The 10 best car movies ever that will really cheer you up

The 10 best car movies ever that will really cheer you up

In most movies, the cars are just as important as the characters, and the characters’ vehicles can tell audiences a lot about their personality, such as James Bond’s Aston Martin, which recently auctioned for over $1.5 million. But whether it’s an innocent-looking Volkswagen Beetle or an intimidating Pontiac Firebird, they don’t mean much if they’re just parked for the entire movie.

These movies showcase their iconic cars in ways only a movie can, as they speed up massive ramps and dodge Italian police in underground tunnels. Between creating the zeitgeist of street racing, tearing up San Francisco, and turning Nascar into a suspenseful comedy, these films go their separate ways.


Baby Driver (2017)

Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver

A baby driver the sequel is in the works, but it’s hard to imagine how to top the driving sequences in the first movie. baby driver follows a getaway car driver who drives in sync with the music he’s listening to, and while there are so many movies about getaway car drivers, none are as original or as well filmed as this one.

Writer-director Edgar Wright’s frenetic cinematic style reached its peak with the 2017 film, and the way Baby rushes, floats, and spins to Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Bellbottoms” is more exciting than any CGI set. And even though the film is only five years old, the red Subaru Impreza deserves to be in the film car hall of fame.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Gone in 60 seconds is a unique take on the heist movie, in which a former car thief (Nicolas Cage) has to come out of retirement to steal 50 cars in one night. The movie is full of classic American muscle vehicles used in some high-octane action sequences, and it was Angelina Jolie’s breakthrough movie role as she immediately proved she could be an action heroine.

Even though the 2000 film is one of Nicolas Cage’s lowest grossing films on Rotten Tomatoes, the action sequences are so well put together. The vehicles in the film, be it the Porsche 966 or the Shelby Mustang GT500, are so cool that many fans have had their cars restored and reupholstered to look like that too. And as Cage makes a huge comeback, fans want a 60 seconds continued, but not before National Treasure 3 or Face/Off 2

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Han races through the streets of Tokyo in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift

One of the first three Fast and furious movies can turn viewers into boy racers. The first movie created the whole street racing zeitgeist of the 2000s, and 2 Fast 2 Furious unashamedly bathed in the over-the-top cartoonishness of modifying Japanese imports. But Tokyo Drift focuses more on racing than any other film in the franchise, and the Mazda RX7 is almost a character in its own right.

Not only that, but although the Fast and furious series was diverse since the very first movie, Tokyo Drift had an almost complete non-US cast, which was a huge and admirable risk for a blockbuster. And the result is an authentic-feeling racing film that has been well researched and infused into the culture of the country. While the film didn’t have the best reception upon its release, it has since become a cult classic, and even Christopher Nolan loves Tokyo Drift

Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblebee is the movie fans have wanted since the first live-action Transformers movie in 2007. The 2018 movie removed the intricate story and global destruction for a smaller, shorter, and much more focused and exciting story. The film focuses on the titular Transformer, a 1977 Chevrolet Camaro, and his relationship with a teenage girl.

The film is surprisingly heartwarming and uplifting, as it is part of the same series that features human characters in the background. But it’s still action packed, and it’s the best use of a Chevy in the cinema. It also ends tensely with Bumblebee driving alongside the most iconic truck in cinema, the blue-and-red 1987 Freightliner, aka Optimus Prime.

The Italian Job (1969)

The Italian job

Few films have been as beneficial to the success of a product as The Italian job was for the Mini Cooper. The film follows a group of crooks who plan to steal gold in Italy, and their escape plan involves them evading the police via a complicated escape route in three Mini Coopers. It is one of the most iconic sequences in film history, and according to Varietyit was even recreated in Grand Theft Auto V

In fact, the 1969 film is interchangeable on the list with Mark Wahlberg’s 2003 remake, one of the few remakes as good as the original. With the use of Minis in the film, the cheap and practical vehicle became very popular, and according to Engine lifethere was also a 20% spike in Mini sales after the remake.

Death certificate (2007)

Rosario Dawson, Traci Thomas and Zoe Bell in a car

Dead Evidence may be the worst movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, but as Tarantino himself put it, “Dead Evidence has to be the worst movie I’ve ever made. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t too bad, okay? So if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m fine.” Compared to the director’s usual sprawling epic, Dead Evidence is quite succinct, as it tells the story of a serial killer stuntman who kills women with his modified 1973 “death-proof” Mustang.

While the premise isn’t much, it features Tarantino’s very best action sequences as muscle cars with huge engines soar through the air and get completely ripped apart. It’s also notable to have an all-star cast of heroic women long before it was finished Ghostbusters or Ocean 8† And while Tarantino is one of the best in the business at directing original films, the 2007 film leaves audiences wondering what the filmmaker might do with it. Fast & Furious

Herbie Rides Again (1974)

Herbie rides again is all about Nicole taking care of her grandmother, Mrs. Steinmetz, but it seems as if Mrs. Steinmetz doesn’t have to take care of her. The grandmother owns Herbie, a sentient Volkswagen Beetle, and together they form an unstoppable and even intimidating duo.

Set in San Francisco, the film takes advantage of Golden City better than any other film. Ant-Man and the Wasp may have torn up Lombard Street, but Herbie rides again sees the car racing through buildings in the financial district. And Superman may have seen the Man of Steel repair the Golden Gate Bridge, but in the 1974 film, the Love Bug sees it driving towards it. Like The Italian job did for Mini, Herbie rides again turned the Beetle into an iconic movie car.

Talladega Nights: Ricky Bobby’s Ballad (2006)

no one is watching Talladega evenings for the Nascar races, just like nobody’s watching Anchorman for coverage of major events of the 1970s. The 2006 film is primarily a Will Ferrell-directed comedy, as the actor and John C. Reilly are at the top of their game.

However, the film does a surprisingly good job of portraying Nascar’s suspense and sense of speed. The race cars look great and Ricky Bobby’s personal 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu gets a deserved amount of screen time. And it might be hard to believe, but the final race is just as exciting as Rushif not anymore.

The Driver (1978)

Ryan O'Neal in The Driver is driving a car

Director Walter Hill is not talked about often enough when it comes to great directors of the 70s. The filmmaker was the best at making dark and moody crime movies. His most famous film is the New York-based movie the warriorsbut the just as good The driver takes its aesthetically pleasing style to the west coast.

The driver is a classic revenge story, but it’s full of amazing car chase scenes, and it includes some of the best car chases of the 70s. The cars in the movie are just as important as the characters, and it’s one of the few movies where the Pontiac Firebird is actually used.

Drive (2011)

Ryan Gosling in Drive

The first 12 minutes of Motive follow the driver hired as a getaway driver, and his favorite car is the mundane and unexciting but reliable Chevrolet Impala, which, as Shannon points out, is the most common car in LA. But ironically, it’s the most exciting, intense, and suspenseful 12 minutes of any 2010 movie.

When a movie manages to make an Impala look like it has the horsepower of a souped-up Mustang and is as cool as Nissan Skyline, it just might be the best-filmed car movie ever. The film is also full of spectacular vehicles and chases, but no film made such a quick and surprising impression on the viewers as Motive

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