Monte Hellman, 1971
Sometimes, obsession breaks things down into their bare elements. This is the case in Two-Lane Blacktop, where the characters’ singular focus on racing strips them even of their names: James Taylor is “The Driver”, Dennis Wilson is “The Mechanic”, Laurie Bird is “The Girl”, and Warren Oates is “GTO”. For The Driver, The Mechanic, and GTO, they eat, sleep, and dream of winning, no matter the cost. An American “road movie” classic, Two-Lane Blacktop explores the existential nature of what drives us in life.