The 8 Movies Every Car Enthusiast Needs to See

From genres like romance to action to sci-fi and everything in between, those movies star some pretty awesome cars along with the actors who drive them.

Fast and Furious Series

"I live my life a quarter mile at a time."

Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and Tyrese Gibson, the Fast and Furious is a series of action films that center on illegal street racing. The series was launched in 2001 followed by seven sequels, two short films, and a video game series. Earning more than $3.5 billion worldwide in box offices, the series has become Universal Studio’s biggest franchise of all time.

The series features cars like a 1970 Dodge Charger, a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R,  and a Mitsubishi Eclipse to name a few.

Gran Torino
“What you lookin' at old man?”

Clint Eastwood stars as a disgruntled, retired auto worker and Korean War vet who despises many Asian, Latino and black families in his neighborhood. His character becomes a hero when he stands up to gang members who try to force an Asian teen to steal his treasured Ford Torino car. He forms an unlikely friendship with the teen and finds out that he has more in common with his neighbors than previously thought.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
“Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago?”

Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Bueller, a teen who has mastered the art of skipping class and getting away with it. In an effort to skip school one more time before his high school graduation, he “borrows” a Ferrari 250 GT and has the most incredible adventure through the streets of Chicago with his friends.

The Love Bug
“Why is it the only food we have in this house is parrot food? I mean, we don't *have* a parrot.”

A race car driver played by Dean Jones and his philosophical mechanic find themselves in possession of a white Volkswagen Beetle that has a mind of its own. They call the car “Herbie” and become the talk of the California racing circuit to the displeasure of a local car dealer who tries to take the magic VW Beetle.

Smokey and the Bandit
“For the good old American life: For the money, for the glory, and for the fun... mostly for the money.”

In 1977, it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. So, Big Enos, played by Pat McCormick, hires truck driver Bo “Bandit” Darville, portrayed by Burt Reynolds, to pick up the beer and drive it from Texas to Georgia in 28 hours so he can drink it at a truck show. With the help of a hitchhiker played by Sally Field, the pair embarks on a high-speed chase in his 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM.

Back to the Future Series
“Nobody calls me chicken!”

In this 1980s classic, small-town teen Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, is transported to the 1950s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd, goes wrong. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist.

Mad Max Series
“The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go.”

In a dystopian future, the world has plunged into war, famine and financial chaos. The last sign of the law in Australia attempt to restrain a vicious biker gang. Max, played by Mel Gibson, is an officer with the Main Force Patrol and launches a personal vendetta against the gang when his wife and son are hunted down and murdered.

A modified V8 Interceptor, 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT coupe, and a Tatra T815 are some of the vehicles used in the film.

“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”

In the third movie of the James Bond series, Special agent 007, played by Sean Connery, comes face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time. Now, he has to outwit the villain to prevent him from obliterating the world’s economy. Goldfinger made the Aston Martin DB5 one of the most famous cars in the world thanks to Oscar-winning special effects.


  • steven

    Don’t forget Vanishing Point, Two Lane Blacktop, American Graffiti, and any of the early 60’s surfer/hot rod movies, too numerous to mention

  • steven

    Don’t forget Vanishing Point, Two Lane Blacktop, American Graffiti, and any of the early 60’s surfer/hot rod movies, too numerous to mention

  • Mike Ward

    My fav’s are Smoky and the Bandit, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Vanishing Point, Two Lane Blacktop, and American Graffiti

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