Best Car Movies List

American Graffiti (1973)

PG 110 min. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack.

In January 1973 the Selective Service announces the end to the draft and institutes an all-volunteer military. President Nixon signs the Paris Peace Accords, ending direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Maybe we needed to go back to a time when the most stressful things were dating and deciding if you're going to college.

The movie trailer starts off with Wolfman Jack asking "Where were you in '62?" A clear sign of a nostalgia movie.

On a side note, the movie, Vanishing Point (1971), had a blind DJ named Super Soul that acted as a guide for Kowalski.

American Graffiti was the first good movie about the 1950s car culture. Well cast, written, acted, filmed and produced.

This is a movie directly about youth car culture. Drive-ins, Cruising, custom cars, racing. No politics, just a night of cruising in a small town.

In small towns, the traffic was light, especially at night.

You feel like you own the town.

Cruising amplified life. It filled you with a serene sense of cool, interrupted by bursts of adrenaline from potential confrontations, showoff driving, or spontaneous pranks.

The 1955 Chevy Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford) was one of three used in Two Lane Blacktop (1971).

American Graffiti makes it into the "Iconic Car Movies" canon because was the first good movie about the 1950s car culture. It was well cast, written, acted, filmed and produced. This is a movie directly about youth car culture, drive-ins, cruising, custom cars, hot rods, and racing.