46 Classic 70s Car Movies to Watch

70s Car Movies

Do you know about the movies that were acted in the 1970s and featured races with fast race cars of that era? I’m a fan of old 70s car movies centered on life on the road and race courses with classic autos that propel the films to fame at fast speeds.

The term the 70s refers to the period between 1970 and 1979. And, of course, car movies are mostly movies that have racing scenes in them. You can enjoy these films on streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Being a lover of old movies, I compiled a list of the most popular 70s car movies. Let’s learn about them one after the other, shall we?

1. Vanishing Point (1971)

  • Director: Richard C. Sarafian
  • Cast: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, and Dean Jagger.
  • IMDb rating: 7.2/10
  • Running time: 1h 39m

Vietnam War legend Kowalski (Barry Newman) has turned into a pill-dependent driver for enlistment. Shipping a vehicle from Colorado to California, he spices up the excursion by making a bet with his drug dealer: If the outing takes under 15 hours, Kowalski’s most recent amphetamine buy will be free.

In any case, Kowalski’s wildness while driving brings about a much-plugged police pursuit through 4 states. Radio muscle head Super Soul (Cleavon Little) covers the Pursuit and turns Kowalski, who won’t pull over, into a freedom martyr. It is one of the 70s car movies.

2. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

  • Director: Monte Hellman
  • Cast: James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, and Laurie Bird.
  • IMDb rating: 7.2/10
  • Running time: 1h 45m

While racing through the American Southwest in a Chevy 150 and traveling east from California with no specific plan, they give a young lady (Laurie Bird) a ride. She prompts envy between the men in transit by laying down with them both.

In the interim, the triplet experiences a domineering G.T.O. driver (Warren Oates) who consents to race them to New York, each side putting in question their most valued belonging: their vehicle. This is one of the 70s car movies.

3. Smokey And The Bandit (1977)

  • Director: Hal Needham
  • Cast: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry.
  • IMDb rating: 6.9/10
  • Running time: 1h 36m

Bo “Outlaw” Darville (Reynolds) and Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Reed) are two peddlers endeavoring to ship 400 crates of Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta unlawfully.

While the Snowman drives the truck conveying the lager, the Bandit drives a Pontiac Trans Am to confuse policing and keep their attention off the Snowman.

At the point when Bo gets hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he draws into consideration Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie won’t wed his child, Justice leaves on a rapid pursuit after Bandit. It is one of the 70s car movies.

4. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

  • Director: John Hough
  • Cast: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, and Vic Morrow.
  • IMDb rating: 6.6/10
  • Running time: 1h 33m

Larry, a vehicle driver, and his car specialist Deke burglarize a supermarket to fund their fantasy about getting onto the NASCAR circuit. In any case, things get convoluted when Larry’s casual sexual encounter with Mary follows along as well.

Down-on-their-karma racers Larry and Deke take from a grocery store director to purchase a vehicle that will assist them with propelling their hustling possibilities.

The movie is based on the 1963 Richard Unekis novel The Chase (later retitled Pursuit). This is one of the 70s car movies.

5. The Gumball Rally (1976)

  • Director: Charles Bail
  • Cast: Michael Sarrazin, Norman Burton, Raúl Juliá, and Gary Busey.
  • IMDb rating: 6.2/10
  • Running time: 1h 48m

Michael, a financial specialist, and Steve, his opponent, contend in an unlawful vehicle race alongside the other enthusiastic racers. This is one of the 70s car movies.

6. Duel (1971)

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Dennis Weaver
  • IMDb rating: 7.6/10
  • Running time: 1h 30m

David Mann (Dennis Weaver), an easygoing gadgets sales rep, is driving cross country on a two-path parkway when he experiences an old big oil hauler driven by a concealed driver who appears to appreciate irritating him with hazardous shenanigans out and about. 

Unfitting to escape the wicked enormous apparatus, David ends up in a problematic mental contest with the huge truck.

When the Pursuit heightens to lethal levels, David should bring his inward hero and reverse the situation on his victimizer. This is one of the 70s car movies.

7. Le Mans (1971)

  • Directors: Lee H. Katzin and John Sturges
  • Cast: Steve McQueen
  • IMDb rating: 6.7/10
  • Running time: 1h 46m

Shot during the yearly 24-hour perseverance race at Le Mans, France, in 1970, this speedy show follows Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen), a Porsche driver tormented by the memory of a mishap at the earlier year’s race in which a contending driver was killed. 

To finish things off, Delaney ends up progressively charmed by the man’s widow (Elga Andersen). The storyline centers around Delaney’s race-long competition with his Ferrari-driving archnemesis, Erich (Siegfried Rauch). This is one of the 70s car movies.

8. Mad Max (1979)

  • Director: George Miller
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, and Roger Ward.
  • IMDb rating: 6.8/10
  • Running time: 1h 31m

In a not-too-far-off bleak future, when man’s most valuable asset – – oil – – has been drained and the world dove into war, starvation, and monetary disarray, the last remnants of the law in Australia endeavor to limit a horrendous biker pack.

Max (Mel Gibson), an official with the Main Force Patrol, dispatches an individual grudge against the posse when his better half (Joanne Samuel) and child are pursued down and killed, leaving him with only the senses for endurance and revenge. This is one of the 70s car movies.

9. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

  • Director: H. B. Halicki
  • Cast: H. B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, Ronald Halicki, and Markos Kotsikos.
  • IMDb rating: 6.4/10
  • Running time: 1h 45m

Mondrian Pace (H.B. Halicki) is an insurance examiner by day and an expert vehicle criminal around at dusk. At the point when a South American drug lord offers Pace $400,000 to get 48 vehicles in five days, the task appears to be a simple week’s work for Pace and his group – until he’s betrayed. 

After he takes a 1971 Mustang Mach I, known as “Eleanor,” to Long Beach, Calif., the police are unexpectedly on his tail.

This occurs in the wake of obliterating a 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado since it was possessed by a drug lord (and stuffed with heroin), as Eugene Chace, his colleague/brother by marriage, warns the police to stakeout the International Tower in Long Beach where the Eleanor was located. This is one of the 70s movies. 

10. The French Connection (1971)

  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, and Marcel Bozzuffi.
  • IMDb rating: 7.7/10
  • Running time: 1h 44m

New York Detective “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his accomplice (Roy Scheider) in the Narcotics Bureau stagger onto a heroin pirating ring situated in Marseilles. However, halting them and catching their chiefs demonstrates a tricky objective. This is one of the 70s car movies.

11. The Seven-Ups (1973)

  • Director:Philip D’Antoni
  • Cast: Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Larry Haines, Richard Lynch, and Ken Kercheval.
  • IMDb rating: 6.8/10
  • Running time: 1h 43m

Buddy Manucci (Roy Scheider) is an extreme New York City cop who works as a component of an unusual group called “The Seven-Ups” that utilizes extreme measures to deal with crooks. 

At the point when Vito Lucia (Tony Lo Bianco), one of Manucci’s road contacts, uses an ordered police rundown to capture mobsters and hold them for emancipation, it sets off a progression of heightening struggles. 

After an individual from Manucci’s unit is killed in the following savagery, the cop and his team remain determined to get Lucia. This is one of the 70s car movies.

12. Herbie Rides Again (1974)

  • Director: Robert Stevenson
  • Cast: Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, Keenan Wynn, and John McIntire.
  • IMDb rating: 5.7/10
  • Running time: 1h 28m.

It’s Herbie to the salvage when a corrupt designer plans to bring a widow’s home. In HERBIE RIDES AGAIN, the popular V.W. bug with its very own psyche collaborates with legal counselor Willoughby Whitfield (Ken Berry) to stop Willoughby’s uncle Alonzo (Keenan Wynn), a ravenous real estate developer, from harassing sweet Mrs. Steinmetz (Helen Hayes) into selling her San Francisco home.

Willoughby succumbs to Mrs. Steinmetz’s niece Nicole (Stefanie Powers), and Herbie rallies each V.W. in the city to assist with halting Alonzo.

In an incredibly entertaining scene, Mrs. Steinmetz joyfully rides through San Francisco, never taking her eyes off her weaving.

 She and Herbie are sought after by hooligans in huge, harassing vehicles. This is one of the 70s car movies.

13. The Driver (1978)

  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Bruce Dern, and Isabelle Adjani.
  • IMDb rating: 7.1/10
  • Running time: 1h 31m

A confounding man of quick vehicles and hardly any words, the Driver (Ryan O’Neal) succeeds at moving escape vehicles through the most secure of spots, making him very popular in criminal circles. 

His ability and reputation, in any case, irritate the Detective (Bruce Dern), who becomes fixated on bringing the Driver down by organizing a bank heist.

Fortunately for the speed-cherishing screw-up, the Player (Isabelle Adjani), a lovely and ingenious lady, is around to assist him with escaping the Detective. This is one of the 70s car movies.

14. American Graffiti (1973)

  • Director: George Lucas
  • Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Wolfman Jack, Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Debralee Scott, and Joe Spano.
  • IMDb rating: 7.4/10
  • Running time: 1h 50m

On the last day of a summer getaway in 1962, companions Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith), and John (Paul Le Mat) journey the roads of a modest community in California while a strange disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) turns up classic wild tunes.

It’s the last evening before their adult lives start, and Steve’s high-school darling, a blistering to-run blonde, a bratty juvenile, and a vanishing holy messenger in a Thunderbird give all the enthusiasm they can deal with. This is one of the 70s car movies.

15. The Car (1977)

  • Director: Elliot Silverstein
  • Cast: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson, and Ronny Cox.
  • IMDb rating: 6.1/10
  • Running time: 1h 38m

At the point when a progression of individuals are killed in Utah by a puzzling dark vehicle, Sheriff Wade Parents (James Brolin) is brought in to examine, and his agent, Everett (John Marley), is killed by the dark vehicle, which, a few observers say, has nobody behind its wheel.

At the point when the car tries to disrupt a neighborhood school march, the existence of the town’s youngsters and Wade’s educator sweetheart, Lauren (Kathleen Lloyd), are jeopardized. This is one of the 70s car movies.

16. The California Kid (1974)

  • Director: Richard T. Heffron
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Michelle Philips, Nick Nolte, and Stuart Margolin.
  • IMDb rating: 6.3/10
  • Running time: 1h 15m

An insane desert town sheriff has a dangerous propensity for running speeders off the street to their demise until the sibling of a victim with a beefed-up dragster shows up to end it, perhaps. This is one of the 70s car movies.

17. Corvette Summer (1978)

  • Director: Matthew Robbins
  • Cast: Mark Hamill and Annie Potts.
  • IMDb rating: 5.6/10
  • Running time: 1h 44m

A high school graduate and a whore in-preparing attempt to find his stolen Corvette. This is one of the 70s car movies.

18. White Lightning (1973)

  • Director: Joseph Sargent
  • Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, R. G. Armstrong, and Diane Ladd.
  • IMDb rating: 6.4/10
  • Running time: 1h 41m

Easygoing Arkansas esteemed gentleman Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) is carrying out his second jail term for running homebrew when he learns his straight-bolt college alumni sibling and his sweetheart have been killed. 

Anxious to bring down degenerate provincial sheriff J.C. Connors (Ned Beatty), whom he thinks is behind his sibling’s demise, Gator consents to an arrangement made by Treasury specialists that sets him free from jail to penetrate Connors’ underground liquor-running business. This is one of the 70a car movies.

19. The Getaway (1972)

  • Director: Sam Peckinpah
  • Cast: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, and Sally Struthers.
  • IMDb rating: 7.3/10
  • Running time: 2h 3m

At the point when convicted Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) has his plea for parole rejected, he enrolls his better half, Carol (Ali MacGraw), to figure out an agreement with the crooked Texan Jack Benyon (Ben Johnson), who consents to make things happen for Doc as a trade-off for his assistance on one final bank heisting. T

The heist is a triumph. However, Benyon’s men sell out Doc, and he and Carol take off across Texas with the cash, running from both the law and different crooks, as they have to get to Mexico before they’re captured or, more terribly, killed. This is one of the 70s car movies.

20. Eat My Dust (1976)

  • Director: Charles B. Griffith
  • Cast: Ron Howard, Christopher Norris, and Brad David.
  • IMDb rating: 5.4/10
  • Running time: 1h 29m.

In California, as a sheriff’s child and his sweetheart steal a race auto and go for a drive around, their careless tomfoolery advances rapidly into a trunkload of hot pursuits as the sheriff sorts out a group to capture them. This is one of the 70s car movies.

21. Bobby Deerfield (1977)

  • Directors: Sydney Pollack and Alvin Sargent.
  • Cast: Al Pacino and Marthe Keller.
  • IMDb rating: 5.8/10
  • Running time: 2h 4m

The American race car driver Bobby Deerfield (Al Pacino) has turned into a triumph on the European Formula One circuit.

He likewise has a proud ego and is fiercely determined until a horrible racing mishap harms different drivers. In the emergency clinic, Deerfield meets Lillian (Marthe Keller), who is experiencing severe medical conditions.

She needs tremendous enthusiasm in her life and inclines toward the racer. Even though Deerfield is safe from the get-go, he starts to succumb to her too. This is one of the 70s car movies.

22. Cannonball (1976)

  • Director: Paul Bartel
  • Cast: David Carradine; Bill McKinney; Veronica Hamel; Gerrit Graham; Robert Carradine.
  • IMDb rating: 5.5/10
  • Running time: 1h 33m

Bashful “Cannonball” Buckman (David Carradine) and his bursting red Pontiac enter the Trans-America Grand Prix, an underground street race crossing the mainland where there are no principles, no speed limits, and no regard for the law. 

On the way, Buckman jockeys with a global group of racers for a $100,000 tote. This is one of the 70s car movies.

23. Grand Theft Auto (1977)

  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Marion Ross, Peter Isaksen, Don Steele, and Clint Howard.
  • IMDb rating: 5.4/10
  • Running time: 1h 24m

Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan) needs to wed her beau, Sam Freeman (Ron Howard), yet her well-off family believes their girl should match up with somebody richer than Sam.

At the point when Paula’s dad Bigby (Barry Cahill), blames Sam for gold digging, Paula takes a luxury vehicle from her folks and heads toward Las Vegas with her darling. 

The couple desire to wed there, but before long run into inconvenience: Bigby has offered an enormous money aggregate to any individual who tracks down his girl, and the outcome is a gigantic vehicle pursuit. This is one of the 70s car movies.

24. Hooper (1978)

  • Director: Hal Needham
  • Cast: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jan-Michael Vincent, Brian Keith, Robert Klein, James Best, and Adam West.
  • IMDb rating: 6.3/10
  • Running time: 1h 39m

Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) is too advanced in age to stay Hollywood’s top stuntman, yet he joins as the trick facilitator for a big-budget film with a pushy director (Robert Klein) and a dumbfounded star (Adam West).

Prepared to resign from the maltreatment, Hooper is equipped to make the film’s climactic trick his most significant ever. 

Yet, presumptuous youthful stuntman Ski Chinski (Jan-Michael Vincent) expects to take the magnificence with his more analytical, innovation-based stunt techniques. This is one of the 70s car movies.

25. The Last American Hero (1973)

  • Director: Lamont Johnson
  • Cast: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, and Geraldine Fitzgerald.
  • IMDb rating: 6.3/10
  • Running time: 1h 35m.

Junior Jackson (Jeff Bridges) is a Southern kid with a propensity for driving too quickly along his local North Carolina dirt roads.

In any case, when his dad, Elroy (Art Lund), is imprisoned for moonshining, Junior chooses to go genius, if by some stroke of good luck to have the option to purchase Elroy a couple of jail privileges. 

With the assistance of his sibling, Wayne (Gary Busey), he gradually climbs the positions of the different racing circuits. Frequently in conflict with corporate patrons, Jackson, in any case, becomes quite possibly the earliest superstar of NASCAR.

26. Death Race 2000 (1975)

  • Director: Paul Bartel
  • Cast: David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone, Louisa Moritz, and Don Steele.
  • IMDb rating: 6.2/10
  • Running time: 1h 24m

In 2000, America was an extremist system near the precarious edge of a breakdown. The most famous game in this oppressed world is the Transcontinental Road Race.

Groups acquire points for finishing in the quickest time possible and running over innocent pedestrians fiercely.

The current year’s rivals incorporate Frankenstein (David Carradine), who is supposed to be more machine than man, and the hardcore “Automatic weapon” Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone). Some have the arrangement to stop the race. This is one of the 70s car movies.

27. Car Wash (1976)

  • Director: Michael Schultz
  • Cast: Franklyn Ajaye, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Jack Kehoe, Clarence Muse, Lorraine Gary, The Pointer Sisters, Richard Pryor, and Garrett Morris.
  • IMDb rating: 6.1/10
  • Running time: 1h 37m

A comedic reflection on the everyday existence of employees of the car-wash business, chronicling their expectations, fears, delights, dreams, and hardships, and meeting a few unusual clients en route.

It centers around a group of companions working at Sully Boyar’s Car Wash in the Los Angeles ghetto. The group meets many erratic clients -including a sweet-talking minister (Richard Pryor), a weird taxi driver (George Carlin), and an ex-convict -while telling politically mistaken wisecracks to a consistent soundtrack of disco and funk.

A portion of the employees find love as the day progresses, yet most are only glad to get past another shift. This is one of the 70s car movies.

28. The Sugarland Express (1974)

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton, and Michael Sacks.
  • IMDb rating: 6.7/10
  • Running time: 1h 50m

Hitched humble hooligans Lou-Jean (Goldie Hawn) and Clovis Poplin (William Atherton) lose their child to the state of Texas and make plans to take the necessary steps to get him back.

Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of prison, and the two take their child from his foster home and kidnap a highway patrolman.

As a monstrous trawl begins to seek after them across Texas, the couple becomes improbable society legends and even starts to bond with the police officer they held hostage. This is one of the 70a car movies.

29. The Burglars (1971)

  • Director: Henri Verneuil
  • Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo and Omar Sharif.
  • IMDb rating: 6.6/10
  • Running time: 2h

A European hoodlum (Jean-Paul Belmondo), his accomplices, and a U.S. lady (Dyan Cannon) take emeralds in Greece, trailed by a warped police officer (Omar Sharif).

The head of a gang of robbers and a lousy cop end up participating in a game of wits after the cop chooses not to see the thieves’ emerald heist, all fully intent on capturing the posse and holding onto the taken emeralds for himself. This is one of the 70s movies.

30. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

  • Director: Guy Hamilton
  • Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, and Britt Ekland.
  • IMDb rating: 6.7/10
  • Running time: 2h 5m.

Extraordinary government employable James Bond (Roger Moore) looks for an innovation that can transform the sun’s intensity into an offensive weapon.

He before long encounters the threatening Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), a hired gunman so gifted he has a seven-figure operational expense. 

Bond then, at that point, combines efforts with the bathing suit-clad Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland), and together they track Scaramanga to a tropical isle safe-house where the executioner for-recruit baits the smooth government operative into a dangerous labyrinth for the last duel. This is one of the 70s car movies.

31. McQ (1974)

  • Director: John Sturges
  • Cast: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, and Al Lettieri.
  • IMDb rating: 6.2/10
  • Running time: 1h 56m

The criminal investigator McQ with the Seattle Police Department researches the homicide of his long-lasting companion and accomplice, Sgt and Stan Boyle.

He uncovers departmental corruption when he learns his killed accomplice was one of many crooked cops. This is one of the 70s car movies.

32. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

  • Director: Lewis Gilbert
  • Cast: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jürgens, Richard Kiel, and Caroline Munro.
  • IMDb rating: 7/10
  • Running time: 2h 5m

British super-spy James Bond (Roger Moore) explores the seizing of British and Russian submarines conveying several atomic warheads, with the assistance of a K.G.B. provocative Russian specialist Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach).

They try to overcome neurotic delivery financier Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), who is taking steps to obliterate New York City with atomic weapons.

Bond’s most destructive foe working on it is Stromberg’s partner in crime, Jaws (Richard Kiel), a seven-foot monster with unnerving steel teeth. This is one of the 70s car movies.

33. Jewels Are Forever (1971)

  • Director: Guy Hamilton
  • Cast: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, and Bruce Cabot.
  • IMDb rating: 6.5/10
  • Running time: 2h

While exploring strange exercises on the planet’s precious stone market, 007 (Sean Connery) finds that his malicious adversary Blofeld (Charles Gray) is amassing the jewels to use in his destructive laser satellite.

With the assistance of lovely smuggler Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), Bond aims to stop the lunatic – as the world’s destiny remains in a critical state! This is one of the 70s car movies.

34. Fast Company (1979)

  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: William Smith, John Saxon, Claudia Jennings, and Nicholas Campbell.
  • IMDb rating: 5.4/10
  • Running time: 1h 31m

After his financial supporter replaces him with his archrival, a race-vehicle driver chooses to take the vehicle and race it himself. This is one of the 70s car movies.

35. Moonrunners (1975)

  • Director: Gy Waldron
  • Cast: James Mitchum, Kiel Martin, Arthur Hunnicutt, and Chris Forbes.
  • IMDb rating: 5.9/10
  • Running time: 1h 50m

Grady and Bobby Lee run home brew for Uncle Jesse, who values his outdated moonshining techniques and will not lock into Jake’s ‘huge business home brew’, who controls these parts for New York mobsters. This is one of the 70s car movies.

36. Race with the Devil (1975)

  • Director Jack Starrett
  • Cast: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, and R.G. Armstrong.
  • IMDb rating: 6.6/10
  • Running time: 1h 28m

Roger (Peter Fonda), his companion Frank (Warren Oates), and their spouses (Lara Parker and Loretta Swit) are going from San Antonio to the wild country of Texas for some rough terrain motocross.

Instead, they find a Satanic faction penance, and they are sufficiently sad to be discovered noticing the custom. 

Typically, this doesn’t sit excessively well with religious individuals. Presently Roger and Frank are on the run based on what is a genuinely sizable Texan Satanist people group. This is one of the 70s car movies.

37. Grease (1978)

  • Director: Randal Kleiser
  • Cast: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
  • IMDb rating: 7.2/10
  • Running time: 1h 50m

Experience the kinships, sentiments, and undertakings of a gathering of secondary school kids during the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and moving universe of “Oil,” the best melodic film ever.

A healthy international student (Olivia Newton-John) and a cowhide-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a late spring romance, yet will it cross coterie lines? This is one of the 70s car movies.

38. Convoy (1978)

  • Director: Sam Peckinpah
  • Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young, Madge Sinclair, and Franklyn Ajaye.
  • IMDb rating: 6.3/10
  • Running time: 1h 51m

Driver Martin ” Rubber Duck” Penwald (Kris Kristofferson) and his mates Pig Pen (Burt Young), Widow Woman (Madge Sinclair), and Spider Mike (Franklin Ajaye) utilize their C.B. radios to caution each other of the presence of police. 

Yet, scheming Sheriff Wallace (Ernest Borgnine) is aware of the drivers’ strategies and starts deceiving the drivers through his own C.B. communications.

Confronting consistent provocation from the law, Rubber Duck and his buddies utilize their radios to structure a mile-long “caravan” to support their grudge against a harmful sheriff.

It is based on the country melody of a similar title by C.W. McCall and is one of the 70s car movies. 

39. The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)

  • Director: Peter Weir
  • Cast: John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, and Kevin Miles.
  • IMDb rating: 5.6/10
  • Running time: 1h 31m

The inhabitants of a little Australian town intentionally cause car crashes, stripping the vehicles and taking the resources.

At the point when Arthur (Terry Camilleri) and his sibling, George, have the setback of going through Paris, they become casualties also. 

George is killed in the mishap, and Arthur is shipped off to a clinic where he battles to recall how he showed up.

In the meantime, the city chairman (John Meillon) experiences issues with Paris’ more youthful occupants, who have become eccentric of late. This is one of the 70s car movies.

40. White Line Fever (1975)

  • Director Jonathan Kaplan
  • Cast: Jan-Michael Vincent, Kay Lenz, Sam Laws, Slim Pickens, L. Q. Jones, Don Porter, R. G. Armstrong, Leigh French, Dick Miller, and Martin Kove.
  • IMDb rating: 6.1/10
  • Running time: 1h 30m

A free driver (Jan-Michael Vincent) with a pregnant spouse (Kay Lenz) battles freight hoodlums and the top dog they work for. This is one of the 70s car movies.

41. Lightning storm (1977)

  • Director: Corey Allen
  • Cast: Kate Jackson, David Carradine, Sterling Holloway, Roger C. Carmel, Eddie Barth, and Charles Napier.
  • IMDb rating: 5.2/10
  • Running time: 1h 35m

Harley Thomas (David Carradine) is familiar with his hazardous life as a home brew maker in Florida. Nonetheless, when Harley goes into a rivalry with Ralph Junior Hunnicutt (Roger C. Carmel) to see who can circulate the most alcohol, things rapidly go crazy. 

Convolving matters is Harley’s sweetheart, Nancy Sue (Kate Jackson), who is Ralph Junior’s daughter. In the meantime, the horde and the nearby police force reach out, adding to the turmoil. This is one of the 70s car movies.

42. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

  • Director: Vincent McEveety
  • Cast: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin, Roy Kinnear, Bernard Fox, Eric Braeden, Xavier Saint-Macary, and Johnny Haymer.
  • IMDb rating: 5.6/10
  • Running time: 1h 45m

The race driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones), drives around town with Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle with many characters. 

This time, Jim and Herbie, alongside silly technician Wheely Applegate (Don Knotts), contend in a French street race.

Likewise engaged with the auto adventure are Quincey (Roy Kinnear) and Max (Bernard Fox), a couple of gem hoodlums, and Diane Darcy (Julie Sommars), the wonderful lady who drives Giselle, a sporty female vehicle. This is one of the 70s car movies.

43. Death Car on the Freeway (1979)

  • Director: Hal Needham
  • Cast: Shelley Hack and George Hamilton.
  • IMDb rating: 5.3/10
  • Running time: 1h 31m

An obscure, crazy Driver utilizes his van to kill clueless female drivers on the interstate. This is one of the 70s car movies.

44. Macon County Line (1974)

  • Director: Richard Compton
  • Cast: Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Cheryl Waters
  • Max Baer Jr., Geoffrey Lewis, Joan, Blackman, Leif Garrett, James Gammon, and Sam Gilman.
  • IMDb rating: 6.6/10
  • Running time: 1h 29m

A wrathful Southern sheriff is determined to get revenge after his significant other is ruthlessly killed by a couple of vagabonds. This is one of the best 70s car movies. 

45. Greased Lightning (1977)

  • Director: Michael Schultz
  • Cast: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, and Pam Grier.
  • IMDb rating: 6.3/10
  • Running time: 1h 36m

This movie is the true life story of World War II veteran Wendell Scott (Richard Pryor), who ran Georgia home brew and turned into the first black NASCAR driver. This is one of the 70s car movies.

46. Super Fly (1972)

  • Director: Gordon Parks Jr.
  • Cast: Ron O’Neal, Carl Lee, Julius W. Harris, Sheila Frazier, and Charles McGregor.
  • IMDb rating: 6.4/10
  • Running time: 1h 33m

The Cleric (Ron O’Neal), a smooth top-rung New York City drug lord, concludes that he needs to escape his dangerous vocation. Working with his hesitant companion, Eddie (Carl Lee), Priest devises a plan that, on completion, will allow him to resign afterward. 

At the point when a frantic road vendor tips the police off regarding Priest’s exercises, Priest is constrained into an awkward plan with degenerate opiate officials.

Getting his idea rolling, he expects to pass on the business and take advantage of the man. This is one of the 70s car movies.


Having gone through an almost exhaustive list of top 70s car movies, I hope you have seen a few favorites of yours if you are a fan of car movies from that era.

Some of the films above have bagged many awards, such as the Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. If you are ever interested in watching 70s car movies on this list, rest assured that you’ll enjoy quality entertainment.

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