The Greatest Car Movies of All Time

From Smokey and the Bandit to The French Connection, car movies are always a favorite among car enthusiasts, no matter the plot. See famous car-chase action and world-wide known races among the hundreds of films that feature classic cars and classic actors and actresses. The following list presents the greatest car movies beginning in the early 1950s to current day. Learn who stars in these popular films and what cars the movies are known for.

 

American Graffiti

American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed and co-written by George Lucus, and starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith, Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, and Harrison Ford. The film follows a group of high school graduates who spend a night cruising San Francisco before heading off to college. The college bound teens borrow a 1958 Chevy Impala for the evening as they attempt to complete every adventure possible before dawn. American Graffiti features two great classic vehicles, including a white 1956 Ford Thunderbird.

 

Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit is an American film starring Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Pat McCormick, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry. The 1977 American film tells the story of two truckers, Bandit and Cledus, who accept a dare to pick-up and deliver a truckload of beer from Texas. The two friends must travel back from Texarkana, Texas where federal liquor laws at the time considered this act as bootlegging. The duo features a long high-speed chase in a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am SE as the police continue to pursuit the Bandit.

 

Christine

Christine is a 1983 horror film written by Stephan King, and starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, and Harry Dean Stanton. The film focuses on a highschool geek who falls in love with “Christine”, a red 1958 Plymouth Fury. As the main character, Arnie Cunningham, begins to restore the car to its original condition, he and the car begin to change. The car is somehow able to regenerate herself every time it becomes damaged so it appears as if she just drove off the 1957 Plymouth production line.

 

Bullitt

Bullitt is an American thriller starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset. The 1968 film tells the story of a San Francisco cop who is determined to find the kingpin who killed the witness he was asked to protect. After Bullitt picks up his 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, he is seen in an intense chase across the working runways of the San Francisco Airport. This film produced a great amount of excitement by the public and was noted as a “now-classic car chase” and one of the big screen’s all time best.

Mad Max

 Mad Max is an Australian action film directed by George Miller and starring the then-unknown Mel Gibson. The storyline is a vision of an apocalyptic future where society is in total decay. Mad Max plays the anti-hero in a town where the cops do their best to lay down the law as the outlaw gangs do their best to defy them. With his 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe, Mad Max hunts down each gang member to get his revenge.

 

The French Connection 


The French Connection is an American crime film starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, and Tony Lo Bianco. The film focuses around a pair of New York City police officers in the Narcotics Bureau who stumble into a drug smuggling job. The film is known for its famous scene involving Detective “Popeye” Doyle on the trail of drug smugglers in a 1971 Pontiac Lemans. Many of the shots in the scene were real, making the car chase one of the greatest sequences in movie history.

 

Two-Lane Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop is a 1971 film directed by Monte Hellman, and starring Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, singer-songwriter James Taylor, Warren Oates, and Laurie Bird. This is the story of two men who drag race across the United States in their 1955 Chevy 150. Their only income comes from drifting into towns and challenging the local residents to car races. The road movie became a cult classic and inspiration of the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash.

 

Thunder Road

Thunder Road is a 1958 crime-drama film directed by Author Ripley, and starred Robert Mitchum who also co-wrote and produced the film. The movie focuses on a veteran who comes home from the Korean War to take over the family moon-shining business. In the film, Mitchum drove a 1951 Ford 2-door sedan hot-rod that featured a custom tank for moonshine. Later, he drove a 1957 Ford coupe that had the same alternations.

 

The Road Warrior

The Road Warrior - Ford Falcon

Mad Max 2, also known as The Road Warrior, is a 1981 post-apocalyptic film directed by George Miller and starring Mel Gibson. The storyline focuses on a former police officer who travels through Australia in his Ford Falcon XB Coupe after a nuclear war looking for priceless petrol. Max must protect a group of honest people running a oil refinery from a bike gang who is terrorizing them. Max aids the small group whilst transporting their fuel supply to safety.

Tucker: The Man And His Dream

Tucker The Man And His Dream - 1948 Sedan

Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a biographical 1988 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starred Jeff Bridges. The storyline follows Preston Tucker and his dream to produce and market the 1948 Tucker Sedan. His attempt to manufacturer these vehicles were met with accusations of stock fraud and fraud concerning the “Big Three automobile manufacturers. Tucker hires a designer to help him create a new car design, the 1948 Tucker Torpedo.

Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas - Elka Mk. VI 3

Viva Las Vegas - People

Viva Las Vegas is a 1964 romance-musical starring singer and actor Elvis Presley and dancer and actress, Ann-Margret. The film focuses on Lucky Jackson who visits Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in the first annual Grand Prix Race. His race car, an Elva Mk. VI, is in need of heavy maintenance, including a new engine. Lucky’s competition, Count Elmo Mancini, arrives in attempt to steal the race and the affections of the swimming instructor that Lucky adores.

Death Race 2000

Death Race 2000 - Car Lineup

Death Race 2000 is an American science-fiction film directed by Paul Bartel, and starring Simone Giffeth, David Carradine, and Sylvester Stallone. The storyline features a champion of a cross-country car race where pedestrians are run-down in exchange for points. The cars in the Transcontinental Road Race each have a theme. Nero the Hero is a modified Fiat 850 Spider that resembles a lion. Matilda the Hun is a modified VW Karmann-Ghia that resembles a V-1 flying bomb. Frankenstein is a Shala Vette by Dick Dean and resembles a monster with red eyes, teeth, and scales.

Gone In 60 Seconds (1974 version)

Gone in 60 Seconds - Two Cars

Gone in 60 Seconds is an action-film produced, written, and directed by, and starring, H.B. ‘Toby’ Halicki. The film centers on a group of car thieves that live double-lives, stealing more than 48 cars in a matter of days. The stolen vehicles vary in model and age, starting with the 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 and ending with the 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Gone in 60 Seconds give viewers a great look at dozens of classic car driven in great stunt sequences and car chases.

Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000 version)

Gone in 60 Seconds New Version - Shelby 2

Gone in Sixty Seconds is a American action film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Christopher Eccleston, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Duvall, Will Patton, and Vinnie Jones. The 1974 remake focuses on a retired master car thief who must steal 50 cars in one night in order to save his brother. The 50 vehicles vary in model and age, with cars such as the 1999 Aston Martin DB7, 1999 Cadillac Escalade, 1994 Jaguar XJ 200, and the 1999 Porsche 996. Gone in Sixty Seconds gives viewers a look at a nice selection of newer vehicles, as well as a few older classics.

Goldfinger

Goldfinger - DB5 4

Goldfinger is a 1964 spy film in the James Bond series, starring Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Shirley Eaton, and Tania Mallet. On Bond’s next mission, he must become friends with Goldfinger and avoid his personal pilot. Prior to his mission, he was issued an Aston Martin DB5. As Bond investigates a gold magnate’s smuggling scheme, he uncovers a plot to contaminate a gold reserve in Fort Knox.

Le Mans

Le Mans - Porsche

Le Mans is an action film directed by Lee H. Katzin, and stars Steve McQueen. The documentary depicts a 1970s auto endurance race that lasts nearly 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of country road. The movie primarily shows the Porsche 917s and Ferraris 512s. Le Mans features actual footage of the real 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race.

The Italian Job (1969 version)

Italian Job 1969 - Mini

The Italian Job is a British caper film, directed by Peter Collinson, and starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, and Benny Hill. The main character, Charles, attempts a high risk job in Italy soon after leaving prison. Under the nose of the Mafia, Charles uses three Mini Coopers, two Jaguars, and a bus, in hopes to steal the gold and escape. The cars of the Mafia boss, Altabani, get damaged in the meantime, including two Jaguar E-Types and an Aston Martin DB4.

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber - Shaggin Wagon

Dumb and Dumber is a comedy film written and directed by the Farrelly brothers, and stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The story follows Harry and Lloyd who try to return a suitcase full of money to its pretty owner. After making their way through a bunch of wacky adventures, they finally end up in Aspen, Colorado in attempts to find her. The duo have nothing to loose after spending their life savings converting a 1984 Ford Econoline into a “sheepdog” for their roommates pet grooming business.

Cannonball

Cannonball - Lamborghini 3

Cannonball, also known as Carquake, is a film written and directed by Paul Bartel, and stars David Carradine. The 1976 film tells the story of ex-con Coy “Cannonball” Buckman who signs up for the Trans-American Grand Prix. This illegal road race begins in the Santa Monica Pier and ends in the lower west side of New York City. The film features a 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S with scissor doors.

The Car

The Car - Lincoln 2

The Car is a 1977 horror-thriller film written by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack, and Lane Slate, and stars James Brolin, John Marley, Kathleen Lloyd, and Ronny Cox. The film tells the story of a mysterious car that goes on a murder rampage, terrorizing the people who live in the small town. The evil car was a customized 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III, designed by George Barris. There was a total of six cars built for the filming and all were destroyed during production.

Hot Rods to Hell

Hot Rods to Hell - Race

Hot Rods to Hell is a 1967 film, originally created for television, starring Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer, and Laurie Mock. The film tells the story of a traveling salesman who encounters a drunk driver on his way home, resulting in being hospitalized with spinal damage. His family then sets out to California to get away, but run into a pair of drag racers in a high performance 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. The must encounter the dangerous ways of the group to begin a new life.

Transformers

Transformers - Cars 2

Transformers - Prime

Transformers is a 2007 science-fiction film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Shia LaBeouf. The film involves a teenager who is involved in a war between the good Autobots and the evil Decepticons. Classmate Sam buys the popular Autobot, Bumblebee, which is a disguised 1976 Camaro. Sam finally finds out that Bumblebee is really a giant robot, along with the rest of the Autobot Team – Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Jazz, and Ratchet.

Tommy Boy

Tommy Boy is a comedy film directed by Peter Segal, and starring David Spade and Chris Farley. Tommy Callahan Jr. finds a position waiting for him at his father’s company after graduating college. After his father, Big Tom Callahan dies, he must save the company before it and the town goes under. During the film, Tommy’s friend, Richard, drives a 1967 Plymouth GTX.

Deathproof

Death Proof - Chevy 2

Deathproof is a thriller film written and directed by Quetin Tarantino and stars Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Vanessa Ferlito, and Jordan Ladd. The film begins with three girlfriends who meet in a bar to celebrate a birthday. They meet a former stunt man who takes one friend out in his “death-proof” stunt car. Fourteen months later, the girls decide to get payback after the stunt man shows up and chases them in his 1970 Chevy Nova.

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point - Dodge  4

Vanishing Point is a 1971 film directed by Richard Sarafian and stars Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, and Victoria Medlin. The film focuses on Kowalski who works for a car delivery service. He is asked to deliver a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to California. He takes on a bet that he can make it there in less than 15 hours but runs into some weird scenarios along the way.

To Live And Die In L.A.

To Live and Die in LA - Cars

To Live and Die in L.A. is a 1985 thriller film directed by William Friedkin, and stars William Petersen, John Turturro, Willem Dafoe, and John Pankow. The film follows two cops in Los Angeles who try to track down a criminal. After one of the men is killed by the vicious criminal, Masters, the other swears for revenge. The law that he swore once to uphold is now meaningless to him.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Buellers Day Off - Ferrari 3

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a 1986 coming-of-age film written and directed by John Hughes and stars Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, and Jennifer Grey. The film focuses on a day off from the school with Ferris, and his two friends Cameron and Sloane. The friends must hide from the school principal, Ed Rooney, and Ferris’s family while cruising around Chicago and Cameron’s father 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. Although a rough day, everything turns out great for the friends until the classic car becomes totaled after falling through a glass wall.

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers - Cop Car 4

The Blues Brothers is a musical-comedy film directed by John Landis, and stars Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. The film focuses on Jake and Elwood Blues, two brothers who were raised by nuns. After Jake is released from prison, his brother picks him up in a former Mount Prospect police car and visits their childhood home. When they learn that their childhood home is going to be sold due to lack of property tax that must be paid in 11 days, they put their band back together in order to raise the money.

Against All Odds

Against All Odds - Porsche 2

Against All Odds is a 1984 film directed by Taylor Hackford and features Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward, and James Wood. The film takes place in Los Angeles when an aging football player who’s in need of money. He takes a job from a shady friend to tract down his girlfriend who resides somewhere in Mexico. After traveling in his Porsche 911 Cabriolet to find her, he promptly falls in love.

The Racers

The Racers - Mercedes

The Racers is a 1955 film directed by Henry Hathaway, and stars Kirk Douglas and Bella Darvi. The film focuses around motor racing during the 1950s era. Kirk Douglas plays a wreckless driver who will do anything it takes to succeed in the sport of motocross. The Racers features a variety of classic cars, such as the Ferrari, Maserati, and Mercedes.

Grand Prix

Grand Prix - Lotus

Grand Prix is a 1966 action film directed by John Frankenheimer and stars James Garner, Yves Montand, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Bedform, and Antonio Sabato. The film features Grand Prix driver, Pete Aron, who is fired from his racing team after a crash that injures his teammate. Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team and becomes involved with his injured ex-teammates wife. The film features some of the earliest experimentation with Formula-One in car cameras.

Greased Lightning

Greased Lightning - Dodge 3

Greased Lightning is a 1977 biographical film, starring Richard Pryor, Pam Grier, and Beau Bridges. This film is loosely based on the true life story of Wendell Scott. Scott was the first African American stock car racing champion in the United States. In the film, Scott drives a muscle car known as a Dodge Challenger.

Eat My Dust!

Eat My Dust - Chevy Camaro

Eat My Dust! Is a 1976 film directed by Charles B. Griffith, and stars Ron Howard, Christopher Norris, Brad David, and Kathy O’Dare. The film focuses on a car-crazy teenager, Hoover Nielbold, who brings the hottest girl in school for a ride in a race car to try and impress her. The local sheriff becomes furious and sends his deputies to go after him. After they fail to catch him, he enlists the help of fellow racers to capture him.

More American Graffiti

More American Graffiti - Ford

More American Graffiti is a 1979 film to George’s Lucas’s sequel and stars Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, and Charles Martin Smith. The film tells a story over four consecutive New Year’s Eves and deals with Vietnam and other issues of the late 1960s. The film features a 1955 Chevy, 1958 Impala, 1956 T-Bird, 1961 Ford Galaxie Cop Car, and the Pharaoh’s 1951 Mercury.

Moonrunners

Moonrunners - Plymouth 2

Moonrunners is a 1975 film directed by Gy Waldron, and stars James Mitchum, Kiel Martin, Arthur Hunnicutt, and Chris Forbes. The film features Grady and Bobby Lee who run moonshine for Uncle Jesse. The car used in the film was a 1958 Chrysler 300D and was named Traveller after General Lee’s horse. The story is narrated by the Balladeer who comments on the story of cousins, Grady and Bobby.

White Lightning

White Lightning - Ford Custom 500

White Lightning is a 1973 action film starring Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Bo Hopkins, Ned Beatty, R.G. Armstrong, and Diane Ladd. The storyline focuses on an ex-con who teams up with federal agents in order to help breakup a moonshine ring. Once the sheriff finds out Gator is working for the Feds, he sends in his enforcer. Gator goes after the sheriff in an epic car chase. The cars used in the movie included the 1971 Ford Custom 500, 1971 Mercury Monterey, 1972 Ford LTD, 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, 1963 Mercury Comet, 1962 Ford Fairlane, 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88, and a Chevrolet Camaro.

The Gumball Rally

The Gumball Rally - Shelby 4

The Gumball Rally is a 1976 film starring Michael Sarrazin, Norman Burton, Gary Busey, John Durren, and Susan Flannery. The film centers on a group of people from different background who know it’s time for the Gumball Rally when the word “gumball” is whispered. The film features an AC Cobra, Ferrari, Camaro Z-28, Porsche 911 and Mercedes 300SL. The Gumball Rally was inspired by the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining Sea Trophy Dash.

The Driver

The Driver - Pontiac

The Driver is a 1978 film directed by Walter Hill, and stars Ryan O’Neal, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruce Dern. The film features “the driver” who is a specialist in getaway car robberies. Due to his exceptional talent in this field, he has never been caught. The original orange Mercedes used in the film was destroyed during the multi-story car park scene.

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry - Dodge

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry is a 1974 car chase film, staring Peter Fonda, Susan George, Vic Morrow, and Adam Roarke. Mary and Larry are lovers who rob a grocery store and flee the police in an attempt to make a professional racing circuit. They are chased from a 426 Hemi to a helicopter in attempt to stop Larry’s Dodge Charger.

The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious - Aston Martin

The Fast and the Furious is a 1955 film starring John Ireland and Dorothy Malone. The story is about a man who is wrongly imprisoned for murder. After breaking out of jail, the police pursue him. The man is forced to take a young woman into hostage and drives a variety of fast sports cars in order to make it to the Mexico border before the cops get him.

Johnny Dark

Johnny Dark - Ferrari

Johnny Dark is a 1954 film starring Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don Taylor, Paul Kelly, Ilka Chase, and Sidney Blackmer. An automobile engineer designs a new radical car but the owner refuses to sponsor the car in a Mexico or Canada Sports car race. With the aid of the owner’s granddaughter, Johnny steals the car and runs the race against his ex-buddy. The film features a 1952 DB HBR Sport and Ferrari 250 MM Vignale.

King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain - Chevy 2

King of the Mountain is a 1981 film starring Harry Hamlin, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Joseph Bottoms, Richard Cox, Dennis Hooper, and Seymour Cassel. The film focuses on a group of friends who race high powered cars down a deadly mountain known as Mulholland Drive. The winner of the dangerous obstacle claims title of “King of the Hill”. In his 356 Speedster, Steve races against novice drivers and veterans alike.

The Last American Hero

The Last American Hero - Chevy

The Last American Hero is a 1973 drama-sports film directed by Lamont Johnson and stars Jeff Bridges. The film is based on the true story of American NASCAR driver Junior Johnson. The Last American Hero feature a little of everything from the moonshine runs to the demolition derbies.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Alan Mann Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 musical starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes. In the film a professor invents wacky machines but isn’t able to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, the foreign government becomes interested and resorts to skullduggery. The vintage racing car used as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a fully functional GEN 11 that holds the record for the most expensive stage prop ever.

The Love Bug

The Love Bug - Herbie 4

The Love Bug was created by Walt Disney Productions and starred Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, and Buddy Hackett. The story follows the Volkswagen Beetle, Herbie, who seems to have a mind of its own. Three more Herbie movies were to follow this film.

Cars

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Cars is a 2006 animated film produced y Pixar and featured the voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Jenifer Lewis, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, George Carlin, and Larry the Cable Guy. The film takes place in a world populated by motor vehicles. Race car Lightning McQueen is desperate the win the Piston Cup championship but runs into some trouble on his journey.

Corvette Summer

Corvette Summer - Corvette 3

Corvette Summer is a 1978 film starring Mark Hamill and Annie Potts. When the shop class dream Corvette is stolen, the main character Ken begins to look for it. His search eventually leads him to Las Vegas. With the help of Vanessa, a teenager prostitute, they attempt to tract the car down.

Batman

Batman - Batmobile

Batman is a superhero based film directed by Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Robert Wuhl, Kim Basinger, and Jack Palance. In the film, the Dark Night of Gotham City begins war on his first major enemy, the Joker. While fighting crime, Batman rides in the Batmobile, an evolved car that was first seem as a sedan.

Back To The Future

Back to the Future - Delorean

Back to the Future is a 1985 science-fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, and Crispin Glover. In the film, Martin McFly, is sent back to 1955 in a time machine invented by a mad scientist. The DeLorean time traveling vehicle is used in order for Marty to ensure his parents meet and fall in love.

Hot Rod (1950 version)

Hot Rod - Hot Rod 4

Hot Rod is a 1950 film starring Jimmy Lydon, ArtBaker, Gil Stratton, Gloria Winters,Myron Heasley, Tommy Bond, and Jean Dean. The story features the son of a hot-rod hating father who buys an old jalopy but fails to convert it due to his father. He changes his mind when he wants to impress a girl. Jack then steals David’s hot rod and fleas the scene of an accident created by him. After apprehending the robbers, the Judge decides to build a hot rod race track in the town.

Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise - Thunderbird

Thelma and Louise is a 1991 road movie starring Greena Davis and Susan Sarandon. The film follows the journey of the two women as they go after a man who threatens to rape Thelma. After deciding to go to Mexico, the American police begin hunting them. The two women travel in Louise’s teal 1966 Thunderbird convertible for a two-day vacation only to find out they are the victims of circumstance.

Cobra

Cobra - Mercury

Cobra is a 1986 action film starring Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielson, Reni Santoni, and Andrew Robinson. The storyline features a city cop on the trail of a serial killer. He is called into a hostage situation when negotiations fail. Sylvester Stallone drives a custom 1950 Mercury in the film.

Used Cars

Used Cars - Mercury

Used Cars is a 1980 film starring Kurt Russell, Deborah Harmon, Jack Warden, and Gerrit Graham. In the film, a used car salesman is in need of money to run for State Senate. His boss agrees to front him $10,000 but then runs into some problems. War begins between competing car shops and Rudy fights to keep Roy from obtaining his property.


Hollywood Knights

Hollywood Nights - Chevy

The Hollywood Knights is a 1980 comedy staring Robert Wuhl, Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Fran Drescher. The film depicts the juvenile antics of a group of practical jokers in Beverly Hills. The Hollywood Knights uses a wide variety of vehicles, such as an AC Shelby Cobra 427, 1971 BMW, 1965 Buick Skylark, and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette.

Grease

Grease - Ending Scene

Grease - Ford

Grease is a 1978 musical directed by Randal Kleiser and stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway, and Stockard Channing. The film focused on lovers, Sandy and Danny, who go back to school after spending a summer together and are unaware they are both attending Rydell High. Danny’s group, the T-Birds, clean up and rejuvenate a 1948 Ford, known as Grease Lightning.

The Cannonball Run

The Cannonball Run - Lamborghini

The Cannonball Run is a 1981 film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, and Dom DeLuise. The film centers on a popular cross-country car race in which the entrants will do anything to win. There are several teams in the race. Among them are a souped-up Dodge Tradesman ambulance, a red Ferrari 308 GTS, a black Lamborghini Countach, a NASCAR Winston Cup Chevrolet stock car, and a Aston Martin DB5.

Speed Racer

Speed Racer

Speed Racer is a 2008 live-action film starring Emile Hirsch and Nicholas Elia. The story begins with a young man with a goal to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally. The owner of Royalton Industries makes Speed an offer that he rejects, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers secrets about cheating that is done in order to gain a profit.


The Lively Set

The Lively Set - Ford 4

The Lively Set is a 1964 film directed by Jack Arnold and stars James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, and Doug McClure. The storyline focuses on Casey Owens, a mechanic who has developed a design for a turbine car engine. A wealthy man then hires Casey to build the car for him in order to race in the Tri-State Endurance Run. After an unsuccessful test run, the turbine-powered car is abandoned but Casey reworks it to complete the run.

Ronin

Ronin - Citreon

Ronin is a 1988 thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Robert De Niro and Jean Reno. The Ronin are specialists who services are available to everyone, for money. Ronin is known for its number of car chases, especially a lengthy race through the streets f Paris. Cars used in the film include 1988 Alfa Romeo, 1983 Audi 100, 1987 Bentley Mulsanne, 1985 BMW, and a 1992 Citroen AX.

Days of Thunder

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Days of Thunder is a 1990 auto racing film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Randy Quaid, Robert Duvall, Cary Elwes, and Michael Rooker. When Cole Trickle enters the world of NASCAR racing, his hot temper gets him into trouble with other drivers and members of his own team. A rivalry between Cole and Rowdy gets both drivers injured at the Firecracker 400 in Daytona.

Dukes of Hazzard

Dukes of Hazzard - Dodge

The Dukes of Hazzard is a 2005 comedy starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Alice Greczyn, and Steve Lemme. The film is based on the American telelvision series. It follows cousins Bo and Luke who egg on the authorities of Hazzard County with the help of their cousin Daisy and Uncle Jesse. Nearly 30 Dodge Chargers were used in the making of the film and over 300 were used in the making of the television series.

These are just some of the greatest car movies of all time. These classic vehicles will forever be remembered through the films that bring them to life.

By Quinten Kenrick

 

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