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Our choices for Oscar-worthy car movies


Oscar awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences photo
Oscar awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences photo

Today in Los Angeles, and for the 89th time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award Oscars to honor what are judged to have been the best efforts last year by film makers.

As far as we know, none of the nominated films has much to do with cars, although they do appear to play a role as getaway vehicles in Hell or High Water, and we hear there’s a classic convertible in La La Land.

But around these parts, we prefer movies in which cars play major roles, so we polled The Daily News @ ClassicCars.com editorial team and asked for lists of favorite car-centric movies.

So if you need an alternative to the awards show, you might check the availability on Netflix or Amazon or HBO Now or On Demand or whatever source you have to select from our list (presented alphabetically), or perhaps you just want to pick and choose the titles that match your preferences.

Oh, and if you think we’ve missed a great car movie or two, you can let us know through the Comments section that follows our list:

A Man and A Woman
American Graffiti
Back to the Future
Blues Brothers
Cannonball Run
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Corvette Summer
Easy Rider
Gone in 60 Seconds
Grand Prix
Greased Lightning
Gumball Rally
John Wick
Keystone Cops silent films
Le Diaboliques
Le Mans
Little Miss Sunshine
Road to Perdition
Smokey and the Bandit
Talladega Nights
The Big Wheel
The Fast and the Furious
The Great Race
The Italian Job
Thelma & Louise
The Long, Long Trailer
The Love Bug
Thunder Road
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Two Lane Blacktop
Vanishing Point

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
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