For the last of our reviews, we are going to look at the bottom end of the top 30 car movies.
1. Mad Max
Set after the Apocalypse, Mel Gibson starred as Mad Max, a futuristic policeman who has had enough of his job. His boss talks him into going on a holiday, only to find that he is up against a gang of bikers who savagely murder his wife and children as payback for the death of a gang-member. Mad Max seeks his revenge inside a modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe – a souped up V8 monster of a vehicle.
2. National Lampoons Vacation
This is the first in series of National Lampoon films and features a truly awful looking station wagon – it was originally a Ford LTD Country Squire! The film follows the Griswolds as they go on a cross-country holiday to a theme park – a holiday which quickly turns into a nightmare as disaster after disaster follows the Griswolds on their travels.
3. Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World is a mildly funny story about the adventures of 2 metal-heads with no real aim in life. From a basement, they broadcast a dhow called Wayne’s World, a show that is brought to the attention of a network executive who wants to make a higher budget version of the show. Unfortunately, he also wants the girlfriend of one of the friends, resulting in a battle to save both the show and the woman. One of the cars that is featured in the film is a 1976 AMC Pacer.
4. Kill Bill Volume 1
Uma Thurman stars in this Pulp-Fiction style movie about a group of assassins. However, she decides it’s time to leave the group and get married but it doesn’t go according to plan. After surviving being shot in the head she returns 4 years later to take her revenge against the people who destroyed her wedding. Featured highly in this film is the 1997 Chevrolet C-2500 Silverado Fleetside.
5. The Fast and the Furious
This is the first of a couple of movies about an FBI investigation into a spree of hijackings. The undercover FBI agent soon falls under the spell of the gang of hijackers and finds himself starting to have some sympathy with his suspect Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel. HE also finds himself falling in love with Torettos’ sister. High-speed car chases and races follow, culminating in the FBI agent covering for the gang when a sting operation is launched. Aside from the souped up cars used in this film one of the most noticeable was the 1970 Dodge Charger used by the FBI agent.
Here we review 5 of the best car movies that have hit the big screens. Cars are a vital part to movies and indeed, many of the movie plots are centred on the actual vehicle.
1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
This is the ultimate fantasy film, about a failed inventor who must raise the money to buy his children a wreck of a racing car from the scrap yard. He tries to sell his whistling sweets, to no avail but finally earns the money to buy the car. THe car is transformed into a gleaming new car and is driven to the beach on a picnic where a fanciful tale about the car having magic powers starts to take shape. Adventures follow with the car being floated and flown on a mission to save the children’s grandfather from a fate worse than death. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was derived from a customized Paragon Panther.
Grease was, and still is one of the biggest selling movies of all time. It follows teenagers Danny and Sandy as they embark on a brief summer affair and then meet again at school where Danny denies his love for her. Pep rallies, dances and car races all follow before he can finally declare that she is the one he wants. The car featured in the car race was a 1948 Ford De Luxe.
3. Romancing the Stone
Starring Kathleen Turner, Danny De Vito and Michael Douglas, this is a sometimes-funny adventure movie, which takes them on a trip across the world to save her sister from the hands of evil Columbian art dealers. They are following a map that is supposed to lead them to a valuable treasure – unfortunately, they aren’t the only ones! Of course, none of this could take place without the right car so they came up with the ultimate in adventure vehicles – a Customized 1982 Ford Bronco XLT.
4. Thelma and Louise
This is the story of 2 friends who decide to get away together one weekend to escape their men – one of whom is overbearing and the other is a commitmentphobe The road trip starts out well but soon sinks into hell as they encounter a would-be rapist whom they shoot and then go on the run. The usual police chase ensues right to the edge of the Grand Canyon where it I time to make a decision. THe car they decided upon for the road trip was a 1966 Ford Thunderbird.
5. Speed Racer
Speed Racer is based on a Japanese game show and is the story of a racing driver who takes on the challenge of Racer X. The car used is custom made, full of gadgets and high on speed called the Mach 5. THe speed racer leads the life that everyone else wants, winning races and crossing the checkered line first every time. He is trying to live up to his brother who dies in a cross country race and finds himself having to defend his family and save their business from manipulative business men who buy the outcomes of every race. To save everything he must win the race that killed his brother.
We are taking a look at the top movies that feature iconic vehicles. The movies that follow are in the top 50 all-time best car movies.
- The Blues Brothers
John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd star as the Blues Brothers, on a mission from their former teacher, a Sister, to raise $5000 to help save an orphanage. Their journey takes them into the hands of neo Nazis and has them destroying hundreds of cars in Chicago. THe third star of the movies is their own car, bought at a police auction for peanuts, a 1974 Dodge Monaco complete with the police package.
2. The Italian Job – Original
The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward is one of the most iconic British movies of all time. It encompasses a complicated plan to steal gold bullion from Italy, out from underneath the Italian Mafia and the police. The real stars of the movie though were the 3 1968 Austin Mk 1 Mini Cooper that were used customized for use during the film.
3. Batman the Movie – 1966
The big screen version of the best-selling TV show features a humorous take on the caped crusader’s antics, along with his sidekick, Robin as they battle Cat woman, The Penguin, the Joker and the Riddler all at once to save Gotham City from ruin. The Bat mobile in this film was a customized 1954 Lincoln Futura.
4. The Graduate
THe Graduate was a mix of 1960’s youth revolt and the upper class echelons of California. THe film charts the story of graduate Dustin Hoffman and his affair with Mrs. Robinson, which falls apart when he falls in love with her daughter. He follows the daughter across the country to win her back when their relationship is sabotaged, using a 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto to get him there.
5. Gone in 60 Seconds
This action thriller has all the ingredients required for edge of the seat viewing. Master car thief Nicholas Cage plans to steal a total of 50 luxury cars – all in one night – to help his brother out of trouble. Unfortunately, another group is planning the same heist. This is an all-star cast remake of a 1974 film of the same name, one that is remembered purely for the destruction of 90 cars in one 40 minute chase scene. Cage’s car for the getaway is Eleanor II – a 1967 Shelby Mustang.