To choose from such a variety of cars race movies can be quite challenging. But we’ve made the work for you. Get ready for the ultimate top racing movie list. You’ll have the opportunity to choose rather you want to have a laugh, or maybe dive deep in nostalgia. Or even go for the existential questioning mode. You choose ;)
When we were creating the list, we tried to be totally objective and we understood that this is totally impossible. So keep in mind that not every movie from the list will fit your soul. Let’s get to the top racing movies from bottom to top.
Fast and Furious (2001)
A visceral, high-octane, Formula One of a flick that puts the pedal to the metal in the opening minutes and does not take the foot off the accelerator until the end credits. The film starts with a criminal crew in three modified Honda Civics trying to steal a large number of electronics from an HGV, after which undercover officer Brian O'Conner, played by Paul Walker, efforts to destabilize the circle of street racer Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel. The only way Toretto can gain confidence? But of course with street racing. If you haven't seen The Fast and the Furious, we would perhaps recommend taking in all eight movies and the single spin-off, totaling 1,094 minutes, or just over 18 hours, to have a day-long film marathon.
Talladega nights: The ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Up next is a classical movie about racing with horsepower to spare. When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is challenged directly by a gay, French Formula One racer with a thirst for the top position and a mean tight-cornering talent, the race is on to be the number one man in all of NASCAR in a high revs comedy starring Will Ferrell and directed by Adam McKay's Anchorman cohort. Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a popular hero with a top shot trophy wife, a pair of borderline-abusively precocious daughters, and countless sponsorship deals filling his household with sports cars and Hummers toys and driveways.
His racing team up and lifelong friend Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), never fails to give him a hand on the racetrack, often performing their "slingshot" trademark maneuver to shoot Ricky first, leaving Cal second. But things get rough and Ricky needs to get his stuff together.
We’ll sum-up with the perfect comment somebody left about this movie: “Broad but not crude, dumb but not witless, clever but still snot-spitting funny. Stupidly brilliant, in other words.”
Days of thunder (1990)
For this adventure to stock-car racing, the Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott and superstar Tom Cruise rejoin the vroom and rumble of extremely loud car engines with a rehash of the same elements that worked so effectively in Cruise 's Top Gun, The Color of Money and Cocktail.
Cruise stars stock-car driver Cole Trickle, a juvenile fireball on the Southern stock-car circuit who has plenty of talent but no idea how to turn the talent into race success. Cole instantly conflicts with the top driver of the circuit, Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker), and their track hijinks cause them to smash their cars and get them both in the hospital. Rowdy is forced to retire from the circuit competition because of injuries.
Without a competitor to taunt, Rowdy is Cole's supporter and mate, while Cole is revamping its engines for Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman), the beautiful brain specialist who manages Cole's rehabilitation from crackup. Cole 's health is restored, and he starts running again, chastened and holding every word onto Harry's. Like the past Simpson-Bruckheimer pictures, it's meant to give an overdose of the thrill of victory to the viewers; it wants us to jump out of our seats, pump our fists in the air and roar to pulverize his opponents.
Rush is not an extremely deep movie. Yet most importantly, it is not a film that seriously mistakes itself for one. In certain respects, this self-knowledge makes Rush a wiser film than those who strive to loftier goals.
Directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, Rush tells the story of one of the rawest motorsport rivalries-that of James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Before bursting onto the big stage in the early 1970s, both drivers stood tall through the junior ranks. Their enmity towards each other driven them both to extremes, not only contributing to their excellence but also to their screw-ups – Hunt fell into the world of drugs and alcohol, while Lauda's unquenchable thirst for winning probably resulted in his near-fatal Nürburgring accident in 1976.
This great racing movie is the perfect match for F1 lovers!
Le Mans (1971)
Steve McQueen is ideally cast as a champion race driver in this film, taking part in the famous 24-hour race-based in Le Mans, France. While McQueen is committed to winning the race, he finds time to marry widowed Elga Andersen. Le Mans is a class film in every way, attitude, realization, taste. It has visceral emotion but not a heart. It's better perhaps to view this car race movie as a visual poem about cars in motion.
Grand Prix (1966)
The lavish racecar melodrama Grand Prix features a few million dollars of star power and a nickel worth of plot. Characters played by James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, and Antonio Sabato are amongst the participants in this annual cross-continent competition. Parties of interest include Toshiro Mifune (his voice dubbed by Paul Frees), Adolfo Celi, and Claude Dauphin, while women agonizing on the sidelines include Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter, and Françoise Hardy. The racing sequences are top-ranked, cleverly using the helicopter angles and multiple screens of those 1960s devices. Oscars went (among others) to editor Frederic Steinkamp and supervisor Franklin E. Milton on sound-effects. Filmed on location, the Grand Prix put its expense back into its run for around half a week. It's a rowdy, roaring, ecstatic hallelujah of movement and speed.
There 's absolutely nothing you need to know about auto racing. You simply have to like brilliant stories, one with all the elements: suspense, motivation, rivalry, triumph, loss, disaster, and, above all, tragedy. A spiritually fascinating if the often too hagiographical portrayal of a man who sometimes held a pole position in his career because of it and felt closer to God. Senna shows the triple world champion's life and career, his on-track physical and spiritual achievements, his search for success, and the legendary status he has achieved since. Get your tissues ready for this one. This is an absolute must-watch race movie!