Top Five Bicycle movies

Bicycles overrun the Champs-Élysées in Paris as the world’s most prestigious and grueling road race concludes its three week journey.

For many, the Tour De France is as foreign a subject as Francois Truffaut, but the two have something in common. Both bike races and bike movies are perfect to enjoy without moving a muscle!

You may notice that the majority of films on this list were released in the early ’80s.  Thankfully, our culture’s apathy in cycling recently came to an end, simply because of a little yellow bracelet.

Lance Armstrong’s seven consecutive Tour de France wins (1999-2005) launched an American renaissance in the sport.  Hollywood is due to produce a new wave of cycling films of the same caliber, if not better than the following. Whether you’re a fan of bike riding or not, what do you think?

1. “Breaking Away” (1979): “They’re gonna keep callin’ us ‘cutters’” – Trailer

2. “American Flyers” (1985): “Enough of this Sunday stroll…let’s hurt a little bit!” – Trailer

3. “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985): “I’m a loner, Dottie.  A rebel.” – Pee Wee Herman (this love story about a man and his bike could have also been called “The Bicycle Thief”…not really.)

4. “Quicksilver” (1986): “I go as fast as I like” – Jack Casey (checkout the trailer dubbed by the late Don Lafontaine…”In a world where the pressure’s off”…classic 80’s movie trailer.)

5. “E.T.” (1982): Makes the list because the film’s climax allows every kid to imagine their bikes soaring off the ground.  These iconic images still play before Amblin Entertainment’s films.

Honorable Mention:

  • “BMX Bandits” (1986): This Australian movie revolves around a criminal ring of Walkie Talkie smugglers and features Nicole Kidman! Trailer or the  Movie

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