These are the best car movies on Netflix right now

Let's face it, we all have some time on our hands

With the country in lockdown, why not seek solace in some glorious TV?

The world is a very strange place at the moment, COVID-19 has managed to effect almost every single aspect of our day to day life, and with many of us seeking a chance to escape what feels like a movie, why not escape with a movie or five?

Netflix currently has a staggering 167 million subscribers worldwide, a number that is more than likely going to increase while everyone is kicking their heels during isolation. For car lovers, we’ve lost the F1 season and various landmark events, meaning the only way to scratch that car itch is virtually. We’ve compiled our favourite movies and a series that are all available on Netflix during the time this article was published.

1. Christine (1983 – John Carpenter / Stephen King)

We start our list with a slice of true 1980’s goodness from the writer who brought us ‘It’ and ‘The Shining’, none other than Mr Stephen King.  Unlike his other antagonists, Christine the 1958 Plymouth Fury,  causes devastation through its two foot wide chrome grille. An axe is just too obvious, right? 

Perhaps there’s enough drama in the world right now for this movie to be on our list, but for car lovers it’s oddly satisfying to see the car in such a prominent role on screen, with the lead character Arnie spending weeks and weeks alone working on the car, causing him to alienate himself right into the arms (or seatbelts) of his beloved Christine.

” Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. Christine.

A ’58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell.”

2. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006 – Adam McKay)

“I WANNA GO FAST.” Arguably one of Ferrell’s most quotable movies, maybe just behind Step Brothers, Talladega Nights is laugh out loud funny and one of those films that will allow you to simply forget about the world for one hour and 48 minutes. 

Ricky Bobby was a NASCAR sensation, before being beaten by his arch nemesis Jean, portrayed perfectly by none other than Sacha Baron Cohen. This movie is a genuine piece of comedy all wrapped up in the wacky world of NASCAR, which for many of us in the UK is a relatively unknown sport compared to the popularity in America. Think of this film as the 2Fast2Furious of Will Ferrell’s archive, you know you’ve seen it 23 times before, but there’s no harm in watching it again is there?!

     3. Drive (2011 – Nicholas Winding Refn)

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Now this one is a special one for me personally, Drive firmly placed itself in my top three films the moment I saw it way back in 2011. Despite the name, Drive isn’t the action packed fairytale of a man desperate to make it as a stuntman – as the trailer suggests. Instead, Ryan Gosling’s unnamed protagonist speaks a total of 891 words in the entire film, using his piercing stare and subtle facial expressions to explain how he’s really feeling, even when he’s covered in blood.

I’ll be the first to admit this movie has some plot holes, but the aesthetic, pace and overall presence of the film is totally unique. I urge you to head to Spotify to listen to the masterpiece of a soundtrack that Drive has, and the desire to drive around aimlessly blasting ‘Nightcall’ imagining you’re driving a Chevy Impala is enough to make this film a must watch for any car lover.

” You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours.”

 4. HyperDrive (2019 – Netflix Original Series)

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When rumours started circling that Netflix were planning to create a game show based around cars competing for prizes, I think the world was a little anxious to see how this would really work out. Thankfully, what was created was an action packed and genuinely exciting show that kept you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Keep an eye out for Fielding Shredder, a grassroots drifter from Austin Texas who won the hearts of the world with his frankly insane driving ability, showing the world that money doesn’t buy you car control. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable series to watch, sometimes a little over the top but it’s extremely easy to binge it in a few evenings.

5. Initial D (2005 – Andrew Lau / Alan Mak)

My final choice of film may not be that well known to some, but to Japanese car fans, Initial D is the holy grail of street racing goodness. The film not so much, but the comics published from 1995 to 2013 were a worldwide phenomenon, selling a staggering 48 million copies. It captured the minds of young teenagers looking to escape the boring humdrum of life, allowing them to relate to main character Takumi Fujiwara perfectly. The movie adapts the manga series relatively well, and although there’s some questionable CGI scenes and various continuity errors, it gives viewers a chance to see various retro Japanese cars get pushed to their limits on the narrow passes known as ‘Touge’ that surround Mt. Fuji. 

It’ll leave you heading straight to Japanese car auction websites looking into importing a 90’s Japanese car, trust me.

“That 86 is one aggressive piece on the road.”

So there we have it, five entirely different movies and shows for you to binge while we are all in isolation. We understand that the world is an extremely stressful and unsettled place at the moment, so it’s vitally important to do what you can to find happiness, no matter how small that is. Staying positive is the most important thing during this time. Also, wash your hands.

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