My most favorite car movies of all time are Ford v Ferrari, Wangan Midnight: The Movie and Fast & Furious series.
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The screenplay co-written by Roald Dahl, based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The James Bond author wrote a book about THE FIRST AUTOBOT! It is a transforming car that is hinted at being sentient! The car is drives on road, speeds across the ocean, and flies in the air.
Ronin has definitely stuck with me, the car bits at least are great. It looks like they filmed actual cars racing around Paris which I love, you can’t replace that kind of physicality with CGI in my opinion. They also leave the car chases without music which is a very rare and welcome choice, it’s really effective.
I need to post in at least one GTxForza thread so I will list one that hasn't been mentioned yet (even if it might not be my favorite):
Although it has too much CGI, the era of F1 and drivers it referenced were some of the most fascinating in racing history.
American Graffiti, Need for Speed and Convoy are pretty fun but Vanishing Point is probably my "tasteful" favorite.
Some not mentioned above (or I missed it if they were):
Grand Prix (old skool F1 action starring James Garner & Toshiro Mifune) - you get to see how Spa and Monza used to look!
Days of Thunder - based on loads and loads of real NASCAR stories, and it's kind of nuts what they did to get it made, like qualifying cars and running them in real NASCAR races - go watch The Golden Hour, a doc that aired recently on the making of Days of Thunder.
Also if you watch Le Mans, then you have to watch the companion documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans. That movie had a real rocky road to getting made (like no script) which is partly why it seems like watching a race with a light sprinkling of plot. Loads of real race cars and drivers got used, and some got badly hurt. Also - do not trust Steve McQueen with a woman or your money, other than that, an interesting bloke to have a drink with for sure.
If I rate the Car movies in which Thriller and Action also then No Doubt Death Race is the best in all among of the car movie. But Wait Don't forget the Driver movie the most underrated movie but I like the story Linup and the action, Fast and Furious furnchise also won the Audience's heart.
Not the most obvious answer but Dazed and Confused. the cars really are such a big part of the movie's vibe. And on the commentary Linklater goes even more in-depth on the whole 70's muscle car culture in the US.
Also the first Fast and Furious movie is still my favorite. I love sweaty Paul Walker
As far as car chases go, Bullitt, Ronin and The Driver are at the top of my list.
For car porn, John Wick and Gone in 60 Seconds (Eleanore is my actual dream car), and also Christine.
Top truck movies (they're technically cars, right?) for me are Convoy, Duel and Sorcerer.
Best tricycle movies are... nah.
Here is an obscure one that I actually like a lot and no because of who stars in it. Corvette Summer (1978) "A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette." Its stars Mark Hamill and Annie Potts!
It is really a nice story. It is a bit stilted and 70s -sh by today's standards, but but full of character actors you will know. The car is very cool in a way only a custom Corvette could be...candy apple red, sparkles...weird hood scoop.
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