Cars have played vital roles in the history of film, some films more so than others. Although we’re not movie experts, we are car experts and can distinguish between which have the hottest cars and which fall short. Some also took part in the best car chase scenes of all time.
1. The Fast and the Furious
This is probably the most well-recognized car movie. It’s the one people think about when they think of car movies. We’re only including the first one because the sequels don’t live up to the original. Of all the vehicles in this particular flick, Dominic’s later father’s 1970 Dodge Charger is among the most memorable.
2. American Graffiti
Starring Ron Howard, Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss, American Graffiti’s plot-line is one many of us can relate to in our own lives. American Graffiti is about a group of high school friends’ last night of cruising around together. However, for auto lovers like us, it’s more about the 1958 Chevy Impala, 1956 Ford Thunderbird and 1951 Mercury coupe.
3. Gone in 60 Seconds
In this car film, a thief has to steal a large quantity of cars quickly in order to save his brother’s life. We didn’t rank this movie because of the acting or even the plot; we placed this one our list because of the Ford Mustang by the name of Eleanor.
4. Talladega Nights
Talladega Nights features a black and gold 1969 Chevy Chevelle Malibu. It’s the ideal movie for car lovers and Steelers fans alike for that reason. This isn’t your typical car movie with a high-end sports cars, though; automobiles in this flick are basic NASCAR race cars and the entire film centers around racing.
You know by the title of this film, it stars a fast car. The main car chase in this film developed a standard by which all other car chases in movies had to live up to. The chase in this movie took us through the hills of San Francisco and truly took you along for the ride, as much as it could for a movie with graphics from 1968.
6. Vanishing Point
How can a movie about a white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T not become one of the top car movies in history? This 1971 movie consists of less dramatic, high-speed scenes than other movies that made our list, but that’s what makes this film so unique.
7. Smokey and the Bandit
A movie about beer, automobiles and action: it’s a man’s dream come true. This particular film was the second highest grossing film in 1977, second to only Star Wars. The movie made Sally Field famous. The story consists of Sally running out on her wedding. She needs a ride, and Bandit is the one to give her one. Bandit was already preoccupied smuggling booze across the country, but when Field joins him, her ex-fiance–the sheriff’s son–chases him.
8. The Gumball Rally
As lovers of all exotic vehicles, the 1976 The Gumball Rally exudes what we’re all about. From the Shelby 427 Cobra to the Camaro Z/28 to the Porsche 911, The Gumball Rally has all of our favorites.
While this isn’t your standard car movie, Transformers is a classic, impressing both the young and old alike. We have to highlight the fact that Bumblebee is a Chevy Camaro, which is the car that’s oftentimes the start of people loving cars, which eventually leads them to follow our blog.