Who loves a good driving movie?
Driving and Hollywood, two things that go hand in hand. Over the years the silver screen has played host to some timeless classics and, here at DrivenMedia, we wish to celebrate that fact and give you a rundown of our top movies about tearing up the tarmac. Have you seen any of these benchmarks of cinema?
Thelma and Louise (1991)
For us here at DrivenMedia, when the question was asked about what road movie to put on this list, Thelma and Louise was a resounding choice.
Directed by Ridley Scott (of Blade Runner and Alien fame), this buddy movie championed women and is still regarded as a cult classic.
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis play the titular best friends who decide to leave their homes and go for a weekend away which turns into a cross-country escape from the authorities. The film explores the relationship between the two female protagonists and does this while driving throughout the whole film.
Along the way, they pick up a young Brad Pitt as a hitchhiker who joins them for the ride as they cross the border to Mexico.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
A trucker film! A list of driving movies would not be complete without one! A favourite for filmgoers who want to switch off and see a road movie with some machismo, and for us too here at DrivenMedia.
Burt Reynolds stars as Bo Darville (the Bandit) an ex-trucker hired to pick up 400 cases of beer from Texas and deliver it east to Atlanta, Georgia in time for an annual party, the trouble being that transporting the beer is illegal. The Bandit, along with his friend, Cledus Snow, becomes pursued by the police, who just happens to be the father of Sally Field’s hitchhiker.
An international hit at its release, the film sparked a mid to late 70’s craze in the US for the Citizens Band radio (CB) and was a trucker staple for keeping other drivers aware of oncoming speed traps and gas stations.
The Fast and Furious films
More about racing than driving, but I’m sure you can forgive us for its inclusion. With nine full length features, including the recent release of “Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw” and two short films, the franchise has grown from strength to strength. Although the first three films in the franchise focus more on the aspects of racing, fans still flock to see the films and have resulted in propelling the careers of its stars including Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker.
What’s this? A second trucker film! Another movie that leant heavily on the CB radio craze of the 70’s which was sweeping through American culture and Hollywood. In a similar vein to Smokey and the Bandit, Convoy centres around fleeing truckers. Martin Penwald, AKA the handle, “Rubber Duck”, who, along with his friends “Pig Pen” and “Spider-Mike”, are escaping Arizona from the state sheriff. Utilising the CB radio, other truckers hear of the trio’s plight and form a mile-long convoy to ease safe passage to New Mexico.
Starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw and Ernest Borgnine, Convoy continued the international buzz of the CB radio and also showcased the camaraderie that lorry drivers share.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
The second film on this list to star Burt Reynolds, who also teams up with director of Smokey and the Bandit, Hal Needham. Do you see a theme between these two?
In this comic caper, an illegal road race named the Cannonball, sees a plethora of eccentric characters and race enthusiasts compete to become the first team to race from Connecticut to Los Angeles, by any means possible.
With all out action and a cast bursting with talent such as the likes of Roger Moore, Farah Fawcett, Jackie Chan and Rat Pack members, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, this road film highlights how much fun driving can be, albeit a slightly dangerous one!
Which films about driving are your favourites? Have they been included here or are you shocked we’ve not added an obvious one?
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