Auto Racing

by joe_538 | created - 19 May 2013 | updated - 14 Aug 2015 | Public

Stock, drag, midget, funny car, cross country, if they're cars and they're racing, they're on the list.

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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

First for the thumbnail

2. At Terrific Speed (1903)

Documentary, Short

This is a most astonishing picture, for although the automobiles are flying along the road at almost incredible speed they are shown sharply and distinctly without a blur. The road which is... See full summary »

3. 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: 183

4. 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: 208

5. 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: 2,188

6. 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: 568

8. 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: 29

9. Speed Madness (1925)

Passed | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

To keep the old homestead from being foreclosed, a mother agrees to have her daughter marry the deep-dyed villain who hold the mortgage. However, the daughter has a race-car-driving fiancée... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Mitchell | Stars: Frank Merrill, Clara Horton, Evelyn Sherman, Garry O'Dell

13. The Speed Classic (1928)

Passed | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Jerry Thornton is a wealthy playboy whose hobby is fast cars. When his fiancée, Aheila Van Hauten, objects to his competing against professorial drives in the upcoming Speed Classic race, ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Mitchell | Stars: Rex Lease, Mildred Harris, Mitchell Lewis, Jim Mason

14. 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: 578

15. Burning Up (1930)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Crime, Romance

Racecar-driver Lou Larrigan gets mixed up with a crooked gang of racetrack promoters, and is in love with Ruth Morgan, whose father is marked as a victim by the gang.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Francis McDonald, Sam Hardy

Votes: 8

16. The Crowd Roars (1932)

Not Rated | 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: 841

17. High Speed (1932)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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 ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Buck Jones, Loretta Sayers, Wallace MacDonald, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 12

18. The Racing Strain (1932)

Passed | 58 min | Drama, Sport

A race-car driver whose career is on the skids because of his drinking falls for a rich society girl. That motivates him to clean up his act and resume his career, but it may be too late for that.

Director: Jerome Storm | Stars: Wallace Reid Jr., J. Farrell MacDonald, Paul Fix, Phyllis Barrington

Votes: 13

19. Burn 'Em Up Barnes (I) (1934)

Passed | 210 min | Action, Adventure

Marjorie Temple, owner of a bus line and an apparently worthless plot of land, is set upon by rich oil speculators who know her land actually is worth millions. When they try to put her out... See full summary »

Directors: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer | Stars: Jack Mulhall, Frankie Darro, Lola Lane, Julian Rivero

Votes: 49

20. Death Drives Through (1935)

63 min | Drama

The race car designer Kit Woods is in love with Kay Lord. Kay's father is against her relationship with Kit. Kit also has to do with the competition from his rival Garry Ames.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Chili Bouchier, Robert Douglas, Miles Mander, Percy Walsh

Votes: 37

21. 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: 91

22. 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: 358

23. 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, Tom Moore

Votes: 25

24. Speed to Spare (1937)

60 min | Drama

The champion race car driver Tommy Morton is the eternal rival to less-ethical speed king Larry 'Skids' Brannigan. What no one knows is that Tommy and Skids are actually brothers, separated... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Charles Quigley, Dorothy Wilson, Edward J. Nugent, Patricia Farr

25. 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: 56

26. Road Demon (1938)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

At the Indianapolis Speedway mobsters try to bump off a young racer just as they did his dad. Junk yard owner tap dances.

Director: Otto Brower | Stars: Henry Arthur, Joan Valerie, Henry Armetta, Thomas Beck

27. 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: 71

28. 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: 146

29. Danger on Wheels (1940)

61 min | Sport, Thriller

During a test a race car using an experimental oil-fueled engine blows up, killing the driver. Lucky Taylor, a stunt driver, is initially blamed for the accident, but is later cleared. He ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Peggy Moran, Vinton Hayworth

Votes: 26

30. 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: 18

31. Buck Privates Come Home (1947)

Approved | 77 min | Action, Comedy, Family

Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Tom Brown, Joan Shawlee

Votes: 1,717

Midget car racing

32. 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: 380

33. 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: 702

34. 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: 259

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

Approved | 71 min | Action, Drama

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

36. 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: 226

37. Race for Life (1954)

Not Rated | 79 min | Adventure, Action, Drama

A car pilot must choose between his love for car-racing, and his wife. His buddy's accident will help him to choose, and his loyal ways will get him a new friend - his main rival.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Richard Conte, Mari Aldon, Peter Illing, Alec Mango

Votes: 76

38. The Fast and the Furious (1955)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A trucker framed for murder breaks out of jail, takes a young woman hostage, and enters her sports car in cross-border road race hoping to get to Mexico before the police catch him.

Directors: John Ireland, Edward Sampson | Stars: John Ireland, Dorothy Malone, Bruce Carlisle, Iris Adrian

Votes: 995 | Gross: $0.25M

40. Checkpoint (1956)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After killing a few Italian cops during a burglary, a thief hired by a British car racing company must flee to Switzerland disguised as a race car driver during a rally.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Anthony Steel, Odile Versois, Stanley Baker, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 167

41. Hot Rod Girl (1956)

Approved | 79 min | Action, Drama, Romance

After his kid brother is killed in a street race, a champion drag-racer quits racing. However, a new kid comes to town determined to force him back into racing so he can take his title--and he's already taken his girlfriend.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Lori Nelson, Chuck Connors, John Smith, Mark Andrews

Votes: 233

42. 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: 25

43. 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: 93

44. Hot Rod Rumble (1957)

79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Arny joins a hot rod club, but his eccentric mannerisms (a Marlon Brando rip-off performance from "The Wild One" by look-alike Hartunian) make him unpopular. At a party, Terry rebukes him ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Leigh Snowden, Richard Hartunian, Wright King, Joey Forman

Votes: 27

45. Teenage Thunder (1957)

78 min | Drama

Eighteen-year-old Johnnie, chafing under his father's authority, seeks to get a job, buy a hot-rod, woo his girl, and stand up to the local bully.

Director: Paul Helmick | Stars: Chuck Courtney, Melinda Byron, Robert Fuller, Tyler McVey

Votes: 42 | Gross: $1.00M

46. Daddy-O (1958)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Music, Mystery

Phil, a part-time truck driver and singer who wears his pants far too high, meets a feisty platinum blonde who challenges him to a drag race through Griffith Park. When he is caught and ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Place | Stars: Dick Contino, Sandra Giles, Bruno VeSota, Gloria Victor

Votes: 745

47. 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: 63

48. 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: 156

49. Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Horror

A group of drag-racing fanatics, members of a Los Angeles club, move into an old deserted mansion and set up shop, making it their headquarters. They hold a Halloween masked ball for the ... See full summary »

Director: William J. Hole Jr. | Stars: Jody Fair, Russ Bender, Henry McCann, Martin Braddock

Votes: 460

50. Roadracers (1959)

74 min | Action, Drama

The father of a race car driver blames him for a death on the track, disowns him, and sponsors a rival racer.

Director: Arthur Swerdloff | Stars: Joel Lawrence, Marian Collier, Skip Ward, Sally Fraser

Votes: 32

51. Speed Crazy (1959)

75 min | Crime, Drama