Best car movies of all time!

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Best car movies of all time!

The title explains itself. Give us a great car movie. I am trying to get a good collection. I'll start.

Two Lane Blacktop

I watched this one last night. My wife thought it was dumb. I told her... "This is a great movie. It is about the cars, not the people."
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Old December 21st, 2008, 10:38 AM
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Check this out:
http://www.hotrod.com/thehistoryof/h...ies/index.html

It is what they consider the top 40 car movies.
I personally like Mad Max, Blues Brothers, Bullitt, American Graffiti, Smokey and The Bandit, & Gone In Sixty Seconds.
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Those are good, some pretty obvious, but can't be left out of a list. How about that wrong-way car chase scene in To Live and Die in LA?
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Christine was one of my favorites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-WOUaBckzw

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And actually, I'm watching The Seven-Ups right now, and Roy Shieder just smashed into the back of the truck. It was a Pontiac, but the in-car sound was suspiciously similar to the in-car sound in Steve McQueen's Mustang in Bullit. Hmmmm....
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OK no joking


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Old December 21st, 2008, 01:19 PM
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smokey & the bandit is probably my fav., one I'll add don't know if you would call it a car movie or a tractor trailer movie but maximum overdrive, love that one seen it a million times.
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Old December 21st, 2008, 03:07 PM
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Two that often get forgotten or overlooked:

"Thunder Road" for obvious reasons, and "The Long, Long Trailer" which is worth watching not only for the 53 Mercury, but also Lucy and Desi.
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Gumball Rally, 1976. NOT the movie Cannonball Rally, though it was based on the real Cannonball Rally.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074597/

In their quest for accuracy, the director used real cars on a dynomometer to get the audio from the cars' engines' to match the video of the tachometer on the dashboards. Rumor is that at least one expensive collector car motor was fragged in the process.
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Demolition Man

Demolition Man

"It's a 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2, with a 455 cubic inch engine, radial tires and BUCKET SEATS!" - Sandra Bullock

I have never been in more awe of a woman.

It's not a car movie, but I believe the futuristic cars in the movie were mostly Oldsmobile concept cars.

http://www.imcdb.org/thumbnail.php?pic=002-445.jpg

http://www.imcdb.org/movie_106697-Demolition-Man.html
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Old December 21st, 2008, 10:29 PM
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Here is what I have in my collection.
Worlds fastest Indian
Christine
Vanishing point
Dirty Mary N Crazy Larry
Gone in 60 seconds
Mad Max
Road Warrior
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

What is not but should be and are not are two of the greatest
Lemans
Gran Prix

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Old December 22nd, 2008, 04:37 AM
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I guess I should pick up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I can start my baby on car movies early.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 06:18 AM
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I would like to add another, The Wraith with Charlie Sheen, he drove that black Dodge I think it was called a Turbo Interceptor. I have that on vhs I'll have to dig it up and watch it, one of my favs as a kid because it was filmed in my home town of Tucson AZ. (plus it's an awesome flick)
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Unofficial Oldsmobile Centennial Celebration Video

While not a movie, I just thought this Olds video should get some mentioning to those who do not know about it...
http://newmand.oldsgmail.com/video.htm
It is one hour of nothing but Oldsmobiles starting from the oldest to the newest. Other side shots include some from the working production lines (with sparks a flying), the buildings that no longer stand, Linda Vaughn, and old Olds ads.

I have the VHS and DVD and have watched them many times.
There is no commentary but instead there is about an hour of car (and Olds) related songs, some being good driving songs that I recorded for that purpose.
Doug is a very honest guy - I have known him for 10 years+.
I know every Olds lover would enjoy this video as much as I do.
It is well worth the cost.

As for car movies, the Blues Brothers, Gone in 60 Seconds (the old one), Mad Max, Convoy, and the Smokey and the Bandit series are my favorites. I am stuck in the old days it seems...
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Old December 24th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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Cool Car Movies

This is my 1st post so bear with me! I think that Smokey and the bandit is my Choice,however my better half said she liked Dick tracy for the old cars.
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The Hollywood Knights.
Starring Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeifer, & PHR's Project X.

The Italian Job
Yeah foreign CRAP, but good chase scenes

Ronin
More good chase scenes

The Transporter
An Audi yes, but still pretty cool.
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ok maybe this is not a car movie to you guys but to me it is ...Death race!2008
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Here's an off-the-wall "car" movie:

My Cousin Vinny

Think about it. Knowing the subtle differences in the suspensions of early 60s GM compacts is the whole key to the trial in the movie. I've always been a Marisa Tomei fan, but the courtroom scene when the DA asks her the firing order of a 1958 327 Chevy is classic.
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I liked the movie "THE WRAITH" with Charlie Sheen as a youngster. Kind of Sci-Fi car movie.

I also like 2 lane blacktop

American Graffiti is always a good one.. I have cruised many a times on that same strip..
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I saw Bullitt as a kid on the big screen, and for it's time was unmatched for car chase scenes. I helped my son a few years ago put together a 1:18 scale model of that '68 Charger. Too bad they had to trash those classics back then while filming.
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Originally Posted by 74omega View Post
I liked the movie "THE WRAITH" with Charlie Sheen as a youngster. Kind of Sci-Fi car movie.

I also like 2 lane blacktop

American Graffiti is always a good one.. I have cruised many a times on that same strip..
Ahh another wraith fan I thought I was the only one who liked that flick no one I know has ever even heard of it
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Thelma and Louise...
Sorry, but they destroyed a T-bird at the end. Lately it seems like any movie with a muscle car or other 60s car in it will end up trashing the car. How many fewer 69 Chargers are there now?
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the original gone in 60 seconds with the forty minute car chase is my favorite
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Sorry, but they destroyed a T-bird at the end. Lately it seems like any movie with a muscle car or other 60s car in it will end up trashing the car. How many fewer 69 Chargers are there now?
Don't know and don't care.
I Didn't stop to count all the 69 Chargers...does that means the movie "Dukes of Hazard" isn't entertaining just because some cars get wrecked? Give me a break. And when the 1970 442 gets shot up in Demolition man, I hated to see that, but I was impressed with the car and the action. Give me a break. And in Bullit all the cars that got wrecked in the chase scenes don't count? Give me a break. Gone in 60 seconds? Nicolas Gage is a car collector and he didn't think twice about the damage that was dished out to Elainore. It was a great movie even if cars got wrecked!! Smokey and the bandit? Same old wrecking ball..give me a break

I think there are more cars (and muscle cars) wrecked by plain stupid drivers with no driving skills, or by idiots who don't know what maintenance is or lack of caring as they continue to get DUI charges than those trashed in a movie..
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I haven't seen anyone mention "Duel" with Dennis Weaver.
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Don't know and don't care.
Way back when a lot of those old movies and shows were made, noone probably even thought that the cars they wrecked could have become high-dollar classics...
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Originally Posted by Allan R View Post
Don't know and don't care.
I Didn't stop to count all the 69 Chargers...does that means the movie "Dukes of Hazard" isn't entertaining just because some cars get wrecked? Give me a break.
Actually, Dukes wasn't entertaining for a lot of reasons...

And when the 1970 442 gets shot up in Demolition man, I hated to see that, but I was impressed with the car and the action. Give me a break.
Watch that movie again. The only parts that get "shot up" are easily replaceable glass and headlights. And obviously they don't actually shoot at the car. They use very small pyrotechnic charges to simulate a bullet impact. There's no collateral damage.

And in Bullit all the cars that got wrecked in the chase scenes don't count? Give me a break.
The cars were still in production when that movie was made. Ford and Dodge were making tens of thousands a year. Today they are making zero.

Gone in 60 seconds? Nicolas Gage is a car collector and he didn't think twice about the damage that was dished out to Elainore. It was a great movie even if cars got wrecked!!
Cage is a profit center. I'm sure he and Bruckhiemer made the decision that maximized their profits. That usually means paying more money for a better quality car to destroy than starting with a clapped out rust bucket and paying to repair it.

Smokey and the bandit? Same old wrecking ball..give me a break
I can't say that I'm terribly worried about screaming chicken T/As or four door police cars.

I think there are more cars (and muscle cars) wrecked by plain stupid drivers with no driving skills, or by idiots who don't know what maintenance is or lack of caring as they continue to get DUI charges than those trashed in a movie..
No argument there. That doesn't mean that I have to give my money to a movie studio that continues to trash more of them.
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The cars were still in production when that movie was made. Ford and Dodge were making tens of thousands a year. Today they are making zero.

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You're right, but everything moves on. That's why resto is so special to us and the screaming chickens or the mopars or fords... On the other hand, if there wasn't progress with design and tech, we'd still be sending these messages via pony express.

........That doesn't mean that I have to give my money to a movie studio that continues to trash more of them.
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And again, you're right. It's a choice. Cheers!
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Just my two cents but..... FARGO. The main character is the sales manager for an OLDSMOBILE dealership, he also drives an OLDSMOBILE. His father in law who owns the OLDSMOBILE dealership also drives an OLDSMOBILE, and the bad guys in the movie drives an OLDSMOBILE. As an OLDSMOBILE guy it don't get any better! But thats just my two cents. I also like Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry.
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Herbie the love bug, bullet,both of the gone in 60 seconds.American graffiti,corvette summer
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...corvette summer
Wow! Someone else besides me saw that movie?

Was it possible to add any more aftermarket styling panels to that Corvette?. Also, how about the Firebird with the T/A AND Formula scoops on the hood.
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Corvette Summer, is that the one with Mark Hammill( Luke Skywalker)?
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Corvette Summer, is that the one with Mark Hammill( Luke Skywalker)?
Yeah. Quite a step down, I would think. I didn't realize Annie Potts was also in it.

The Corvette:



And the Firebird:

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I have a movie called Cincinnati Kid. It was a made for TV movie. Not the greatest but it was ok.
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