25 cool bikes in movies!

In a rainy, sad or boring day, a little bit of eye candy bikes can suddenly cheer you up! So what´s easier than a movie at home, alone, with your partner, family or friends to enjoy a piece of the 7th art with some bike spice.

Here you can find 25 movies, in no particular order, where cool bikes have some important role in the script. So, popcorns ready!


1- Now and Then (1995)

bikes in movies _ Now and then

Genre:Drama, Comedy
Directed By:Lesli Linka Glatter
Written By:I. Marlene King
Cast: Melanie Griffith, Thora Birch, Rosie O´Donnell, Christina Ricci, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson, Gaby Hoffmann

For those feeling nostalgic about other times, this drama is set in the summer of 1970. Here you can find all elements that create an unforgettable summer: teenagers, bikes, pranks and loves. Four  12-year-old girls who try to keep their friendship while dealing with their changing lives and bodies.

2- La vita è bella (1997)

bikes in movies _ life is beautiful

Rating:PG-13 (for holocaust-related thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:Roberto Benigni
Written By:Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nioletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Marisa Paredes, Horst Buchholz

In this World War II tragicomedy, the lead character, Guido, meets the love of his life while riding his bidycle in a Tuscan town during the 30´s. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido’s family. Guido and Dora will be married and have a son Giosue. To make a game of the whole dramatic situation, as they get imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido will performance a kind of game ( a contest) to make his son not to be so aware of reality. Beautiful landscapes and beautiful ridings.

3- The Big Day/ Jour de Fête (1952)
bikes in movies _ jour de fete

Genre:Art House & International,Comedy
Directed By:Jacques Tati
Written By:Henri Marquet, René Wheeler,Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet,René Wheeler
Cast: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur, Santa Relli, Maine Vallee, Roger Rafal

Francois is a happy postman that works with ease and performs his duties while peddling around on his bike. Problems start when the rides into a Carnival in a little town. While in the carnival he watches an american movie about the fast and efficient Postal Service. This wil make him evalate his work style. Great rides around the french country side.

4- The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

bikes in movies _ Les triplets of Belleville

Rating:PG-13 (for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor)
Genre:Drama, Animation, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:Sylvain Chomet
Written By:Sylvain Chomet
Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Vegas, Michèle Caucheteux, Beatrice Bonifassi

This is a movie where the grandma buys her grandson a bike and encourage him to practise this sport, to be able to win the Tour de France. He becomes so good that he is kidnapped by a Mafia. The grandma will try to rescue his grandson with the help of a trio of musicians who were once the ’30s jazz trio known as The Triplets of Belleville. She chases the bad boys while riding her bicycle too. Incredible adventure where you can find some great music entertaiment, chasing bad boys while riding a bicycle, pet love and a lot of fun.

5- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
bikes in movies _ ET

Rating:PG (for language and mild thematic elements)
Genre:Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Directed By:Steven Spielberg
Written By:Melissa Mathison
Cast: Henry Thomas, Tamara De Treaux, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote

Classic movie, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that want us to believe in the great possibilities this universe can provide us. Elliott, a lonely young boy, meets an alien, communicates with him, becomes its friends and tries to help him to come back with its family.  A story to show how braver one can become when your friends life is in danger and you only have kid resources ( as a bike)

6- The secret life of Walter Mitty (2013)
bikes in movies _ The secret life of Walter Mitty

Rating:PG (for some crude comments, language and action violence)
Genre:Drama, Action & Adventure,Comedy
Directed By:Ben Stiller
Written By:Steven Conrad, Steve Conrad
Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn

Story where you can find adventures, fantasie, action and romance while a normal guy suddenly finds himself travelling around the world and enjoying  different kids of lifes, sports and landscapes. Biking will be one of the ways of moving around this global journey.

7- Wadjda (2013)

bikes in movies _ Wadjda

Rating:PG (for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking)
Directed By:Haifaa Al-Mansour
Written By:Haifaa Al-Mansour
Cast: Reem Abdullah, Wadd Mohammed, Ahd, Abdullrahman Al Gohani

Story that could have happened to everyone of us, but with totally different circunstancies. Wadjda is a girl living in Saudi Arabia. Riding a bike it is not a skill a woman should develop, and at least, it is not desirable for future husbands. However, when Wadjda sees a green beautiful bike, she tries all possible ways to raise the money and be able to buy it. A film that shows how women are made to ride too and how little victories can help you to believe you can achieve great goals.  In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film.

8- Mon Oncle (1958)

bikes in movies _ mon oncle

Genre:Art House & International,Comedy
Directed By:Jacques Tati
Written By:Jacques Tati, Jacques LaGrange, Jean L’Hote
Cast: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Serantie, Betty Schneider

Jacques Tati is a man who lives a simple uncomplicated life, while everything around him life keeps becoming modern and technological. This movie tries to give us the beauty of the simple life and the value of the details back. And how simple behaviours, as riding a bike, can make lives be happier and richer.

9- The Bicycle Thief (1949)

bikes in movies _ Bicycle thieves

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Vittorio De Sica
Written By: Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica, Oreste Biancoli, Adolfo Franci, Suso Cecchi d’Amico
Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

This movie is focused on the relationship between a father and his son fighting together to recover the bike the father uses to work. It is located in a postwar Italy, where the poverty and unemployment is a very big problem. Beautiful movie about ordinary lives and a historical document of social issues.

10- Girl on a Bicycle (2014)

bikes in movies _ girl on a bicycle

Rating:R (for some sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre:Comedy, Romance
Directed By:Jeremy Leven
Written By:Jeremy Leven
Cast: Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, Louise Monot, Paddy Considine, Stéphane Debac

Who has not been attracted by a stranger in a bicycle? That is what happens to Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, who has just proposed to his true love, the German girl. The problem begins when he follows advice from one of his friends, and he meets the girl on the bicycle, a French beauty, two Australian children who call him “Papa” and all his life changes.

11- Empire of the Sun (1987)

bikes in movies _ Empire of the Sun

Rating:PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Directed By:Steven Spielberg
Written By:Tom Stoppard, Menno Meyjes
Cast: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson.

This story starts with a wealthy family living in Shanghai during the pre-World War II. The day-to-day life of the kid is riding around with his bike, play with airplanes. And everything changes during the Japanese Invasion, when the kid is separated from his parents. He is taken to a Japanese prison camp where he can practise the street manners he has earned on Shanghai streets ( where someone stole his bike)

12- The Goonies (1985)

bikes in movies _ goonies

Rating:PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:Richard Donner
Written By:Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus
Cast: Sean Asti, Johs Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kerri Green

A group of friends go in this adventure after a buried treasure in a cavern. This is a great portrait of childhood and friendship. They ride their bikes, they explore the unexplored ad they learn some life lessons. Amazing movie to watch with the family.

13- The Postman/ Il Postino (1994)

bikes in movies _ Il Postino

Genre:Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:Michael Radford
Written By:Anna Pavignano, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Massimo Troisi, Michael Radford
Cast: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa, Anna Bonaiuto

The central story in this movie is the relantionship between poet Pablo Neruda and Mario, the postman. This postman rides his bikes and devilers the mail to the poet. He tries to make friends with the poet and eventually, he earns him.  Who can resist a postman who rides a bike and has a poet in his heart?

14- Leave it to the Beaver (1997)

bikes in movies _ Leave it to the Beaver

Rating:PG (for mild language and some elements of sensuality)
Genre:Television, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:Andy Cadiff
Written By:Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly, Lon Diamond, Brian Levant
Cast: Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, Cameron Finley, Erik von Detten

This nostalgic comedy brings the Cleaver family (from the popular 1950s television series) to the big screen. The tale centers on Beaver’s attempts to convince parents to get him a new bike.

15- Malena (2000)

bikes in movies _ Malena

Rating:R (for sexuality/nudity, language and some violence)
Genre:Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:Giuseppe Tornatore
Written By:Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Giuseppe Sulfaro Monica Belucci, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana

Malena, the beautiful young war widow who was the obsession of every man and the envy of every woman. Because of her, Renato, a 13 years old boy, will get obssessed with her (following her with his bike) and will come to learn all of life’s lessons.

16- Pagaan (2012)

bikes in movies _ pagaan

Rating: PG (for mild language and some elements of sensuality)
Genre: Indian Tamil comedy film
Directed By: Mohammed Aslam
Written By: Viswas U Lad,  V. Purushothaman
Runtime:2 hours 28 minutes
Cast: Srikanth, Janani Iyer

Subramani and his two friends dream of getting rich without working. After their numerous attemps, they hitch on the idea of making Subbu the richest man in Pollachi, making a rich woman, Maha, fall in love with him. But when Maha realizes that Subbu is only after her money, she breaks the relationship. Will Subbu realize he is really in love and get together again?

17- Premium Rush (2012)

bikes in movies _ Premium Rush

Rating:PG-13 (for some violence, intense action sequences and language)
Genre:Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:David Koepp
Written By:David Koepp, John Kamps
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung, Lauren Ashley Carter, Aasif Mandvi, Wole Parks

Movie about bicycle messengers in New York. Aggressive speed, fast cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is what these equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. Amazing to see how they ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes. But when Wille picks up the last envelop of the day, he realises the package is different this time. Actually, someone is trying to kill him.

18- Quicksilver (1986)

bikes in movies _ Quicksilver

Rating:PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:Tom Donnelly, Thomas Michael Donnelly
Written By:Tom Donnelly, Thomas Michael Donnelly
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Rudy Ramos, Andrew Smith

 Jack Casey wa a broker who crashes and makes hmself a bicycle messenger in San Francisco. It turns out riding a bike is dangerous as he runs into a street pusher who has the messengers delivering drugs for him. Music dominates throughout the film which includes scenes of breakdancing on bikes.

19- The kid with a bike (2012)

bikes in movies _ The kid with a bike

Rating:PG-13 (for thematic elements, violence, brief language and smoking)
Genre:Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Written By:Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Cast: Cécile De France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo

A boy Cyril, obsessively searches for his father´s bicycle – placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship, after his father abandons him. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser, who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her – though she refuses to give up without a fight.

20- The middle of the World/ O Caminho das Nuvens (2004)

bikes in movies _ The middle of the world O Caminho das Nuvens

Genre:Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:Vicente Amorim
Written By:David Franca Mendes
Cast: Cláudia Abreu Wagner Moura, Ravi Ramos Lacerda

A father desperate to improve his family’s circumstances takes them on an unusual journey in this drama from Brazil. He decide to leave the Northwestern provinces of Brazil and head east for Rio de Janeiro, which is 2,000 miles away. With no vehicle at their disposal, the parents and their five children make the journey on bicycles. Along the way, they face physical and emotional hardship and bear witness to the many ways in which the nation they knew is changing. Sure you can find some cool bikes in movies.

21- Very good girls (2014)

bikes in movies _ very good girls

Rating:R (for language and sexual content)
Directed By:Naomi Foner
Written By:Naomi Foner
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin

Best friends Lily and Gerry are at home for one last New York summer before going to college. They make a pact to lose their virginity. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. Great experiences filmed up on a bike.

22- Beijing Bicycle (2001)

bikes in movies _ Beijing Bicycle

Rating:PG-13 (for some violence and brief nudity)
Genre:Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:Xiaoshuai Wang
Written By:Wang Xiaoshuai, Tang Danian, Peggy Chiao, Hsu Hsiao-ming
Cast: Cui Lin, Li Bin, Xun Zhou, Gao Yuanyuan

Lighthearted look at bicycles in modern-day Beijing. At the ripe age of 17, Guei  has left his rural hometown for the big city, looking to strike it rich. Instead, he lands a job as a bicycle messenger, earning paltry pay until he can pay off the bike. Yet he works doggedly without complaint, each day coming closer to the first possession in his planned riches. But just as he is about to pay off the bike, it gets stolen. Guei desperately searches the city and eventually spies a young man named Jian riding it. After the ensuing confrontation, Jian claims that he picked up the bike in a flea market and that it has already become central to his life, as he uses it to impress the girls. Soon, the two develop an unusual compromise.

23- BMX Bandits (1983)

bikes in movies _ BMX Bandits

Genre:Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:Brian Trenchard-Smith
Cast: Angelo D´Angelo, James Lugton, Nicole Kidman, David Argue

Three bored Australian BMX riders whose bikes are total, start a trip to go fishing. Suddenly they find some stolen police walkie-talkies, so they decide to sell them for new BMX gear. Unfortunately, the radios had originally been swiped by a some bank robbers, with whom they soon become entangled.

24- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

bikes in movies _ Butch´s Bike

Rating:PG (N/A)
Genre:Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:George Roy Hill
Written By:William Goldman
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother MArtin, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy

Western where Witty pals Butch  and Sundance join the Gang in successfully robbing yet another train with their trademark non-lethal style. After the pair rests at the home of Sundance’s schoolmarm girlfriend, Etta, the Gang robs the same train, but this time, the railroad boss has hired the best trackers in the business to foil the crime. Then they decide it is time to move to Bolivia, and they take Etta with them. Their luck running out, Butch and Sundance are soon holed up in a barn surrounded by scores of Bolivian soldiers who are waiting for the pair to make one last run for it.

25- Cinema Paradiso (1988)

bikes in movies _ Cinema Paradiso

Rating:R (for some sexuality)
Genre:Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:Giuseppe Tornatore
Written By:Giuseppe Tornatore, Peter Fernandez, Vanna Paoli
Cast: Salvatore Cascio, Philippe Noiret, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Agnese Nano

Italian comedy drama that  begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns to his home village to attend the funeral of the town’s former film projectionist, Alfredo, and, in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became the man’s official son. Thirty years later, Salvatore has come to say goodbye to his life-long friend, who has left him a little gift in a film can.


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