Friday's Top Five: Bicycle movies
July 22nd, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Bicycle movies

Bicycles will overrun the Champs-Élysées this weekend in Paris as the world’s most prestigious and grueling road race concludes its three week journey across France on Sunday.

For many Americans, the Tour De France is as foreign a subject as Francois Truffaut but the two share 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 week’s 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 titles (1999-2005) launched an American renaissance in the sport.  I’d say 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, tell us what you think.

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

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

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 Aussie import revolves around a criminal ring of Walkie Talkie smugglers.
  • "Easy Rider" (1969): “You know Billy, we blew it.” – Captain America (They may not be riding bicycles but it’s the best movie on two wheels, so it makes the cut.)
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  1. John smith

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    October 7, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. benedictus

    I can think of no better "coming-of- age" film than BREAKING AWAY. IT IS ONE of the century's best films. A bitter comedy that bears comparision with the best films.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ed

    Pee Wee for the win. Hands down.

    August 13, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ray

    What about the great classic Italian film called "The Bicycle Thief"?

    August 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    I prefer Quick silver as I am fan of Kevin Bacon. He is just superb in the movie...

    gas powered bikes

    August 2, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Top5Fan

    Great list! Right on time with the Tour De France. I thought about Quicksilver as soon as I saw the topic. I grew up watching that movie! I lived in NYC for many, many years and those messengers are CRAZY!! LOL Have a great weekend!

    July 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mom

    If anyone feels worried about time flying, I would suggest watching Peewee Herman's Great Adventure. It was the longest 2 hours of my life!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Beautiful Vixen

    @Hamburger steak..lmao

    July 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Diamond Rick

    Breaking Away
    American Flyers
    Sunday in Hell (Paris Roubaix story)
    Did anyone ever see my Cross Florida video?

    July 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yaya

    #1 – Breaking Away

    July 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alecia

    No brainer for a choice on the list. EASY RIDER hands down. Dennis, Jack and Peter totally rock! Too bad Captain America burned courtesy of an arsonist!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cru Jones

    RAD WAS THE BEST BIKE MOVIE EVER! Case closed...Pee Wee Herman, are you F-IN KIDDING ME!

    July 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sonny

    Best bicycle movie should be Herbie the Love Bug

    July 22, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. ty764

    cant believe Cars 2 isn't on the list

    July 22, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ahnold

    best bicycling movie has to be Days of Thunder!

    July 22, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |

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