You know the drill. It's the weekend, and you were thinking about going for a ride, but the weather took a turn for the worse. It's dreary and rainy out there. You could bust out the rain gear and roll out anyway, but you decide it's not worth the hassle. If you want to capture the feeling of freedom and getting your knees in the wind, here are some great choices to add to your streaming queue or DVD library for those days you're stuck inside.

The Wild One (1953)

Few movies have left as deep an impression on American culture, motorcycle, and otherwise, as The Wild One. The vision of a young Marlon Brando as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club leader Johnny Stabler atop his Triumph Thunderbird, bedecked in the classic asymmetrical zip Schott Perfecto motorcycle jacket, formed the persona of the outlaw biker. The classic repartee where Johnny answers the question "What are you rebelling against, Johnny?" with "Whaddaya got?" cements the attitude and personality that defined an era of rebellion.

The movie tells the tale of the mayhem that ensues when the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club hightail it to a small town and clash with locals and rival gang, The Beetles, after stirring up trouble at a motorcycle race.

While much of the production and acting are quaint by today's standards, Brando's Johnny Stabler is an intimidating force of nature and he delivers a riveting performance that elevates the movie above its shortcomings.

The Great Escape (1963)

The King of Cool, Steve McQueen, stars as the ever-defiant "Cooler King" Virgil Hilts alongside James Garner, Richard Attenborough, and Charles Bronson (among other legends), in this fictionalized depiction of a real mass escape of Allied soldiers from a German POW camp during WWII.

It's a masterpiece of a movie with acting, cinematography, and production that hold up very well. It effectively balances being a playful, epic, adventurous romp with the more somber elements of the story.  It's a fun movie, and the nearly three-hour run-time flies by.

The motorcycle chase scenes and stunts remain impressive to this day especially in part to the sheer risk involved in performing them on those old bikes. Oh, and let's not forget about that theme song, which thanks to a masterful score under it, easily shifts from expressing levity to tension. Good luck getting that tune out of your head; I first saw The Great Escape about 30 years ago, and it's still stuck in there.

Easy Rider (1969)

Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda star as Billy and Wyatt, respectively, in this counter-cultural keystone, which they also wrote. Hopper even helmed the production as director.

Billy and Wyatt are bikers crossing the country en route from California to Louisiana for Mardi Gras with stick-it-to-the-man attitudes and money in their pockets thanks to a successful drug deal. It's a fairly slow-paced, character-driven affair that is pushed into masterpiece status (it is, after all, preserved in the Library of Congress National Film Registry for posterity's sake) thanks to compelling writing, acting, cinematography and music. It also dealt with societal issues openly which at the time were perceived as taboo. Did we forget to mention a young Jack Nicholson was in it, too?

It's a time capsule of a tumultuous American era peppered with  iconic scenes and unforgettable characters. Then, of course, there's Billy and Wyatt's choppers, which are possibly the film's biggest contribution to motorcycling lore as Fonda's Captain America chopper is one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time.

"What the hell's wrong with freedom, man? That's what it's all about."

On Any Sunday (1971)

Several years prior to 1971, documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown brought surf culture to the forefront with his hit film Endless Summer. In 1971, he strove to do the same with motorcycle racing in this movie Steve McQueen helped produce, covering everything from motocross to flat track, ice racing, desert racing, and trials. The movie features an A-list of racers and industry heavyweights, from Mert Lawwill and Cal Rayborn to Malcolm Smith and Gene Romero.

Absent of the slickness and polish of modern documentaries, it has a charming cheesiness and grit to it. It's even more impressive to watch when you consider the camera equipment available at the time (there weren't any GoPros for those helmet cam shots).

Bruce Brown himself provides the narration, and while competent, he's no Morgan Freeman. Brown's narration is punctuated by horns, xylophones, harmonicas, tambourines, and jangly guitars from a soundtrack that is pure late '60s.

Tonally, On Any Sunday runs in stark contrast to the images of lawbreaking rebels in previous films, and eschews such violent sensationalism to paint a palatable picture of motorcyclists. Don't get me wrong, these adrenaline-chasing speed-demons are tough as nails, but they also exhibit a gentlemanly side, the type who takes the time to mix and mingle with their fans off the track. It's a fun flick to watch just to see how much has changed in the world of racing motorcycles.

Quadrophenia (1979)

Based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name, Quadrophenia tells the story of Jimmy, a young lad in 1960’s England. The movie prominently features the Mods and Rockers subcultures that were present in England at the time. Jimmy is a member of the scooter riding Mods, and is involved in brawls, acts of violence, and crimes against leather-clad motorcycle riding rivals, the Rockers.

Quadrophenia explores the disillusionment, hedonism, and nihilism of the era, which in many aspects, remains relevant and topical today. The acting is effortless and charming. The cinematography features some beautiful scenes of the British countryside. The Rocker’s café racer bikes are aggressive, rambunctious machines, and the Mods scooters decked out in lights and mirrors are awesome.

Then there’s the music. While not a musical film per se (it's not Tommy), Quadrophenia’s soundtrack makes excellent use of the songs from the album, plus a few more from other artists. The effect it has on the tone of the movie is incredible. This move is probably my favorite on this list. I’m a big fan of The Who and love the Mods vs. Rockers subculture and themes.

Knightriders (1981)

If you're looking for some B-movie fare, queue up this one. It's entertaining and ridiculous. Not to be confused with the classic TV series starring The Hoff, Knightriders is a cult classic from none other than the progenitor of zombie movies, George A. Romero. In one of his few non-zombie movies, Romero assembles a film that nearly defies description.

Ed Harris commands the screen as Billy, the “king” of a medieval re-enactment troupe who joust atop motorcycles rather than horses. It features special effects master, stuntman, and frequent Romero collaborator Tom Savini in a prominent acting role, who makes up for his lack of acting chops with pure tough guy charisma. There's even a cameo by Steven King.

It’s a tale of a king’s descent into madness and the group’s disintegration amidst internal and external pressures. It manages to be both purely entertaining B-movie schlock and earnest and sincere. The performances are a lot of fun, and there's a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness about the ridiculousness of the entire premise. Plus, the CBX 1100 ridden by Harris’ King Billy is bad to the bone.

Akira (1988)

Whenever I come across an "essential motorcycle movies" lists, Akira is always conspicuously absent. This list isn't about the essentials, though. We're after entertainment here.

I get it, it's anime, so it's not for everyone right off the bat. Despite being animated, don't make the mistake of thinking it's for kids. It's a dark, adult-oriented, ultra-violent, wild, over-the-top movie that dives deep into the abstract with some crazy moments. It's pretty awesome.

Taking place in a dystopian 2019 in the city of Neo Tokyo, Akira follows Kaneda, a biker gang leader, and his friend Tetsuo who develops telekinetic powers after a motorcycle wreck (if only...). It's clearly a science-fiction story, and the motorcycles featured are not based on real motorcycles, but there's a good chance they inspired Honda's NM4 and DN01 designs.

Akira is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls and dangers of technology, and explores some pretty deep political and moral themes. That being said, you can watch it just for fun, as the movie is action-packed, intense, and visceral. Visually, the movie is stunning, with some of the best animation ever produced. Everything is drenched in a tech-noir cyberpunk aesthetic that could practically exist in the same world as Blade Runner.

It’s not for everyone, but it’s awesome. There's nothing else like it, and it's inspired a countless number of films and TV shows.

Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man (1991)

Originally critically panned and a commercial failure, Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man has achieved cult status in the years since it's release. Mickey Rourke stars as Harley Davidson, and Don Johnson, hot off his Miami Vice fame, is his old buddy, the Marlboro Man. They are supported in their exploits by other characters with names like Virginia Slims, Jack Daniels, and Jose Cuervo. It's rather unabashed in its cheesiness and playfully rides a line between far-fetched action movie fantasy and reality.

Harley, Marlboro, and Jack conceive of an armored truck heist to save Jack's bar after the bar falls on some hard times. Instead of money, however, they end up stealing a designer street drug. A villainous CEO portrayed by Tom Sizemore has his thugs pursue the thieves.

The rest is classic '90s action movie fare, with plenty of fights, shoot-outs, chase scenes, and snappy dialogue. Johnson and Rourke, known for playing rugged tough guys, fall into their characters easily. Rourke in particular, known for being as rough off-screen as the characters he often plays, is a scenery-chewing, wisecracking badass as the titular Harley Davidson, and rocks an H-D branded leather race jacket and matching leather pants throughout pretty much the whole movie. It's a lot of fun, especially if you dig those cheesy '90s action crime buddy flicks.

Why We Ride (2013)

Why We Ride is slick, polished, and beautiful. Thanks to modern camera equipment, film-making techniques, and sensibilities means it lacks, for better and for worse, the gritty, low-budget cheese of On Any Sunday. It's not as funky and charming, but it's certainly more approachable. It features breathtaking cinematography, sharp editing, and excellent music.

It interweaves footage of riders with interviews and voice-overs from a myriad of industry personalities. Everyone with a passion for motorcycles is represented here, from legendary racers to industry innovators to celebrities to random riders.

It's a candid, emotional, and often touching affair that is a joy to watch for riders and non-riders alike. If you've ever wanted to dive deeper into what makes motorcyclists tick or just need something that'll further cement your own passion, this is the movie to watch.

Being Evel (2015)

Our final flick is another documentary, this time a biopic about the legendary stunt performer Evel Knievel. This Johnny Knoxville (of Jackass fame) produced film tells Knievel's life story up to his death in 2007. It features a great mix of photos and footage from Evel's stunt shows and jumps along with interviews with Evel's friends, family, business associates, and those inspired by his legacy like Knoxville and Travis Pastrana. It's swiftly paced and manages to deftly explore the man, his exploits, and the dichotomy of his darker side against his legacy and impact.

It's entertaining from beginning to end. It's a lot of fun to relive those iconic moments and jumps through fresh eyes with new details and insights, or in some cases, to see them for the first time and marvel at the risks he took.

There will never be another Evel Knievel, and while guys like Travis Pastrana and Evel's own son Robbie effortlessly recreate or outdo his stunts, what Knievel did will always be imitated but never duplicated. The things he did on an old school Harley with crappy suspension is just shy of miraculous. This movie drives home why he was a breed apart.  

Finally, I want to give an honorable mention to and bonus inclusion of Long Way Round (2004), which I was initially going to exclude on account of it's not actually a movie. This docu-series is perfectly bingeworthy material for a rainy day when you're cooped up inside, though, so it bears mentioning.

It follows actor Ewan McGregor and his pal, writer and actor, Charley Boorman, on their adventurous ride around the globe from London to New York. It's a blast, full of entertaining moments, culture shock, and tension. Ewan and Charley are great dudes and the chemistry of their friendship shines through.

For extra binging, they followed up Long Way Round with Long Way Down in 2007, which chronicles an adventure starting in Scotland and ending in South Africa. It appears the duo are even at it again, and are working on Long Way Up, which will reportedly have them riding adventure-spec Harley LiveWire motorcycles through South America. I'm pretty stoked for this one.

There you have it. We've created a list of 10 great motorcycle movies for the next time you're stuck on the couch on a rainy day. We're sure there are others we missed and would love to hear what your favorite motorcycle movie is in the comments section.