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It's another Saturday night and you're sitting at home wondering what to watch. Instead of flipping through the channels, grab some popcorn with your discount from The Popcorn Factory and a pizza from Papa John's and settle in for a night of good entertainment on DirecTV. Whether you have some time to yourself or you're planning to watch with the kids, here are a few notable car movies that you don't want to miss.


Cars (Disney franchise) – Debuting in 2006, Cars, the first of the 3-series franchise, stars Lightning McQueen, an animated race car, who gets stuck in Radiator Springs on the way to California for a tie-breaker race in the Piston Cup. Sentenced to fix a road he accidentally wrecks, McQueen finds himself making some new friends like Mater and his love interest, Sally. While there, he learns the true meaning of friendship and family. The Cars franchise is a great Disney series for the whole family. AAA Travel offers great deals on Disney travel. If you have the opportunity, visit Cars Land, a themed area of Disney California Adventure Park, inspired by the Cars franchise.


Rush – This film takes place in the 1970's Formula 1 racing world. It is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between English driver, James Hunt, and Austrian driver, Niki Lauda. The story follows their different personalities on and off the track. It focuses on the 1976 season in which both drivers are willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no room for error. Rush is an action packed film appropriate for adults only.


Drive – The "Driver", Ryan Gosling, works as a mechanic, a stuntman driving in movies, and as a getaway driver for criminals. He gets close with a female neighbor and her child while her husband is in prison. Upon his release from jail, the husband asks the "Driver" to work a job with him which goes terribly wrong. The "Driver" now has to protect himself and the people he cares about. The violence and language make this film inappropriate for the kiddos. 


Vanishing Point – A great cult hit from the early 70's, Vanishing Point offers lots of chase scenes and several run-ins with the police. Kowalski, played by Barry Newman, is a car delivery driver who is taking a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Fransisco. He takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours, so he speeds, which leads to an on-going chase with the police. Along the way, Kowalski is guided by a blind DJ with a police radio scanner. Does he eventually get to San Francisco? You'll have to watch to find out.


Driving Miss Daisy – Set in the South in the 1950's, an elderly Jewish widow faces the reality that she can no longer drive. Her son hires an African-American driver played by Morgan Freeman. At first, she refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere, but he slowly wins her over with his good graces. The movie spans 20 years of their life together and how they became real friends, despite their differences. It is a funny and touching story that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions. It's a great film for the whole family.

There is something about vehicles in movies that keep us coming back for more. Whether the automobile is the star of the show or somehow plays a relevant role, we seem to love these movies just as much as we love our cars. Show your love for your vehicle by maintaining it regularly. AAA offers a full range of automotive services and we back our work with a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty. Reach out to your local AAA Car Care Center and schedule an appointment today. Find a Car Care Location below. 

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