Here is a treat, a fun post for all you bikers out there. We have sorted and listed out top 15 motorcycle movies/documentaries that you cannot miss watching. This weekend if you plan to chillax at home for a movie then select one from these and you will have a great time.
1.The Motorcycle Diaries
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.
Movie review – For most of the viewers, regardless of their political beliefs, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES is a journey worth taking.
2. Hitting The Apex.
‘Hitting the Apex’ is the story of six fighters – six of the fastest motorcycle racers the world has ever seen – and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport.
Movie review- Just sat and watched the movie with my wife and two boys and it was one of the best movie nights we have spent together because this movie was amazing. We were riveted from beginning to the end. – IMDb User
3.On Any Sunday.
Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right.
Movie review-Outstanding and influential, I probably would not have had three decades of passionate Motorcycling without it. I even named my 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200, Mert.
4.Why We Ride.
Motorcycles represent the milestones of our lives. From a kid’s dream come true, to a retiree’s return to freedom. From a family riding together on the sand dunes, to hundreds of choppers carving through the canyons – the bond is the same. It’s about the passion of the riders and the soul of their machines.
Movie Review- This is not a movie that you’ll see on TV, so if you get a chance to view this movie, see it. This is a documentary about motorcycles. You can’t help thinking of the movie On Any Sunday (1971), but this one is incredible with modern wide-screen photography and sound quality.
5.The World’s Fastest Indian.
The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Rotten Tomatoes- 82%
Movie Review – It takes a while to adjust to this amiable film’s languorous tempo but you might find it’s worth the wait.
6. Easy Rider.
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
Rotten Tomatoes- 89%
Movie Review- Easy Rider,” even for those uninterested in the legacy of 1960s counterculture, punches the viewer in the gut with its hopelessness and emptiness.
7.Closer to the edge.
By vividly recounting the TT’s legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man’s unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world’s most dangerous race. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win. The vision of top commercials director Richard de Aragues, this promises to be one of the most thrilling films of 2011.
Rotten Tomatoes- 100%
Movie Review- An entertaining look at a dangerous and exciting sport done for love and personal satisfaction rather than fame and fortune.
8. Chennai to Pondicherry: A Motorcycle Tour of Southern India
During a once in a lifetime trip to Southern India, we had the chance to capture some sights and sounds while we made our way from Chennai to Pondicherry on motorbikes. The trip was overwhelming and a true eye opening experience. We at VBF knew that it would be very difficult to re-create on film the actual experience of being in India on the streets with thousands of cars, tuk-tuk’s, cows, goats, and dogs. The visuals, sounds and smells all created a sensory overload situation that can only be experienced by being there, but hopefully this film gives you a sense of what it was like to be immersed in the surroundings and experience the amazing places along the coast of Southern India.
9. Beyond the Law-
An undercover cop joins a murderous, arms-dealing biker gang to try to put them behind bars.
Rotten Tomatoes- 74%
Movie Review- Charlie Sheen is great in this true story of an undercover cop whose work accounted for hundreds of arrests.
10.Waiting out Winter
An homage to all craftspeople who spend their winters tucked inside their workshops waiting for better weather.
Movie Review – Inspirational for filmmakers and builders of bikes.
11.SHINYA KIMURA—CHABOTT ENGINEERING
A short film about custom motorcycle engineer shinya kimura @ chabott engineering, directed by Henrik Hansen, shot on the Canon 5D and 7D. Shinya Kimura is a Japanese-born Custom motorcycle builder. Kimura founded Zero Engineering in 1992 and Chabott Engineering in 2002. He is the originator of the “zero style” custom bike.
12. 12 O’Clock Boys
Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys.
Rotten Tomatoes- 94%
A short, pungent, ambiguous portrait of the poorer sections of Baltimore and the young men who get their kicks riding dirt bikes through the streets en masse, popping wheelies and dodging the police.
In true cinematic fashion, Fastest is a maximum speed, full length film capturing the thrilling, terrifying reality of MotoGP racing. From award winning filmmaker Mark Neale, and with unprecedented access and never before seen footage, the film charts Valentino Rossi’s quest for his eighth premier class championship as he battles back from a horrific, leg shattering crash to take on a wave of ferociously fast young riders and the emerging stars of the sport, including Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa, Marco Simoncelli and Casey Stoner. Fastest explores the greatest feeling and the greatest risk, and asks the question every rider, even the greatest of all time, must face: who’s fastest now?
Rotten Tomatoes- 83%
Movie Review – While it zooms back and forth between topics, occasionally to its own detriment, the information it presents about the sport is fascinating and genuinely revealing.
14. Dust to glory
A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans.
Rotten Tomatoes- 60%
Movie Review-Contestants have 32 hours to finish the race, and unless off-road racing is your thing, Dust to Glory can sometimes feel like it lasts about that long.
15.Riding Solo to the Top of the World
Riding Solo is a film about filmmaker Gaurav Jani’s brave solo motorcycle journey from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the world, the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh bordering China. The film is even more extraordinary for the fact that Jani was a one man camera crew unit who loaded his bike with 300 kg of equipment/supplies and set off on a journey to one of the world’s most difficult terrains.
The film is not just about a ride – it is also about people, places and experiences. The best thing is that there is a wonderful balance between all elements that make it a real success