18 films and series about taxi drivers

It would seem that working in a taxi is not so difficult: turn the steering wheel, look at the navigator, and tell stories to passengers. However, in every city there are dangerous areas, and very extravagant or even dangerous individuals can use the services of a bombilla. And in films about taxi drivers, “chiefs and commanders” have to pursue criminals, help in investigations, and sometimes even save the world.

Taxi Driver (TV series 2021)

The sensational novelty of cinema from South Korea in the genre of crime thriller . After the maniac who remained uncaught killed the mother of a graduate of the naval academy, the young man reconsidered his life principles. The hero got a job in an unusual organization where bombers can not only give a lift to a passenger to the right place, but also help restore justice.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Mobeomtaeksi

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Lee Jae-hoon, Isom, Kim I-son …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2


One night in Bangkok (2020)

The dark film is shot in neo- noir style . A mysterious man flies to Bangkok and hires a young driver for the night, promising the girl astronomical pay. A man moves to different addresses and destroys the perpetrators of a terrible crime. Information about the arrival of a ruthless avenger reaches the police , and law enforcement officers try to stop the death machine.

Original title:
One Night in Bangkok

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Mark Dacascos, Vanida Golten, Prinya Intachai…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Ali, drive! (2019)

The list of the best films about taxi drivers continues with a killer crime comedy. The guy working at Uber hopes to take the passenger as soon as possible and go to his girlfriend, but a policeman pursuing a dangerous killer decided to use the services of a young man. A simple trip will not work – an ordinary driver will have to experience all the difficulties of chases and gunfights.

Original title:
Stuber

Genre:
Action, thriller, comedy, crime

Actors:
Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Mira Sorvino…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Somewhere in Time (2018)

The romantic drama reimagines the popular fantasy story about being caught in a time loop . The driver drives the girl along a deserted road, after which the passenger disappears without a trace, and the counter is reset to zero. The journey begins again and repeats countless times. The heroes will have to learn a lot about each other and find a way to escape from the trap in time.

Original title:
The Fare

Genre:
Detective, melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Gino Anthony Pesi, Brynna Kelly, Jason Stewart …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Taxi Driver (2017)

The highly rated historical movie follows a Seoul taxi driver who takes a foreigner for 100,000 won to the rebel city of Gwangju. In 1980, Korea is engulfed in riots. A brutal dictator seeks to suppress protests with the help of the army. A German reporter wants to tell the world the truth about terrible events. A journalist enlists the help of a local driver to bypass military patrols and see what is really going on in the rebellious metropolis.

Original title:
Taeksi unjeonsa

Genre:
History, drama, biography

Actors:
Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschman, Yu Hae-jin …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Taxi (2015)

A checkered car travels through the streets of Tehran. Various passengers get into a taxi and willingly strike up a conversation with a talkative driver, expressing their attitude to the events taking place in the country. The movie was made by a director who received a ban on making films for anti-government activities, and non-professional actors who remained incognito played all the roles.

Original title:
Taxi

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Jafar Panahi, Nasrin Sotoudeh

Country:
Iran

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
12+


Take Me Home (2011)

The protagonist of the comedy melodrama is not married and unofficially works as a taxi driver. A passenger from New York sits next to him, offering to take her across the country to California for a large sum. The girl is in frustrated feelings because of her unhappy marriage and the news of her father ‘s illness . With every kilometer, strangers learn more about each other, opening up from the most unexpected side.

Original title:
Take Me Home

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Amber Jaeger, Sam Jaeger, Victor Garber …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Witch Mountain (2009)

A mind- blowing fantasy movie about a taxi with elements of comedy based on the popular 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain. A boy and a girl jumped into the car to the driver. The children are simultaneously chased by the CIA and aliens from another planet. The driver has no choice but to come to the aid of the guys in a difficult situation.

Original title:
Race to Witch Mountain

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12 +


Taxi Driver (TV series 2004)

The domestic drama series about a taxi driver will surprise you with unexpected plot twists. The lieutenant colonel of the Airborne Forces went through Afghanistan and Chechnya , and after leaving military service he lived in a monastery for a long time, but never joined the ranks of the brethren. Returning to worldly life, the hero discovers that he was left with nothing, and in search of work gets a job in a taxi company.

Genre: Drama Actors: Alexander Samoilenko, Evgeny Sidikhin, Oleg Zabolotny … Country: Russia Rating: Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.4 Age restrictions: 16+


Accomplice (2004)

A hired killer must deal with five victims in one night. In order to have time to complete all the orders, the killer turns to the local bomber for help and, without revealing his true intentions, offers a generous payment. When the chauffeur realizes who the night customer really is, the villain takes the driver hostage . However, the guy behind the wheel does not intend to indulge the criminal and is looking for a way to free himself.

Original title:
Collateral

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Four taxi drivers and a dog (dilogue, 2004 and 2006)

Positive domestic comedies full of funny adventures and amazing plot twists. The owner was taking a rejected dachshund puppy for euthanasia, but the cheerful dog managed to sneak away. A runaway dog ​​ends up at a taxi depot where a team of funny drivers with different personalities and habits work. Together, people and the dog will have to go through many adventures – sometimes funny, and sometimes dangerous.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Victor Bychkov, Anatoly Goryachev, Alexey Panin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


New York Taxi (2004)

A cool scorcher dreams of a career as a race car driver, but so far she has to earn money by private cabs. The policeman, in order to get out of the disgrace of his superiors, must catch the elusive bank robbers . The cop turns to a speed-obsessed taxi driver for help. The woman agrees to help the law enforcement officer, and a strange couple rushes in pursuit of dangerous criminals.

Original title:
Taxi

Genre:
Action, comedy, crime

Actors:
Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Henry Simmons…

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.3, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Taxi (film series, 1998 – 2018)

The excellent collection of French action comedies includes six feature films, as well as a TV series and an American remake. A young driver who loves high speeds and an unlucky police officer join forces to catch bank robbers slicing through expensive cars. In the sequels, the working tandem will enter into a confrontation with the mafia , the yakuza , and even the most dangerous criminal in the world.

Original title:
Taxi

Genre:
Action, comedy, crime

Actors:
Sami Naceri, Frederic Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Emma Sjoberg, Bernard Farsi …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
16+


Hell Taxi (1997)

It would seem that turning the steering wheel is not such a difficult job, but a simple Chicago bombilla turned out to be a truly hellish day, filled with horrors and hassle. The hero will have to calm the nymphomaniac, fight off the hooligans, circle the city with a nervous conspirator, support the rape victim … Christmas Eve is on the calendar , and the driver deeply empathizes with each passenger.

Original title:
Chicago Cab

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Gillian Anderson, John C Reilly, John Cusack, Julianne Moore …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Conspiracy Theory (1997)

A detective thriller starring the charismatic Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts. The driver, driving around in a yellow checkered car, is obsessed with conspiracy theories and firmly believes in the existence of a shadow government. One of the crazy ideas of an eccentric taxi driver turned out to be very close to the real state of affairs. A mysterious organization kidnaps a homegrown conspiracy theorist. A man escapes from the villains and turns to his beloved, an employee of the prosecutor’s office, for help.

Original title:
Conspiracy Theory

Genre:
Action, thriller, detective

Actors:
Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Night on Earth (1991)

The tragicomedy film almanac consists of five stories set in five different cities around the world. Each episode begins with an overnight car ride. A close relationship is established between casual passengers and taxi drivers, revealing the problems of career, beauty, death, loneliness , relationships between different civilizations.

Original title:
Night on Earth

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Muller-Stahl …

Country:
France, UK, Germany, USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Taxi Blues (1990)

The Soviet-French melodrama was the debut of the director, who later directed The Island, The Tsar and many other films. A careless musician tries to avoid paying for the trip, but an experienced driver delays the swindler. The conflict of two people from different worlds gradually turns into an attempt to understand each other’s worldview and solve important problems.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Petr Mamonov, Petr Zaichenko, Vladimir Kashpur …

Country:
USSR, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Taxi Driver (1976)

A veteran of the Vietnam War is a private driver in New York. The life of a former military man is riddled with fatal mood and loneliness. A meeting with several passengers leads the hero to the idea that over the world, mired in sins and injustice, a sizzling fiery rain should be shed. And since the heavens are in no hurry to pour out their wrath on the earth, a person behind the wheel should come to the aid of higher powers.

Original title:
Taxi Driver

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepard, Jodie Foster …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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