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Oct 27, 2011

5 Great Driving Films From 2011

There were more than a few great films featuring mind-blowing driving sequences this year. When you're trying to choose a film to watch next consider some of the films on the following list.


Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling & Carey Mulligan
Perhaps the best film on this list is "Drive", which is based on the novel by James Sallis. Ryan Gosling plays the protagonist, a man without a name, who happens to be one of the best drivers in Los Angeles. His driving skills are highlighted in early scenes in the film: one where he navigates the streets avoiding the LAPD and another scene where his character takes to the track. The story is rich and intense. This isn't much of a date movie (and it's definitely not for the kids) but it is a thrilling action movie, with lots of great driving sequences.

Transformers 3

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Shia LaBeouf & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
This film has been described by one critic as "solidly mindless, breathless summer fun" but love it or hate it, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is one heck of a driving film! If you enjoy big brash CGI and even bigger explosions then you'll like "Transformers 3." The driving scenes aren't quite as lengthy as they were in the first two films but the film still features two groups of warring alien robots that are able to transform into vehicles.

Cars 2

Directors: John Lasseter & Brad Lewis
Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, & Michael Caine
This is another popular sequel from the Pixar team. The film is about Lightning McQueen (Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), two cars that are on their way to a Grand Prix race. The animation in this film is outstanding and "Cars 2" is definitely kid-friendly so this might be your choice if you have some young ones at home.

Horrible Bosses

Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day
This film isn't exactly a "driving" film per say but it does feature a lot of funny driving scenes. In one scene, Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) admits that he was drag racing in his Prius hybrid. In another scene, a drugged up Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) lip syncs to the Ting Tings song, "That's Not My Name " while he should be looking out for his friends. The film ends in an epic car chase, and the Prius' navigation system even plays an important role in the events. The film's cast is rounded out with a number of great actors including Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Anniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey.

Fast Five

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson
If you like fast cars and attractive young ladies then you'll like this one. There isn't a lot of substance here but it's definitely a better film than the last few films in the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Vin Diesel is back for this film but this time the racing theme is replaced by a heist film. Watch the trailer and you'll know why this film is such a great driving film.

This guest post was written by Corey Maron from Complete Insurance. To learn more about car insurance visit Corey's website.