Car movie of the day: ‘The Italian Job’ (1969)

Who said a Mini Cooper can’t make for a good getaway car?

Editor’s note: Car guys, and even car girls, can take only so much of those Hallmark holiday movies that fill the airwaves and cable systems this time of year. As an automotive alternative, we’re offering our own suggestions of our favorite car movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out more of our favorite car movies here.


Ah, another car movie that was so good it was made twice. The original The Italian Job was released in 1969 and starred an up-and-coming actor by the name of Michael Caine.

He plays a man named Charlie Croker who, upon his release from prison, is set on stealing a big score in Italy. Croker — and a few others — begin to hatch a plan to steal a bunch of gold from a convoy in Turin, Italy.

The original The Italian Job film made the Mini Cooper into an excellent getaway car. | Oakhurst Productions

The original The Italian Job film made the Mini Cooper into an excellent getaway car. | Oakhurst Productions

Of course, the bad guy steps in and poses an issue, but Croker is able to outsmart him and get his crew into Turin. They take control of the city’s traffic cameras, steal the gold and drive it away in a trio of Mini Coopers.

There’s a great chase scene that includes Minis zipping through shopping areas, flying down stairs and even jumping between rooftops. That alone makes the movie worth a watch.

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The Italian Job ends on a literal cliffhanger, but we don’t want to spoil the fun, so you’ll have to watch it yourself.

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