Drive - a great thriller about a getaway driver played by Ryan Gosling opens today. This got me thinking about all those classic automotive movies from the 70s and made me wonder what's the best road movie ever?

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by Cionstable

    on 21 Jan 2012 21:14

    I'm too late for this list, but I thought I'd throw in a couple of suggestions, belated though they may be. Five Easy Pieces has Jack Nicholson hitting the road to escape his angst ridden life. The final scene is the epitome of the 'car drives off in to the distance' scenario. Jim Jarmusch's Night On Earth is certainly a film about car journeys, if not about existential characters on the open road.

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by Mark

    on 16 Oct 2011 15:56

    Drive's a wonderful film that is excellently crafted. On my own blog, I've written about the film's careful and controlled use of colour, which I particularly admired on first viewing.

    http://www.atowninblackandwhite.com/blog/?p=840

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by originalratio24

    on 8 Oct 2011 16:26

    ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE (1973)
    Starring Robert Blake, Jeannine Riley, Billy (Green) Bush, Elisha Cook JR, etc.
    Brilliant movie about a diminutive Arizona motor cycle cop on a Harley Electra Glide. Directed by James William Guercio, who was Manager of the rock band 'Chicago' at the time. Features Great Monument Valley cinematography by Conrad Hall, amazing soundtrack composed by Guercio himself and an iconic finale with the longest end music sequence tracking shot you are likely to see.
    70's independant cinema at its finest (in my opinion).

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by citizen dev

    on 1 Oct 2011 09:17

    Watched 'Shane' this week very similar narrative structure .....Drive is another of those great urban westerns that has as much in common with Leone movies than contemporary action movies .....just like Tinker Tailor 'is very little to do with spying' 'Drive has very little to do with driving ......could have done without the toothpick chewing though

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by bartgesang

    on 30 Sept 2011 11:20

    I´m quite astonished that no one mentioned "Night on earth" by Jim Jarmusch so far. Together with the brilliant soundtrack by Tom Waits this movie is a masterpiece on driving through the city by night.

    And - a little bit far of, sure - "Underground" by Emir Kusturica. The whole continent build on smuggler routs and unknown motorways down in the earth, filled with a parade of military forces from the ages of European war history. That a dark picture!

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by Chris

    on 30 Sept 2011 10:23

    What is wrong with cinemas? No cinema near me is showing Drive, but yet in the summer they jumped at the chance to show transformers: the biggest pile of crap ever.

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by seronie

    on 29 Sept 2011 20:02

    Everyone's mentioning Duel, which is fine as it is great. I'm not sure I agree about The Straight Story, as it's a road movie, rather than a film about driving (maybe I'm just splitting hairs).

    My favourite, it's a shame no one else has mentioned it, is DEAD END. It has Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, that girl from Friends, and some assorted fodder, who find themselves on an nighttime drive through a seemingly endless and empty forest. Whenever they stop the car, bad things happen. A great little horror film, which I think perfectly defines the long, boring stretches that define driving, and intersperses it with moments of chilling horror. Add to that being stuck in a car with your family -for Christmas vacation, and it's almost the prefect nightmare!

    It's also very, very funny - with some of the most uniquely silly dialogue and nearest and dearest squabbling I can remember. Highly recommended, minus the bobbins ending.

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Clare

    on 29 Sept 2011 09:14

    I can't decide which is better, convoy or Duel. They're both brilliant films

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Ina MacAllan

    on 29 Sept 2011 08:52

    Another vote for the 1957 Hell Drivers – which I've been citing a lot lately in connection with the 'British films with incredible ensemble casts' discussions arising from the release of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', rather than for its actual driving sequences and plot.

    Does 'Thelma and Louise' count? (Girls can drive too.)

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by Mace

    on 28 Sept 2011 21:28

    no mention of Duel...?

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