Great Motorcycle Movies For A Night In
Looking for motorcycle movies to add to your watch list? A go-to classic like “On Any Sunday” or even the latest Tom Cruise movies can be added to your list.
Motorcycles are frequently featured in movies. Regardless of whether or not they are the most realistic—thanks to CGI and towing trailers—these scenes are still entertaining and can get you in the mood to ride. While you might not have access to ride beside an airstrip at full throttle parallel to a fighter jet like Tom Cruise does in Top Gun, at least you can live vicariously through the actors in these films.
(Disclaimer: The stunts in these movies are done by professionals; don’t go out donning a football helmet and hop on the back of an American-flag painted chopper or try jumping down into riverbeds on a Fat Boy).
Motorcycles make their own cameos in movies, whether the scenes are realistic or not. Here’s our list of motorcycle movie selections to add to your movie night.
On Any Sunday
Any motorcyclist worth their salt has to watch the first On Any Sunday movie. The first film is a cherished motorcycle movie classic and while some may argue that the sequels are stereotypically not as good as the first, you can still get the collection to fill your video library with motorcycle greats such as Mert Lawwill, Steve McQueen, and Malcolm Smith.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s motorcycle chase scenes are sure to get your blood pressure thumping like a boxer engine. Speaking of boxer engines, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) takes to a BMW R nineT in some epic riding scenes with August Walker (Cavill) astride the Triumph Speed Triple. Llsa Faust (Ferguson) also has some riding shots aboard the Triumph Tiger XCx.
Take a trip (pun intended) across America with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson while they take on the silver screen in this cross-country chopper classic. It will have you imagining the wind in your hair and the smell of tumbleweeds while you plan your next ride across the south.
The Dark Knight
When you think of motorcycle movies, The Dark Knight might not be the most conventional choice, but the two-wheeled scenes of the bat-clad hero aboard the Batcycle are thrilling and cause you to want to slalom in between lampposts, ride through underground subway stations, and make the front wheel ride up a wall to do a 360-degree turnaround.
Looking for a family movie with a little bit of motorcycle action? The sequel to Pixar’s Incredibles has Elastigirl riding on a sleek, custom speeder. The kids will love the superheros and the comedy, and you will love the adult-life references and motorcycle scenes.
The Matrix Reloaded
Jumping on a moving semi to nab a getaway Ducati 996 is only the beginning of one epic motorcycle chase scene. Trinity takes to the freeway in some intense riding in this 2003 sci-fi flick. Don’t ever ride against the freeway traffic, instead, let the stunt riders/CGI do the trick.
In 2010, the sequel to the campy (by today’s standards) science-fiction movie Tron made its debut. It features Garrett Hedlund and the returning Jeff Bridges as the son and father duo of Sam and Kevin Flynn. The key motorcycle scene features a hub-less motorcycle that streams a trail of light. The design of the light-cycle has attracted custom bike builders with the means to replicate this futuristic design.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Samurai swords and motorcycles. Can you get any more badass than that? John Wick, played by motorcycle enthusiast Keanu Reeves, takes on a murder of sword-wielding motorcycle bounty hunters in the gruesome, but thrilling, third John Wick film.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Admit it, the theme song was already playing in your head the second you read the title. Professor/archeologist Indiana Jones leads the chase scene aboard a motorcycle with his dad as a passenger in the sidecar. What’s not to like with Indy’s child-like thrill of knocking the Nazi’s off their motorcycles by means of jousting and obstructing?
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Any Area 51 conspiracy theorists out there? This movie could be for you. For motorcyclists, there are some chase scenes you might enjoy. Mutt, a rebellious young adult motorcyclist, takes Indiana Jones for a runaway ride from the KGB. This film brings in some quirky action and brings back some characters from the originals.
The World’s Fastest Indian
Another classic to add to the list. Anthony Hopkins stars as Burt Munro in this film based on the true story of the legendary motorcycle racer. Engineering his Indian to its peak performance and setting the front wheel toward the Bonneville Salt Flats horizon, Munro has his eye on the world’s land-speed record.
While egocentric and reckless Maverick (played by Tom Cruise) is primarily riding in fighter jets, the leather-jacket-and-aviators-decked character also pilots the Kawasaki GPZ900R in this 1986 drama.
This Dax Shepard/Michael Peña film is a remake of the TV series from the late 1970s/early 1980s. Set in Los Angeles, it features CHP comedy and motorcycle action with BMW R 1200 RTs and Ducati Hypermotards.
Agent 007 swings a leg over a Honda CRF250R, splitting in between pedestrians in a busy marketplace and on top of rooftops, to then ditch the motorcycle in a Bond-esque launch onto a moving train. Anything it takes to catch the bad guy, right? Too bad about the bike though.
A group of middle-aged men seek freedom, and we all know where that freedom can be found…on motorcycles. With the star-studded cast of Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy, this film follows the unlikely biker gang looking for an adventure, what they encounter is a pack of fierce bikers.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell go head to head in this comedy with Dusty, the cool biker dad (Wahlberg), versus Brad, the clumsy stepdad (Ferrell), both of whom are vying for the kids’ attention in this comedy. What is Dusty’s ride of choice? The Indian Chief Classic.
The Wild One
Marlon Brando is “the wild one,” Johnny, who leads his gang of motorcycle outlaws in this black and white film. Johnny and his biker gang overrun and cause trouble for the small California towns they infiltrate, that is, until the leader falls for the sheriff’s daughter.
TT3D: Closer to the Edge
The Isle of Man TT is one of the most intense and dangerous road races in the world, this documentary covers racers like Guy Martin, John McGuiness, Conor Cummins, and Ian Hutchinson and their passion for motorcycle road racing and ultimately their will to win.
Captain America: Civil War
While Marvel jumps in on the motorcycle action with movies like Ghost Rider, a motorcycle scene arguably easier to swallow would be in Captain America: Civil War. The winter soldier hijacks a Harley-Davidson Street 750 to flee from the Black Panther with the help of longtime comrade Captain America.