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Original Italian Job named best car film of all time

The Italian Job

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Caine classic The Italian Job has been named the best car film of all time in a new poll by comparethemarket.com.

The 1969 original secured the top spot with 32% of votes.

Conversely, the 2003 remake starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron failed to make the grade and was named one of the worst driving films to watch, with 15% naming it ‘worst car film ever’.

The most memorable car moment, meanwhile, came in the form of a rousing rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in Wayne’s World (1992), with 20% of Brits opting for Mike Myers and company.

For a dark humoured 13%, the best moment involving a car is the fatal shooting of Marvin in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994).

While 23% of women cite the race between the T-Birds and the Scorpions in Grease (1978) as their most memorable moment.

The most iconic car from a film is James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964) with 35%, closely followed by the Delorean from Back to the Future (1985) with 20% of the vote.

Classic VW Herbie in Lovebug (1968) was voted more iconic than the new Batmobile in The Dark Knight (2008), proving it is not always the size of the engine that matters.

However, it’s the humble Mini that takes the lead when it comes to car chases. The Italian Job (1969) and The Bourne Identity (2002) were named as the top two car chases ever in a film receiving almost half the total vote combined (45%), which both feature Mini’s traversing the back streets of Europe.

Thelma and Louise (1991) feature in the top five favourite car films to watch, receiving 50% more votes from women than men (with nearly 14% of women voting for it compared to just 5% of men).

The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Speed (1994) also scored highly with women (16%), while men prefer the Hollywood car classics with Bullitt, staring Steve McQueen coming second and The Gumball Rally scoring third.

The findings by comparethemarket.com mark the latest Meerkat Movies advert which sees Aleksandr and Sergei in their own dramatic car scene, having to keep the speed dial at 49.3 miles per hour in order to make it to the cinema on time.

Dan Bass, Head of Car Insurance from Comparethemarket.com said: “The Italian Job was voted best and worst film at the same time, which goes to show just how sacred a classic film can be to its audience. The remake didn’t rev everyone’s engine but car films will have always have a place in movies. We think the best place to see them in all their glory is at the cinema, preferably with a friend.”

Top five car films
1) The Italian Job (32%)
2) Thelma & Louise (10%)
3) The Fast & the Furious (8%)
4) Bullitt (6%)
5) Speed (5%)

Most iconic car
1) James Bond Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (35%)
2) Delorean from Back to the Future (20%)
3) Herbie in the Lovebug (12%)
4) Batmobile from Dark Knight (9%)
5) Cadillac from Ghostbusters (3%)

Onepoll surveyed 1,000 people between September 30 and October 4, 2016.

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