a 1955 Chevy and 1970
GTO, with a guest appearance from a Dodge Charger. The story was thin at best,
but the car races were spectacular. The two primary vehicles met on the road and
engaged in a street race, then a drag race. There was also a race with the Dodge
Charger. The 1955 Chevy used in “Two-Lane Blacktop” was also the one used in
American Graffiti. Directed by Monte Hellman, this is one of the best car movies ever
made.

2. Bullitt, 1968

bullitt

When one talks about movie car chases, the one featured in “Bullitt” will always be
near the top, if not the top, of the list. How great was the chase? The movie featured
an incredible looking Jacqueline Bisset but it was the car scene that people talked
about. The 1968 Mustang GT 390 and the 1968 Charger became iconic as a result.
Sure, there are lapses in the directing and acting. During the chase, it seemed that
the Charger had more than four wheels as too many hubcaps came off it. Either
that or its wheels had more than one hubcap attached to each one of them. Steve
McQueen piloted the Mustang and he was upshifting like crazy that one would think
that the car had a 15-speed manual transmission. Still, despite these lapses, the
movie did great.

1. American Graffiti, 1973

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It was about America in the innocent days of the early 60s. “American Graffiti” is
probably George Lucas’ best film. It was about four friends and their escapades one
summer night that ended up in street racing. Hot rods were aplenty in the movie, but
none could compare to the 1932 Ford driven by Wilner and the 1955 Chevy owned
by Falfa.

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