Great classic car movies

Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet, is one of the stars in the Pixar film "Cars."

Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet, is one of the stars in the Pixar film "Cars."

Cars and cinema share a rich heritage, so with Hot August Nights winding down in Reno, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the greatest classic car films of all time.

Some of my picks, such as the Stephen King thriller “Christine,” have a car at the heart of the plot. Others, like “Rebel Without a Cause” and “The French Connection,” simply feature cars in pivotal scenes. In compiling the list, our main concern was that the film include a classic car or two and that it demonstrate just how important automobiles have become in film culture.

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  1. smilingldsgirl

    I think American Graffiti is totally overrated. I saw it a couple of years ago and thought it was slow and the characters uniformly uninteresting. Like all of George Lucas’ movies the scenery and sets take precedent over the writing and acting. The scenes with the girl and Harrison Ford are the only good ones.

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  2. Forrest Hartman

    Thanks for the comment. I have to disagree with you on “Graffiti” though. I think it does a fine job capturing youth culture at that particular moment in time, and the performances are great throughout.

    I agree with you that Lucas is not a great director, but that film works for me. 🙂

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