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The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made

Updated August 19, 2020 58.3k votes 7.8k voters 1.1m views155 items

List RulesFilms must feature cars; may include auto racing / fast cars

List of the best movies featuring awesome and fast cars, ranked by the fans. This car films list can be sorted by director, actors, or year of release via their column headers. So, what are the best movies about cars? Nothing is more exciting than a movie with a fast auto. In this list of the greatest car movies ever made, including racing films, fast car movies, old films with high speed chases, and action car movies. What are the best car action movies? While this might not feature all car films, it does have the greatest.

Cars in movies have always played an important storytelling role in American and foreign cinema and when talking about the top car movies one has to mention The Fast and the Furious, Gone in 60 Seconds, and all-time greats like Bullitt and Smokey and the Bandit. Featuring good classic movies, car-themed animated films, and cool Hollywood movies about driving similar to Need for Speed, this list has it all. 

After watching these, you may make your own top 10 car movies list. For other interesting movie lists check out the horse racing movies, and car racing movies.

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    Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

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    Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    The Cannonball Run is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    The Cannonball Run

    Farrah Fawcett, Terry Bradshaw

    Released1981

    Directed byHal Needham

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    Gone in 60 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Gone in 60 Seconds

    Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage

    Released2000

    Directed byDominic Sena

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    The Transporter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    The Transporter

    Jason Statham, Shu Qi

    Released2002

    Directed byCorey Yuen, Louis Leterrier

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    Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Fast Five

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Fast & Furious is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Fast & Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2009

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    The Italian Job

    Michael Caine, Benny Hill

    Released1969

    Directed byPeter Collinson

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    Le Mans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Le Mans

    Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda

    Released1971

    Directed byLee H. Katzin

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    The Gumball Rally is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    The Gumball Rally

    Gary Busey, Casey Kasem

    Released1976

    Directed byCharles Bail, Chuck Bail

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    2 Fast 2 Furious is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    2 Fast 2 Furious

    Eva Mendes, Paul Walker

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Rush

    Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl

    Released2013

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Vanishing Point is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Vanishing Point

    Charlotte Rampling, Cleavon Little

    Released1971

    Directed byRichard C. Sarafian

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    Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Need for Speed

    Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson

    Released2014

    Directed byScott Waugh

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    Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    The Fast and the Furious: Toky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Released2006

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    Christine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Christine

    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The Italian Job

    Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

    Released2003

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Cars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made
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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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