Auto Racing Movies

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1. Paris to Monte Carlo (1905)

10 min | Adventure, Short

A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Fernande Albany, Antonich, Blondet, Séverin Cafferra

Votes: 206

2. The Speed Kings (1913)

8 min | Short, Action, Comedy

Action scenes of early automobile racing highlight this story of Papa's efforts to thwart Mabel's romantic infatuation with a race car driver.

Director: Wilfred Lucas | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Teddy Tetzlaff

Votes: 226

3. Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913)

13 min | Comedy, Short

Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns ... See full summary »

Director: Mack Sennett | Stars: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling, Barney Oldfield

Votes: 306

4. Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Comedy

The Tramp wanders into and disrupts the filming of a go-kart race.

Director: Henry Lehrman | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Henry Lehrman, Gordon Griffith

Votes: 2,396

5. The Roaring Road (1919)

Passed | 58 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

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

Director: James Cruze | Stars: Wallace Reid, Ann Little, Theodore Roberts, Guy Oliver

Votes: 582

6. Too Much Speed (1921)

50 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Egotistical race-car driver Dusty Rhoades learns that humility pays off even better than acclaim.

Director: Frank Urson | Stars: Wallace Reid, Agnes Ayres, Theodore Roberts, Jack Richardson

7. Young Oldfield (1924)

12 min | Short, Comedy

Jimmy always fantasied about racing. But now he has to pay the mortgage before noon or else he won't own his shop any longer.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Charley Chase, Emma Tansey, Marie Mosquini, Joe Cobb

Votes: 35

8. Lizzies of the Field (1924)

Not Rated | 16 min | Comedy, Short

Two rival auto repair shops compete in a no-holds-barred 250-mile road race.

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Billy Bevan, Sidney Smith, Jack Lloyd, Barbara Pierce

Votes: 114

9. The Lucky Devil (1925)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

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Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Richard Dix, Esther Ralston, Edna May Oliver, Thomas Findley

Votes: 17

10. Speedway (1929)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Bill Whipple is a happy-go-lucky mechanic for MacDonald who thinks that he is the worlds greatest driver and lover. Mac has treated Bill like a son since he took him in. One day at the ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: William Haines, Anita Page, Ernest Torrence, Karl Dane

Votes: 590

11. The Crowd Roars (1932)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Eric Linden

Votes: 904

12. Red Hot Tires (1935)

Approved | 61 min | Drama, Crime

Red Hot Tires is a 1935 American crime drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros., directed by D. Ross Lederman, and starring Lyle Talbot and Mary Astor.

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Lyle Talbot, Mary Astor, Roscoe Karns, Frankie Darro

Votes: 116

13. Speed (1936)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Drama, Romance

With the help of his mechanic buddy, an engineer, and the company's attractive new publicist, an automotive test driver struggles to develop a new carburetor by entering cars in the Indy 500 and speed trials at California's Muroc Dry Lake.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: James Stewart, Wendy Barrie, Una Merkel, Weldon Heyburn

Votes: 382

14. Ten Laps to Go (1936)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Larry Evans (Rex Lease), champion race car driver, is envied by his chief rival, Eddie DeSylva (Duncan Renaldo), who has more ambitions than merely winning the races; he has designs on the ... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Rex Lease, Muriel Evans, Duncan Renaldo, Charles Delaney

Votes: 27

15. The Daredevil Drivers (1938)

Approved | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Bill Foster, a suspended auto racer, attempts to get even with Jerry Neeley, the woman who owns a bus line, by going to work for the rival company. But Bill soon learns about his new boss' shady practices and begins to fall for Jerry.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Beverly Roberts, Dick Purcell, Gloria Blondell, Gordon Oliver

Votes: 78

16. Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A series of identical accidents kills racing drivers, but a dim-witted mechanic suspects they were not accidents.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Cecilia Parker, Nat Pendleton, Harry Carey

Votes: 84

17. Indianapolis Speedway (1939)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Joe is the three time Indy champion who still races to put young Eddie through College. Joe wants a better life for Eddie, and he explodes when he finds out that Eddie quit school for a ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, John Payne, Gale Page

Votes: 149

18. Blonde Comet (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Beverly Blake, the 'Blonde Comet," and the daughter of a tire-manufacturer, gets behind the wheel of a race-car, and is soon tearing up the tracks and winning races in Italy, France and ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Virginia Vale, Robert Kent, Barney Oldfield, Vince Barnett

Votes: 40

19. Born to Speed (1947)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Johnny Randall, a young race-car driver, falls in love with Tony Bradley, who hates racing because her brother was killed in a midget car-race (the car size, not the driver-size.) To ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Johnny Sands, Vivian Austin, Don Castle, Frank Orth

Votes: 28

20. The Big Wheel (1949)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A brash young midget car race driver lives in the shadow of his famous father, a drunken womanizer, who was killed in an accident years earlier.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Thomas Mitchell, Michael O'Shea, Mary Hatcher

Votes: 400

21. To Please a Lady (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Action, Romance, Sport

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.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Will Geer

Votes: 753

23. Roar of the Crowd (I) (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Johnny Tracy, son of veteran race driver Pop Tracy, is working his way up on the racing circuit, but is urged by his sweetheart, Marcy Parker, to give up the track if he wants to marry her.... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Howard Duff, Helene Stanley, Dave Willock, Louise Arthur

24. Jalopy (1953)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy

Those wacky Bowery Boys invent a super fast fuel, which will help them win an auto race (isn't this cheating?). However, the fuel is stolen by the bad guys just before the big race.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey, Robert Lowery

Votes: 263

25. Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An upright car mechanic falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangster. This forces him to participate in the criminal underworld.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly

Votes: 797

26. Johnny Dark (1954)

85 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Automobile engineer, Johnny Dark, designs a radical new car. When the owner refuses to sponsor the car in a Canada to Mexico Sports-car race, Johnny, with the aid of the owner's ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don Taylor, Paul Kelly

Votes: 271

27. The Racers (1955)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Sport

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Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Bella Darvi, Gilbert Roland, Cesar Romero

Votes: 292

28. The Devil's Hairpin (1957)

83 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Cocky car racer Nick Jargin has retired since he nearly caused the death of his brother at a hairpin bend on a circuit. He now holds a trendy café who keeps him busy full time until one day... See full summary »

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Arthur Franz, Mary Astor

Votes: 33

29. Dragstrip Girl (1957)

69 min | Action, Drama

Girl loves hot cars and a rich dragstrip racer. Her parents don't like either one.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Fay Spain, Steven Terrell, John Ashley, Frank Gorshin

Votes: 97

30. Hot Rod Gang (1958)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

Kid who wants to enter his car in the drag races joins a rock band to make enough money to do it.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: John Ashley, Jody Fair, Gene Vincent, Russ Bender

Votes: 169

31. Dragstrip Riot (1958)

68 min | Drama

After a run-in with a tough motorcycle gang, where Gary Clarke is blamed when one of the bikers is sent out of control over a cliff, he and his girl are threatened and pursued. On to the ... See full summary »

Director: David Bradley | Stars: Yvonne Lime, Gary Clarke, Fay Wray, Bob Turnbull

Votes: 70

32. Speed Crazy (1959)

75 min | Crime, Drama

This movie involves a character played by Brett Halsey named Nick Barrow. He introduces himself with "I'm Nick Barrow. You may know my brother Wheel." Nick travels around competing in races... See full summary »

Director: William J. Hole Jr. | Stars: Brett Halsey, Yvonne Lime, Charles Willcox, Trustin Howard

Votes: 15

33. The Green Helmet (1961)

Approved | 88 min | Drama

A racing driver loses his nerves after several crashes

Director: Michael Forlong | Stars: Bill Travers, Ed Begley, Sidney James, Nancy Walters

Votes: 129

34. The Young Racers (1963)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Drama

47 Metascore

A former race-car driver-turned-writer decides to expose a ruthless, womanizing Grand Prix race driver in a book. However, his scheme explodes when his life is saved by this man, who is actually sensitive and misunderstood.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Mark Damon, William Campbell, Luana Anders, Patrick Magee

Votes: 215

35. Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

69 Metascore

Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest

Votes: 6,010 | Gross: $5.13M

36. The Lively Set (1964)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Casey Owens (James Darren), a young mechanic, has developed a design for a turbine car engine, paving the way for a jet-powered auto certain to set a new land speed record. Wealthy playboy ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Doug McClure, Joanie Sommers

Votes: 173

37. The Great Race (1965)

Passed | 160 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

In the early 20th century, two rivals, the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate, engage in an epic automobile race from New York to Paris.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Votes: 14,778 | Gross: $25.33M

38. Red Line 7000 (1965)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Sport

The story of three racing drivers and three women, who constantly have to worry for the lives of their boyfriends. Jim Loomis and Mike Marsh drive for Pat Cassarian. Jim expects his fiancée... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire, Charlene Holt

Votes: 705

39. Fireball 500 (1966)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Chill Wills

Votes: 360

40. A Man and a Woman (1966)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A widow and a widower find their relationship developing into love, but their past tragedies prove hard to overcome, causing them to proceed with utmost delicacy.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh, Valérie Lagrange

Votes: 8,515

41. Spinout (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Band singer/race driver Mike McCoy must choose between marrying a beautiful rich girl and driving her father's car in a prestigious race.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Dodie Marshall

Votes: 1,560

42. Grand Prix (1966)

Approved | 176 min | Drama, Sport

72 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 7,142 | Gross: $20.85M

43. Hell on Wheels (1967)

TV-PG | 97 min | Action, Sport

Two brothers, one a popular race car driver that all the women love and the other a brilliant mechanic who makes the winning possible, become enemies when one messes with the other's ... See full summary »

Director: Will Zens | Stars: Marty Robbins, John Ashley, Gigi Perreau, Robert Dornan

Votes: 109

44. Fever Heat (1968)

G | 109 min | Action, Drama

In his final film role, Nick Adams is a young mechanic who finds danger and romance in the exciting, sometimes unscrupulous world of stock-car racing.

Director: Russell S. Doughten Jr. | Stars: Nick Adams, Jeannine Riley, Norman Alden, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 17

45. Speedway (1968)

G | 94 min | Comedy, Musical

53 Metascore

Poor bookkeeping saddles stock car driver Steve Grayson with a huge bill for back taxes which hampers his ability to continue racing competitively.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon

Votes: 1,789 | Gross: $3.00M

46. The Love Bug (1968)

G | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

48 Metascore

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: 12,722

47. Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)

G | 122 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

An international car rally across Europe is complicated by smuggling, cheating, love at first sight, etc. etc.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Sam Itzkovitch | Stars: Bourvil, Lando Buzzanca, Walter Chiari, Peter Cook

Votes: 1,936

48. Winning (1969)

M | 123 min | Action, Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

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: 1,582 | Gross: $14.64M