No doubt any movie with cars could be called a car movie, but that would seriously complicate us to put together a list of the best car movies. So let’s agree among ourselves and decide on aspects that make a movie into a car movie. And let’s talk about the elephant in the room: yes, the whole of the cars franchise are indeed movies about cars. We will, duh. However, there are many more action movies and more for petrolheads, revheads and anyone who gets excited by the sound of a car engine. Oh, the HEMIs of the 60’s… That rumble sounds like singing angels… And we go back to reality.
Car movies are movies in which a car or cars play a key role in how the character interacts with the world. The whole plot may be based on traveling in a car; maybe a movie was filmed from inside it. The car can be a weapon, a tool or even a metaphor. The most obvious examples are car racing movies like Speed Racer or a movie of the death race franchisee. Well, that’s pretty obvious, given the word “race” in the title. Or search “way” in the title, and there you go; the film probably belongs to the category of racing films.
Below, we at Bored Panda have collected exhausting (pun intended) list of both the best action movies with cars and the best car movies in general. Let us know if you see your favorite in the list! We’d love to know more about you too, so please let us know what your dream car would be if money and pollution weren’t an issue!