It seems like the best movies have one or both of the following elements: a dramatic car chase or a sweet-looking sports car. Baby Driver has both. It has made waves as the blockbuster of the summer thanks to its hectic getaway scenes, fast cars and amazing soundtrack. There are plenty of predecessors that paved the way for movies like Baby Driver. Give these movies a watch and you just might feel like you need to attend a defensive driving course.

The Driver

Those who have seen The Driver will likely remember the unnamed man behind the wheel hardly uttered a word throughout the entirety of the movie. This expressionless racer was certainly good at zooming around corners, escaping gunfire and flipping police vehicles. He just might be the perfect driver.

The Car

This 1977 flick features a black car allegedly sent from the bowels of Hell. The vehicle wreaks havoc on a small town. Local law enforcer James Brolin is tasked with stopping the madness. To say this movie is a wild ride would be an understatement. If you haven’t checked out this cult horror movie, you are missing out!


Nicolas Winding Refn directed this 2011 masterpiece. He has quite the track record of filming violent scenes and Drive is no exception. Ryan Gosling stars in this fast-paced flick. It has an ear-warming soundtrack and plenty of action.

Gone in 60 Seconds

It seems like everyone has seen this epic film. Headlined by Nicolas Cage, this sequel to the 1974 movie of the same title, is a gearhead’s dream. Jerry Bruckheimer produced this epic flick. Cage and his crew attempt to steal 50 vehicles in less than 97 minutes. You’ll have to tune in to find out how it ends.

Joy Ride

In this flick brothers Steve Zahn and Paul Walker vie for the love of Leelee Sobieski while escaping an insane truck driver they teased over a CB radio. This movie has exactly what the movie-loving masses crave: sex, cars and action. Directed by John Dahl, Joy Ride has some of the more amazing set pieces of the 2000s. Zahn shines especially bright in this epic driver film.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Rewind back to 2006 and this was one of the more popular movies of the year. Will Ferrell stars as an uber-competitive and incredibly funny NASCAR racer. Ferrell’s southern accent is spot-on without exception. This movie chronicles his character’s rise and fall through the NASCAR ranks along with his up-and-down relationship with fellow speed-freak John C. Reilly. Sacha Baron Cohen plays an absolutely hilarious foil to Ferrell’s Ricky Bobby character.

Fast Five

If the Fast and the Furious films were realistic, they might be something like Fast Five. This isn’t to say Fast Five is boring. The movie is centered on the subculture of street racing and the nuances of the vehicles themselves. Directed by Justin Lin, the 2011 version of Fast Five is the fifth entry in the underrated franchise. Though this series hasn’t garnered the same attention as Fast and the Furious, it is still quite entertaining.

Two-Lane Blacktop

This 1971 classic directed by Monte Hellman tells the story of a driver, a mechanic and a woman racing their foil in a Pontiac GTO. James Taylor plays the driver. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic. Laurie Bird is the female lead. Warren Oates does a fantastic job as their counterpart. They race across the country at breakneck speed, providing audiences with quite the thrill ride. The driving sequences are unbelievably entertaining. There is no doubt this is one of the best driver movies ever made.