In our quest to look at some of the top car movies, we present the following 5 movies where vehicles play an integral part.
1. James Bond – The Spy Who Loved Me
As with all James Bond movies, this one follows tradition with Bond attempting to save the world from yet another self-centered so-called mastermind and teaming up with the ever-present sexy female agent who swaps sides. The 1985 Lotus Esprit appeared in this film, the only Bond film it was in, and had the ability to go underwater.
2. The Cannonball Run
A hilarious cross-country race, similar to The Gumball Rally, this film features fast-paced action coupled with moments of disaster and extreme hilarity. The Cannonball Race starts in Connecticut and finishes in California and, apart from actually winning the race, the sole aim of the drivers is to outsmart and outwit the police who are trying to catch them. This was an all-star film, featuring a multitude of different cars but the one that stood out was the 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S.
2. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
These films chart the beginnings of Batman, following the story of how a young wealthy man becomes the Caped Crusader after his parents were brutally murdered by muggers. After 7 years of being tutored in the martial arts and being taught to finely hone his senses to superhuman, he returns to Gotham City and takes on the role of protector and savior. THe car used in these films was a rocket powered, armor plated assault vehicle, made for the film, although several versions of it were seen on the streets just before the film was released.
3. Risky Business
Joel is left alone for the weekend after his parents go away, leaving himwith strict instructions not to drive the Porsche. Add into the mix a hooker running from her pimp and the Porsche becomes an attractive getaway vehicle – which is unwittingly given a bath in Lake Michigan. The main star of the film was not Tom Cruise but the 1981 Porsche 928.
This is an adaptation of Stepehn King’s novel about a haunted car with a vicious attitude. THe car is sold to a college geek who is bullied everywhere he goes. As he restores the car, it starts to take over life and gains a life of its own as it destroys everybody who gets in its way and who gets between her and the geek – who has sudelny turned into a super-cool sought-after student. His girlfriend has to persuade him that he must destroy the vehicle to regain his life and stop the spree of terror. Christine herself was played by a 1958 Plymouth Fury.