Do you remember the last time you had to sit through a gruelling hour and a half of bad cinema just because it was a movie about cars? Gearheads are often denied the simple pleasures of a good story and compelling performances. Yet, there are tales of glorious cars and legendary drivers littered throughout the history of motorsport. Following are tales of ambition, passion and tragedy, which artfully demonstrate the love of man and machine.

easyrider Easy Rider (1969)

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“They’re not scared of you, they’re scared of what you represent to them.” The recurring theme in Easy Rider is the breakdown of American culture. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper were the producer and director of the film, respectively. They play two motorcyclists who ride across America and bare themselves to the atrocities of a life without the safety net of social conformity. They befriend a lawyer, played by Jack Nicholson, an alcoholic and victim of his own square-ness. Easy Rider is acclaimed for its raw drama and beautifully photographed scenes, and a heartbreaking ending.