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.

Looks like we'll be waiting a while. The reviews of N4S:TM have not been good.

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


4. Gone In 60 Seconds(1974)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

Their take: "Amateurish, badly acted and shot on the cheap (many sequences don't even have sync sound), this cult item features a 40-minute car chase (almost half the film's running time) that's nothing short of breathtaking."--Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide

Our take: "Can it get worse? When Nic Cage does a reboot, all bets are off."--Padgett

"The movie is literally all about Eleanor, and that's just fine."--Feder

5. Smokey And The Bandit (1977)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Their take: "The king of the 'good ol' boy' movies."--Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

Our take: "Screaming chickens, porno staches, Sally Field and Burt Reynolds and "Buford T. Justice"? We're eastbound and down with that. Shut up and take our stagflationary money."--Padgett

6. Vanishing Point (1971)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Their take: "A movie about which I can think of almost nothing good to say."--Roger Greenspun, New York Times

Our take: "Behind the drugs, the hair, and the '70s cheese, Kowalski's extended run from the law taps into transcendental aspects of driving, cars, and the freedom they represent rarely explored on film."--Ireson


7. American Graffiti (1973)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Their take: "It is a very good movie, funny, tough, unsentimental."--Roger Greenspun, New York Times

Our take: "Proof that car movies work best with epic soundtracks and loving attention to atmosphere and car culture. And if you think Happy Days was a pale, unnecessary TV imitation, recalibrate your pop-culture sensors with a few episodes of Alice."--Padgett

8. The Italian Job (1969)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Their take: "The film is technically sophisticated and emotionally retarded."--Vincent Canby, New York Times

Our take: "The Chris Christie-style traffic jam and MINI product placement are the best parts of the unnecessary reboot."--Ireson

9. Christine (1983)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

Their take: "This is the kind of movie where you walk out with a silly grin, get in your car, and lay rubber halfway down the Eisenhower."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Our take: "This Carrie counterpoint fashions the namesake Fury into a sort of Yoko Ono: it played better in words than in pictures. Watch it with your emotional brain turned off, and it's a DIYer's Amityville Horror show."--Padgett


10. Le Mans (1971)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Their take: " of the best pure racing movies ever made. But if you don't like automobile racing, you might not find much to enjoy."--John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

Our take: "Something that would never draw a major movie star or studio today, Le Mans stands as the icon of racing movies. The most 'must-see' movie on this list."--Ireson

11. Days Of Thunder (1990)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 41%

Their take: "Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer have raised formula films to a science."--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Our take: "Remember when Tom Cruise wasn't crazy?"--Ireson

"Between this and Chris Gaines, the 1990s were a rough decade for the infield crowd."--Padgett

"I could recite lines from this entire movie all day long. A must-see for any red-blooded American."--Feder

12. Senna (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Their take: "There's not an ounce of fat or a wasted shot throughout."--Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Our take: "The dichotomy between Senna's personalities on track and off--vicious win-at-all-costs racer versus kind, gentle, thoughtful human--returns dimension to a man in danger of being reduced to a legend or a tag line."--Ireson

"I'll admit it, I cried. The entire movie is gripping as it sucks you into Senna's world."--Feder


13. Rush (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Their take: "Considering the subject matter, Rush delivers the expected visceral jolts; what's surprising is how endearing it is, even when its two protagonists are behaving like little more than boys with very fast toys."--Ann Honaday, Washington Post

Our take: "While it misses some of the detail if you know the whole story, Rush brings the Lauda-Hunt rivalry to vivid life for those who weren't around for the original."--Ireson

"Ron Howard took a legendary story and turned it into Armageddon, in an acceptable way."--Feder

14. Cars (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Their take: "Cars made me want to hop in my jalopy and to head out to Route 66, bypassing the boring interstate highways that made the Mother Road redundant."--Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Our take: "It restored the greatness of Paul Newman and Route 66 for a new generation. That's enough, right?"--Padgett

"There's a talking Hudson Hornet and a Porsche 911 with a tramp stamp. What more could you want from a kiddie movie?"--Joel Feder

*15. C'était un Rendez-vous (Rendezvous) (1976)

Our choice for this list isn't rated by Rotten Tomatoes. At 9 minutes, it's barely worth popcorn--it's a third over by the time the popping's done. The epic tire-squealing fantasy-verite was shot in a single take in pre-dawn Paris from the driver's point of view, careening by monuments like the Champs-Elysees, ending at a possibly clandestine meeting with a lovely young girl. Whether it's Claude Lelouche behind the wheel--whether it's a Mercedes 6.9 with a Ferrari 275GTB soundtrack or not--the strap-on cinematography is a clear predecessor of your GoPro, and it's enthralling. Salut!


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