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.

x1080-scaled Hitch-hiking (L’autostop) (1991)

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This Russian flick is the story of an Italian driver, traveling from Italy to Russia in a brand-new Fiat Tempra. Seducing several women along the way, he decides to pick up a pregnant hitchhiker waiting at the side of the road in the harsh Russian winter. Originally intended to be a short promotional film for the car, this ended up as a fortunate little accident and one of the best car films of all time.