Best Car Racing Movies

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1. 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

2. 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: 395,736 | Gross: $26.95M

3. 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: 7,980

4. 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

5. 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: 72,562 | Gross: $82.67M

6. The Cannonball Run (1981)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

28 Metascore

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 30,690 | Gross: $72.18M

7. Cannonball Run II (1984)

PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy

13 Metascore

The original characters from The Cannonball Run (1981) race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 13,892 | Gross: $28.08M

8. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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

58 Metascore

Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Conner must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 322,054 | Gross: $144.53M

9. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

38 Metascore

Former cop Brian O'Conner is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer who has a chance to redeem himself.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser, Eva Mendes

Votes: 232,601 | Gross: $127.15M

10. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

45 Metascore

A teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Shad Moss, Damien Marzette

Votes: 220,526 | Gross: $62.51M

11. 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: 55,740 | Gross: $1.61M

12. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

40 min | Documentary, Sport

Docuseries following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Star: Carlos Sainz

Votes: 6,570

13. 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: 12,771

14. 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: 188,348 | Gross: $36.32M

15. 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

16. 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: 34

17. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

A group of motorists hear about a crook's hidden stash of loot, and race against each other across the country to get to it.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 34,828 | Gross: $46.30M

18. 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: 14,831 | Gross: $25.33M

19. 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

20. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

2 men drag-racing across the U.S., in a '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson's the mechanic, James Taylor's the driver.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

Votes: 10,209

21. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 75,143 | Gross: $115.00M

22. 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: 1,565

23. Cannonball! (1976)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

35 Metascore

This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 miles per hour isn't going to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Bill McKinney, Veronica Hamel, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 3,959 | Gross: $3.27M

24. The Wraith (1986)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Horror, Romance

39 Metascore

After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.

Director: Mike Marvin | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid

Votes: 13,147 | Gross: $3.50M

25. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Nicholas Elia

Votes: 65,353 | Gross: $43.95M

26. Redline (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Animation, Action, Romance

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

Director: Takeshi Koike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Yû Aoi, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshiyuki Morishita

Votes: 9,409

27. Thunderbolt (1995)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

In order to release his kidnapped sister, sports car mechanic Chan Foh To (Jackie Chan) has to beat a supercriminal street racer.

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

Votes: 7,605

28. Dust to Glory (2005)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

61 Metascore

A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans.

Director: Dana Brown | Stars: Chad McQueen, Mario Andretti, Sal Fish, James Garner

Votes: 907 | Gross: $0.64M

29. Ferrari: Race to Immortality (2017)

91 min | Documentary

The 1950's - the iconic Scuderia Ferrari battle to stay on top in one of the deadliest decades in motor racing history. Cars and drivers were pushed to their limits, and the competition for... See full summary »

Director: Daryl Goodrich | Stars: Peter Collins, Enzo Ferrari, Mike Hawthorn

Votes: 671

30. Still Too Fast to Race (2004 Video)

77 min | Documentary, Sport

A loving look at the Group B Rally Cars of the 1980s. The group was dropped from official competition by the WRC. Disgruntled fans deemed it because the cars were "too fast to race." Each ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Cox | Stars: Stig Blomqvist, John Moss

Votes: 7

31. Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts (2012)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

The follow-up film to the original Truth in 24, where the Audi Sport Racing team again attempts to cross the finish line first at the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Director: Rob Gehring | Stars: Howden Haynes, Jason Statham

Votes: 259

32. Love the Beast (2009)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Sport

What if you were a Hollywood movie star with an obsession for cars and racing? You would probably read every script with even the tiniest link to the subject matter, in the hope that you ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bana | Stars: Eric Bana, Jeremy Clarkson, Steve Coad, Grant Denyer

Votes: 1,951

33. The 24 Hour War (2016)

99 min | Documentary, History

In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari went to war on the battlefield of Le Mans. This epic battle saw drivers lose their lives, family dynasties nearly collapse and the development of a new race car that changed racing.

Directors: Nate Adams, Adam Carolla | Stars: Charlie Agapiou, Mario Andretti, A.J. Baime, Bob Bondurant

Votes: 779

34. 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

35. 1 (2013)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, History, Sport

Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing '1' tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever.

Director: Paul Crowder | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Niki Lauda, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher

Votes: 3,475

36. 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: 1,799

37. Michel Vaillant (2003)

103 min | Action, Sport

Fearless racer Michel Vaillant attempts to win "24 Hours of Le Mans", the famous highly challenging and prestigious annual endurance race that lasts one whole day.

Director: Louis-Pascal Couvelaire | Stars: Sagamore Stévenin, Peter Youngblood Hills, Diane Kruger, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 3,892

38. 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: 37,670 | Gross: $32.62M

39. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

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: 5,927

40. Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Bruce Barlow, Leo Rossi

Votes: 1,163 | Gross: $0.27M

41. 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

42. 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

43. 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

44. Racing Legends (2012– )

Documentary

Bio pics of great racing drivers, (I think). First up is Graham Hill.

Stars: James Martin, Patrick Stewart, Chris Hoy, Tony Brooks

Votes: 22

45. 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

46. Adrenalin: The BMW Touring Car Story (2014)

123 min | Documentary, Sport

ADRENALIN brings the exciting and successful BMW touring car story to the big screen. 50 years of a spectacular sport played out at race circuits around the world. Charismatic drivers and ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hahne | Stars: Johnny Cecotto, Augusto Farfus, Hubert Hahne, Joey Hand

Votes: 113

47. No Limits (2015)

60 min | Documentary

His new adventure takes Zanardi to one of the most famous endurance races in the world: The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. He shares the cockpit of the BMW GT race car with two of the ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hahne | Stars: Olaf Bulgrin, Timo Glock, Jens Marquardt, Bruno Spengler

Votes: 51

48. 24 Hours - One Team. One Target. (2011)

104 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

The 24-Hour Race at the Nuerburgring is known as the world's biggest motorsports event. More than 200,000 fans set up their camp in the Eifel forest and cheer for their heroes in the 210 ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hahne | Stars: Dirk Adorf, Uwe Alzen, Augusto Farfus, Charly Lamm

Votes: 40



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