Best Car Movies List

Two Lane Blacktop (1971)

R 102 min. Two Lane Blacktop is a road movie starring, singer-songwriter James Taylor, the Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, and Laurie Bird.

Also starring, '55 Chevy, '70 GTO, and some real LA street racers!

But first, let's address the obvious...

How did James Taylor end up in this movie, having never acted before?

Director, Monte Hellman, had auditioned many actors, but he was unsatisfied. So, as fate would have it, Hellman saw a picture of James Taylor on a billboard on the Sunset Strip. He asked James to come and do a screen test.

Now, what about Dennis Wilson, another non-actor?

It was the same story for the role of the mechanic. Hellman was looking at actual mechanics but couldn’t find anyone.

With four days left before shooting, a friend of the casting director suggested Dennis Wilson, a genuine car guy.

OK, now the movie...

Two Lane Blacktop is a road movie with no real plot.

In an interview with director Monte Hellman he was asked about the plot of the movie. Hellman laughed and said, "I was hard-pressed to find one."

As one movie poster proclaims:

"Their world is a two-lane blacktop. No beginning... No end..."

Exactly!

There was certainly thought put into the movie.

At least for the cars. (Right on. Fistbump)

Screenplay writer Rudy Wurlitzer explains, "The GTO is the consumer car par excellence, a metaphor for the consumer culture. It's absurd, but in a great way. The Chevy is the artist's car, made and created by people who are in love with the process of building a car."

Consumer, versus the purity of the artist builder.

Sound familiar?

Or maybe it's like a cup of coffee.

No plot. Just drink it, and enjoy.

Two Lane Blacktop makes it into the "Best Car Movies" canon due to its cult classicness.