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Monday, May 9, 2011

My favorite Car movies

Just a quick post here, in the wake of FAST FIVE, which I did enjoy. Here is a quickly thrown together list of some my favorite car films. Oh, and by the way, if you've not already seen it, I HIGHLY recommend "40 Memorable Movie Cars" post over at the Film Connoisseur blog. What a great list!

1. TWO-LANE BLACK TOP(1971; Monte Helleman)

2. THE DRIVER(1978; Walter Hill)
3. DUEL(1971; Steven Spielberg)
4. SMOKEY & THE BANDIT(1977; Hal Needham)

5. VANISHING POINT(1971; Richard C. Sarafian)

6. THE CAR(1977; Elliot Silverstein)

7. BULLITT(1968; Peter Yates)

8. LAST AMERICAN HERO(1973; Lamont Johnson)

9. MAD MAX(1979; George Miller)

10. DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY(1974; John Hough)

11. DEATHPROOF(2007; Quentin Tarantino)

12. THUNDER ROAD(1958; Arthur Ripley)

13. GRAND PRIX(1966; John Frankenheimer)

14. TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM(1988; Francis Ford Coppola)

15. THE CROWD ROARS(1932; Howard Hawks)

16. GONE IN 60 SECONDS(1974; H.B. Halicki)

17. THE GUMBALL RALLY(1976; Chuck Bail)

18. HEART LIKE A WHEEL(1983; Jonathan Kaplan)

19. PIT STOP(1969; Jack Hill)

20. CANNONBALL!(1976; Paul Bartel)

21. WHITE LIGHTNING(1973; Joseph Sargent)

22. CORVETTE SUMMER(1978; Matthew Robbins)

23. LE MANS(1971; Lee H. Katzin)

24. SIX PACK(1982; Daniel Petrie)

25. HOT ROD(1979; George Armitage)


Schofizzy said...

Are these ranked in order? Like 1 is your favorite of all time?

Rupert Pupkin said...

Yessir, ranked based on my feelings about each film right now.

Ed South said...

Gumball Rally and Cannonball but no Cannonball Run!?!?! I'm outraged! I just caught Duel the other night for the first time, FANTASTIC!!!

Tom said...

I'll have to check out Two Lane Black Top; never heard of it. Had no idea James Taylor starred in a movie.

Unknown said...

VANISHING POINT is without a doubt my all-time fave car movie. With TWO-LANE BLACKTOP a very close second. Nice list!

Scott M said...

Great, great stuff.

I saw The Driver for the first time a couple of months back. Really dug it, and loved that tangerine Mercedes. I still need to see Vanishing Points. Thanks for the great suggestions.

SteveQ said...

Just for the car chases, I'd add The Seven-Ups, Death Race 2000 and The Blues Brothers.

giles edwards said...

Terrific list ever, sir.

I'll plop in a vote for THE SEVEN UPS as my favourite car movie as well while I'm at it.

THE CAR just went to the top of my "to watch" pile.

SteveQ said...

Oh, and "American Graffiti."

Rupert Pupkin said...

ED-My apologies. Really need to see CANNONBALL RUN again soon. Last time I tried to revisit, I found it kinda dopey if I recall. Which is odd cause I like some dopey movies. Deserves another look for sure! Glad you dug DUEL. I love the crap outta that movie! Top tier Spielberg!

TOM-Yeah TWO-LANE is a neat, artsy little film. Taylor is solid in it.

J.D. Thanks! Yeah I was so excited VP came out on Blu!

SCOTT-Yeah THE DRIVER is just a classic as far as I'm concerned. One of Walter Hill's best!

STEVE-All good suggestions, should definitely be on my list. Especially the SEVEN UPS which I like a lot.

GILES-Love the SEVEN UPS like I said, really solid and still underrated. Very curious to hear your thoughts on THE CAR!!

Franco Macabro said...

By the way, I shot and edited it myself!

Franco Macabro said...

Great post dude, and thanks for the promo on that article, those mega posts take a lot out of me! But I enjoy making them, love to see the feedback from the readers. I still need to see Two Lane Black Top! Vanishing Point is one of my faves, love the rebellious streak on that one.

Dude, I just posted a little behind the scenes video over at my blog on the making of Fast Five I think you will enjoy it!

Rupert Pupkin said...

THE FC-Yeah it was such a great post, so many cool cars in all those films!
I will totally be checking out your video!

Unknown said...

Finally a list from which I've seen almost all the movies.

Few other good ones:

Thunder and Lightning
California Kid
Used Cars
the original Italian Job

- Vikke_AJ

Rupert Pupkin said...

Ahh, USED CARS! how could I forget to put that on my list! I own the DVD of CALIFORNIA KID, but have yet to watch.

Unknown said...

Wow, classic! Vintage movies that involve cars! They have nice posters, though. I'm just curious... Why does The Car's poster have a tilted text? What did its designer mean to do with it? Hmm. Vintage posters absolutely have unique, yet captivating appearances.

--Cassie Brendan

Erwin Calverley said...

These are some cool car flicks for all the car enthusiasts out there who would like to take some time off their busy car-collecting lives. I bet there are tons of car movies out there!

Erwin Calverley

Unknown said...

Amazing collection, Rupert! Made me wish these cars were all preserved in one museum, so that the younger generation would be able to appreciate them. Car enthusiasts would totally love the idea. Where did you get those posters? They're vintage!

Arlyne Nelms @Spartan Toyota