The 10 Best Movies Centered Around Cars, Ranked
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
There is nothing more exciting than watching a movie with a high-speed car chase, especially if it ends with a spectacular crash. With a new Fast and the Furious movie coming out on April 14, we thought we'd take a look at the 10 best movies that heavily involve cars in their storylines. Using scores primarily from Metacritic--and a few from IMDb--we're starting with number 10.
10. Cars (2006)
The Pixar film Cars takes the audience into a world inhabitated entirely by anthropomorphic automobiles. The movie follows Lightning McQueen, a racecar who learns the meaning of family.
Metacritic Score: 73
9. The Italian Job (1969)
While many people are familiar with the 2003 version of The Italian Job, it is originally based on a 1969 Michael Caine film. In this heist movie, a group of thieves plan on stealing a shipment of gold by creating a traffic jam in the streets of Turin.
IMDb Score: 7.4
8. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Jeff Bridges stars in the biography of Preston Tucker, an ambitious car designer during the 1940s who has a revolutionary idea for an automobile. The biggest challenge wasn't designing the car, though: It was taking on the auto-industry.
Metacritic Score: 74
7. Bullitt (1968)
The cult classic starring Steve McQueen follows a San Francisco police officer looking for a criminal kingpin who killed a witness he was protecting. The film is filled with gritty car chase scenes set throughout the hills of the city.
IMDb Score: 7.5
6. Rush (2013)
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl star in Rush, the true story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two rival Formula One drivers. Things were very heated between the two, which led to some horrific crashes.
Metacritic Score: 75
5. The Road Warrior (1982)
The Mad Max sequel is unlike the majority of the other films on this list because it takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The movie again follows Max, who helps a small community fight off bandits.
Metacritic Score: 76
3. Death Proof (2007)
Part of the 2007 double feature Grindhouse, Death Proof follows two groups of women who are stalked by Stuntman Mike, played by Kurt Russell. He uses his "death proof" car to kill his victims.
Metacritic Score: 77 (The score is reflective of the double-feature also featuring Planet Terror)
2. Drive (2011)
Drive follows a Hollywood stuntman, played by Ryan Gosling, who moonlights as a getaway driver. He becomes the target of some very bad men in Los Angeles after agreeing to help his neighbor.
Metacritic Score: 78
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Finally, the best movie revolving around cars is Mad Max: Fury Road. It stars Tom Hardy as the titular character as he helps Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron, and a group of enslaved women escape the clutches of Immortan Joe.
Metacritic Score: 90