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I’ve been working all week and all I want to do today is sit back and enjoy some movies that are at least 60% car based. I figure a lot of you are in the same position, so I wanted to share my favourite five car based films to watch this weekend. Please add your favourite car films in the comments, I need to add to my list.
Baby Driver (2017)
This was one of the last films including Kevin Spacey before Spacegate happened. It was a surprisingly good film that the trailer doesn’t do justice, it is basically about some bank robbers who are employed by Spacey’s character and is mainly focused on Baby, a hearing impaired getaway driver.
This is one of my favourite films and if you haven’t seen it, stop what you are doing and watch it right now. It follows a stunt driver by day, getaway driver by night played by Ryan Gosling in an incredible performance supported by Bryan Cranston. Inevitabley he gets himself wrapped up in a little bother about 30 minutes in. Fair warning, it’s a little slow the first 30 minutes before it, excuse the pun, kicks into high gear.
Tucker: A Man and his Dream (1988)
I mentioned this in an article about the Tucker 48, a car which you may not have heard of, recently and if you don’t know anything about it then I suggest you read the article of course but also definitely watch the film. It stars “the dude” himself Jeff Bridges and is a massively interesting film based on a true story. Preston Tucker had an incredible vision of what the future of the automobile should be. The rest of the industry had a vision for its success.
Before you say it, I understand that this isn’t technically a car movie but it does contain by far the most famous car chase of all time. The movie consists of Steve McQueen playing Frank Bullitt who is in charge of keeping a key witness against the mob safe before testifying and things don’t go as simply as he hoped.
Ford v Ferrari (2019)
This is probably on every car fanatics list since it was released and for good reason, this is one of the best new movies that is heavily car based to be released in a long time. It follows the true story of the GT40 winning the 24 hours at Le Mans in 1965 (sorry spoiler) overseen by former winner and legend Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), while driven by Ken Miles (Christian Bale). The acting, the true story and the cars are incredible. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you are doing and go watch it now.