There’s nothing like a good movie to take your mind off things. They give you the opportunity to forget the highs and lows of your own existence and dive into a completely different world. For us driving fans, movies provide a chance to enjoy crazy car chases and epic road trips from the comfort of our couch. Bliss! Below you can find a list of what we think are the top 10 driving films. Check off the ones you’ve seen, seek out the ones you haven’t and let us know if we’ve missed any in the comments!
10. Drive (2011)
This film has it all: a great story, adrenaline-pumping car chases and Ryan Gosling in all his handsome, brooding glory. He plays a stuntman slash getaway driver with a mysterious past, who soon falls for his new neighbour, Irene. Things go awry when her husband returns from prison and the two get caught up in a dangerous heist attempt. You may want to watch from behind a pillow, as the fast-paced action is punctuated with scenes of graphic violence. This is not a film for the faint of heart!
9. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Next up we have something completely different. Little Miss Sunshine is a delightfully heart-warming tale of a young girl and her dysfunctional family taking a road trip to California so that she can enter a beauty pageant. Their ride of choice is the notoriously unreliable VW camper van, so you can expect lots of motor-related mishaps along the way! This film will make you laugh, cry and laugh again. With stellar performances from the likes of Toni Collette, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin, it’s sure to brighten your day and give you a fresh perspective on life.
8. Baby Driver (2017)
Yet another action film where the story revolves around a getaway driver, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is a funny, original take on the heist movie. Ansel Elgort plays a getaway driver forced to carry out a final job for his menacing boss. Desperate to save himself from a life of crime, Baby must work his incredible driving skills one last time to settle his debts. As long as he has the right song blasting in his ears when he takes the wheel, everything should go smoothly—but that’s never the case in these films! Expect thrilling twists and turns, with a top-notch soundtrack to boot.
7. Taxi (1998)
If you like a lot of comedy sprinkled on your action, you simply must check out this French film from the nineties! Taxi follows a former pizza delivery boy who recently landed his dream job as a taxi driver. After getting in trouble with the law for speeding, he is forced to play chauffeur for a police inspector who is hunting down a group of German bank robbers. As you can imagine, plenty of high-speed car chases and hilarity ensue.
6. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
In at number 6 we have this thrilling offering from director Dominic Sena, in which an ex-car thief is lured back into the business to pull off a seemingly impossible robbery to save the life of his younger brother. Joined by a motley crew of his former accomplices, Nicolas Cage (in his prime!) attempts to steal 50 luxury sports cars in just—you guessed it!—60 seconds. Prepare to be fully entertained as the crew races against the clock to complete their mission. This is edge-of-your-seat stuff!
5. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
We just love films that are based on true stories, especially when they involve some cracking cars. Set in the build-up to the 1966 event of the world-famous endurance race, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford v Ferrari follows a group of ambitious Ford engineers and drivers as they attempt to build a high-performance racing car impressive enough to put an end to Ferrari’s long winning streak. With a cast of A-list heavyweights (including Matt Damon and Christian Bale), this film generated considerable Oscars buzz. It is sure to delight anyone who calls themselves a motor enthusiast.
4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
There are car chases, and then there is Mad Max: Fury Road. This film barely gives you a chance to catch your breath before it descends into an epic, exciting and crazed road race across a post-apocalyptic landscape. Protagonist Max, joined by a determined rebel (Imperator Furiosa) and her gang of recently emancipated female prisoners, must make it through the desert and back to Furiosa’s childhood home. The journey is far from smooth, however, because they are pursued by bikers, scavengers and a host of other creepy desert dwellers. It’s violent, disturbing and heaps of fun.
3. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
As if we could get through a list of top driving films without mentioning this giant of a film franchise! Yes, at number 3 we’re tipping our hat to Vin Diesel and the boys, because they really put racing movies on the map. Though there is an array of F&F films choose from, we’re sticking with the original for our list. The Fast and the Furious follows an undercover cop as he tries to establish the identities of a heist crew that has been the terrorising the highways of LA. Packed with hot cars and incredible street racing scenes, it’s a must watch for any car fan!
2. Thelma and Louise (1991)
The quintessential female road trip movie, Thelma and Louise really earns its status as an all-time classic. It has an Oscar-winning screenplay, fabulous acting and some truly iconic scenes (we’re looking at you, young Brad Pitt!). When an innocent weekend trip turns into a run from the law, two female friends embark on a journey of self-discovery as they attempt to drive from Oklahoma to Mexico without entering Texas. If you haven’t seen this movie you are seriously missing out!
1. The Italian Job (1969)
If the phrase, “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!“, means nothing to you, then you obviously haven’t seen The Italian Job—and that is your loss, my friend. It’s a classic comedy caper involving a group of recently-released prisoners who hatch a scheme to steal gold bullion from Italy. Their escape plan? To cause a huge traffic jam that only they can navigate thanks to their nifty little British cars. Seriously, Mini Coopers have never looked cooler. The whole thing is dripping with British charm and ends on a literal cliffhanger. Get on it!
And that concludes our list of PassMeFast’s top 10 driving films! We hope we included some of your favourites and maybe even inspired you to check out something new. If you enjoyed this, you’ll love our countdowns of the top 10 driving songs and top 10 gifts for car lovers. Keep an eye on the PassMeFast Blog because there are more coming!