The best car films

Parkers' favourite car films encompass both stories about cars, and great stories where cars feature prominently.

Clapperboard and popcorn

by Chris Williams |

To us, car films encompass any piece of cinema where cars play a central role. That sounds blindingly obvious, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are films about cars. Scroll down and you’ll see what we mean.

Without further ado, and in no particular order or ranking, here are some of our favourite car films. No spoilers are made.

Parkers' favourite car films:

Le Mans (1971)

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A Steve McQueen classic where the ultimate movie star is trying to fulfil his usual obsession with authenticity. Focuses on the 24 Hours of Le Mans race from 1970.

Grand Prix (1965)

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A Hollywood epic with sensational racing scenes created by a master - John Frankenheimer.

The Italian Job (1969)

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A fun-to-watch, cheerful cult classic with a string of superb characters.

Bullitt (1968)

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Bullitt is Steve McQueen being Steve McQueen.

Le Mans '66 (2019)

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This is a based-on-a-true-story epic with, as one can tell from the cast, a budget to match.

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

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As a cinematic exercise, itu2019s beaten by the 2000 remake. But the original has better cars.

Fast & Furious 1-9 Box Set

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There is something so satisfying about the physical box set.

Goodbye Pork Pie (1981)

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Set in New Zealand, this is the greatest road trip movie youu2019ve never heard of.

Mad Max (1979)

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The u201870s Ford Falcon coupe and Holden Sandman panel van are arguably the greatest things to come from Australia, and both are cast in this dark antipodean masterpiece.

Cars & Cars 2 Box Set

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A very different flavour to Mad Max, but just as good.

Ronin (1998)

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An excellent all-round film that was created with the help of someone who knew exactly what cars to use and how to choreograph a car chase.

Vanishing Point (1971)

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A wonderful film with little dialogue and superb cinematography.

Rush (2013)

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A Hollywood epic from Ron Howard that turns a racing rivalry into an exciting drama.

Love The Beast (2008)

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Eric Banau2019s film epitomises the petrolhead-machine relationship.

Taxi Driver (1976)

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A dark study of humanity where the car plays as big a part as De Niro.

The Gumball Rally (1976)

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A ridiculously excellent car race across America.

Senna (2010)

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Ayrton Senna was a genuinely interesting figure, which is why this documentary is so thoroughly engrossing.

Thelma And Louise (1991)

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Ridley Scott creates one of the best road trip films.

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