Up to Speed: 25 Race Car Movies to Get Your Motor Running

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 10 months ago

Has "Le Mans: Racing Is Everything" fueled your interest in car racing? Check out the top 25 race car movies as rated by IMDb users.

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Le Mans: Racing Is Everything (2017)

'Le Mans: Racing Is Everything' (2017)

An inside and on-the-scene look at France's 24-hour annual car race that takes place in Le Mans.

Rating: 7.3

Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975)

'The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix' (1975)

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Rating: 8.4

Rush (2013)

'Rush' (2013)

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Rating: 8.1

William Haines and Anita Page in Speedway (1929)

'Speedway' (1929)

Bill Whipple, a race car driver, clashes with his father, also a driver, at the Indianapolis 500.

Rating: 7.6

Redline (2009)

'Redline' (2009)

A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it.

Rating: 7.5

Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Elsa Pataky, and Tyrese Gibson in Fast Five (2011)

'Fast Five' (2011)

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.

Rating: 7.3

Furious 7 (2015)

'Furious 7' (2015)

Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.

Rating: 7.2

Grand Prix (1966)

'Grand Prix' (1966)

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, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard's estranged wife.

Rating: 7.2

Furious 6 (2013)

'Fast & Furious 6' (2013)

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.

Rating: 7.1

Randy Newman in Cars (2006)

'Cars' (2006)

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Rating: 7.1

Buck Jones and Loretta Sayers in High Speed (1932)

'High Speed' (1932)

A policeman, working on a case against a local mobster and his gang, slips on some race-car-driver overalls and goggles and , in addition to stopping the mobsters in their tracks, wins a few races and the love of the daughter of the racetrack owner.

Rating: 7.0

Jump (1971)

'Jump' (1971)

The story of a Tennessee hillbilly hoping to achieve fame and fortune driving a stock car.

Rating: 6.8

Le Mans (1971)

'Le Mans' (1971)

Throngs of race car media, fans and drivers are making their way to Le Mans, France for the annual 24-hour Grand Prix race. One of those attending this year is American driver Michael Delaney, despite his involvement in a horrific crash the previous year which claimed the life of fellow driver, Piero Belgetti.

Rating: 6.7

Bonnie Bedelia in Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

'Heart Like a Wheel' (1983)

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 family life, she perseveres in her dream.

Rating: 6.7

Clarence Geldart, Ann Little, Guy Oliver, Wallace Reid, and Theodore Roberts in The Roaring Road (1919)

'The Roaring Road' (1919)

A young man pursues a young lady with the same energy he applies to his other obsession in life, auto racing.

Rating: 6.7

Aaron Paul in Need for Speed (2014)

'Need for Speed' (2014)

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

Rating: 6.5

Jackie Chan in Thunderbolt (1995)

'Thunderbolt' (1995)

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

Rating: 6.4

Initial D (2005)

'Initial D' (2005)

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.

Rating: 6.4

The Last American Hero (1973)

'The Last American Hero' (1973)

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

Rating: 6.4


'To Please a Lady' (1950)

A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match in a feisty reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death.

Rating: 6.3

Michael Caine, Owen Wilson, Emily Mortimer, and Larry the Cable Guy in Cars 2 (2011)

'Cars 2' (2011)

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Rating: 6.2

Death Race 2000 (1975)

'Death Race 2000' (1975)

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

Rating: 6.2

Børning (2014)

'Børning' (2014)

The illegal sports car race "Steet legal" goes 2000 kilometers through Norway from Oslo to North Cape, and Roy has been challenged to participate. At the same time, he has to look after his daughter.

Rating: 6.2

Speed Racer (2008)

'Speed Racer' (2008)

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.

Rating: 6.0

Paul Newman, Robert Wagner, and Joanne Woodward in Winning (1969)

'Winning' (1969)

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 Erding, and strains the relationship with his stepson.

Rating: 6.0

Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder (1990)

'Days of Thunder' (1990)

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

Rating: 5.9