Top Ten: cult car movies

Our top ten favourite automotive cult flicks!


There are a few definitions of what makes a cult movie, but the generally accepted meaning is a flick that may not have killed it at the box office when it was released, but subsequently attained a dedicated, passionate fanbase that gives the flick a whole new lease on life.

Shopping (1994)

A violent Pommy flick about ram-raiding, starring Jude Law.

Two Lane Blacktop (1971)

James Taylor races his heavily worked ’55 Chev against a Pontiac GTO for pink slips. Trivia: The same Chev was used in American Graffiti.

The Blues Brothers (1980)

A personal favourite of the Street Machine team. Great music, hilarious dialogue and the largest, stupidest car chase of all time. Best quote: “It’s got a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tyres, cop shocks, cop suspension and it was made before catalytic converters, so it will run good on regular gas.”

Repo Man (1984)

“It’s 4am. Do you know where your car is?” Awesome punk soundtrack, has only got better with time.

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

A small Aussie town engineers road accidents for profit.

The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

The true story of a Kiwi homemade motorbike builder with a dream of breaking speed records on the Bonneville salt flats.

Hell Drivers (1957)

Joe ‘Tom’ Yately tries to start a new life post-prison by taking a driving gig for a truck company, but soon butts heads with fellow drivers when he starts gunning for the top spot.

White Line Fever (1975)

The story of a man battling the corrupt world of highway trucking.

Death Proof (2007)

Any Quentin Tarantino aficionado will know of the director’s penchant for cars and violence, and Death Proof offers both in spades. Bad guy Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) drives a (literally) killer Chevy Nova, eventually coming to meet a group of equally tough girls. The grindhouse feature is stacked with references to classic car cinema, with the gang checking out a Vanishing Point tribute Challenger and Mike’s ride bearing Bullitt number plates.

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)

Three go-go dancers get mixed up in the hot rod scene in the California desert.