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5 of the Greatest Car Movies

A long list of successful car films illustrates that although automobiles may be under attack on the road, we still love them on the big screen!

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Becky Graebner

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May 31, 2013 - 11:00 am
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Fast and the Furious 6 just came out — and, according to the Wall Street Journal, it made a “record holiday haul” with $316m in sales.  Part six of the series broke all prior Memorial Day weekend box-office records. I applaud Fast and its success — especially since it revolves around a topic that some people, WSJ included, consider a “niche topic,” and not necessarily interesting to a large swath of the population. I disagree. I like to believe that Americans are still car-lovers and that automotive movies are not “niche topics.” For starters, look at the box-office record for Memorial Day that a car moviejust shattered and, second, take a peek at some of our favorites from the silver screen.  Many of the “classics” involve cars. Still a niche topic? Here are some of the best car movies out there, proving the critics wrong.

Note: they are in no particular order and I didn’t put anything on the list that I had not seen — even if I knew it was a classic.  Add your favorites if they were not included. We all love a good car movie on a Sunday night.

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"The French Connection" has one of the best chase scenes ever.
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Any great car movie list that does not include "Gran Prix," a film that is light years ahead of either "LeMans" or "Senna" in every category and with still the most spectacular car shots ever made (and are real shots, not the CG junk of Fast and Furious or cartoons) is not a serious list.
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"Mad Max" is a total car movie. Not so sure about "Cars"
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Bullitt
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Bullitt .Steve McQueen.He did his own driving.
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Mad Max.
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What? No "Smokey and the Bandit?" No "Stroker Ace?"
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Duel, with Dennis Weaver. Directed by Spielberg. One of THE best car movies, and it's with a truck.
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Dust to Glory! It is off road, a docu. about the Baja 1000, with what it think are the coolest cars, trucks and motorcycles ever and the tougher-than-nails people who drive them.
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"Stingray" or "Corvette Summer"
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Becky, Start over and write "The 20 Best Car Movies Ever Made"!
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for real! i need to watch all of these great suggestions. i'll work on it and get back to you. thanks, coast ranger!
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