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by joaopneves | created - 17 Jan 2017 | updated - 03 Apr 2017 | Public

Which of these "speed documentaries" is indeed the fastest one? Best motoring documentaries of all time (including shorts).


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1. Apex: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

"APEX: The Story of the Hypercar" spotlights a new class of exotic sports cars designed to blast from zero to 200 miles per hour in seconds. Rocket science meets the auto industry as "APEX"... See full summary »

Directors: J.F. Musial, Josh Vietze | Stars: Manuel Berglung, Chris Goodwin, Dan Greenawalt, Chris Harris

Votes: 1,434

2. Hitting the Apex (2015)

138 min | Documentary, Sport

'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: 2,612

3. Faster (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

The first film to go inside the MotoGP world since television took a sport watched by a few thousand spectators at race tracks and turned it into prime-time entertainment for over 350 ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Neale | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Garry McCoy

Votes: 1,253

4. Riding Solo to the Top of the World (2006)

94 min | Documentary

Riding Solo To The Top Of The World' is the unique experience of a lonesome traveler, who rides his motorcycle all the way from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the World, the ... See full summary »

Director: Gaurav Jani | Star: Gaurav Jani

Votes: 160

5. Fastest (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

Shot around the world in 2010 and 2011 and narrated by Ewan McGregor, 'Fastest' captures the intense and thrilling reality of the MotoGP World Championship, documenting a pivotal moment in ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Neale | Stars: Jorge Lorenzo, Ewan McGregor, Valentino Rossi, Ben Spies

Votes: 2,112

6. 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: 5,981

7. Why We Ride (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Family, History

The passion of the riders and the soul of their machines.

Director: Bryan H. Carroll | Stars: Jim Adams, Ernie Alexander, Kenny Alexander, Jay Allen

Votes: 793

8. NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (2004)

PG | 48 min | Sport

58 Metascore

A big-screen look into one of America's most successful entertainment industries, NASCAR racing.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson

Votes: 579 | Gross: $20.03M

9. 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: 57,972 | Gross: $1.61M

10. 32 Hours 7 minutes (2013)

101 min | Documentary

A documentary film on the legacy of the U.S. Express - once known as the Cannonball Run - and the controversy shrouding the incredible secret behind the record time set on the last such illegal race nearly a quarter century ago.

Director: Cory Welles | Stars: Cory Welles, Steve Clausman, David Diem, Richard Doherty

Votes: 130

11. Truth in 24 (2008)

95 min | Documentary, Sport

"Truth in 24" chronicles the Audi Sport racing teams as they attempt to win a record fifth consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans. The films gives viewers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes view ... See full summary »

Directors: Keith Cossrow, Bennett Viseltear | Stars: Jason Statham, Ulrich Baretzky, Frank Biela, Rinaldo Capello

Votes: 450

12. 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: 267

13. Road (I) (2014)

102 min | Documentary, Sport

Brothers addicted to speed. At any price. Motorcycle road racing is the most dangerous of all motor sports. One in which men compete at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on closed country ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery | Stars: Liam Neeson, Liam Beckett, Siobhan Carter, Stephen Davison

Votes: 1,225

14. Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide (2014)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

This film is about drive. It's about the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo's birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution.

Director: Tamir Moscovici | Stars: Michael Gervais, Kazunori Yamauchi, Jordan Greer, Yasukichi Yamamoto

Votes: 125

15. 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: 1,968

16. Urban Outlaw (2012)

32 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A portrait of Magnus Walker, the rebel Porsche customizer who turned a hobby into an obsession, and an obsession into a successful business. From a workshop in downtown Los Angeles, Magnus ... See full summary »

Director: Tamir Moscovici | Stars: Karen Walker, Magnus Walker

Votes: 71

17. On Any Sunday (1971)

G | 96 min | Documentary, Sport

75 Metascore

Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dave Aldana, Mark Brelsford, Bruce Brown

Votes: 1,193

18. 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: 920 | Gross: $0.64M

19. Climb Dance (1990)

5 min | Documentary, Short

A annual race up Pikes Peak in Colorado!

Director: Jean Louis Mourney | Star: Ari Vatanen

Votes: 84

20. 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, Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher

Votes: 3,574

21. 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: 441 | Gross: $40.00M

22. 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, Travis Pastrana, Jimmy N. Roberts, Kenny Roberts

Votes: 352 | Gross: $0.54M

23. On Any Sunday II (1981)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

In this documentary on motorcycle racing, the sequel to ON ANY SUNDAY, interviews with various racing legends are combined with races in just about every possible environment: dirt, sand, ... See full summary »

Directors: Ed Forsyth, Don Shoemaker | Stars: Bob Hannah, Bruce Ogilvie, Bruce Penhall, Kenny Roberts

Votes: 85

24. Outsiders: Japan (2012)

92 min | Documentary

Join Phil Morrison and James Robinson from Driftworks, Mitto Steele from MeiNoMai and Pieter Gouwy from Garage Portello on a stunning tour of the real drift scene in Japan.

Director: Al Clark | Stars: Daniel Bridle, Pieter Gouwy, Phil Morrison, James Robinson

Votes: 78

26. The Speed Merchants (1972)

Documentary, Action, Sport

1972 Sports Car racing. From 24hrs of Le Mans to 24hrs at Daytona. Told by drivers Mario Andretti and Vic Elford.

Director: Michael Keyser | Stars: Mario Andretti, Vic Elford

Votes: 51

27. Easier Said Than Done (2013)

75 min | Documentary

Easier Said Than Done explores the ultimate motorsport - rallying. Following an international cast of characters including top drivers, mechanics and co-drivers from around the world. The ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Johnston | Star: Chris Duplessis

Votes: 41

28. NASCAR: The Ride of Their Lives (2008 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

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Director: Rory Karpf | Stars: Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, John Bickford, Kevin Costner

Votes: 49

29. 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: 281

30. Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary (2012 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Biography, History

It was a strange and curious misfit. Though born a Buick, the Grand National was clearly something else. It was too quick and too brutish to carry that stodgy name. There was something ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Filippone Jr. | Stars: Tony Assenza, Paul Castle, Richard Clark, Bob Colvin

Votes: 54

31. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,960 | Gross: $1.68M

32. Weekend of a Champion (2013)

93 min | Documentary

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.

Director: Frank Simon | Stars: Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill, Roman Polanski, Nina Rindt

Votes: 438

33. Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May (2005 Video)

69 min | Documentary

Switch your sofa for bucket seats and buckle-up for Gumball 3000 - '6 Days In May', the adrenaline-fuelled tale of 2004's Gumball 3000, the world's most glamorous and notorious rally. Drive... See full summary »

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Adrien Brody, Maximillion Cooper, Rob Dyrdek, Tony Hawk

Votes: 105

34. 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, Roman Polanski, Steve McQueen, Jay Sebring

Votes: 1,180 | Gross: $0.00M

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