The car movie is an unofficial genre. For over 100 years, cars and vehicles of all kinds were common motion picture décor. During the years, there were thousands of movies with memorable scenes involving cars, cars chases or racing. Interestingly, a movie doesn’t need to be strictly about cars or racing to be classified as a car movie.
It could be a comedy, action film, thriller or even a horror flick. But, it needs to have some connection with cars, a memorable chase scene or a cool set of wheels the main character drives. The most successful car movies form a cult following and make a car legendary. However, there are movies that ruined the car culture, even though they were popular and influential. Today, you will learn about five top flicks that did just that.
1. Back to the Future
The original Back to the Future movie with two sequels is a fun flick and an integral part of growing up in the late ’80s. Besides Doc and Marty, the main character is a stainless steel De Lorean DMC 12, which becomes a time machine. The movie singlehandedly revived the popularity of this car, which people considered a flop just a few years prior.
On the other hand, non-car people now think the De Lorean is a fast, capable and powerful machine. However, the reality is that it is none of that. In fact, the DMC 12 is a slow, quirky and problematic car that is extremely disappointing to drive. People who paid a lot of money for their piece of childhood fantasies learned that the hard way.