If you are a fan of cars, we share a list of films that might interest you simply because of having cars as protagonists, although some are pieces of great cinema and extraordinary performances.
The world of cinema and automobiles is an inexhaustible source of creations. Whether in documentaries, fiction, comedies, vehicles occupy a central place in the seventh art. The various streaming platforms have taken advantage of these films and populate their billboards with listings that often target “hardcore” fans, with the quality of the film sometimes being strongly questioned by experts.
But when we want to see beautiful cars, flashy sports cars, racing and driving excitement, this question of quality can be left a little aside, although in the end it will be personal appreciation who counts.
For those looking for films with cars as protagonists, below we share the main films offered by Netflix, but we leave the documentaries or series inspired by the world of motorsport for a future edition.
Maximum load (2023)
Netflix’s first Brazilian action film tells the story of Roger (Thiago Martins), a driver who participates in truck races, who suffers from various problems that lead him to turn to a gang of criminals for assisting as a driver during assaults.
Effervescent Seoul (2022)
A gang of racing drivers called Sanggye-dong Supreme gets their dream job. As the Seoul Olympics open in 1998, the team embarks on a mission to transport illicit funds. Later, they are wanted by the police, but their driving skills will give them a head start.
Fast and Furious 9 (2021)
The ninth chapter of the saga which began almost 20 years ago introduces Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), with a quiet life outside with Letty and his son, little Brian. But the tranquility will soon end and the team must come together to prevent a global conspiracy, led by one of the most dangerous assassins who is also Dom’s missing brother, Jakob (John Cena).
Borning: the asphalt on fire (2020)
If you like all kinds of car-related movies, you can add them to the list. In this Norwegian comedy, Roy was going to get married, but his life was turned upside down when a new friend challenged him to a race on the iconic Nürburgring (Germany) to win back the bride.
4 cans (2019)
Spanish comedy that takes on aspects of a road movie. The story is about Tocho (Hovik Keuchkerian), an alcoholic who searches for his old French friend Jean Pierre (Jean Reno), whom he asks to accompany him on a trip from Spain to Mali to reunite with a sick mutual friend . Together they meet Ely (Susana Abaitua), the daughter of their sick friend and the three of them begin a journey in a Renault 4, experiencing a series of failures to be able to say goodbye to their friend. Jean Reno’s performance is always worth it.
Chinese film in which a former champion racing driver returns to the wheel after a five-year suspension. Today, with a six-year-old son, he wants to demonstrate his validity in front of new drivers and with his little one, they form a duo who will experience significant situations in the automotive world.
India, one of the countries with the greatest cinematic production, could not be missing from this list. This film starring Jacqueline Fernandez shows an “F1 tester” who comes to compete in a world of street racing but finds himself embroiled in a scheme to obtain money from a corrupt government.
Baby: The Apprentice Criminal (2017)
A young driver on the run (Ansel Elgort) uses music as a fundamental aid to avoid making mistakes while driving. When he meets a young woman (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to leave his life of crime. But the gangster he works for (Kevin Spacey) urges him to launch one last assault.
Drive the Escape (2011)
There are only a few days left to see this film before it leaves the Netflix catalog. Ryan Gosling plays the Driver, an anonymous driver who by day is a movie buff and drives a car for fun, but at night he helps criminals by taking them to safe places.
His life changes when he meets Irene, a young woman with a little son and a husband in prison. They will fall in love as they suppose, but problems arise when the woman’s husband is released from prison. It was nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Sound.
Initial D (2005)
Chinese action film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. This is a film adaptation of the manga series Initial D by Shūichi Shigeno, one of the most famous in Japan and which will soon even see a new film.
In the 2005 film, the protagonist Takumi Fujiwara is a student who delivers tofu to Mount Akina resorts in his father’s Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86. But as the nights go by, things change and the excitement of the race appears.