Best Gearhead movies of all time.

by choppermike | created - 13 Jan 2017 | updated - 16 Jan 2017 | Public

Best Gearhead movies of all time. The ones you can watch over and over again.

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1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

50 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 41,204 | Gross: $126.74M

2. The Driver (1978)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley

Votes: 12,518 | Gross: $4.91M

3. The California Kid (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A deranged desert town sheriff has a murderous habit of forcing speeders to their deaths, until a young man with a souped-up hotrod arrives to possibly end it.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Michelle Phillips, Stuart Margolin

Votes: 858

4. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 5,697

5. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

2 men drag-racing across the U.S., in a '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson's the mechanic, James Taylor's the driver.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

Votes: 10,209

6. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

PG | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one is in the bag - thereby, the police precipitate in a desperate car chase against Pace and his Eleanor across Southern California.

Director: H.B. Halicki | Stars: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, James McIntyre

Votes: 7,695 | Gross: $40.00M

7. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

60 Metascore

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 3,432

8. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger

Votes: 24,907

9. Gator (1976)

PG | 115 min | Action, Drama, Crime

41 Metascore

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

Director: Burt Reynolds | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed

Votes: 3,233 | Gross: $11.00M

10. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

28 Metascore

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 30,689 | Gross: $72.18M

11. Bullitt (1968)

M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

Votes: 55,570 | Gross: $42.30M

12. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 57,289

13. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

86 Metascore

Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 89,379 | Gross: $41.73M

14. Convoy (1978)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

47 Metascore

Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young

Votes: 13,745 | Gross: $45.00M

15. Return to Macon County (1975)

PG | 90 min | Drama

Two young men in a fast car travel through Georgia in the summer of 1958 en route to enter the National Championship drag races in California. In Macon County they pick up a wild girl who brings trouble and attract the ire of a local cop.

Director: Richard Compton | Stars: Nick Nolte, Don Johnson, Robin Mattson, Robert Viharo

Votes: 628

16. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach

Votes: 20,175 | Gross: $25.00M

17. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 75,141 | Gross: $115.00M

18. Corvette Summer (1978)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Eugene Roche, William Bryant

Votes: 2,483 | Gross: $15.50M

19. Eat My Dust (1976)

PG | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Darlene's into going fast, Hoover's into Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the reckless fun accelerates into a trunk-full of hot pursuits.

Director: Charles B. Griffith | Stars: Ron Howard, Christopher Norris, Brad David, Kathy O'Dare

Votes: 635

20. Moonrunners (1975)

PG | 110 min | Action, Comedy

Grady and Bobby Lee run moonshine for Uncle Jesse, who prides himself on his old-school moonshining methods, and refuses to buckle in to the 'big business moonshine' of Jake, who controls these parts for New York mobsters.

Director: Gy Waldron | Stars: James Mitchum, Kiel Martin, Arthur Hunnicutt, Chris Forbes

Votes: 256

21. Greased Lightning (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

57 Metascore

The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier, Cleavon Little

Votes: 1,252

22. Hooper (1978)

PG | 99 min | Action, Comedy

70 Metascore

Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field, Brian Keith

Votes: 5,513 | Gross: $78.00M

23. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

25 Metascore

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 61,515 | Gross: $49.04M

24. Grand Theft Auto (1977)

PG | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A rich girl steals her dad's Rolls Royce and heads off to Las Vegas to get married. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Elizabeth Rogers, Barry Cahill

Votes: 2,384

25. Thunder and Lightning (1977)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A young man who hauls liquor for moonshiners comes up against a competing gang of moonshiners who intend to get rid of him and take over his operation.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: David Carradine, Kate Jackson, Sterling Holloway, Patrick Cranshaw

Votes: 327 | Gross: $6.76M

26. The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG | 105 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

An eclectic group of people take part in a secret, and illegal, cross country road race.

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Tim McIntire, Raul Julia, Norman Burton

Votes: 3,331

27. The Wild One (1953)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin

Votes: 13,380

28. Electra Glide in Blue (1973)

PG | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Bored with his highway traffic duties, Arizona motorcycle patrolman John Wintergreen is assigned to Homicide where his polite investigative style irks his macho boss.

Director: James William Guercio | Stars: Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush, Mitchell Ryan, Jeannine Riley

Votes: 4,388

29. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

The story of New Zealander Burt Munro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell

Votes: 49,168 | Gross: $5.13M

30. Stroker Ace (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

30 Metascore

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson

Votes: 3,270 | Gross: $13.00M

31. Six Pack (1982)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

45 Metascore

Stopping briefly in a small Texas town, an itinerant race car driver finds that his stock car, on a trailer behind his motor home, has just been quickly and expertly stripped. He chases ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Kenny Rogers, Diane Lane, Erin Gray, Barry Corbin

Votes: 2,413 | Gross: $20.23M

32. Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy

41 Metascore

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 13,676 | Gross: $66.13M

33. Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick

Votes: 7,550 | Gross: $5.68M

34. Cannonball Run II (1984)

PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy

13 Metascore

The original characters from The Cannonball Run (1981) race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 13,892 | Gross: $28.08M

35. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 177,688 | Gross: $8.75M

36. W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

W. Bright (Burt Reynolds) is a robber with a heart of gold who travels the South knocking off banks and gas stations owned by a corrupt businessman. When he hijacks a car, he meets an aspiring country band, the Dixie Dancekings, led by Dixie (Conny Van Dyke). The two sides eventually take a liking to one another, especially after the Dancekings realize the size of Bright's thefts. Trailed by ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Art Carney, Conny Van Dyke, Jerry Reed

Votes: 815

37. White Line Fever (1975)

PG | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In the 1970s Arizona, a young married man becomes an independent long-haul driver and he risks his life fighting the corruption in the local long-haul trucking industry.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Kay Lenz, Slim Pickens, L.Q. Jones

Votes: 1,256

38. Black Dog (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ex-truck driver Jack Crews (Patrick Swayze) has just been released from prison for vehicular manslaughter after losing control and hitting a stranded motorist. His family is in danger of ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Randy Travis, Meat Loaf, Gabriel Casseus

Votes: 7,927 | Gross: $12.83M

39. Steel Cowboy (1978 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Trucker Clayton Ray Davis is on the verge of financial ruin. His truck is about to be repossesed and he sees no way out. So when Pinky Pinchus approaches him with an opportunity to make ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey S. Laidman | Stars: James Brolin, Rip Torn, Jennifer Warren, Melanie Griffith

Votes: 72

40. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Forced by the imminent foreclosure of their friend's bar, two lifelong buddies will decide to rob a bank's armoured car, not knowing that its cargo is not money but a new street drug.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson, Chelsea Field, Daniel Baldwin

Votes: 17,187 | Gross: $7.43M

41. Harley and the Davidsons (2016– )

60 min | Biography

Based on a true story, "Harley and the Davidsons" charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. ... See full summary »

Stars: Michiel Huisman, Bug Hall, Robert Aramayo, Annie Read

Votes: 2,658

42. Over the Top (1987)

PG | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sport

40 Metascore

Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely, Rick Zumwalt

Votes: 46,124 | Gross: $16.06M

43. The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

74 Metascore

A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty

Votes: 1,360



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