* Automotive Films

by steadfast13 | created - 23 Apr 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Movies where a car played a significant role. Movie star cars.

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1. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 79,505

2. Hot Cars (1956)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A salt-of-earth family man needs money for his sick son, and decides to keep a job at a used car lot despite realizing it is selling stolen cars.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: John Bromfield, Joi Lansing, Mark Dana, Carol Shannon

Votes: 205

3. The Devil's Hairpin (1957)

83 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Cocky car racer Nick Jargin has retired since he nearly caused the death of his brother at a hairpin bend on a circuit. He now holds a trendy café who keeps him busy full time until one day... See full summary »

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Arthur Franz, Mary Astor

Votes: 34

4. Thunder Road (1958)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison.

Director: Arthur Ripley | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon, Keely Smith

Votes: 2,912

5. The Lively Set (1964)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Casey Owens (James Darren), a young mechanic, has developed a design for a turbine car engine, paving the way for a jet-powered auto certain to set a new land speed record. Wealthy playboy ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Doug McClure, Joanie Sommers

Votes: 180

6. The Great Race (1965)

Passed | 160 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

In the early 20th century, two rivals, the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate, engage in an epic automobile race from New York to Paris.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Votes: 15,368 | Gross: $25.33M

7. Red Line 7000 (1965)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Sport

The story of three racing drivers and three women, who constantly have to worry for the lives of their boyfriends. Jim Loomis and Mike Marsh drive for Pat Cassarian. Jim expects his fiancée... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire, Charlene Holt

Votes: 744

8. Fireball 500 (1966)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Chill Wills

Votes: 382

9. Grand Prix (1966)

Approved | 176 min | Drama, Sport

72 Metascore

American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 7,547 | Gross: $20.85M

10. Hot Rods to Hell (1967)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer, Laurie Mock

Votes: 856

11. Thunder Alley (1967)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Stock car racer Tommy Callahan is forced to join Pete Madsen's thrill circus after his blackouts cause a fatal accident that gets him thrown off the circuit. He shows Pete's daughter ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Annette Funicello, Fabian, Diane McBain, Warren Berlinger

Votes: 215

12. Bullitt (1968)

M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

Votes: 57,645 | Gross: $42.30M

13. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 39,081

14. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

86 Metascore

Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 94,826 | Gross: $41.73M

15. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 39,156

16. Pit Stop (1969)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Grant Willard sponsors drivers in a "new" form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. The rise and fall of one such driver is the whole story behind PIT STOP.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Sid Haig

Votes: 634

17. Winning (1969)

M | 123 min | Action, Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther ... See full summary »

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner, Richard Thomas

Votes: 1,650 | Gross: $14.64M

18. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 59,449

19. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 104,155 | Gross: $0.80M

20. The Last Run (1971)

GP | 95 min | Action, Drama, Crime

A getaway driver comes out of retirement to pull off one last run - one that could send him to an early grave instead.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, John Huston | Stars: George C. Scott, Tony Musante, Trish Van Devere, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 1,274

21. Le Mans (1971)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

52 Metascore

Almost at the verge of documentary, film depicts a single auto race from the ground up.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Votes: 8,586 | Gross: $0.71M

22. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

2 men drag-racing across the U.S., in a '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson's the mechanic, James Taylor's the driver.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

Votes: 10,710

23. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger

Votes: 25,605

24. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 77,850 | Gross: $115.00M

25. Drive Hard, Drive Fast (1973 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Adventure

A race-car driver finds himself in a romantic triangle and a machete-swinging stranger trying to kill him.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Brian Kelly, Joan Collins, Henry Silva, Joseph Campanella

Votes: 15

26. The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

74 Metascore

A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty

Votes: 1,417

27. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

60 Metascore

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 3,679

28. The California Kid (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A deranged desert town sheriff has a murderous habit of forcing speeders to their deaths, until a young man with a souped-up hotrod arrives to possibly end it.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Michelle Phillips, Stuart Margolin

Votes: 902

29. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully

Votes: 3,358

30. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

Down on their luck racers Larry and Deke steal from a supermarket manager to buy a car that will help them advance their racing chances. Their escape does not go as planned when Larry's one nightstand, Mary, tags along for the ride.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 5,930

31. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one is in the bag - thereby, the police precipitate in a desperate car chase against Pace and his Eleanor across Southern California.

Director: H.B. Halicki | Stars: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, James McIntyre

Votes: 7,943 | Gross: $40.00M

32. One by One (1974)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

Documentary following the drivers of the 1973 Formula 1 Season

Director: Claude Du Boc | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Peter Revson

Votes: 120

33. Death Race 2000 (1975)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov

Votes: 23,457 | Gross: $8.00M

34. Moonrunners (1975)

PG | 110 min | Action, Comedy

Grady and Bobby Lee run moonshine for Uncle Jesse, who prides himself on his old-school moonshining methods, and refuses to buckle in to the 'big business moonshine' of Jake, who controls these parts for New York mobsters.

Director: Gy Waldron | Stars: James Mitchum, Kiel Martin, Arthur Hunnicutt, Chris Forbes

Votes: 269

35. Cannonball! (1976)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

35 Metascore

Racing across the country from L.A. to New York, a plethora of exotic cars carry contestants hoping to win a very large sum.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Bill McKinney, Veronica Hamel, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 4,079 | Gross: $3.27M

36. Eat My Dust (1976)

PG | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Darlene's into going fast, Hoover's into Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the reckless fun accelerates into a trunk-full of hot pursuits.

Director: Charles B. Griffith | Stars: Ron Howard, Christopher Norris, Brad David, Kathy O'Dare

Votes: 669

37. The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG | 105 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

An eclectic group of people take part in a secret, and illegal, cross country road race.

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Tim McIntire, Raul Julia, Norman Burton

Votes: 3,483

38. Rendezvous (1976)

9 min | Short, Action

A high-speed drive through the streets of Paris.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Gunilla Friden, Claude Lelouch

Votes: 3,192

39. The Car (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

A small desert town is terrorized by a powerful, seemingly possessed car, and the local sheriff may be the only one who can stop it.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 8,353

40. Checkered Flag or Crash (1977)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

Race car driver Walkaway Madden signs up for the big Manilla 1000 off-road race through the Philippines jungle. The photojournalist C.C. Wainwright comes along for the ride.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Susan Sarandon, Larry Hagman, Alan Vint

Votes: 118

41. Grand Theft Auto (1977)

PG | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A rich girl steals her dad's Rolls Royce and heads off to Las Vegas to get married. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Elizabeth Rogers, Barry Cahill

Votes: 2,433

42. Greased Lightning (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

57 Metascore

The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier, Cleavon Little

Votes: 1,318