Quarantine Watchlist: Best 90s Movies for Car Enthusiasts

If you’re a car enthusiast look for more movies to binge during social distancing or shelter-in-place orders, we’ve got you covered. We’ve gathered some of the best movies 90s movies to watch that feature classic cars in pop culture. 

Cadillac Man (1990)

Cadillac Man is a movie people really enjoy or just hate. Either way, this movie is worth a watch just to see the fabulous Robin Williams in action. Williams plays a downtrodden Cadillac dealership owner who’s life only gets worse when it’s taken captive.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1989 Cadillac Allanté

1984 Porsche 944

1982 Plymouth Gran Fury

Days of Thunder (1990)

While this movie was bashed by critics, Tom Cruise is at his charismatic best in Days of Thunder. This sports drama captures the NASCAR era of the late 80s to the beginning of the 90s. Cruise plays Cole Trickle, a racing rookie waiting for his first big moment in his NASCAR career.

After being recruited by Chevrolet, he struggles to get used to the NASCAR stock cars and learn the league’s lingo. Things get worse when he comes head to head with pro racer Rowdy Burns played by Michael Rooker. Fun fact: this is the first movie that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman start in together.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1990 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR

1990 Pontiac Grand Prix

1973 Dodge Charger

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Them and Louise in their 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Thelma and Lousie is an absolute classic about a true ride-or-die friendship between two girlfriends that end up as outlaws. This controversial movie stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. Thelma and Lousie was nominated for numerous awards and most notably won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  One of the vehicles in the film sold for $65,000 at an auction in Italy.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1966 Ford Thunderbird 

1954 Chevrolet 300

1977 Chevrolet Corvette 

Wayne’s World  (1992)

Wayne and Garth On Top of the Famous 1976 AMC Pacer

It goes without saying that Wayne’s World is a staple in pop culture. This movie is derivative from a Saturday Night Live skit parodying public access television.  Main characters Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) host their own show from Wayne’s parents’ basement and the hilarity ensues from there. This movie is full of memorable quotes and helped connect the song Bohemian Rhapsody to an entirely new generation.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1976 AMC Pacer

1966 Pontiac GTO

1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

Breakdown (1997)

Breakdown Movie Scene Featuring the 1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

The movie Breakdown is about a married couple whose cross country trip turns sour after getting stranded in New Mexico. This thriller is wildly entertaining and hard to predict at times. The film stars Kurt Russel and J.T. Walsh. 

Coolest Cars Featured:

1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

1966 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1987 Ford F-150

Ronin (1998)

1991 BMW 535i

Ronin has one of the best car chasing scenes of all time: there’s a beautiful Parisian backdrop, an accurate display of BMW drivers’ dicey behavior, and the true element of suspense. The movie stars legend Robert De Niro whose character leads an international team to steal a mysterious briefcase.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1991 BMW 535i

1996 Audi S8 D2

1992 Renault Safrane