Favorite Auto Racing Movie

by TheMovieSmith | created - 29 Jan 2016 | updated - 26 May 2016 | Public

In honor of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 29, 2016: What is your favorite organized Auto Racing movie?

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1. 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: 395,746 | Gross: $26.95M

2. 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: 72,567 | Gross: $82.67M

3. Driven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport

29 Metascore

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.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 37,671 | Gross: $32.62M

4. 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: 712

5. 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: 7,169 | Gross: $20.85M

6. Greased Lightning (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

57 Metascore

The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier, Cleavon Little

Votes: 1,252

7. Stroker Ace (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

30 Metascore

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson

Votes: 3,270 | Gross: $13.00M

8. 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: 75,204 | Gross: $83.03M

9. 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: 1,481

10. 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: 362

11. Super Speedway (1997)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

We follow the Newman-Haas (Andretti) racing team through the process of building, testing, and racing for a season. This includes extensive race speed on-track footage, including some ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Low | Stars: Paul Newman, Richard Garneau, Jim Paulson, Jeff Andretti

Votes: 436 | Gross: $40.00M

12. Dale (2007)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Sport

Archival race footage, outtakes, home videos and interviews Dale Earnhardt's friends, family, and competitors are used in this documentary on the racing legend who won seven NASCAR championships before his death in 2001 at the Daytona 500.

Directors: Rory Karpf, Mike Viney | Stars: Marshall Brooks, Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Earnhardt

Votes: 273

13. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A documentary chronicling the 35 year car racing career of Paul Newman. The documentary showcases Newman's racing life as both a prolific driver and owner.

Directors: Adam Carolla, Nate Adams | Stars: Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Dick Barbour, Bob Bondurant

Votes: 660

14. 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: Sharon Tate, Steve McQueen, Roman Polanski, Chad McQueen

Votes: 1,139 | Gross: $0.00M

15. Le Mans (1971)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

52 Metascore

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: 7,981

16. 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: 1,595 | Gross: $14.64M

18. The Last American Hero (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

74 Metascore

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: 1,361

19. Bobby Deerfield (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Walter McGinn

Votes: 3,437 | Gross: $9.30M

20. 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: 55,741 | Gross: $1.61M

21. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Family, Sport

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: 332,245 | Gross: $244.08M

22. 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: 757

23. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin

Votes: 6,188

24. Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)

G | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Herbie, Number 53, the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own, puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Cheryl Hines, Breckin Meyer

Votes: 42,270 | Gross: $66.02M

25. 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: 1,944

26. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Sport

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole

Votes: 154,860 | Gross: $148.21M

27. 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: 14,832 | Gross: $25.33M

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: 149

29. Checkered Flag or Crash (1977)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

Race car driver Walkaway Madden signs up for the big Manilla 1000 off-road race through the Philippines jungle. The photojournalist C.C. Wainwright comes along for the ride.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Susan Sarandon, Larry Hagman, Alan Vint

Votes: 114



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