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.

Thunder Road1

Robert Mitchum plays a moonshine runner in this well-known classic. His character Lucas Doolin is a Korean War veteran, who transports the prohibited liquor in his sleeper two-door Ford. Thunder Road is shot exclusively in the Blueridge mountains of North Carolina, and along US Route 19. Despite the inconsistencies between scenes and occasional bad dialogue, Thunder Road remains one of the most memorable films of its kind.