3 Best Car Films of the 21st Century

3 Best Car Films by Oren Loni

Earlier this week I managed to sneak away and watch Baby Driver in the movie theatre. While I was personally unimpressed by the movie, it did start me thinking about all the great car movies that have been made over the years, particularly those made this year.


Hey, I can’t help myself. I was excited about this movie from the first time I heard Pixar was making a movie about a talking race car. When it finally came out, I was just old enough to be embarrassed by the thought of going to see it myself, but I worked out a clever way around this problem. I generously offered to take my neighbor’s young son. Not only did I get to the pretense of babysitting to see the movie, I even talked the kid’s parents into paying for it. It’s a trick I still use today, though now I bring my niece to the movies.

Anyway, getting back to Cars, I know it might sound silly, but it’s still a favorite car movie for Oren Loni. From the animation, to the dialogue, to the soundtrack I think it’s a great movie. The only thing I don’t like is how predictable the storyline is, but since it’s technically supposed to be a kids’ movie, I’m happy to let that slide.

The Fast and the Furious

There are a lot of thing to like about the Fast and the Furious, but I have to admit, one of the things that first drew me to the film as the fact that they used a classic Dodge Charger rather than a souped up modern car. It’s the second time a charger from that particular era made it onto television. The first time was when the Duke boys drove all over Hazard County in the General Lee.

The thing that I loved about the way that Fast and the Furious used their black charger was how it was such an extension of Vin Diesel’s character. Just by looking at the car, you knew the owner was a bad a$$ who wasn’t going to back down from a challenge, that he was a guy you wanted on your side.

My favorite part of the movie was when the made movie magic and showed the charger doing both a burnout and wheelstand at the same time. Watching that trick, it’s easy to understand why they keep making Fast and Furious movies. As car movies go, it’s hard to top.

Talladega Night

Will Farrell is something of a guilty pleasure for me. His films are silly and more than a little ridiculous and I know lots of people who can’t stand them, but I’ve always found them charming. Not only is Talladega Nights one of my favorite car films of the 21st Century, it also happens to be one of my favorite Will Farrell movies. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve watched the “NASCAR driving lesson” scenes and they still crack me up.

Those are my three picks for the best car films of the 21st Century. Do you like my list or would you change a few things?
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