There are legendary actors and actresses that everyone talks about, but there are also showstopping vehicles. The OneRequest team compiled a list of some of the top movies about cars, in no particular order. If you’re a car enthusiast, these are great to watch in between bingeing your favorite new show or listening to your favorite podcast. Disagree with our choices? Tell us why your car movie is better on our Facebook or Instagram page.
Gone in 60 Seconds
2000 - PG-13 - 1h 53m
One of the most classic car meets adventure movies of all-time. Nicholas Cage plays the notorious but retired car thief, Memphis Raines (a first ballot, hall-of-fame movie name). Memphis’ brother Kip gets into some trouble with British gangster Raymond Calitri for reasons that aren't terribly clear. To avoid further issues, Kip needs Memphis’ help and expertise to steal 50 high end cars in 72 hours. Memphis puts together a crew and they get to work. Can they complete the heist and stay alive?
Fast & Furious Series
2001- Present – PG-13 – Length Varies
We know, we know. This isn’t just one movie – it’s actually nine, accompanied by short films, spin-offs, video games and more. You can’t deny that the Fast & Furious series’ focus on street racing is legendary. The first few movies emphasize the world of illegal street racing while the more recent films focus more on espionage and elaborate heists. Vin Diesel and the rest of the star-studded cast have put this series on the map. Look out for F9 coming out in May 2021 – the series never stops!
2006 – G – 1h 57m
It’s an animated car classic. Lightning McQueen, a hot shot red racecar, is determined to take home the Piston Cup Championship. One problem: he gets lost during his road trip to California. McQueen has to fend for himself in the forgotten Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. While there, McQueen starts to befriend the other cars in the town and realize life isn’t all about winning. This movie is family friendly and features a rocking soundtrack.
2017 – R – 1h 55m
The most emotionally heavy of the movies on our list, Baby Driver tells the story of a getaway driver named Baby, played by Ansel Elgort. Baby pays off debt by driving getaway cars for criminals and finds peace listening to music during his getaways. After supposedly leaving the criminal underworld for good, he gets sucked back into the life of getaway driving for one last mission, a decision that will affect the rest of his life. The movie features incredible driving stunts and a great soundtrack.
2018 – PG-13 – 1h 54m
Bumblebee is a reinvigorating reboot of the Transformers series. Autobot B-127 is sent to Earth to set up a base camp where Autobots can meet and determine how to beat the Decepticons on planet Cybertron. During his scouting mission, B-127 finds trouble and disguises himself as a beat-up Volkswagen Beetle. Years later, in 1987, teenager Charlie Watson, played by Hailee Steinfield, stumbles on a yellow Volkswagen Beetle and attempts to fix it up. It transforms into B-127, and Charlie gives him the nickname “Bumblebee”. From there, the pair work together to protect Earth and Cybertron from the Deceptions. Are they successful? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
Ford v Ferrrari
2019 – PG-13 – 2h 32m
Travel back in time to the 1960s. Ford Motor Co. and Ferrari are feuding over recent business deals. Ford Motor Co., specifically the overbearing Henry Ford II, tasks his racing department with the seemingly impossible task of building a car to defeat Ferrari at the famed 24-hour Le Mans race. Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon, teams up with Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale, to defeat Ferrari in a race the Italian car brand has historically dominated. You’ll have to watch the award-winning movie on your own to see if Ford beats Ferrari (or search Google).
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