Motorcycling resonates deeply with those who value freedom, empowerment, and the thrill of adventure. Films about motorcycling often encapsulate these values, highlighting different aspects of the biker lifestyle and culture. Here is a list of 15 must-watch films that women motorcyclists—or those aspiring to be—should consider viewing. While not all are women-centric, they each offer something to inspire, entertain, or provoke thought.
1. “Girl on a Motorcycle” (1968)
Starring Marianne Faithfull, this classic film revolves around a woman who leaves her mundane life to explore newfound freedom on her motorcycle. It’s a vintage exploration of feminine rebellion and liberation.
2. “Beyond the Law” (1992)
Linda Fiorentino plays a tough biker chick in this film that also stars Charlie Sheen. The movie gives an intriguing look into the biker subculture and the roles women play within it.
3. “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004)
Based on the memoirs of Che Guevara, this film isn’t specifically targeted at women but offers anyone interested in biking an inspiring story of adventure and self-discovery.
4. “Wild Hogs” (2007)
This comedy about middle-aged friends hitting the open road on their bikes has a good mix of humor and heart. Marisa Tomei’s character adds a female perspective to this predominantly male ensemble.
5. “On Any Sunday” (1971)
A documentary that captures the essence of motorcycle culture. It’s a must-watch for anyone interested in the world of motorcycling, offering a broad view that can appeal to women riders as well.
6. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” (TV Movie, 1979)
Based on the famous book, this film delves into philosophy and personal growth, using motorcycle maintenance as a metaphor for understanding the complexities of life.
7. “Why We Ride” (2013)
This documentary explores the passion and camaraderie among motorcycle riders, including interviews with a number of women who speak about what motorcycling means to them.
8. “Easy Rider” (1969)
Though male-centric, this iconic film is a cultural milestone in the portrayal of the freedom and rebellion associated with motorcycling, which could resonate with many women riders.
9. “Biker Boyz” (2003)
While focusing on the underground world of motorcycle racing, the film features some strong female characters who hold their own in this high-adrenaline environment.
10. “Torque” (2004)
This action-packed film includes Monet Mazur’s character, Shane, a motorcycle mechanic and a strong, independent woman.
11. “Riding Solo to the Top of the World” (2006)
An awe-inspiring documentary about riding in the Himalayas, this film emphasizes the spirituality and discovery that can come from solitary journeys.
12. “Harley and the Davidsons” (TV Mini-Series, 2016)
This mini-series delves into the history of Harley-Davidson and features strong women who were a part of the iconic brand’s story.
13. “CHIPS” (2017)
A comedic take on the lives of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers, featuring Jessica McNamee’s character who brings a woman’s touch to the male-dominated field.
14. “TT3D: Closer to the Edge” (2011)
This documentary focuses on the Isle of Man TT races, one of the most dangerous motorsport events in the world. It’s an inspiring watch for anyone interested in the more extreme side of motorcycling.
15. “The World’s Fastest Indian” (2005)
Starring Anthony Hopkins, this biographical sports drama film tells the story of Burt Munro, who spent years perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle. While not specifically aimed at women, the film’s themes of perseverance, ingenuity, and the pursuit of dreams are universally inspiring.
Whether you’re new to riding or a seasoned pro, these films offer a variety of perspectives on motorcycle culture, the thrill of the open road, and the empowerment that comes from riding on two wheels.