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The 20 Best Motorbike Films of All Time

What’s a biker to do when it’s dismal outside? Stay in and watch a movie of course! Here are 20 films featuring biker culture and extremely dangerous rides. We've listed them from best to worst*. Enjoy!
(PS: If watching these gives you the urge to go and get a kick-ass bike, why not sell your old bike for money towards it?)


1. Akira 1988, 8/10 stars.
'A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psychics can stop.'


 2. The Motorcycle Diaries 2004, 8/10 stars.
'The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.'



3. Roman Holiday 1953, 8/10 stars.
'Audrey Hepburn's first big film role cast her as a Princess of country unknown, making a state visit to Rome... Hepburn is an absolute joy, particularly when her hair is shorn down to the classic urchin cut and she takes a motorcycle ride.'


4. TRON 1982, 7/10 stars.
'A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.'



5. TRON Legacy 2010, 7/10 stars.
'The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed.'


6. The Wild One 1953, 7/10 stars.
'Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.'


 7. Easy Rider 1969, 7/10 stars.
'Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. '


 8. Electra Glide in Blue 1973, 7/10 stars.
'A short Arizona motorcycle cop gets his wish and is promoted to Homicide following the mysterious murder of a hermit.'



9. Rollerball 1975, 7/10 stars.
'In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.'



10. Wild Hogs 2007, 6/10 stars.
'A group of suburban biker wannabes looking for adventure hit the open road, but get more than they bargained for when they encounter a New Mexico gang called the Del Fuegos.'


11. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991, 6/10
'The tough biker Harley and his no less tough cowboy friend Marlboro learn that an old friend of theirs will lose his bar.'


12. Stone 1974, 6/10 stars.
'Members of the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club are being knocked off one by one, and someone needs to find out why!'


13. The Wild Angels 1966, 6/10 stars.
'Loser, a member of the Hell's Angels, has his bike stolen by a group of Mexicans. He calls in his fellow member Blues as well as several of the other members to help him get his bike back and beat up the guys who stole it.'


14. The Born Losers 1967, 6/10 stars.
'Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town.'



15. Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers) 1973, 6/10 stars.
'A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will survive and gain eternal life.'


16. Every Which Way But Loose 1978, 6/10 stars.
'The... adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde. But he is floored... by a dainty little country and western singer, who gives him the slip when she realizes he's getting too serious. Phil, Clyde and Orville set off in pursuit, pestered by bikers.'


17. Hell Ride 2008, 5/10 stars.
'Two rival bikers gangs, the Victors and the Six-Six-Six's, refuel their decades-old rivalry.'


18. Hell's Angels on Wheels 1967, 5/10 stars.
'At first gas station attendant Poet is happy when the rockers gang "Hell's Angels" finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns how brutal they are.'


19. The Glory Stompers 1967, 5/10.
'Chino is the tough leader of a motorcycle gang who starts off a war when he abducts and mistreats the leader of the enemy biker gang.'


20. Angels Hard as They Come 1971, 5/10.
'Sex, violence and bikers on an action filled ride, in this film produced and co-written by Jonathan Demme.'

Did we miss something obvious? Let us know in the comments below.


*All ratings and reviews are from IMBd.

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