Quarantine Watchlist: Best 70s Movies for Car Enthusiasts

While we are spending more time at home in observance of social distancing guidelines, the demand for home entertainment has increased tremendously. We invite you to take a walk down memory lane with a lot of great car films from the 1970s available for you to stream or rent right from your home.

The Godfather (1972)

The 1941 Packard Super Eight One Eighty Sport Brougham as seen in The Godfather

The Godfather is a mob drama considered as one of the greatest films of all time with an all-star cast including Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton. This film is the first chapter of the Godfather trilogy and centers around Michael Corleone’s reluctance to join the Mafia and goal of maintaining a sense of normalcy with his wife, Kay. 

The Godfather is defined by its elements of terror, ganger personas and Italian family ties and traditions. The cars in the film are almost as remarkable as the characters themselves.

Coolest Cars Featured:
1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special

1941 Packard Super Eight One Eighty Sport Brougham

1941 Lincoln Continental Coupes 

Super Fly (1972)

1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado

Super Fly continues the theme of cool car movies against a backdrop of criminal behavior. This controversial film is about a New York City drug dealer looking to get out the drug game and “sticking it to the man”.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado

1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

1971 Plymouth Satellite 

 Herbie Rides Again  (1977)

Herbie Rides Again is the sequel to the late 60s Disney film “The Love Bug”. In this installment, a greedy man has set out to buyout downtown properties to construct his own extravagant shopping center. However, the main character Mrs. Steinmetz is unwilling to give up her property for him to execute his business plan.

Lucky for her, she has Herbie, the magical Volkswagen Beetle to help her.  Herbie Rides Again was followed by Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) and Herbie: Fully Reloaded (2005).

Coolest Cars Featured:

1963 Volkswagen Sun-Roof Sedan

1963 Triumph Spitfire 

1959 Rolls-Royce Phantom V

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)

1969 Dodge Charger

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry is an action-drama famed as a car chase classic starring Peter Fonda and Susan George. Fictional characters Larry and Deke are NASCAR wannabes who are looking to obtain enough money to secure a car so that they can be in the race themselves. The duo accomplishes their goal by robbing a grocery store.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1969 Dodge Charger

1966 Chevrolet Impala sedan

1972 Dodge Polara

Grease (1978)

The T-Birds in the 1948 Ford DeLuxe convertible

Grease is a timeless musical romantic comedy filled with charismatic characters, infectious songs, and a daffy love story. The main character Danny Zuko, the leader of the T-Bird greaser gang falls for a goody-two-shoes Australian transfer student, Sandy Olsen. At the time, it became the highest-grossing musical film at the time its soundtrack was the second-best album of the year in 1978. The “Grease lightning” iconic style goes beyond the clothes the characters wear and extends to the cars that they drive.

Coolest Cars Featured:

1949 Mercury Custom

1948 Ford DeLuxe convertible

1949 Dodge Wayfarer