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Joy Ride (2001)

The 2001 movie Joy Ride is a thriller film that follows a group of teenagers who get stranded on the side of the road. They are trying to escape from some dangerous criminals and they need to find a way to safety.

This movie is not only suspenseful but also very entertaining. It has many twists and turns that keep you guessing what will happen next. The stars of this movie are Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, and Ben Foster.

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College student Lewis Thomas and his brother, Fuller, decide to make a cross-country road trip in his 1971 Chrysler Newport, so he can drive home with his girlfriend for the summer. In the mood for a practical joke, Fuller convinces Lewis to talk to a truck driver nicknamed ‘Rusty Nail’ on his CB radio. Lewis pretends to be a woman and invites him to meet at a motel in Wyoming, where they planned to bunk for the night. They give him the wrong room number but the next morning, when the man in that room is found murdered, the Sheriff asks them to leave town. But now they have a psycho killer stalker.

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Collateral (2004)

Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Michael Mann and written by Stuart Beattie. It stars Tom Cruise as Vincent, a contract killer who specializes in killing people in the style of hits ordered from the Italian Mafia. Jamie Foxx plays Max, a taxi driver who becomes drawn into Vincent’s world.

The film was released on July 30, 2004 to positive reviews and grossed $227 million worldwide.

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Max is an LA cabbie with dreams of running his own limousine business, one day. Tired after a full day’s work, he picks up a sharply-dressed gentleman, Vincent, who offers him $600 to drive him to five locations through the night. Initially reluctant, Max is eventually swayed. As things suddenly get out of hand at the first of the five stops, Max finds out that Vincent is a hitman on a mission to murder five targets. But by now, there’s a body in the trunk of his car and he is left with no option but to carry on driving.

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Smokey And The Bandit (1977)

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? Gear heads 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.

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A wealthy Texan seeks a trucker who can bootleg Coors beer into Georgia for him. He finds Bo “the Bandit” Darville, at a rodeo in Atlanta and offers him $80,000 to bring him 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana in 28 hours. But as the Bandit is set to begin the second leg of his journey, he is stopped by a runaway bride, Carrie, who wants to hitch a ride. The Bandit agrees but ends up becoming the target of Sheriff Buford T. Justice, whose son’s bride Carrie was to be. Sheriff Justice and his dimwitted Junior begin chasing Bandit, all the way to Georgia to get Carrie back.

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd.

The movie is about an elderly Southern woman named Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) who hires Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman), an African-American chauffeur, to drive her through the changes in American society in the three decades following World War II.

It won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress for Jessica Tandy, Best Adapted Screenplay for Alfred Uhry and Best Film Editing for Jay Cassidy.

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A film adaptation of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy is the story of an elderly Jewish widow, Miss Daisy Werthan, whose son, Boolie has decided that she’s too old to drive herself. He hires a chauffeur for his mother, an African-American man named Hoke Colburn to help her get around. The tug-of-war between the duty-bound driver and his stern and hostile mistress, eventually blossoms into an unlikely, heart-warming friendship that transcends all social convention.

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The French Connection (1971)

The French Connection is a 1971 crime thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D’Antoni. The film stars Gene Hackman as New York Police Department detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, Roy Scheider as Buddy “Cloudy” Russo, Fernando Rey as the French police captain Pierre Nicoli, and Tony Lo Bianco as the Italian mobster Alain Charnier.

The movie follows two NYPD detectives across the city and across the world in pursuit of a dangerous heroin smuggler. The film was based on Robin Moore’s 1969 non-fiction book about an actual police investigation that took place in New York City from 1967 to 1968.

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Inspired by a true story, The French Connection features one of the most thrilling car chases in the history of cinema. This multiple Academy Award-winning police drama follows NYPD detectives, Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle and Buddy Russo in their mission to track down a drug- smuggling chain, bringing large quantities of heroin into the United States from somewhere in Europe. Turns out, it is the French drug kingpin, Alain Charnier, who is responsible for a large fraction of New York’s dope. A series of iconic action sequences later, Popeye is hot on Charnier’s trail. But can he still escape?

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Death Race 2000 (1975)

Death Race 2000 is a 1975 movie that features a fictional cross-country road race in the year 2000. The racers are driving cars with weapons attached to them. The movie was followed by four sequels and a reboot in 2008.

It was produced by Roger Corman and directed by Paul Bartel and released on September 27, 1975. It stars David Carradine as Frankenstein, Sylvester Stallone as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo, Simone Griffiths as Evelyn “Evie” Lincoln, Terry Moore as Jane Van Ryan, Mary Woronov as Calamity Jane and Roberta Collins as Minerva Washington.

Death Race 2000 is based on the short story “The Racer” written by Ib Melchior in 1967.

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The movie that arguably inspired many modern-day video games, such as Grand Theft Auto, Death Race 2000 is an all-round entertainer that combines three of America’s favourite things: cars, violence and sport. The film is set in the year 2000, when the United States is run by a totalitarian government under a certain Mr President. The 20th annual Transcontinental Road Race is announced, in which the winner is not the one who finishes the race first but the one who runs over the maximum number of pedestrians before getting to the finish line…

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Hitch-hiking (L’autostop) (1991)

In a world where people are constantly looking for the next best thing, it is hard to be content with what you have. This is especially true in the world of cars. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was all about exotic cars. They were fast, powerful, and expensive. But by the time we got to 1991, there was a new trend in town: classic cars.

The 1991 movie Hitch Hiking is about two men who are on a quest to find their perfect classic car before they turn 30 years old. It is an interesting movie because it shows how different people can have such different priorities when it comes to buying a car.

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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.

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The Racers (1955)

The Racer is a 1955 movie about a race car driver who is trying to make it big. The movie was directed by Robert Wise and stars James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo.
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Taxi (2015)

2015 movie Taxi is an Indian comedy-drama film, directed by Rajesh Pillai and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. The film stars Nana Patekar, Kajol, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles.

The story revolves around the life of a taxi driver named Dev (Nana Patekar) who is trying to get his daughter married. He is also a part-time mechanic and he has a knack for fixing cars.

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This multiple award-winning Iranian docu-fiction is about a taxi driver in Tehran, whose passengers tell him stories about their lives. Director and actor, Jafar Panahi, charges them nothing more than those fragments of their memories, for driving them to their destination. From a conservative man who supports capital punishment and a woman who supports its abolition, to a pirated video vendor who once lent him foreign films which were not available in the country and two superstitious old women who want to release their goldfishes into a holy spring, this eclectic group of people helps to paint a vivid portrait of modern-day Iran.

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Tucker: The Man And His Dream (1988)

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.

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Detroit engineer Preston Tucker has always wanted to build cars. As World War II draws to a close, Tucker’s dream finally begins to seem possible—he hires a young designer and the financial support of a New York financier to help him build the ‘car of the future’. The ‘Tucker Torpedo’ was to feature never-seen-before safety designs, such as disc brakes, seat belts, a pop-out windshield and swivelling headlights which turned with the car. This extraordinary film caused the price of the Tucker Sedans to spike and won Tucker and his automobiles new appreciation, upon its release in 1988.

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