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Best & Worst Car Movies of All Time

The film industry has seen a good number of car movies over the past few years. Some of them became well-loved movies that the auto enthusiasts and film critics adore, while there are some that have just been plain awful.

best and worst car movies

These are the movies that you talk about with your friendly muffler seller (available in the Philippines) in detail, these are the movies which left you hanging at the edge of your seat, wanting more.

Without further ado, here are some of the best and worst car movies of all time.

the best

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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Photo Courtesy: ibtimes.co.uk

Now known as the movie that spawned a billion-dollar franchise, the first movie was so good that it left audiences wanting more. Currently there are 8 movies in the franchise, but the first one will always be one worth looking back into. The film stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and follows their adventures in the dangerous world of underground street racing.

The movie has a good array of custom cars that would leave gearheads dizzy, along with fast and furious (pun intended) action. Definitely a must-watch, even after so many years.

Rush (2013)

Photo Courtesy: PinoyExchange.com

Photo Courtesy: PinoyExchange.com

One of the more recent car movies, Rush is also one of the most well-made off the bunch. Starring Chris Hemsworth as British Driver James Hunt, and Daniel Bruhl as his rival, the Austrian Niki Lauda, the film is about the rivalry between the two drivers during the 1976 Formula One season.

The film features some great racing scenes which would leave you breathless, while also giving you a nice look into the world of 20th century motor racing, a time where people risk their lives for the sake of victory.

Bullitt (1968)

Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

If you’re wondering why car chases are so popular in movies, it’s because of Bullitt. Directed by Steve McQueen, Bullitt is about a cop who is trying to protect a witness from a gang that wants to hide their crimes. The film is known for its iconic chase scene, along with a showing of some nice American muscle cars.

the worst

Driven (2001)

Photo Courtesy: Film Thoughts

Photo Courtesy: Film Thoughts

If Rush was a well-made movie based on a real-life sport, Driven is the opposite. Starring Sylvester Stallone, the movie is about Indy Car drivers who are trying to make their mark in the racing scene. Despite the potential of the story, the plot was not executed well, and the racing scenes were lackluster.

Herby Fully Loaded (2005)

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Photo Courtesy: Movie Poster Warehouse

A movie that was a remake of the Lovebug, which was a well-loved movie, Herby Fully Loaded is another film remake gone wrong. Starring Lindsay Lohan, the film has her find the Volkswagen Beetle named Herby, and she decides to join the old car in a NASCAR race. The movie was a disaster, with lackluster performances, and a ridiculous plot, the movie was something worth forgetting.

Speed Racer (2008)

Photo Courtesy: speedracer.wikia

Photo Courtesy: speedracer.wikia

A movie based on a well-loved animated series, Speed Racer was meant to be a high budget version of the series come to life. But despite all the dazzling effects, and crazy amount of action, the film failed to deliver. With a story that became too serious for a kid’s movie, and the CGI racing scenes difficult in the eyes, Speed Racer was a movie that just sputtered.

Key Takeaway

Here are some of the films that you should watch with some of your fellow gear-heads, and some that you must avoid like heavy traffic. There are other great car movies out there, and but these three are some of the best places to start.

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About the Author

Tristan Chua

Tristan Chua

A happy go lucky techy guy who loves food, music and cars. A freelance writer for different blogs as well as a frustrated chef. Hopeful guy who believes that music will always be the antidote to silence.

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1 comment

  1. Joey (BTaC Blog)

    Driven was SO bad. My husband and I still make fun of it. I am surprised that subsequent Fast and Furious films didn’t make your “worst” list. I think they’ve done all they can do with the series.
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