Cars and movies have been inseparable since the beginning of both industries in the early 20th century. A pulse-pounding chase scene, an iconic vehicle, or simply the freedom that cars represent can turn a movie into an unforgettable experience.
To compile a list of the best movies about cars, drivers, motorsports, road trips and related matters, 24/7 Tempo has created an index based on ratings from IMDban online movie and TV database owned by Amazon, and Tomatometer and audience ratings from Rotten tomatoesan online aggregator for movie and TV reviews.
Car chase scenes have been a staple of movies ever since the industry moved to Hollywood in the early 1900s, where outdoor filming became possible year-round. Some of them are of the adrenaline rush, as in “The French Connection” and “Baby Driver”. Others are on the crazy side, like “What’s Up, Doc?”
Cars have been symbols of rebellion, as in the movies ‘Rebel Without a Cause’. They have also been the subject of compelling car racing documentaries such as ‘Senna’ and dramatic racing stories such as ‘Rush’ and ‘Ford v Ferrari’.
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Certain actors have been associated with cars. Steve McQueen, who raced cars himself, was chased by hitmen on the streets of San Francisco in “Bullitt.” †These are the 50 best action movies of all time†
Over Steve McQueen, in “Bullitt”, he drove a Ford Mustang GT, which itself became an icon. †These are the world’s best classic cars†