The best movies with motor racing

by jp_nibu | created - 04 May 2012 | updated - 04 May 2012 | Public

Any Movie showcasing cars, racing or speed. I'm trying to compile a list with every movie about motor racing. I'm welcome to any movies not shown on list or that I may have forgot.

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1. Thunderbolt (1995)

R | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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In order to release his kidnapped sister, sports car mechanic Jackie Chan has to beat a super-criminal street racer.

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Anita Yuen, Michael Wong, Thorsten Nickel

Votes: 6,879

A classic racing movie with interesting fight scenes and great driving

2. Le Mans (1971)

G | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 ... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Votes: 7,267

A great racing movie with a lot of excitement and build up. Not much of a plotline though.

3. Days of Thunder (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sport

5.9
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60 Metascore

A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid

Votes: 66,344 | Gross: $82.67M

Racing and tons of nascar action with shots from the Daytona 500 and Firecracker 400.

4. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

6.2
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28 Metascore

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 28,139 | Gross: $72.18M

The movie series in pretty interesting with some wacky and zany 80s comedy. Some interesting cars and mixed with some oddball choices

5. The Gumball Rally (1976)

PG | 105 min | Comedy

6.3
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A disparate group of drivers take part in a secret and illegal cross country road race.

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Tim McIntire, Raul Julia, Norman Burton

Votes: 2,853

Not much in the way of story, but has some awesome set ups with smoky and the bandit esq chase scenes. This movie eventually spawned a real gumball rally that travels the world annually.

6. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 35,648 | Gross: $126.74M

the movie series started a large comeback in trucking industry and gave rise to the CB radio. It had great scenes with driving as well.

7. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Victoria Medlin

Votes: 23,294

Classic movie about a 1970 Dodge Challenger outracing the police from every state at every turn. Great movie about cars.

8. Bullitt (1968)

M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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83 Metascore

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

Votes: 51,011 | Gross: $42.30M

While not focused on cars, it does have an extremely memborable scene between a Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger that is still considered one of the best chase scenes of all time.

9. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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37 Metascore

A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Nicholas Elia

Votes: 61,706 | Gross: $43.95M

Campy, fun movie about racing and family. By no means realistic, but definitely exciting, and interesting.

10. Initial D (2005)

TV-PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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48 Metascore

After winning his first competition, Takumi focuses his attention on drift racing, a sport he has unknowingly perfected while delivering tofu in his father's Toyota AE86.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak, Ralph Rieckermann | Stars: Shawn Yue, Edison Chen, Jay Chou, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 6,181

A gimicky plot that had many of the original show's fans upset, but car racing and drifting with exciting action that definitely hits the mark.

11. Death Race (2008)

R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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43 Metascore

Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane

Votes: 178,504 | Gross: $36.32M

While the original is a cult classic, it's the new one that really ups the gore and action plus more realistic, functioning, dangerous cars. The politics, moral ambiguity, nudity, and unusual pacing get left behind as the new film takes the spotlight from the original.

12. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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58 Metascore

Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

Directors: Rob Cohen, Mel City | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 300,163 | Gross: $144.53M

The original of the series started the huge tuner craze of early 2000s and led to a huge amount of speeding tickets for everybody that was involved. Overstylized and inaccurate car talk annoyed some of the faithful gearheards who the movie was based on.

13. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.9
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38 Metascore

Former cop Brian O'Conner is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer who has a chance to redeem himself.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser, Eva Mendes

Votes: 214,793 | Gross: $127.15M

(Series)While fun, and exciting the fast and furious lost it's momentum by the second movie, trading in the original's tuner flavor and street racing for miami vice esq antics and heists with muscle cars.

14. The Love Bug (1968)

G | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

6.5
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A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett

Votes: 11,676

The Herbie series created a huge following after the first movie and spawned a few more movies before the abysmal film staring lindsay lohan in 2007.

15. Redline (2007)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action

4.0
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24 Metascore

A gorgeous young automobile fanatic--and front to the hottest unsigned band on the West coast--finds herself caught up in illegal drag-racing competitions organized by exotic car fanatics.

Director: Andy Cheng | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Nadia Bjorlin, Eddie Griffin, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 8,178 | Gross: $6.88M

A movie showing an interesting concept, but was executed poorly.

16. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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35 Metascore

A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal fifty cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, T.J. Cross

Votes: 233,622 | Gross: $101.65M

Great car chase scenes and an interesting approach to the car genre. Nicholas Cage in one of his less crazy roles as well.

17. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

6.6
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66 Metascore

Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole

Votes: 142,561 | Gross: $148.21M

A comedy that's hilarious and in a mockumentary form of the day in the life of a nascar driver.

18. Driven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport

4.5
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29 Metascore

A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 36,100 | Gross: $32.62M

19. The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

6.4
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A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ned Beatty

Votes: 1,209

20. Grand Prix (1966)

Approved | 176 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 6,585 | Gross: $20.85M

21. Winning (1969)

M | 123 min | Action, Drama, Sport

6.1
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Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther ... See full summary »

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner, Richard Thomas

Votes: 1,469 | Gross: $14.64M

22. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.3
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A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

Votes: 9,340

23. Kart Racer (2003)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.8
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14-year-old Watts Davies is estranged from his dad, a former International Karting Federation (IKF) champion. Watts's resolve to race in the upcoming IKF Regional Championships rekindles ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Randy Quaid, Will Rothhaar, Jennifer Wigmore, David Gallagher

Votes: 505 | Gross: $0.06M

24. Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Bruce Barlow, Leo Rossi

Votes: 1,077 | Gross: $0.27M

25. Fast Girl (2008)

PG | 95 min | Family, Sport

4.6
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A young woman dreams of becoming a race-car driver, even though the career claimed the life of her father.

Director: Daniel Zirilli | Stars: Mircea Monroe, Justin Guarini, Dwier Brown, Caroline Rhea

Votes: 348

26. Six Pack (1982)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

5.8
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Stopping briefly in a small Texas town, an itinerant race car driver finds that his stock car, on a trailer behind his motor home, has just been quickly and expertly stripped. He chases ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Kenny Rogers, Diane Lane, Erin Gray, Barry Corbin

Votes: 2,197 | Gross: $20.23M

27. Stroker Ace (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

4.7
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30 Metascore

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson

Votes: 2,906 | Gross: $13.00M

28. The Wraith (1986)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Horror, Romance

5.9
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39 Metascore

A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs.

Director: Mike Marvin | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid

Votes: 11,881 | Gross: $3.50M

29. Dust to Glory (2005)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

7.5
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61 Metascore

A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans.

Director: Dana Brown | Stars: Chad McQueen, Mario Andretti, Sal Fish, James Garner

Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.64M

30. Michel Vaillant (2003)

103 min | Action, Sport

5.3
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Fearless racer Michel Vaillant attempts to win "24 Hours of Le Mans", the famous highly challenging and prestigious annual endurance race that lasts one whole day.

Director: Louis-Pascal Couvelaire | Stars: Sagamore Stévenin, Peter Youngblood Hills, Diane Kruger, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 3,713