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Best Car Shows and Movies

Best Car Shows and Movies


Looking for something to watch this winter? Check out our picks of the best car shows and movies streaming online to help inspire your pandemic viewing.

Between the cold weather and dark nights, and the ongoing misery that is the coronavirus, it’s safe to say that there are a lot of nights in on the cards this winter. But there are some upsides to the pandemic. Staying in gives you a great chance to catch up on top car TV programmes and films. There’s such a wide choice out there, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied over the coming months.

Take a look at some of our top picks for car shows and movies to watch across various streaming services, available now.

Top Auto TV Programmes

The streaming world offers plenty of variety when it comes to car shows. From restorations and transformations to incredible documentaries, you’ll be sure to find something you’ll enjoy on your favourite streaming platforms this winter.

Top Gear (Netflix)

It’s one of the best-known car shows in the world, and now you can stream it on Netflix. Featuring episodes with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, it’s a great series to watch for all things cars.

The Grand Tour (Amazon Prime)

Following on from Top Gear, The Grand Tour is the follow-up adventure from Clarkson, Hammond and May. While it seems as though they spend most of their time enjoying making fun of each other, there are plenty of car-based moments to satisfy any motor enthusiast.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)

Some of the best conversations happen in cars, and you can witness some fascinating and very funny tales from some of the world’s most famous comedians. Driving around in some beautiful vintage cars, there’s a lot to keep you entertained here.

F1: Drive to Survive (Netflix)

Interested in the world of Formula 1? This fast-paced documentary takes a look at different F1 seasons, through the eyes of those at its heart.

Michael Fassbender: Road to Le Mans (YouTube)

In this Porsche production for YouTube, actor Michael Fassbender shares his dream to race against the best teams and drivers of the world at the 24h of Le Mans.

Car S.O.S (All4)

Staring Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend, each episode takes a car in need of TLC and restores it to its former glory - a fantastic transformation series if you have a soft spot for mechanics.

Car Masters: Rust to Riches (Netflix)

Another car restoration series, except this one focuses on restoring cars for money. It’s certainly an addictive watch!

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (Amazon Prime)

You might know Paul Newman from The Hustler and The Color of Money, but how much do you know about his racing career? Despite the fact he only started competitive racing at 47, he won some amazing accolades on the track, which are documented in this one-off documentary.

Fastest Car (Netflix)

Pitting supercars against sleeper cars, this is a thrilling series which shows just how much can be done with a tired old car with some clever engineering from talented mechanics. 

West Coast Customs (Netflix)

Want to witness some of the most outrageous custom car jobs? Set in a Burbank repair shop, the team deal with custom requests from some famous faces and more, working on some of the world’s most impressive cars.

Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip (Netflix)

Beyond being a celebrity chef, Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood also has a passion for classic cars. There’s plenty to enjoy here as Hollywood drives around Germany, Italy and France.

Hyperdrive (Netflix)

Full of speed and action, Hyperdrive sees drift racers from all over the world competing across some tricky courses that feature plenty of obstacles that they need to get around to win. 

Best Car Movies 

Who doesn’t love movies about cars? Thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon, you can combine your love of cars with a love of film. With everything from classic car movies to modern animated features, you will find some great movies to entertain you over the coming months.

Rush (Netflix)

Rush tells the story of the real-life rivalry between Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). Well-reviews and exhilarating to watch, it’s a must for fans of motor racing, as well as true-life character pieces.

Le Mans 66 (HBO or Sky Cinema)

Known as Ford v. Ferrari outside of the UK, this Acadamy-Award nominated drama follows the journey of automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale), on their mission to put Ford on the map by beating Ferrari at Le Mans. There are some incredible performances here that will leave you gripped. 

Cars 1, 2 and 3 (Disney +)

One of Pixar’s best-loved franchises, the Cars series is worth a watch over the winter months over on Disney +. Featuring a number of talking cars voiced by famous actors including Owen Wilson, Paul Newman (in what was his final film role), and a few cameos from real-life racers, it’s got enough to keep both adults and children entertained. 

There are also a lot of Pixar animated shorts featuring Cars characters, and the spin-off, Planes.

Fast & Furious 7 (Netflix)

You won’t be short of the Fast & Furious films to watch across various streaming platforms, but this is one of the most significant as it is the last one to feature original star Paul Walker before his death. Each film in the franchise becomes bigger and better, so expect flashy stunts and impressive set-pieces that will be sure to keep you entertained.

Baby Driver (Now TV)

Baby Driver tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), a getaway driver paying off his debts who’s brought even further into the crime world when he’s recruited by a gangster to pull off a dangerous job. There is some incredible casting here, as well a catchy playlist you’ll want to play in your own getaway car.

The Love Bug (Disney +)

Thanks to Disney +, you can now rewatch all of the classic Herbie films this winter. The fun tale of a car with the mind of its own, it’s the perfect film to reminisce about your early years, and one to share with your own kids too.

James Bond (YouTube)

The MGM YouTube channel is currently showing 20 Bond movies for free on YouTube, giving you the chance to enjoy classic Bond films, and fall in love with his car collection all over again. There’s a lot of films to get through here, starting with Dr No and working all the way to The World is Not Enough, giving you plenty to watch throughout the winter.

Need for Speed (Netflix)

Based on the Need for Speed game series and featuring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, this is an action-packed thriller that sees Paul’s character Tobey Marshall embark on a cross-country race to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of another racer. Filled with some great special effects and cool car chases, it’s an entertaining watch for a quiet afternoon or night in.

The 24 Hour War (Netflix)

The 24 Hour War is another watch focusing on the rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari, but this time in documentary form. It’s a fascinating insight into the fierce competition between two of the world’s most famous carmakers. 

Shelby American (Netflix)

Shelby American charts the life of Carroll Shelby (depicted in Le Mans 66) from farmer to racer and motoring legend. It’s an interesting documentary that gives you a greater insight into Shelby’s incredible story.

Drive (Amazon Prime)

It’s hard to put a list of car movies together without including Drive. Ryan Gosling plays the (mostly silent) stunt driver who also moonlights as a getaway driver, put in danger thanks to a botched heist. It’s a very sleek production that also features a fabulous soundtrack.

The Italian Job (1969) and The Italian Job (2003) (Now TV)

Whether you choose the original 1969 caper with legend Michael Caine, or the modern remake featuring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, there’s a lot to enjoy here if you love cars. Why not watch both and decide which one you prefer? Just remember, you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

Days of Thunder (Now TV)

Days of Thunder is an early entry in the Tom Cruise catalogue, but a classic that is worth a watch once more. Cruise plays Cole Tricker, and up and coming racer recruited to take part in NASCAR competitions. Top Gun with cars, it’s a great 90s film that is sure to entertain you just as it did before.

The growing number of streaming platforms means you won’t be short of car shows and movies to watch this winter. Make the most of the opportunity to celebrate your love for cars and work your way through the list above. Perhaps you’ll discover some new favourites along the way?

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