While initially, the cars were simple and the next best step when it came to travelling, the cars have evolved over the years and became one of the most loved possession of humans. This has been possible because of the advancements in the cars and the subsequent market development owing to it.
Movies have played a great part in this as a lot of cars have been used in movies for years. Displayed as an object of extreme desire, these cars have won the fancy of both men, and women. One of the key reasons there is a booming market for high-end cars is the movies based and built around them.
Let’s take a look at 10 movies that have been most notable and loved in the history of cinema.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and The Furious sparked a revolution in the car movies world. What started with this movie became a highly successful movie series that capitulated itself to the next level of success. The Fast and the Furious is widely regarded as one of the best car movies that have been developed, and while its successors earn way more and have a greater audience, it all could have been made possible due to this movie.
Starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker among other stars, the series developed the love for car movies among people around the world. Although the movie isn’t what a person would call a masterpiece, the movie created a highly grossing franchise around the world.
Talladega Nights (2006)
One of the most successful car-themed comedies, this movie deftly satirized sports biopics and critiqued the people’s idolization of sports celebrity. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby was underappreciated at the time it launched and has the story built up on the American car culture, such as the infamous patriotism that people attach to NASCAR and the subsequent masculine bravado.
Although not every joke has the same finesse, even then the movie came timely considering the divide between the French and American Motorsports. The movie even managed to cement the McKay and Ferrell’s style of smart dumb comedy.
Cars is another notable film based on cars that was released in the year 2006 and is marked to be one of the most lucrative properties of Pixar. The movie is notorious for the rampant merchandising associated with it.
Though the movie has often been dismissed as being the story of a conventional hero’s journey that is meant only for child audience. Despite the story being baseline cliched, Cars deserves all the respect it got, since the movie is one of the most successful animated car movies ever. The widely appreciated movie is now synonymous in the world’s eyes with cartoon cars. Made by Disney Pixar, Cars is still the reigning king of the animated car movies, thus, deserving a spot in the list.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
While most films about cars focus on the character’s relationship with the cars on the roads, resulting usually in a lot of motorsport races, cross country road trips, and/or vehicle chases, this Francis Ford Coppola’s biopic is based on the automotive entrepreneur Preston Tucker. The movie is unique in the sense that it showcases the relationship of a man with cars off the road.
The movie is an overlook on the contribution of one man to the automotive industry and balances poignant moments and technical dialogue. While Tucker may not have revolutionised the cinema, but it does stand out as a single car centric piece that should be on everybody’s watch list.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
A favourite with the audience instead of being a critically acclaimed film, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit is a widely successful road trip comedy, which combines many characters along with wild car chases on the country roads.
Although the movie is a product of the time in subject and style, Bandit’s beer-fueled escapades won’t hold much over the current Hollywood trends as well as to North U.S. audiences, but even then, the movie is much loved by the Southern hemisphere of the US.
The Italian Job (1969 & 2003)
The Italian Job was and still is a splendid movie, and a much-loved classic set amongst British atmosphere. With a vivid image of Mini Cooper, the movie is definitely an entertaining movie to watch, and so is its remake in the year 2003.
The original stands as the quintessential British caper, which features the British Culture of 1960s in a self-aware and wry time capsule. On the other hand, the remake morphed the original into a brisk, slick heist movie with a global appeal.
Both the movies have a solid star cast and show extended car chases in a signature style by using MINI Coopers.
Le Mans (1971)
No list of car movies is ever complete without paying the due homage to the grandiose attempt of Steve McQueen in capturing the experience of the 24 Hours of the Le Mans on the movie. Despite the final movie being flawed from the perspective of the narrative, the events that happened behind the camera are just as notorious as the film’s initial box office collection and the critical failure of the film.
However, years after the movie was released, Le Mans earned the respect of various cinematic historians and automotive experts who appreciate the visionary cinema verité achievements.
The French Connection (1971)
The movie defines what classic car movies are. This William Friedkin’s crime thriller has earned a due share of Academy Awards, which include the Best Picture. The movie has additionally been inducted into the National Registry of Films.
The French Connection is a fictionalized portrayal of a true story and experimented as well as took risks with the camera work for producing a white knuckled car chase that no viewer can ever forget.
The prolonged sequence that went through the streets of the New York does go on to overshadow the remaining part of the film, but it does earn the place of a cinematic legend.