We’re all stuck at home, which means it’s the perfect time to catch up on your car movies! I’ve asked the team here at Ideal to give me their top 3 picks for movies. Some you’ve probably heard of, and some you probably haven’t. Check out our video and let us know in the comments your favorite car movie of all time!
Back To The Future
“Oh, baby! Back to the Future! If you haven’t seen this classic, stop reading this article, and run to your nearest couch at 88 miles per hour to start streaming it. If you don’t get the reference, you haven’t seen the movie. Seriously, I’m not eve a huge movie guy and this one kept my attention for most of the 116 minutes it played.
Yes, Back to the Future doesn’t have crazy chase scenes like other movies on this list, but it had Michael J. Fox as the one and only Marty McFly, and the DeLorean DMC-12, which is the DeLorean time machine. All it needed was 1.21 gigawatts of power and to be traveling at 88 miles per hour, and just like that Marty and Dr. Emmet Brown travel across decades of history!
I’m not going to give you any spoilers, but I will say you’ll have a new found appreciation for the one-hit wonder, the DeLorean DMC-12 at the next car show.”
Ford v Ferrari
“Ford v Ferrari only came out last year, and when Youtube Girlfriend and I went and saw it on a date night, I came out of the movie saying one day I’ll make enough money on YouTube to buy a DVD of this movie! Yeah, I put my money where my mouth is!
I mean, friends that aren’t even car enthusiasts watched this film and thought it was one of the most enjoyable films they’d seen. So, this instant classic is a must-watch! My boy Matt Damon plays the hardass American, Carrol Shelby. And Christian Bale delivers a top-tier performance playing witty British racing driver Ken Miles.
Ford v Ferrari is an extremely entertaining film highlighting Ford’s quest to take over Ferrari’s dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960’s. My favorite part of the film is honestly the sounds. They absolutely nailed it with the sounds of that American muscle coming out of those GT40s!
After the movie, we hopped in my Honda Element that redlines at 6,500 RPM, I looked at Youtube Girlfriend, and said, “I can get her to 7!” You’ve got to watch the movie, or you’ll never understand.”
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
“I don’t know if you know this, but Brad Danger hates movies. Getting him to sit and watch one is a miracle. So, when he said he wanted to go and see Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, I was ecstatic! I love a good stomach ache from eating too much popcorn, candy, and soda. Who doesn’t? Not to mention, old, hot man Brad Pitt, Hollywood movie scenes, and over 2,000 classic cars. I’m in!
Now, this film had its quirks for sure. It is a Quentin Tarantino movie, so you would you expect no less. It was set in 1969 and plays out a veteran Hollywood actor trying to reboot his career in Western films. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, and don’t need anymore convincing after seeing Brad Pitt win award after award for his role. Take my word for it, it’s a must-see film.”
Gone in 60 Seconds
“Since I already declared my love for classic cars, this next movie is an all-time favorite movie of mine, the one, the only, Gone in 60 Seconds. From the Beverly Hills Volvo scene with the Barbie doll to Eleanor not starting, like a classic car does from time to time. What perfect timing though when you’re trying to outrun the cops. What’s not to love from trying to steal 48 cars in a matter of days and ruining 93 cars in a 40-minute car chase scene? You can see why it’s an all-time favorite.
I’ve always had such a love for classic cars. When can we get out of quarantine and take Cali for a ride? The main reason this is a favorite of mine is because I grew up watching this movie on replay. I can give you a play-by-play of each car that was boosted.”
Fast & Furious
“Too fast, too furious. Alright, alright, want to know a secret? Seriously, get closer. Are you listening? Also, don’t tell Brad, but Paul Walker is my celebrity crush. I mean, what girl wasn’t crushing hard over him and his Converses in this classic street racing movie?
And can we talk about how hot Michelle Rodriguez was in this film? Now, if only all mechanics looked like her. If we have to overnight a couple parts from Japan, this is definitely a top pick for a binge-watching weekend.”
“First up for me is Overdrive. I actually caught this flick on my flight to Japan recently, and it looked like a perfect airplane movie. You know airplane movies, entertaining, but you don’t really care about them, because if you did, you’d watch them at home on the big screen, not on some tiny cell phone taped to the back of a seat.
Well, with that level of enthusiasm, I dove into this movie and came out of it with expectations shattered! The quick plot is it’s a film about two brothers working for a team competing in a feeder series for the World Rally Championship.
First off, the movie is beautiful. Shot in 2017, Overdrive is definitely the most contemporary film on my list. It has gorgeous cinematography, great set design, and tons of really rad rally racing footage. The acting is decent, and the soundtrack was so catchy, I was singing the main theme in my head for the first 3 days in japan. It’s a perfect airplane movie, and definitely a perfect quarantine movie!”
Dust to Glory
“If you liked the mud-slinging driving in Overdrive but you want something a little more real, Dust to Glory is hands-down one of the best documentaries on driving ever. I mean, it’s about the Baja 1000, one of the most difficult races on the planet, and is the vision of legendary surf film maker Dana Brown,.
It’s dramatic, it’s impactful, it’s beautiful. I’ve probably watched this a dozen times and it’s safe to say, you should too.”
God Speed You! Black Emperor
“Okay, this documentary kind of changed my entire life back in high school. It’s hands-down the weirdest film on my list. This is a documentary from 1976 about troubled Japanese youth and their Bosozoku motorcycle gang, Black Emperor. It’s not easy to watch. It’s black and white, and shot on 16mm.
The conversations are kind of pointless, and it doesn’t really have a big overarching message, but getting a glimpse into 1970’s rebellious motorcycle gang culture was life changing for me, even inspired me to start an American car club called “Violent Running Tribe”. And if that sounds cool to you, give it a watch!”
“Alright, alright, God Speed is a bit hard to watch, but one entertaining movie I saw recently was Jackie Chan’s Thunderbolt. Jackie Chan never disappoints. What’s better than watching him kick ass and perform insane stunts? Having him do it around a bunch of 90’s Japanese race cars, that’s what!
R32s, Evos and even the FTO are stars of the film, and there’s even one scene with the most Pachinko Balls you’ve ever seen. Well, I mean, how many Pachinko Balls have you ever seen?”
TT3D: Closer to the Edge
“Alright, last on my list is TT3D. Another documentary, I know, but like Dust to Glory, this is no slow-paced two-hour interview. This is a documentary about arguably the world’s most dangerous race, the Isle of Man TT, a motorcycle race around the streets of the Isle of Man.
It focuses on Guy Martin, one of the weirdest and most likable subjects you could imagine, and his chase for a win at the TT. And it’s just some of the most incredible and dangerous racing you’ve ever seen. I mean, they’re doing 200 miles per hour on city streets. It’s seriously terrifying to watch, and it’s so well made. Even the thought of it, I’ve just spent like four hours watching Isle of Man TT videos on YouTube!”