Are these the best driving films of all time?

A survey reveals the best driving films of all time, including The Fast and the Furious, Mad Max: Fury Road, Baby Driver, Senna and Locke.

Vin Diesel

Four weeks into the lockdown, the chances are you’ve exhausted your DVD collection and the top picks on Netflix. But if you’re looking for inspiration, this list of driving films might help.

A survey conducted by a dashcam company has revealed the nation’s favourite driving films – plus the most popular scenes involving cars. There are one or two surprises on the lists.

The Fast and the Furious is number one. The first film in the franchise premiered in 2001, giving us the first opportunity to see Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) on screen together. Two decades later, the franchise is still going strong.

You’d need to set aside more than 900 minutes to watch the eight films in the Fast Saga franchise, plus extra time for the spin-offs and short films. Fast & Furious 9 – or F9 – was set for release in 2020, but has been delayed until April 2021 due to the coronavirus.

Lightning McQueen

Second on the list of top driving films is Mad Max: Fury Road, followed by CarsThe Transporter and Baby Driver. The latter is one of the most recent films on the list and a must-watch if you haven’t seen it already.

Top 10 driving films

  1. The Fast and the Furious
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Cars
  4. The Transporter
  5. Baby Driver
  6. Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans 66)
  7. Drive
  8. Green Book
  9. Senna
  10. Locke

Bryn Brooker, head of marketing at Nextbase said: “In my humble opinion, it was a surprise to see The Fast and The Furious top this list. But, the people have spoken and there is no denying that the film offers some very entertaining driving sequences!

“That said, there are some truly excellent entries on both of these lists and we absolutely encourage everyone to give these a watch during this time. The variety here will help to keep people’s interest and, with many of our vehicles sat outside being given very little use during this time, it may be the closest we can get to a long, leisurely drive for a while – not that any of us drive like Vin Diesel on a daily basis, obviously!”

Top 10 driving scenes

Bullitt Ford Mustang

The respondents to the survey were also asked to name their favourite scenes involving a car or cars. Here are the results:

  1. The Italian Job. No, not the iconic scene involving the red, white and blue Minis. Instead, it’s Michael Caine’s line about blowing the doors off.
  2. Mr Bean’s Holiday. When Bean takes to the wheel of a Mini in France.
  3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When the car takes flight for the first time.
  4. Bullitt. No prizes for guessing this one.
  5. The Spy Who Loved Me. When 007 tested the seals on his Lotus Esprit by taking an underwater excursion.
  6. The Bourne Identity. The epic chase scene in Paris.
  7. Thelma & Louise. That bit when they drive off the edge of a cliff.
  8. Rain Main. When Raymond Babbitt drives the Buick Roadmaster in Las Vegas.
  9. Taxi. When you’ve got 25 minutes to catch your flight… 
  10. Dirty Harry: Magnum Force. The famous car chase scene.

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Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Writer with a penchant for #FrenchTat. Also doing a passable impression of Cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome.


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