Five Great Car Movies

America is a country obsessed with cars. Over the last century, the cars have had a profound effect on not only our livelihoods, but where we live and even the infra-structure of our nation. With a society that is so car-centric, its little surprise that they play prominent roles in the arts too; In particular, motion pictures. As you probably know, there are a lot of “car movies.” Probably in the thousands if you count independent and foreign films. In this article, we will look at a few iconic ones.

Back to the Future

Any list of car movies would be incomplete without the inclusion of this movie. A major role in Back to the Future involves a DeLorean DMC-12. Well, not just any DMC-12, one that has been turned into a time machine by an eccentric inventor. His name is “Doc” Brown and is played by Christopher Lloyd. It wouldn’t be a mistake to say that this is one of the greatest family movies of all time. If you haven’t seen it, you really should.

American Graffiti

OK, he’s known as the father of Star Wars but George Lucas’s first full-length film, American Graffiti is fantastic. This is a car film celebrating all aspects of car culture with teenage love, rebellion and coming of age thrown in. Ron Howard holds the starring role, but Harrison Ford and many others make their first appearance in this film. If you were a teenager in the late 1950s, this film will take you back!

Gran Torino

Gran Torino is about way more than the titular car. It’s an examination of the nature of today’s America and the ways that aging affects us all. Clint Eastwood both starred and directed this movie. While there are no thrilling car chases to keep you on the edge of your seat, a Gran Torino is a focal element in the plot. Watching this one will get you to thinking a lot about life and the people around us.


Christine is a perfect example of a car movie that doesn’t just utilize a car in the plot, it is the plot. Our friends at Northwest Chrysler of Houston, a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer in Houston, TX, identified the car for us. Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury; but not just any 1958 Plymouth Fury because this is a Stephen King story. It’s a 1958 Plymouth Fury that stalks humans and kills them. This is one of King’s best films, it’s a true horror classic.

The Italian Job

Not the remake, this is the original 1969 movie. It stars Michael Caine and a soundtrack by Quincy Jones. Caine plays a London criminal recently out of prison looking to score one last big job in Italy. It just so happens that his plan is to steal $4 million dollars from the mob in the city of Turin. This is a film for car buffs: a Lamborgini Miura plays a big role, along with the Aston Martin DB4. The starring automotive role however goes to a fleet of three Mini Coopers (not the recent BMW versions but original, British ones.)


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