The best movies with motor racingby 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
In order to release his kidnapped sister, sports car mechanic Jackie Chan has to beat a super-criminal street racer.
A classic racing movie with interesting fight scenes and great driving
2. Le Mans (1971)
G | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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 »
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
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.
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
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.
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
A disparate group of drivers take part in a secret and illegal cross country road race.
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
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.
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
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.
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
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 36,100 | Gross: $32.62M
20. Grand Prix (1966)
Approved | 176 min | Drama, Sport
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 »
Votes: 6,585 | Gross: $20.85M
21. Winning (1969)
M | 123 min | Action, Drama, Sport
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 »
Votes: 1,469 | Gross: $14.64M
23. Kart Racer (2003)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
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 »
Votes: 505 | Gross: $0.06M
24. Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 1,077 | Gross: $0.27M
26. Six Pack (1982)
PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
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 »
Votes: 2,197 | Gross: $20.23M
29. Dust to Glory (2005)
PG | 97 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure
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.
Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.64M
30. Michel Vaillant (2003)
103 min | Action, Sport
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.