Top 5 Porsche Movies of All Time

I’ve been thinking about this post for darn near 6 months now, but just couldn’t bring myself to figure out how to par down the list. I also had grandiose plans of watching all these different movies to have a fresh account to give about why I selected one movie over another. Uh yeah, all I made it through in 6 months and a membership to Netflix was Death Race 3000 on a plane ride last week back from San Jose.

So I’m throwing caution to the wind, crying “Damn the torpedoes!” and throwing my list out there. Really my only criteria for the movies on my Top 5 Porsche Movies of All Time list is that the Porsche had some kind of impact on my mental capacities at the time I watched the movie. Pretty well-thought out, eh?

So without further ado, here’s my list:

#5 – The Dream Machine

porsche_dream_machine

Maybe not the most popular movie, or the most popular actor for that matter (Corey Haim), but this movie hit the theaters at a time when I was dying for a 911 Turbo (wait, that’s still the case to this day). Wouldn’t that be the ultimate scenario? You get handed the keys to a 911 Turbo Cabriolet? Not the sturdiest movie, but a respectable plot. At least for Porsche enthusiasts and tweenagers!

#4 – Gone In 60 Seconds

porsche-gone-in-sixty-seconds

This is on my list because it’s one of the best car movies I’ve seen in a long time. Not since the Cannonball Run days has there been such a great collection of cars at the core of a movie plot. I love the opening scene when they’re sitting in the car across the street from the Porsche dealership deciding whether to boost the car or not. I do wish they would have included more Porsches in the list of cars to be “acquired”.

#3 – Top Gun

top_gun_speedster

I LOVE Top Gun. One of my favorite movies of all time. I saw it at least 3, maybe 4 times in the theater. This is the movie responsible for me having a thing for 356 Speedsters. Even though this one is a replica, it’s still a gorgeous car. When I think of “Porsche” movies, Top Gun is always at the top of my list.

#2 – Risky Business

porsche-928-risky-business

When you think of Risky Business, you’re likely to have one of two images running through your mind. The first is going to be Tom Cruise in his skivies. The second HAS to be the Porsche 928 he decides to take out for a spin. A while back I read an article about someone who tracked down one of the 928s used in the movie and bought it. Pretty cool story. I still would love to own a 928 like that some day.

#1 – No Man’s Land

porsche-no-mans-land

This is my all time favorite Porsche movie. Mostly because the entire movie is about Porsches. Charlie Sheen is great in the movie too. If you haven’t seen this one, you have to rent it. It’s older, but definitely worth watching. In fact, I have it in hand (for several months now) from Netflix. If I were ever going to be a car thief, I think Porsches would be what I’d focus on.

Funny thing about this process for me. I mentioned I was going to try and watch all these movies with Porsches in them in preparation for this post. The one movie I managed to watch, Death Race 3000, didn’t make it onto the list! I wasn’t too impressed with the Porsche in that movie.

There are tons of movies that could go on the list that have Porsche sightings in them. Feel free to leave your favorite(s) in a comment.

Here are a couple of great resources to see more info about cars and Porsches in movies than you can imagine:

Internet Movie Cars Database (IMCDB) – imcdb.org
Porsches in Movies by Motor-Stadt PCA – mst.pca.org

Comments

  1. LeMans

  2. Ryan,

    THIS LIST IS WRONG!!!! πŸ™‚ Where the hell is Le Mans???

  3. Right when I saw the heading of this post I thought of Risky Business. Porsche: there is no substitute.

  4. Ryan,

    You need to buy it. πŸ™‚ Trust me. You will watch it over and over.

  5. Ryan, I am a movie guy and I have never seen Lemans either.. I wouldn’t sweat it if I were you.

  6. I think Disney/Pixars ‘Cars’ should have been on the list.

  7. Ryan – don’t rent it – BUY it. If you have 5.1 surround, turn it up.

    One of the coolest things about this movie is that for the 1st 25 minutes, there’s no dialogue – just cars.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Mans_(film)

    • Alright, I’m going to go with Gary and John, and not Jeremy (sorry Jeremy, numbers and level of previous Porsche knowledge win out on this one) and BUY Le Mans. Is this the one you guys are referring to? Le Mans Movie The 1971 Steve McQueen version?

  8. the link I posted only works if you cut & paste the url

  9. @Joe ..don`t forget “who`s the u-boat commander? ” πŸ™‚

  10. yes

  11. I look forward to seeing your review of LeMans. I will have to rent it or buy it if it is that good.

  12. My two favorites on your list are Top Gun and Gone in 60 Seconds. I did like all the cars in 60 Seconds, and Top Gun was an all around good movie and the Porsche was awesome.

  13. i’ve only seen 2 of the top 5. i guess i’ve got some movies to watch

  14. Good list. I haven’t seen #1 so I will definitely have to check that out. I was thinking that C’Γ©tait un rendez-vous may be a Porsche, but I forgot it was a Ferrari (according to imdb it was a Mercedes w/ Ferrari sound dubbed over) – but that is a great movie nonetheless. If you haven’t seen that one, you should check it out. Car races through the streets of Paris in the early AM. Only about 10mins long.

  15. Le Mans and Risky Business would be my choices

  16. don’t forget the Porsche vs. Ferrari street race in “Against All Odds”

    • Ruthless, I’ll be honest. The only thing I remember about Against All Odds is the Phil Collins song. Great song though.

  17. here’s the scene I’m referring to:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u5OpqDRNV4

    you don’t need to see the rest of the movie

  18. holy wow ruthless what a scene just watching that made me start to sweat!!!

  19. That was a wild chase scene. Good thing he came to a stop at the end.

  20. Phil Schneider says:

    the first time I saw that 928 in Risky Business, that was it.
    Back then, you didn’t see Porsches, Bimmers and Mercedes
    everywhere. They were really special and they stood out.
    I’m glad that the companies are doing well (sort of in this
    economy) but I miss the rarity of it all. I’m glad that I have
    a MV Agusta F4 1000. I rarely bump into another one.

  21. There was a nice speedster in Doc Hollywood!

  22. What are some movies with scenes involving a black Mercedes or yellow Porsche?

  23. ive been looking to buy my first car and i found a porsche 944 and when i showed it to my parents they said you dont want that because those are the worst cars porsche ever made. what can you tell me about them that makes them so bad

  24. Heyy where is the 911 from BAD BOYS?????? You have made a big mistake here!!!

    • @Misu – That was on the short list, but got edged out by some movies with Porsche more in a prominent spot in the movie. It’d be on my Top 10 list though.

  25. Oook thx for the reply!

  26. I own a 2004 Porsche Boxster S and this morning while driving it the “check engine drive to shop” light cme on. It only has around 30,000 miles on it. Does anyone know the cause of this?

  27. porsche924s says:

    Check out “The Hidden”. It is a sci-fi/horror/thriller from the 80’s that features one of the detectives that drives a Porsche 928. Not to mention the whole movie is filled with the “bad guy” stealing ferrari’s and getting into high speed chases with the police. There is also a quick shot of a 911 parked on the street. A Great movie full of exotic cars!

  28. Le mans…. by far !.

  29. Gregg E says:

    My two favorite movies would be LeMans..of course and Risky Business….”Who’s the U-Boat commander.” It still makes me laugh today.

  30. dragosh says:

    And the yellow Porsche from Commando (1985).
    http://www.imcdb.org/i002534.jpg

  31. I know this thread is old but Le Mans is a great movie that highlights the Porsche did you ever watch it? Also I definitely think Bad Boys has some of the greatest Porsche scenes of all time.

  32. Bob Peters says:

    How about Gumball Rally two chicks driving a 911 targa

  33. Henry Rodner says:

    Condorman, its a kids movie from the 80’s but the bad guys drive 911 slant nose. There is also a renault 5 turbo πŸ™‚ great chase.

  34. King of the Mountain. The main character drives a 356 wide body. The movie plot is a bit corney but the race scenes are top noch. From what I understand the actors did their own stunts which is pretty cool. Definitely a must see for old school Porsche fans.

  35. Ashton blake says:

    Should I get a 2002 porsche 911 convertible for 14000

  36. What about “Redline” with the Porsche GT. What about the yellow Porsche chase scene in “Commando”? Also, I love the small scene in “Weird Science” when the guys are leaving the mall in their black 928 Porsche. They do a mean burnout by any standards!

  37. I’m glad you put “No Mans Land” at number 1; it is well deserved at number 1. Not only is it the best Porsche movie ever, but it’s also a killer movie!!! It’s a time capsule of the coolest looking Porsches, it has some of the best Porsche stunt driving ever, and the story is so slick and cool, all the way to the end. Charlie Sheen takes zero sh*t from anybody in that movie. I love the end!

Trackbacks

  1. […] seats for the Hollywood ride of our lives. The movie easily makes my Top 5 Porsche movies list (Top 5 Porsche Movies of All Time). I would say the movie has been responsible for causing a lot of people to fall in love with the […]

Speak Your Mind

*