For all of the car enthusiasts out there, this is for YOU! MyImprov.com picks the TOP 10 Movies of all time, starring your favorite actor, THE CAR.
The Love Bug (1968)
The Love Bug is a classic live-action Disney story about a racecar driver, Jim, and his mechanic, Tennessee, who come into possession of an adorable white Volkswagen Beetle, named Herbie, that has a mind of its own. The duo gain buzz among the racing circuit. This upsets a sports car dealer named Peter and he has his assistant try to come between the duo and their magical car. Comedic fun ensues that is appropriate for the whole family.
Vanishing Point (1971)
Vanishing Point is about a Vietnam War hero turned drug addict driver for hire named Kowalski. While transporting a Dodge Challenger from Colorado to California, he decided to make the trip more interesting by making a wager with his drug dealer. He bet that he could complete the trip in less than 15 hours and if he succeeds, his most recent drug pick up would be free. His crazy driving resulted in a police chase, which was highly publicized and Kowalski’s refusal to pull over turned him into a symbol of freedom for spectators. This movie easily became a cult classic.
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Gone in 60 Seconds is a story about an insurance investigator by day/professional car thief by night named Maindrian Pace, who is hired by a South American drug lord to steal 48 cars in five days for $400,000. He accepts the job, thinking that it would be easy money for himself and his group, until he gets found out. After stealing a ’71 Ford Mustang, named Eleanor, in Long Beach, the police suddenly pop up and he ends up in a car chase throughout Southern California.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
At the time that this movie was released, it was illegal to sell Coors beer east of the Mississippi without a permit. This was an issue for Big Enos, as he wanted to be able to drink Coors beer at a truck show. Bandit agrees to pick up some Coors beer in Texas and drive it back to Georgia for the truck show within 28 hours. Fans may recognize top Texas tourist attractions while the bandit drives through the state with a hitchhiker named Carrie, who joins him in his journey. This is noticed by Sheriff Justice, who is angry at Carrie for rejecting his son, and embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit. The Pontiac Firebirth Trans Am used in the movie is an absolute classic.
The movie Christine is based on the popular book by same name, written by Stephen King, the master of horror. In the story, a nerdy guy named Arnie purchases a 1958 Plymouth Fury and names it Christine. Arnie ends up becoming obsessed with Christine and this concerns his friend, Dennis. Eventually, Christine is defaced by a bully named Buddy and Christine restores herself to perfect condition and goes on a killing spree, progressively killing Buddy and his friends. To stop the killing spree, Dennis and Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh, decide that Christine must be destroyed! This movie is an absolute must for all Stephen King/horror fans.
Back to the Future (1985)
In this Sci-fi classic, an experiment by the peculiar and eccentric scientist, Doc Brown, goes wrong and Marty McFly is taken back in time to 1950’s on Doc’s DeLorean time machine. While back in time, Marty runs into the younger versions of his parents and alters the space/time continuum. He must make sure that his parents fall in love, while dealing with a bully, or else he will cease to exist. In addition, he must help the younger Doc Brown get him back to the future. This is not your typical car movie, but the DeLorean is a time machine, so none of the other cars from the list can really compete.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious is an adrenaline filled movie following the drama of the illegal underground street racing scene. Brian is an undercover police officer, investigating a case involving big-rig hijacking and Dominic and his rival, Johnny Tran, are the main suspects. After portraying himself as a newcomer to the racing scene, Brian shows Dom that he can be trusted and infiltrates their group. The situation becomes complicated as Brian tries to do his job while building a relationship with Dom and his sister, Mia. The movie is filled with tons of fast-paced racing action and beautiful tricked out cars and became so popular that it fueled a series of movies that are still being made today.
The Italian Job (2003)
During a successful heist in Venice, one of the thieves, Steve, turns on the rest of the group, kills the ringleader John, and keeps all of the gold for himself. The remainder of the group, Charlie, Handsome Rob, Left Ear, and Lyle, vow to get revenge on Steven by stealing the gold back and enlist John’s daughter, Stella, to get the job done. The heist was achieved using three adorable Mini Coopers. They may be small, but they got the job done!
Cars is a Pixar animated film about a racecar named Lightning McQueen who gets lost, after falling out of his trailer, on his way to the Piston Cup. He finds himself in a rundown small town called Radiator Springs. During his stay in the small town, he slowly befriends the residents and finds that winning is not the most important thing in the world. It is a great movie for the whole family.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
This is the hilarious story of a NASCAR star named Ricky Bobby who has hordes of fans, is wealthy, and has a trophy wife at home. He ends up losing it all and must pull himself out of despair and return to his former glory with the help of his father. This movie is a favorite of anybody that loves Will Ferrell’s brand of comedy and it is extremely quotable. “If you ain’t first, you’re last!”
Fast & Furious 7 will be released in 2015 after studio executives put production on hiatus following Paul Walker’s death last month, Vin Diesel confirmed.
Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash in California on November 30, a day before he and his castmates were scheduled to resume filming in Atlanta, Georgia.
Executives at Universal Studios closed work on Fast & Furious 7 while the cast and crew were in mourning, and producers came up with a plan on how to resume filming without the franchise’s main star.
Fast & Furious 7 will be released in 2015 after studio executives put production on hiatus following Paul Walker’s death
Vin Diesel has reached out to fans on Facebook to reveal the movie will hit cinemas in April 2015, almost a year after its planned release date of July 2014.
The actor wrote: “There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing … the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…Fast and Furious 7 will be released April 10th 2015! P.s. He’d want you to know first.”
Vin Diesel also shared a photo of the last scene he and Paul Walker filmed together.
Fast & Furious 7 production has been put on hold after Paul Walker’s death on Saturday.
Filming had been scheduled to resume in Atlanta this week but has so far been cancelled and Universal Pictures has declined to say when it will restart.
Paul Walker, 40, died when a Porsche being driven by his friend Roger Rodas, who also died, crashed near Los Angeles.
The film company will donate proceeds from the upcoming DVD release of Fast & Furious 6 to Paul Walker’s charity.
Paul Walker founded Reach Out Worldwide in 2010 to give first-response aid to victims of natural disasters and had been hosting a fundraiser for the charity on Saturday afternoon when he went for a drive with fellow car enthusiast Roger Rodas.
Fast & Furious 7 production has been put on hold after Paul Walker’s death
The lucrative Fast & Furious franchise became one of Hollywood’s biggest hits thanks to its reliable formula of high-speed chases, underground gangs and thrilling stunts and has starred Paul Walker in all but one installment.
Fast & Furious 6 became the highest-grossing film in the series to date, earning more than $788 million worldwide when it was released in May.
Its follow-up is scheduled for release in July 2014, and although Universal Pictures is expected to go forward with the film, it has not yet announced how it will handle Paul Walker’s unfinished performance.
A large portion of the car-racing movie has been shot since filming began in September, but it is currently incomplete.
Paul Walker starred in two further films that have yet to be released. Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, which the actor also produced, is being released in the US later this month.
Brick Mansions, a remake of the French action film District B13, is due for release early next year.
Paul Walker’s family has asked that donations be made to the late actor’s charity Reach Out Worldwide instead of flowers or gifts.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas car crash was not the result of a street race, investigators have said.
While the neighborhood where Fast & Furious star Paul Walker died in a car crash on Saturday is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he and his friend Roger Rodas were riding in had been racing another car.
Accident investigators “have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement Monday.
“No eyewitness has contacted the (department) to say there was a second vehicle.”
Paul Walker, 40, and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas, 38, died Saturday when Rodas’ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames. The posted limit was 45 mph.
The two had taken what was expected to be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser and toy drive at Roger Rodas’ custom car shop in the Southern California community of Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Paul Walker’s publicist said the action star was the passenger.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas car crash was not the result of a street race
The crash happened on a street that forms an approximately 1-mile loop amid industrial office parks. It is rimmed by hills and relatively isolated from traffic, especially on weekends when the businesses are closed.
“It’s well-known out here that that’s a hot spot for street racers,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Miler said.
The sheriff’s department, which polices the neighborhood, said Saturday’s wreck was not the first speed-related crash there, but would not reveal specifics.
Meanwhile, investigators are consulting video from security cameras, talking to eyewitnesses and analyzing physical evidence such as on-board computer data from the Porsche.
A steady stream of fans has flocked to the crash site to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action films.
On Monday night, a private memorial for survivors and the cast and crew of the Fast & Furious movies was held there inside a white tent erected around the crash site. When it was over, Paul Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel emerged to thank fans for paying their respect to the actor.
Officials have not named either person found in the car. The bodies were so badly burned by the fire that engulfed the wreck that dental records will be needed to confirm their identities.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas had bonded over their shared love of fast cars.
Roger Rodas was a financial adviser as well as a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races in 2013.
Paul Walker starred in all but one of the six Fast & Furious blockbusters. He had been on break from shooting the latest installment; Universal Pictures has not said what it plans to do with Fast & Furious 7, currently slated for July 2014 release.
Paul Walker died in a car crash at Valencia, north of Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Walker, 40, was on his way to attend a charity event for his non-profit organization “Reach Out Worldwide”, when the accident took place. He was not driving the car.
His latest film Hours is due for release this Christmas Eve and his forthcoming Fast & Furious 7 is still in production.
Paul Walker filmography:
1986 Monster in the Closet, “Professor” Bennett 1987 Programmed to Kill, Jason 1994 Tammy and the T-Rex, Michael 1998 Meet the Deedles, Phil Deedle 1998 Pleasantville, Skip Martin 1999 Varsity Blues, Lance Harbor 1999 She’s All That, Dean Sampson 1999 Brokedown Palace, Jason Uncredited 2000 The Skulls, Caleb Mandrake 2001 The Fast and the Furious, Brian O’Conner 2001 Joy Ride, Lewis Thomas 2002 Life Makes Sense If You’re Famous, Mikey 2003 Turbo-Charged Prelude, Brian O’Conner 6 minute short film introductory film for 2 Fast 2 Furious
Paul Walker died in a car crash at Valencia
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious, Brian O’Conner 2003 Timeline, Chris Johnston 2004 Noel, Mike Riley 2005 Into the Blue, Jared Cole 2006 Eight Below, Jerry Shepard 2006 Running Scared, Joey Gazelle 2006 Flags of Our Fathers, Hank Hansen 2007 Stories USA, Mikey 2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Tim Kearney 2008 The Lazarus Project, Ben Garvey 2009 Fast & Furious 4, Brian O’Conner 2010 Takers, John Rahway 2011 Fast & Furious 5, Brian O’Conner 2013 Vehicle 19, Michael Woods 2013 Fast & Furious 6, Brian O’Conner 2013 Hours, Nolan 2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles, Raw Dog 2014 Brick Mansions, Damien Post-production 2014 Fast & Furious 7, Brian O’Conner Post-production
1985 Highway to Heaven, Eric Travers 1 episode 1986 Highway to Heaven, Todd Bryant 2 episodes 1986–7 Throb, Jeremy Beatty 23 episodes 1988 I’m Telling! Contestant 1 episode. 1990 Charles in Charge, Russell Davis 1 episode 1991 Who’s the Boss? Michael Haynes 1 episode 1992–3 The Young and the Restless, Brandon Collins 1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special, Dill 1 episode 1994 The Boys Are Back, Jesse Hansen Pilot episode 1996 Touched by an Angel, Jonathan 1 episode 2013 Shark Week, Himself 1 episode
Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker has been killed in a car crash in California.
Paul Walker, 40, was a passenger in a Porsche sports car driven by a friend – who also died – when it crashed north of Los Angeles.
The actor was said to be attending a charity event at the time.
Paul Walker starred in all but one of the films in the Fast & Furious franchise, the sixth of which opened in May.
He also starred in the suspense drama Hours, a movie that is set for release this month.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said the crash happened in the community of Valencia.
Paul Walker was a passenger in a Porsche sports car driven by a friend
It said deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision. Two people found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
Images showed the burned-out wreckage of a red Porsche by the side of the road.
“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide,” the statement on Paul Walker’s Facebook page said.
“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We… are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
Universal Pictures also issued a statement, saying studio staff were “heartbroken” by Paul Walker’s death.
“Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast & Furious films, and to countless fans.
“We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
Paul Walker played undercover agent Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious movies.
The first film of the franchise was released in 2001 and the seventh is in development.
Paul Walker was one of the leading protagonists, along with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.