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During the lockdown, we’re sure you’re spending more time than ever in front of the telly, getting stuck into a new series or watching your favourite films. If you’re a lover of speed and all things cars, why not sit back and enjoy some of the best car movies readily available on your TV? 

From fast car chases to cars from history, there is no better way to spend an evening with your household than getting stuck into some gripping action and awesome car scenes. Carry on reading to find five of the best car movies recommended to you by some of the best car bloggers, all giving their thoughts on some of their favourite movies from the last 70 years.

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The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift

Release date: 2006

Famous faces: Lucas Black, Nathalie Kelley, Sung Kang

The Fast and The Furious is a film series that everyone knows and loves! One of the most famous car franchises in the world with 14 high-intensity movies to choose from, we have opted for The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift and for good reason.

As the name suggests, the film focuses on the world of drift racing and follows the journey of a teenager who is sent to live with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence. His rebellious behaviour finds him racing in one of the most famous drift racing competitions in the world, but does everything go to plan?

We spoke to the team at Car Spotter, they recommended The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift as their favourite car-themed film, they explain a little more about why they chose it: “High octane, brightly coloured drift cars, an energising soundtrack and an action-packed storyline make Tokyo Drift a thrilling watch for all the family. Be transported from your isolation sofa to the brightly lit streets of Japan for a cultured insight into the world of drift racing.”

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Gone in 60 Seconds

Release date: 2000

Famous faces: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi

A former prisoner returns to his former world to save his brother’s life, but what he doesn’t know yet is that he has to steal 50 cars from the king of crime in order to retrieve his brother alive. Full of fast car action scenes, can he rely on his retired crime friends to help him complete the mission?

“The perfect film if you’re missing driving and have a love for all things automotive. Combining the criminal underworld of ‘stolen to order’ luxury vehicles and a variety of successful actors, Gone in 60 Seconds will have you on the edge of your seat. A crack team must obtain 50 high-end vehicles within 3 days. Worth a watch to witness silver Shelby Mustang GT500 ‘Eleanor’ alone.” Says the team at Car Spotter.

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Bullitt

Release date: 1968

Famous faces: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn

Sam from Anything Motor recommended Bullitt to us, not the first film you would think of when you think of epic car films, but full of wonderful classic cars none the less.

Sam explains more: “OK, so not a full-bore driving film, it does have that chase scene, as Frank Bullitt in his Mustang 390 Fastback pursues mob perps in their Dodge Charger 440 to an explosive conclusion on the streets of San Francisco. There are a few goofs along the way (how many times do they drive past that Beetle?!), but it’s very worthy of its legendary status, and an altogether great film.”

Bullitt tells the tale of a San Francisco cop whose mission is to keep a witness out of site for 48 hours before his court hearing. Things don’t go to plan and Bullitt seeks to find the crime squad who bought failure to his mission.

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Ronin

Release date: 1998

Famous faces: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone

A Robert De Niro classic, Ronin follows the dangerous mission of a team of former intelligence agents, but when the captor goes missing, who will show their true colours first? This thrilling film is full to the brim with epic car scenes, as Niall from Take to The Road explains:

“This is one of the all-time great post-cold war spy thrillers with one of the best car chases sequences ever filmed by legendary director John Frankenheimer. The cast is superb with Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce in lead roles. Some of the star cars in the chases are a Peugeot 605, a BMW 535i, an Audi S8, a Citroen XM, a Mercedes-Benz SW116. The high-speed chase through Paris is particularly nail-biting and hails from an era before CGI replaced a lot of real car stunts. Ronin is an adrenaline rush and is a must-watch classic for petrolheads. The perfect lockdown movie for us car fans to indulge in.”

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Drive

Release date: 2011

Famous Faces: Ralph Lawler, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

Drive was released in 2011 and is known as one of the most reputable driving films of recent years. A Hollywood stunt performer discovers that a contract has been put on him after a failed heist. Falling in love doesn’t help his troubles and protecting his new love sees him on the wrong side of the law.

Adam Tudor-Lane from Car Witter loves Drive and highly recommends it if you’re looking for an action-packed driving thriller: “Possibly one of, if not THE slickest driving films ever. Drive melds together a super cool antihero who stunt drives by day and acts as a getaway driver by night. Gritty, raw action plays out in between the car chases with a little love story intertwined for goodwill. While the elements of four-wheel action can be short, the thumping soundtrack from the likes of Kavinsky, The Chromatics and composer Cliff Martinez keep you transfixed to the screen.

“Think of it as Bullitt but for the modern era, with Ryan Gosling taking over the reins from the legend that is Steve McQueen. If you’ve not seen it, settle down in front of the TV, get a pizza and strap in for the thrill ride that is Drive - I can assure you you’ll want a pair of leather driving gloves and a jacket with a scorpion on by the end of it.”

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If you’re missing getting out in your car for a drive or you’re thinking about looking into getting a new car with an Audi lease or another of our many car leasing options, sit back and watch some of these magnificent and critically-acclaimed films and get your need for speed elsewhere.