Car Movies- POWERNATION Employees Rank Their Top 10 Favorite

At POWERNATION, we’re passionate about cars. Whether it’s fixing them, modifying them, or simply admiring them, cars are a huge part of our lives. To celebrate our love for cars, we asked our staff to rank their top 10 favorite car movies. Here’s the list, starting from number 10 and counting down to the all-time favorite! Let us know what you think we missed, we know there were so many we might have a missed a few. 

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10. Two-Lane Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop” is a classic from the 1970s directed by Monte Hellman. It’s about two men, known only as “The Driver” and “The Mechanic,” who travel across the country in their souped-up 1955 Chevy. They meet a girl and a man driving a GTO, leading to a cross-country race. This film is all about the journey, with lots of racing along the way. Its minimalist storytelling and raw, unpolished feel have made it a cult favorite.

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9. Cars

Yes, it’s an animated movie, but “Cars” has won the hearts of car lovers of all ages. Produced by Pixar, it tells the story of Lightning McQueen, a hotshot race car who learns about life and friendship when he ends up in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs. Along the way, he befriends an eclectic group of cars who teach him that there’s more to life than fame and fortune. The film’s animation, heartwarming story, and memorable characters make it a standout.

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8. Baby Driver

Baby Driver” is a newer film with some serious driving action. Directed by Edgar Wright, the main character, Baby, is a young getaway driver who relies on music to be the best in the business. The film is known for its stylish action sequences and a killer soundtrack that syncs perfectly with the high-octane car chases. Baby’s journey through love, crime, and redemption keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

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7. The Italian Job

The Italian Job” is known for its amazing Mini Cooper chase scenes. Both the 1969 original and the 2003 remake have their charm, but our staff loves them for the clever heist plot and thrilling car chases. In the 2003 version, Mark Wahlberg leads a team of thieves to pull off a gold heist in Los Angeles, featuring unforgettable chase scenes through the city’s streets and underground tunnels. The combination of clever planning and fast-paced action makes it a favorite.

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6. Days of Thunder

Starring Tom Cruise, “Days of Thunder” is all about the high-speed world of NASCAR racing. Directed by Tony Scott, the film follows a talented but reckless young driver named Cole Trickle. As he competes in the NASCAR circuit, he faces fierce rivalries, personal challenges, and the need to prove himself. The film’s fast cars, dramatic races, and behind-the-scenes look at the racing world make it a must-see for racing fans.

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5. Ford v Ferrari

This recent hit tells the true story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Matt Damon as car designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as driver Ken Miles. Together, they take on the seemingly impossible task of building a race car that can beat Ferrari. “Ford v Ferrari” is not just about cars but also about friendship, innovation, and determination. The racing scenes are intense and meticulously crafted.

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4. Bullitt

Bullitt” features one of the most famous car chases in movie history. Steve McQueen stars as Frank Bullitt, a no-nonsense San Francisco cop who takes on the mob. The film is best known for its thrilling chase scene through the hilly streets of San Francisco, with McQueen himself behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. This high-octane chase set the standard for all future car chases in movies.

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3. Talladega Nights

For a mix of comedy and racing, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is a top pick. Will Ferrell stars as Ricky Bobby, a dim-witted but successful NASCAR driver whose career hits the skids when a French Formula One driver, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, challenges him. The film is packed with hilarious moments, quotable lines, and some surprisingly exciting racing scenes. It’s a perfect blend of humor and high-speed action.

2. Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds” is a thrilling ride from start to finish. Nicolas Cage stars as Memphis Raines, a retired car thief forced back into the game to save his brother. He must steal 50 cars in one night, leading to heart-pounding action and suspense. The movie features a wide array of iconic cars, but the highlight is Eleanor, a 1967 Shelby GT500, which becomes the centerpiece of one of the most famous car chases ever filmed.

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1. Smokey and the Bandit

And the number one spot goes to “Smokey and the Bandit”! This movie is a classic road chase comedy starring Burt Reynolds as the Bandit, who makes a bet to transport 400 cases of beer from Texas to Georgia in 28 hours. Along the way, he picks up a runaway bride, played by Sally Field, and is pursued by a relentless sheriff, played by Jackie Gleason. With its fast cars, fun storyline, and Reynolds’ charismatic performance, it’s no surprise that our staff picked this as their favorite car movie.

There you have it, the top 10 car movies according to POWERNATION employees. Whether you’re into high-speed chases, racing dramas, or hilarious comedies, there’s a movie on this list for you. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy these cinematic car adventures!

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