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.

Dennis Wilson from the Beach Boys plays the Driver, who drives a ‘55 Chevrolet 150 with his Mechanic. They drive from town to town winning drag races for cash. This is a movie about their cross-country journey in the pre-interstate era, which turns into a drag race against GTO. Watch this movie without reading the reviews. All we’ll tell you is that Two-Lane Blacktop was an inspiration for Brock Yates when he came up with the Cannonball Run. Since most of the movie is shot on Route 66, along with a trip to the Tail of the Dragon, it serves as a glimpse of a bygone era.