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Quarantine Watchlist: Best Movies for Car Enthusiasts from the Early 2000s

If you are a car aficionado in need of more movies to binge-watch, we recommend this list of popular car films from the early 2000s that will surely keep you entertained during social distancing ordinances. 

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

1961 Porsche Speedster

Gone in 60 Seconds is a remake of the 1970s auto theft movie of the same name. This heist film features leading actors Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie whose characters help to assemble a car stealing crew after previously leaving their criminal lives behind.

The movie was widely panned by critics but this action-packed movie was a commercial success. All other things aside, this movie is filled with tons of awesome cars gearheads will appreciate. 

Coolest Cars Featured:

1961 Porsche Speedster

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1966 Shelby AC Cobra

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

1995 Toyota Supra MK IV

2001’s Fast and the Furious was the beginning of the colossal movie franchise. This is where we are first introduced to Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and the late Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner. The story centers around Dominic, a lead street racer and carjacker who takes Brian under his wing. Fast and the Furious features the most popular movie stars in the game and is loved by many

Coolest Cars Featured:

1995 Toyota Supra MK IV

1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2G 

1995 Volkswagen Jetta A3

Joy Ride (2001)

1971 Chrysler Newport

For more Paul Walker, check out the thriller Joy Ride. In this movie, Walker plays a college freshman on a cross-country trip to pick up his girlfriend for summer vacation. His brother joins along for the ride and pranks a random guy through their CB radio; the guy turns out to be a murderer. 

Coolest Cars Featured:

1971 Chrysler Newport

1984 Jeep Wagoneer

1992 Ford Thunderbird

The Transporter (2002)

1995 BMW 735i

The Transporter is the first installment of the Transporter movie franchise. The first three movies follow leading actor Jason Statham as Frank Martin, an independent courier driver with a military background. Frank is known as “the transporter” because he’ll deliver any package, no questions asked. Life changes after Frank breaks his own rule of never opening a package.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1995 BMW 735i

1994 Mercedes-Benz S Klasse

1989 Renault 19

The Italian Job (2003)

2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante

The Italian Job is a heist movie set in Venice about a gang on a mission to steal $35 million in gold. This movie is full of car chase scenes and stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Thereon, Jason Statham, and Edward Norton.

Coolest Cars Featured:

2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante

2003 MINI Cooper

1995  Ford Bronco 

Herbie: Fully Loaded 

Herbie: Fully Loaded is a family-friendly car flick starring Lindsay Lohan.  In this film, Lohan plays Maggie Peyton, who aspires to be a NASCAR race driver just like her dad. Her dad is unsupportive of her career goals and pushes her to be a TV sportscaster instead. Maggie’s life changes after her dad take her to get a car, which turns out to be the magical Volkswagen Beetle, Herbie. 

Coolest Cars Featured:

1963 Volkswagen Sun-Roof Sedan

2004 Pontiac GTO

2004 Dodge Intrepid NASCAR 

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Per usual, Will Ferrell is absolutely ridiculous as NASCAR star Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights. Back in the day, the New York Times dubbed this film as a “cultural artifact” for its display of NASCAR culture.  The movie is about Ricky’s fall from grace when a new superstar challenges him on the track. 

Coolest Cars Featured:

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

2004 Ford Taurus NASCAR 

Dodge Intrepid NASCAR