Motorcycles in cinema have always been two-edged. On one side, they portray suspense, giving us chills as the protagonist chases the antagonist or our favorite villain tries to getaway. They show chaos, destruction, rebellion, and sometimes resistance as well. Such was the case in ‘The Matrix’, ‘Mission Impossible, ‘Ghost Rider’, etc.
On the other hand, they have been a symbol of freedom, friendship, and love. On rare occasions, they have illustrated humor and ridicule as well, as we will soon see.
So, here are the top 5 iconic motorcycle rides in cinema that we absolutely love!
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1. Batman in The Dark Knight
Arguably, The Dark Knight is the best film in the history of DC films. Nolan’s direction and the screenplay was legendary itself with Heath Ledger playing the role of Joker, again the best villain, and Batman’s motorcycle or Batpod was incredible. The fierce sound it made and the cat-and-mouse game with Joker– it has to be one of the most iconic scenes.
2. Ho Chi-mo in Fallen Angels
The motorcycle ride in the ending of Fallen Angels with its direction and cinematography made it pure art. Even when the both of them know that the moment shared between them is fleeting, they enjoy the warmth of it. Isn’t that what life is about? Enjoying where you are right now.
3. Moustafa and Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Numerous early vehicles are featured in The Grand Budapest Hotel. The motorcycle ride of Gustave and Moustafa exhibited their strange friendship and bond.
4. Dignan in Bottle Rocket
Probably regarded as one of the best roles played by Owen Wilson, Dignan in his yellow jumpsuit and being called “little banana” and his motorbike makes it one of the funniest scenes in Bottle Rocket.
5. The Bride in Kill Bill Vol 1
The yellow attire blended with the yellow Kawasaki ZZR 250 in this martial arts film seized the interest of the audience. The Bride or Uma Thurman clad the attire, inspired by Bruce Lee in The Dragon’s Fury, and the neon-lit streets of Tokyo oozed style with one of the most popular racer bikes back then.
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