My List of AutoMoto Movies, Documentaries and TV Series.

by dim_zax | created - 20 Jul 2011 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

In order of preference. (This list is a work in progress) My goal is to create a rather small list (we can all agree i failed at that!), that can be easily viewed. I hope i can give you some good ideas and of course, feel free to leave your comments and suggestions!

Latest Addition: 64.Ferrari: Race to Immortality (2017) 6/10

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1. 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 »

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

Votes: 7,396

Le Mans, has to be the best racing film in history. Real cars, real stunts, real speed and a man that simply loved motoracing, in an iconic racing environment. Not too much of a story, but in my opinion this made the picture even better. A must see for every racing fan.

2. Weekend of a Champion (1972)

80 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Filmmaker Roman Polanski spends a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempts to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix, offering an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers.

Directors: Frank Simon, Roman Polanski | Stars: Jackie Stewart, Roman Polanski, Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier of Monaco

Votes: 435 | Gross: $0.00M

Formula 1 fans will treasure this gem of documentary. You have one of the most skilled and influential figures of F1, in Jackie Stewart, taking you through his frantic preparations, in order to win the most glamorous and difficult race of the calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix. 70's were the "rock star" days of Formula 1. Romantic, very exciting and overly dangerous. It's really amazing to see a triple world champion relieving those days, along with a friend, adding a lot to the film, while most of the rest of the "cast" has perished in the tracks...

3. Rush (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

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

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 367,825 | Gross: $26.95M

IMDB Review http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979320/reviews-42

4. Williams (2017)

109 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Focusing on the career and family of its legendary founder Sir Frank Williams, the British sports documentary tells the extraordinary story of the Williams Formula 1 team, from its inception to the present day.

Director: Morgan Matthews | Stars: Emily Bevan, Pamela Cockerill, Jenny Funnell, Howden Ganley

Votes: 1,365

5. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 51,054 | Gross: $1.61M

An inspiring documentary about the life of F1 legend, Ayrton Senna. Many experts, like Prost, Dennis, Williams and members of his family, share their views end experiences. Although biased at times, it shows us the fights that Ayrton gave both inside and out of the track.

6. 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 »

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

Votes: 6,703 | Gross: $20.85M

7. Climb Dance (1990)

5 min | Documentary, Short

A annual race up Pikes Peak in Colorado!

Director: Jean Louis Mourney | Star: Ari Vatanen

Votes: 75

Legend has it that Ari knew he was going to die from an incurable illness, before accepting the pikes peak-peugeot drive. Guess what,the doctors were wrong!!

8. Hitting the Apex (2015)

138 min | Documentary

'Hitting the Apex' is the story of six fighters - six of the fastest motorcycle racers the world has ever seen - and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport.

Director: Mark Neale | Stars: Jorge Lorenzo, Jose Manuel Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa

Votes: 2,183

9. Bullitt (1968)

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

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: 51,824 | Gross: $42.30M

Since this is a McQueen film, you already know there will be awesome cars in it! What steals the show in this one is a, almost 11 minute, chase between two iconic cars. A Ford Mustang GT Fastback and a Dodge Charger,chase each other through the streets of San Francisco, all the way from the Fisherman's Wharf to Brisbane! No dialogues are heard during this scene, only the grunt from those big V8's...

10. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 147,724 | Gross: $12.47M

The best post-apocalyptic car related film ever! Also, one of the very few sequels that was better than the first movie. What i think stands out, are the crazy cars and characters and the great scenery. Mel Gibson is pretty good in all three films with his best being the first one, in my opinion.

11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 706,693 | Gross: $153.64M

It was about time we got to see a true car related film. Not that BS CGI stuff that have flooded cinemas in the last decade or so. Mad Max: Fury Road stayed true to its predecessors, changing subtlety the backstory of its main character, subsequently introducing an new one, that is as crazy as Max. The only difference lies in the scope of things. Max has no target, no destination, noone to care about, staying true to his "way of life" even in this film. Furiosa, on the other hand, is another kind of "monster". One that cares about the people around her, remaining tough and cruel where she needs to be. All in all, George Miller managed to create a film for todays fans, staying true to a yesteryear recipe, that works so well. Indeed, he managed to create another sequel, so well put together, that can stand either as a "Mad Max" film, or a film on its own. -Furiosa maybe?-

12. Top Gear (2002– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

The hosts talk about everything car-related. From new cars to how they're fueled, this show has it all.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Ben Collins

Votes: 94,642

Outrageous, cocky, biased, jingo. These characteristics can describe in full each and every one of the presenters. But that is why we love them so much and made this show so funny and succesful!

13. Wheeler Dealers (2003– )

22 min | Documentary

The hosts team up to find and flip serviceable used classic cars. Mike scours the Internet and local trade rags for bargain-priced modern classics needing attention. Edd China (and in later... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Brewer, Edd China, Ant Anstead, Paul Brackley

Votes: 2,103

In the words of Mike Brewer, "The show that takes classic cars in need of a helping hand and gives them some tlc!!" Great series overall,which can give you some pretty good tips. Car history, common problems for each episode car, Do It Yourself, which used cars to avoid and how not to get fooled in a garage!

14. The Grand Tour (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Follow Jeremy, Richard, and James, as they embark on an adventure across the globe. Driving new and exciting automobiles from manufacturers all over the world.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, Mike Skinner

Votes: 46,192

15. Days of Thunder (1990)

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

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: 67,383 | Gross: $82.67M

Clearly, this movie shouldn't be this high in my list, if only pure quality was taken account. Basic story line, where a maverick driver must overcome his fears to become successful in what he knows best, with the help from his experienced mechanic. Throw in some romance and there you've got it. Racing scenes are so-so. I saw this movie as a kid, liked it very much and still remember every detail of it. Combine this with a deep love of cars that started right about then and there is justification for the movie to rank this high.

16. Grand Prix: The Killer Years (2011 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

This documentary focuses on the dangers of the early Grand Prix racing and the actions that followed in order to make Formula 1 safer. Former drivers, mechanics and journalists share their ... See full synopsis »

Director: Richard Heap | Stars: Denise Cooke, Chris Hilton, David Tremayne, Tony Brooks

Votes: 342

17. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 53,303

On one hand we have David Mann, a calm driver trying to reach an appointment. On the other, a mentally deranged truck driver who hates being passed on the road! When they meet, a frantic chase begins and the only two options are:kill or be killed...

18. Used Cars (1980)

R | 113 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae

Votes: 11,733

Staying true to a successful recipe of the early '80s,this car-related comedy has every element needed to be a good one and in my opinion it is! Funny dialogs (Kurt Russell is great), outrageous (at some times) plot ,hundreds of cheap cars running around, many crashes and some pretty good high speed scenes.

19. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

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: 9,529

A great 70's film, portraying a quadruple of mystical characters. It manages to capture the essence of the early drag racing, picturing some trully beautiful cars. A '55 hot rod Chevy and a (then) brand new Pontiac GTO. What really stands out in this movie, is the sound of that 454 Chevy big block.

20. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 5,698

21. The Driver (1978)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley

Votes: 11,294 | Gross: $4.91M

A man of few words, tough and capable behind the wheel, is confronted from a smart, questionable officer of the law. Classic chases and cars, real crashes and a scene that will be deaply carved in any carfilm lovers mind, with O'Neal been asked to prove to his future partners what he can do behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108) inside a garage! It’s been said the driver part was originally written for one Steve McQueen. One wonders why he didn’t take it?

22. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

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: 36,245 | Gross: $126.74M

23. Joy Ride (2001)

R | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman

Votes: 57,740 | Gross: $21.97M

24. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

73 Metascore

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

Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft | Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 301,761 | Gross: $244.08M

25. Death Race (2008)

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

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: 180,367 | Gross: $36.32M

26. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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

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: 303,756 | Gross: $144.53M

27. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror

57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 57,666 | Gross: $21.20M

Based on Stephen King's classic novel, this great horror film will keep you on the edge of your seat! Forget the actors. Christine, a red 1958 Plymouth Fury, will captivate your thoughts!!

28. Taxi (I) (1998)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès | Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary

Votes: 67,683 | Gross: $0.27M

29. Clarkson: Thriller (2008 Video)

78 min | Documentary, Sport

Welcome to my all new DVD Thriller, which, as the name suggests, is all about thrills at the wheel. Aston Martin's gentleman thug, the DBS, takes on its rivals from Italy. The lightweight ... See full summary »

Directors: Brian Klein, Phil Churchward | Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Jodie Kidd, Ben Collins

Votes: 545

30. 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.

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

Votes: 6,983

High speed chases and races, Jackie Chan's fight scenes and many many beautiful Japanese cars (FTO, GTO, Lancer Evo III, Skyline R-32)! Ok, i admit that the high speed scenes are not of great quality, but this film builds up to an epic racing duel at the end! The montage of the Lancer build ends with a trully great scene, where Jackie is siting on a bucket seat changing gears so fast, that your head starts to spin!!

31. Breakdown (I) (1997)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey

Votes: 41,942 | Gross: $50.13M

32. McLaren (2017)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team. A man who showed the world that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite of motor racing and win.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Mario Andretti, Alastair Caldwell, Dwayne Cameron, Matt Coldrick

Votes: 1,140

33. Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

TV-MA | 102 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN and LE MANS is the story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna | Stars: Steve McQueen, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Chad McQueen

Votes: 1,014 | Gross: $0.00M

34. Ferrari (2003 TV Movie)

114 min | Drama

When he is only ten years old, Enzo Ferrari runs to the next village only to watch a car race. Now the direction for his life is set. He starts immediately working on vehicles and as soon ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Carlei | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Ed Stoppard, Cristina Moglia, Jessica Brooks

Votes: 680

35. On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter (2014)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

53 Metascore

Inspired by Bruce Brown's 1971 documentary, "On Any Sunday," chronicles the international sport of motorcycle racing.

Director: Dana Brown | Stars: Bo Derek, Jimmy N. Roberts, Travis Pastrana, Ashley Fiolek

Votes: 332 | Gross: $0.54M

36. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 12,755 | Gross: $19.65M

37. 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Barry Pepper portrays legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Barry Pepper, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ernest Whitted, Andrea Powell

Votes: 1,452

38. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 5,291

"I just hit it with a bigger hammer, that's all."

39. The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

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: 1,233

40. The Hitcher (1986)

R | 97 min | Thriller

32 Metascore

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 37,248 | Gross: $5.84M

41. The Seven-Ups (1973)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.

Director: Philip D'Antoni | Stars: Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon

Votes: 3,744

Pontiac on Pontiac action in this one. A pretty good film, with a pretty good car chase. And although the bad guy car (Grand Ville) wins the chase, the good guy car (Ventura) wins on engine sound and looks!

42. Race with the Devil (1975)

PG | 88 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker

Votes: 4,698

43. Turbo (2013)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Director: David Soren | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 69,832 | Gross: $83.03M

44. 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.

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

Votes: 23,554

45. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 34,748

46. Clarkson: Heaven and Hell (2005 Video)

72 min | Documentary, Sport

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Director: Brian Klein | Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Ben Collins, Russ Swift

Votes: 476

47. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart, Patricia McPherson

Votes: 24,645

48. Clarkson: The Italian Job (2010 Video)

82 min | Documentary, Sport

Jeremy Clarkson travels around Italy to find the perfect super-car.

Director: Brian Klein | Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Ben Collins

Votes: 462

49. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)

PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy

The adventures of the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Duke boys of Hazzard County.

Stars: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle

Votes: 8,168

50. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi