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This week marks the premiere of Need For Speed, Disney's videogame-based Aaron Paul vehicle. For months, we've been hoping to add another great car movie to our mental database of must-sees.
So, instead of wasting time at the 24-plex this weekend, we suggest two things: a wish-listing on your Netflix account, and a long side trip instead through this batch of car movies hand-chosen by our fans. We asked you for your best car movies of all time on Motor Authority's Facebook page--and you picked these first 14 titles.
We've added one more* that no gearhead should miss, and we've linked over to the ratings and reviews at Rotten Tomatoes for other takes on our winners.
The trailers are here: all you need to do is add them to your queue and set your recliner to binge mode.
1. The Fast And Furious (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%
Their take: "A gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed."--Todd McCarthy, Variety
Our take: "Frustratingly inaccurate and unrealistic in its portrayal of the central props--cars--this movie and its resulting franchise are the fast food to the many great meals on this list."--Nelson Ireson
"This movie--and series--brought fresh blood to the automotive enthusiast scene. It's been a good thing for the automotive community."--Joel Feder
2. Bullitt (1968)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Their take: "McQueen is great in Bullitt, and the movie is great, because director Peter Yates understands the McQueen image and works within it. He winds up with about the best action movie of recent years."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Our take: "With one of the best car chases ever filmed, Bullitt is often pigeon-holed as little else, but there's plenty of reason to love the rest of the movie, too."--Ireson
"A must-see movie for any automotive enthusiast." --Feder
3. The Cannonball Run (1981)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%
Their take: "The Cannonball Run is an abdication of artistic responsibility at the lowest possible level of ambition. In other words, they didn't even care enough to make a good lousy movie."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Our take: "Stupid, offensive, and incredibly irresponsible, The Cannonball Run is one of my favorite car movies of all time."--Ireson
"The great Brock Yates would undoubtedly love Nelson's description, at least the offensive and irresponsible parts."--Marty Padgett