Baby Driver is an action film from 2017, which was written and directed by the eccentric, yet brilliant Edgar Wright. The film stars Ansel Elgort as Baby who is a getaway driver, who ultimately wishes to be free from a life of crime.
Baby Driver is a visual and audible masterpiece that amazed both critics and audience members alike. The film was also nominated for various awards including 3 Academy Awards. We watch as a young getaway driver is coerced into taking part in a heist that is likely to fail from the start.
The film not only sat well with all those who saw it, but it was also an incredible success at the box office, after being made on a budget of only $34 million it earned back $226.9 million. Having seen this film, it’s no wonder you are looking for movies that are similar, and here are our top picks: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), The Italian Job (2003), and Hot Fuzz (2007).
1. Kingsman: The Secret Service
This 2014 action spy movie was directed by Matthew Vaughn and is based on the comic book, titled The Secret Service. It is a wonderful take on an already visited trope and is about a secret spy organization that recruits a street kid to its training program, while a global threat is emerging.
The film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film did not win any notable awards, however, it was well-received by critics and audience members who deemed it fun and refreshing, with plenty of crazy action.
The film was made on a budget of $81 million and gained a box office of $414.4 million. If you enjoyed the stylization of Baby Driver and attention to detail, you’ll be spoilt with this.
2. The Italian Job
The Italian Job is a heist action film with elements of a thriller to it. The film was released in 2003 and was directed by F. Gary Gray. The film shares the name of the original 1969 British film, and this one is more of an homage than a remake.
The film is about a crew of thieves who plan to steal back gold from a former associate, who betrayed them. The film has a stellar cast of Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, and Charlize Theron.
The film was produced on a budget of $60 million and made a fair $176.1 million at the box office. If you enjoyed the strategizing that went into the plans of those in Baby Driver and the fun car scenes, then this is a must-see.
3. Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is not a heist film or one filled with tons of impressive driving sequences; however, it is a film which was also directed by Edgar Wright. Released in 2007, it is a buddy cop action-comedy. The film focuses on two police officers who are investigating an array of gruesome deaths in a West County village.
The film is the second film of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. The film was met with critical acclaim and received plenty of laughs from audience members. Its box office return of $80.7 million, after spending a budget of $12 million is good, but not a full reflection of the reception this film should have received.
If you enjoyed the stylization of Baby Driver and how slick and concise it was, and are also keen on having comedic elements added to your viewing, then this film will bring you joy.
4. Tower Heist
Tower Heist is a 2011 heist movie with the added touch of some hilarious comedy. The film was directed by Brett Ratner and stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, and Matthew Broderick.
The film is about a group of employees of an exclusive apartment building, who lose their pensions due to the Ponzi scheme of a Wall Street businessman. They then enlist the help of a criminal to try to steal $20 million dollars from the man, whilst avoiding apartment security and the FBI.
The film was made on a budget of $75 million and garnered a return of $152.9 million at the box office. For a fun and exciting ride of a heist movie with a twist or two, be sure to give this a watch.
Wheelman is an action thriller, which was released in 2017 and was both written and directed by Jeremy Rush. The film stars Frank Grillo, who also acted as producer for the film, in the role of a getaway driver who needs to try and figure out who set him up after a bank robbery went wrong. Viewer discretion though, the film makes use of the “F” bomb 286 times.
The film also stars Garret Dillahunt, Shea Whigham, and Caitlin Carmichael. The movie received generally favorable reviews from critics and although it did not show in theatres, is available for viewing on Netflix. The film was made on a meager $5 million budget but certainly looks to have been made on a bigger budget.
If you liked the elements of a getaway driver who is involved with the wrong sort of people and who has to outrun his mistakes in order to save himself and those he loves, then this is well worth watching.
Wanted is an action thriller movie, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and was released in 2008. The film stars James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and Terence Stamp. The film centers on an office worker who is frustrated with his life and ultimately finds out that he is the son of a professional assassin, and shares the abilities of his father.
The film was well-received and especially praised for its fast pacing and excellent stylization. At the box office, it did equally as well and turned its budget of $75 million into $342.5 million.
As with Baby Driver, this film is also a visual bonanza and is immaculately crafted. If you enjoy car chases, as well as gunfire and plenty of action, you will appreciate this film.
Faster is a 2010 action thriller, which was directed by George Tillman Jr. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thorton, as well as Tom Berenger and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. The movie is about a criminal who seeks vengeance and a corrupt officer who is pursuing him.
The film was met with average reviews from critics and viewers alike and for the most part, people were split over how they felt about the movie. Additionally, the film’s budget, of $24 million, only saw a box office return of $35.6 million.
This film, however, was a great addition to Dwayne Johnson’s action features and if you enjoy epic driving scenes and action films with some more meaty substance, then this film with satisfying that hunger.
8. The Fast And Furious
The Fast and Furious are part of a tetralogy of movies that are centered around illegal street racing and as the series progressed the films focused on the heist and spy-type styles as well as having to save the world. Things get pretty farfetched in The Fast Saga, but the first film, released in 2001 and directed by Rob Cohen, is about an L. A. police officer who becomes enamored with the street racing world which he is supposed to be bringing down.
The film stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez, among others. The film received average reviews from critics, however, it was a hit with race car movie enthusiasts, who demanded more after the first.
The film was made on a budget of only $38 million and managed to gross $207.3 million at the box office. If you enjoy fast cars and racing scenes as well as the internal battling of characters as to what they ought to do in terms of their choices, you will surely be entertained by this film.
9. The Transporter
The Transporter is an English-language French film from 2002 and fits into the action-thriller genre. The film was directed by Corey Yuen and Louis Letterier and it stars Jason Statham in the lead role as Frank Martin. We follow a driver for hire, a mercenary of sorts, who delivers anything to anywhere, and no questions are asked if the price is right.
The critics felt that the action of the movie overshadowed any coherent storytelling, but viewers were of a differing opinion and they, for the most part, rated the film as an 8 out of 10. The box office, unfortunately, did not reflect too well though as its $20.5 million budget only received a return of $43.9 million.
The Transporter is not one who acts as a getaway driver, like in Baby Driver, but the driving scenes are just as engrossing and gripping and when Frank decides to examine the “parcel” he finds himself battling with what to do next.
10. Stealing Cars
Stealing Cars is a crime drama, which was directed by Bradley J. Kaplan and was released in 2015. The film stars Emory Cohen, Felicity Huffman, and Mike Epps. The film follows a rebellious teenager who is involved in stealing cars and dealing drugs, and who ultimately has to navigate his way through the juvenile court system.
This gripping film received mainly positive reviews and although it deals with some controversial topics is a heart-moving film. It was made on a budget of approximately $1 million and its return was $115.2 million.
Just like in Baby Driver we see a youth who is lost in this world and is involved in things that he ought not to be caught up in, but we watch as his circumstances and the trials he goes through change him for the better.
11. Gran Torino
Gran Torino is a drama film, which has elements of action within it. The film was released in 2008 and was both directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the movie. The film is about a Korean War veteran who is angry at the world for various reasons and one day thwarts the stealing of his prized Ford Gran Torino. Ultimately the man, Walt, befriends the boy who tried to steal the car.
The film also stars Bee Vang, Ahney Her, and Christopher Carley. The film received mainly favorable reviews and was praised for its direction and performances, but criticized for its cultural inaccuracies.
The movie had a budget of approximately $25 million and made a sizeable box office of $270 million. The stylization found in Baby Driver is not prevalent in this film, but rather the development of character and fighting to be free are certainly there.
This action drama is a 2011 film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and the film was based on the 2005 novel of the same name, by James Sallis. The movie is about a Hollywood stunt driver who also works as a getaway driver.
The film stars Ryan Gosling in the role of the driver who is unnamed and with him are Carey Mulligan, and Bryan Cranston. The film received rave reviews from most critics, however, some were not impressed with the graphic violence. Despite this though, at the box office, it performed and turned its $15 million budget into a return of $81.4 million.
This is a story similar to Baby Driver in that a man, who gets himself involved with the wrong people, ultimately finds himself in deep and has to navigate his way to seeing himself and others through the darkness that ensues.
13. Need For Speed
Need for Speed is an action thriller film, directed and co-edited by Scott Waugh, the film was released in 2014. The movie is a film adaptation of the racing game franchise by Electronic Arts. Starring in the film is Aaron Paul, Scott Mescudi, and Dominic Cooper.
The story is of a street racer who has just gotten out of prison, after having been framed by a wealthy business associate. Tobey Marshall the racer in question enters a cross-country race in seek of revenge, but soon a bounty is placed on his head.
If you enjoyed the exquisite driving of Baby Driver and generally just enjoy supercars, remarkable action, and racing sequences, then Need for Speed has that and more on offer.
14. John Wick
John Wick, also known as John Wick: Chapter 1 is a neo-noir action thriller, which was released in 2014 and directed by Chad Stahelski. The film stars Keanu Reeves in the title role and joining him are Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki, and Alfie Allen.
In the first installment of the franchise, this film follows a Wick, a retired hitman, who has his home broken into and his dog, which was a gift from his late wife, killed. He then goes in search of the men who wronged him.
The film was made on a budget of approximately $20 million and made $86 million at the box office. The film also received a great critical response, and those who enjoyed the visuals and thrills of Baby Driver, are sure to love this.
15. The Departed
This 2006 film is an epic crime thriller, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is a remake of the Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs, of 2002. The lead characters are also based on real-like individuals.
The film is about an undercover cop as well as a mole who is within the police who are both trying to figure out the identity of one another. There are no major driving scenes within the film, but there is stellar acting and plenty at stake for the characters in this film.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen. The film, with a budget of $90 million and a box office of $291.5 million, was incredibly well-received. It even managed to get itself nominated for 6 Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award, among others.
16. Ride Along
This 2014 action-comedy, is like Hot Fuzz in that it is also a buddy cop film. The movie was directed by Tim Story and stars Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Bryan Callen, and Laurence Fishburne. The film follows a security guard, Ben Barber, who has to prove himself to his girlfriend’s brother, who is a police officer, and thus goes on a 24-hour ride-along in Atlanta.
The critics and audience members were not on the same page as far as reviewing the film goes, as the critics were very negative towards the film, whilst audience members thoroughly enjoyed it. It also did rather well at the box office and earned $154.5 million, on a budget of $25 million.
Ride Along definitely has more comedic elements to it than Baby Driver, but it is still just as enjoyable in terms of story and performances. If you are looking for something with action, but of a slightly more lighthearted nature then this is your pick.
This 2015 biographical crime thriller was written and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Tom Hardy as the Kray Twins in the story that shows the rise of their careers and the relationship between them as they rose to power, and ultimately their imprisonment in 1969.
The film also stars Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, and David Thewlis. The movie overall was criticized by the reviewers, but Hardy’s performance in a dual role was praised. Audience members felt differently about the film and were quite pleased with what they saw.
The film was produced on a budget of approximately $20 million and unfortunately only made a box office of $43 million. If you are looking for a film that has the elegance and style of Baby Driver along with equally invigorating action, you have found the movie for you.
Holding the same name as the 2011 film, this 2019 Indian Hindi-language film was edited and directed by Tarun Mansukhani. It is an action thriller heist film which stars Sushant Singh Raiput, Vikramjeet Virk, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
The movie revolves around the manhunt of an infamous “King” who stole a mass of gold. An undercover agent is sent to infiltrate the street racing gang that is trying to track down the King. The film did not get a theatrical release and instead went straight to streaming on Netflix.
Although in a foreign language, this film certainly delivers in terms of car racing and heist movie standards. There is plenty of action and all in all, is quite a slick and exciting watch.
19. Gone In 60 Seconds
Gone in 60 Seconds is another action heist film, and was directed by Dominic Sena. The film starring Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, and Angelina Jolie, released in 2000. The story is about a master car thief, who was in retirement but has to return to steal 50 cars with his crew so that he can save his brother’s life.
The film received mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers alike. Some found the film to be exhilarating, while others thought it to be boring and convoluted. At the box office, it still managed to perform relatively well, bringing in $237.2 million, on a production budget of $90 million.
If you are looking for an exciting ride of a film, where the characters have high stakes and the race against time is intense, then you will appreciate this film, which although may not be as elegant as Baby Driver is still a fun watch.
20. Ocean’s Eleven
Ocean’s Eleven is a heist comedy movie, which was released in 2001 and was directed by Steven Soderbergh. This first installment of the franchise was a remake of the original 1960 film of the same name. The plan follows a group of friends who plan stealing $160 million from a casino owner.
The film stars big names such as George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Andy García. The film was a critical and commercial success; making an incredible $450.7 million after spending a budget of $85 million.
If you liked the sleekness of Baby Driver then Ocean’s Eleven will surely not disappoint. The film is suave and classy, even though the content is dubious. This film has gone down as being a classic must-watch and we guarantee you will not be dissatisfied.
This is a British-American crime film, which was released in 2000 and was written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The film stars Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, and Stephen Graham. The film is set in the criminal underworld of London and contains 2 intertwined stories, one about the search for a diamond which has been stolen and the other about a small-time boxing promoter.
Overall the critics were impressed by the film, with some calling it, “snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.” It also performed rather well at the box office, where it made $83.6 million on a budget of as little as $10 million.
Although slightly more rugged than Baby Driver, Snatch certainly also has incredible stylistic elements and everything is quite obviously done with intent.
22. The Losers
The Losers is an action film from 2010, but also has its fair share of comedy interwoven into it. The film was directed by Sylvain White and the cast includes Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. A special forces team from the CIA is betrayed by their superiors and ultimately they decide to mount an attack on the CIA.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, many of which called it out for its similarities to The A-Team. Despite this though audience members found the film to be satisfyingly entertaining. Unfortunately though, although a good film, it only made a box office return of $29.9 million, off of a budget of $25 million.
The film is more than mere guns and explosions film, but offers an insight into the darker side of humanity and what it takes to do the right thing in a world where evil constantly lurks.
Inception is a science fiction action film, which was written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who also produced the film. Now before you disregard this 2010 film, it is not merely science fiction, but rather a heist film, regarding breaking into peoples’ minds. The story is about a man who steals information, by infiltrating the subconscious of his victims.
Along with the leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, are Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Gordon-Levitt, and Elliot Page. The film was met with Critical acclaim and also managed to nab 4 Academy awards.
The budget for the film sat at a sizeable $160 million, but its box office return was an incredible 836.8 million. Being a fan of Baby Driver you will love the intricacies of this film and how amazingly layered it is.
24. Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky is a heist comedy film that was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who also directed Ocean’s Eleven. The film was released in 2017 and stars an ensemble cast, including Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig. The movie sees the Logan family who attempt to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway while having to dodge the FBI.
The critics found the film to have excellent performances and praised Soderbergh for his direction. The box office was small but successful; with the returns of its $29 million budget sitting at $48.5 million.
The film has an equally bubbly and jovial air to it as is found at the beginning of Baby Driver, but there are also sensitive and controversial matters which are brought to light. If you feel like something wholesome and fun, then look no further.
Rush is a biographical sports film, that was released in 2013 and focuses on the rivalry between two Formula One drivers: Hunt and Lauda. The movie goes into the depths of the merciless rivalry that there was during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. The film features Chris Hemsworth in the role of Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda.
The film was labeled by critics as being, “a sleek, slick, well-oiled machine.” Audiences who saw the film were equally impressed and the film even managed to win a British Academy Film Award, among other awards.
The film’s budget sat at a mere $38 million and it pulled in a box office return of $98.2 million. If you are looking for a film that has just as amazing driving sequences as Baby Driver and the addition of serious rivalry and drama, then this is your best pick.
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