Sometimes…you have to live on the edge of your seat! Whether causing mayhem through a shopping mall, coaxing your awkward best friend to Wrigley Field, or bumping your stereo to Bohemian Rhapsody-these films are meant to make you feel like you’re in the fast lane. Hightail it to your nearest location to check them out!

The Blues Brothers

Release Year: 1980

Rating: R

You wish were as cool as John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The iconic duo reunited with their R&B band to put the pedal to the metal in The Bluesmobile-aka a 1974 Dodge Monaco. Their mission: to save the Catholic home they were both raised in. Their endeavor involves lots of crashes, smooth-talking men in hats and sunglasses, and musical appearances by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, and James Brown.  

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Release Year: 1986

Rating: PG-13

1986 was a great year for Director John Hughes. Giving side-character energy, Cameron Frye won us over with his coming-of-age narrative. The car that drove the trio to their never-ending shenanigans was a replica of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT. The replica of the car was actually named the GT Spyder California. Three replicas were produced and used during filming. And yes– one of the replicas was used during the window-shattering scene. Disclaimer: no real Ferraris were harmed during the making of this movie.

Wayne’s World

Release Year: 1992

Rating: PG-13

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hurl. The Mirthmobile…what can be said? It can’t be guaranteed the powder blue 1976 AMC Pacer would be a babe magnet, but it will give you and your bestie ultimate friendship goals. Everyone needs a Garth to their Wayne and a Wayne to their Garth!

Ford v Ferrari

Release Year: 2019

Rating: PG-13

The perfect racing lap doesn’t exist…or maybe it does. This 2019 hit stars Christian Bale as the racecar driver extraordinaire Ken Miles, and Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby-the automotive designer known for his sleek Shelby Cobra. Based on a true story, the film showcases how Miles and Shelby battle the laws of physics to build the Ford GT40 to compete against Enzo Ferrari at the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1966. Not always the best of friends in the beginning, Shelby and Miles set aside their differences to achieve their common goal: winning and building a name for the Ford Motor Company.  

Looking for more? Check out these top titles at BCPL!

The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book by Jerry Seinfeld

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Classic Cars: a Celebration of Classic Cars from 1945 to 1985 by Martin Buckley

American Graffiti starring Ron Howard

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein

Thelma and Louise starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis

Barn Find Road Trip by Tom Cotter

Day One: An Automotive Journalist’s Muscle-Car Memories by Martyn L. Schorr

Senna directed by Asif Kapadia

Racing to the Finish: My Story by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Cannonball Run starring Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett

Written by Anna Leach