Our Top 10 Car Movies: But How Do You Rank Them?

Our Top 10 Car Movies: But How Do You Rank Them?

Let's start at #10

#10 Back to The Future: “Great Scotts! We’re number 10, Marty!” While “Back to the Future” primarily focuses on time travel and adventure, the iconic DeLorean time machine, driven by Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), is a symbol of 1980s pop culture. The DeLorean DMC-12’s stainless steel body and gull-wing doors make it a recognizable and beloved part of the film. You might be asking why this movie of all movies is on this list. Well shortly, who wasn’t taken away by the futuristic aesthetic and prowess of the DeLorean! The films borrows and certainly hits on pop culture references one being the “Car of the Future!”

Man standing next to a car for a movie poster of Back to the Future
Rounding out our Top 10, surprisingly is a Sci-Fi movie & doesn’t have anything to do with Cars. BUT The DMC Delorean shaped the very understanding of what the future held in pop culture
& importantly the automotive scene!
Source: Movie Database
The DMC Delorean with the doors up parked infront of the National Mall building
Check out the origins of the DMC Delorean and it’s downfall!
Source: Hagerty

#9 Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974): H.B. Halicki’s “Gone in 60 Seconds” is a cult classic celebrated for its extended car chase sequences. The standout car here is the Ford Mustang, codenamed “Eleanor.” The movie centers on a high-stakes car theft operation, highlighting the charisma of Halicki as the lead character, Maindrian Pace, and the allure of the beloved ’67 Shelby GT500 known as Eleanor.

Gone in Sixty Seconds movie poster with writing and pictures next on it
Whether it’s this one or the remake, The Mustang Eleanor needed to be on this list!
Source: Movie Database

#8 Smokey and The Bandit (1977): Starring Burt Reynolds and directed by Hal Needham, “Smokey and the Bandit” is a rollicking adventure featuring a Pontiac Trans Am. This film captures the spirit of rebel trucker culture and the pursuit of freedom on the open road. The Trans Am, with its striking black and gold livery, became an automotive icon, just like Reynolds’ Bandit character.

man and woman sitting in a car next to eachother driving in a car passing trees
Actor/Actress: Kurt Reynolds and Sally Field, an American Classic!
Source: Movie Database
Actor Burt Reynolds behind the wheel of a black trans am going through a turn on the dirt
Pontiac Trans Am, if there wasn’t a more fitting choice to fill in for the American Spirit & “Root-for-the-Bad-Guy” theme!
Source: Movie Database

#7 Le Mans (1971): “Le Mans” is a tribute to the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, directed by Lee H. Katzin and starring Steve McQueen. The film’s iconic vehicles are the Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s that roar around the track. While the cars take the spotlight, the characters remain secondary, as the movie focuses on the sheer determination and risks faced by racecar drivers in their pursuit of victory.

Actor Steve McQueen posing in a race suit
Actor Steve McQueen in another movie he starred in hitting our Top 10 list.
Something about McQueen and Car movies, am I right?
Source: Movie Database

#6 Italian Job (1969): The original “Italian Job” from 1969, directed by Peter Collinson, is a beloved classic that showcases a trio of Mini Coopers in a heist plot in Italy. The Minis themselves, along with Michael Caine’s charismatic performance, are the standout icons in this film, symbolizing the essence of British coolness and precision. Another car film that has seen its share of inspiration and remakes, ultimately the film delivers an upbeat and entertaining plot and delivered behind the Mini Cooper trio captivating the audience.

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