Media where someone’s killed or hurt in an act of traffic violence by a driver and it’s typically chalked up as “well shucks, that’s just life”, and the story continues. Not so much Mad Max or Death Race, but movies, shows, and other popular media that are somewhat grounded in the “real world”. It can be that a main character is hurt/killed by a car, or a side character, or a significant plot point hinges on someone dying or otherwise being harmed by a motor vehicle.

  • 28 Days Later (2002)
    • He’s in hospital at the start of the film due to a car crash that left him in a coma
  • The Babadook (2014)
    • Her husband died in a car crash, which is why she’s raising the child alone
  • Band of Brothers (2001)
    • “He was killed when I was 10, sir. Automobile accident.”
      • s01e07 - The Breaking Point
    • A soldier who survived WWII died because of a car crash. “Alton More returned to Wyoming with a unique souvenir…Hitler’s personal photo albums. He was killed in a car accident in 1958.”
      • s01e10 - Points
  • Better Call Saul
    • She crashes her car from exhaustion and ends up in the hospital
      • s03e10 - Lantern
  • Breaking Bad
    • When the group leader in Jesse’s rehab talks about running over his own daughter, killing her
      • s03e01 - No Más
  • The Blind Side (2009)
    • Major plot point of the movie is a car crash
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
    • A car is being used to try and kill the person who knows who Batman is
  • Gothika (2003)
    • Dr. Miranda Grey, a psychiatrist at Woodward Penitentiary in rural western Connecticut, crashes her car one night on a country road to avoid hitting a young woman
  • The Great Gatsby (2013)
    • Finale/climax centers around a car crash
  • Knowing (2009)
    • Truck T-bones a car and kills a woman and that’s how she dies despite it being the literal end of the world
  • Misery (1990)
    • The whole movie hinges on him crashing his car
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
    • After hours of murder and violence the killer is hurt more than anything because of a car crash
  • Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
    • President’s wife dies in a car crash
  • Pet Sematary (1989)
    • The movie hinges on a child being killed by a truck driver
  • Quicksilver (1986)
    • Lawrence Fishburne is murdered by a driver while biking
  • Signs (2002)
    • His wife died in a car crash
  • The Sopranos
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
    • Purposeful car crash is a major plot point
  • What Dreams May Come (1998)
    • The children die in a car crash. Four years later, Chris is also killed in a car crash