Car Movie Classics for Valentine's Day

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Attention lovers of cars and sweethearts! Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than cozying up with the following famous movies that, in a variety of ways, celebrates a pedal-to-the-medal kinda love. Read through the list and start lining up your Netflix!

To Catch A Thief

Can you get any more classic romantic than Cary Grant and Grace Kelly? Released in 1955 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film follows a retired handsome burglar in the French Riviera as he tries to find the latest cat on the coast. Enjoy heaps of twists, turns and fun French accents as we try to figure out who’s actually guilty. Also if you’re not keen on the mushy bits, the Sunbeam Alpine throughout serves as a nice distraction.

To Catch A Thief
To Catch A Thief

Thelma And Louise

The only thing better than the rush of new love is the rush of the wind in your hair as you and your bestie/ literal partner in crime escape the mundanities of small-town life in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird. This groundbreaking movie received rave reviews, and it’s final scene is particularly notable and controversial. A great movie to watch with a friend or a lover and then discuss!

Thelma And Louise
Thelma And Louise

Grease

Musical’s aren’t for everyone, and then there’s Grease, which isn’t just a musical but a sign of the 1950s. Released in 1978, this movie has lots of singing and dancing, so consider yourself warned. And even if you skip over the songy-bits, it’s hard to deny Grease’s appeal from hilarious colourful characters to fantastic car scenes. A date night must-see, it features John Travolta at his best as he co-stars with Olivia Newtown John. The two are high school seniors on the edge of adulthood looking for fun. Cars to spot in the movie include 1948 Studebaker Commander Regal, 1949 Dodge Wayfarer, tri-five Chevys, Thunderbirds, 1949 Mercury Custom and of course, the namesake, Greased Lightning aka a 1948 Ford De Luxe Convertible.

Grease
Grease

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Righteous Dude” Ferris Bueller once again fools his parents into thinking he’s sick and has the whole day to himself. He talks his mate into joining him, and borrowing his dad’s prized 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. And then he tricks his high school into releasing his girlfriend, and the three take over Chicago. Throughout “villains” Dean of Students and Ferris’ sister try to catch him in the act. This is a light-hearted movie that will entertain a variety of tastes.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Bonnie and Clyde

Faye Dunnaway and Warren Beatty reenact a true story of two criminals in the South of the US during the great depression. A passionate thriller that ends in a bloodbath, this classic is not without controversy. It’s worth a watch, particularly for its historical context, but maybe not one for the entire family. A great Valentine’s film for the non-squeamish, with plenty of car chases and over 30 different kinds of old cars to keep you guessing!

Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde