The 10 best car racing movies of all time, according to Ranker

The 10 best car racing movies of all time, according to Ranker

Actor Tyrese Gibson recently teased that Fast X returns to the roots of the franchise. Since robbing DVD trucks isn’t an option these days, it can potentially mean only one thing: street racing. In recent years the franchise has evolved into spy territory, so it will be interesting to see Dom and his “family” compete with rivals for street titles.

While many racing movies have been made over the years, lately there has been a shortage, so a new one from one of the biggest franchises ever will be most welcome. So, what are some of the racing stories worth following, according to ranker† A few iconic movies have popped up in a fan-voted list.


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Need for Speed ​​(2014)

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Need for Speed ​​2014 - Aaron Paul

A street racer who runs his late father’s garage is framed by one of his rivals in a murder case. After his release, he devises the perfect way to get revenge.

Need for speed isn’t exactly one of the best video game movies, but several things made it popular with fans. The first is the strategic release date, which came right after the end of Breaking Bad† This was perfect considering that Aaron Paul was cast in the lead role. And just like the video game, it has incredible chase scenes. Even better is the choice of cars, including a rare Ford Shelby Mustang built by the legendary Carrol Shelby.

Cars (2006)

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After damaging many properties near Radiator Springs, an anthropomorphic race car repents. He is then tasked with repairing the damage for the next race.

Since it’s an animated movie about talking cars, real petrolheads might get frustrated with the lack of dialogue about models and specs. However, those who watch it for entertainment purposes only are guaranteed to have a lot of fun as humor is mixed with high-octane racing and plenty of drama.

The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift

A high school racer is sent to live with his father in Tokyo to avoid jail time. There he makes some loyal friends and fierce rivals.

Tokyo Drift is a refreshing entry into the franchise, as it is the first to not feature Dominic “Dom” Toretto or Brian O’Conner. It’s the first not set in America either. The change in settlement and leads makes any potential viewer excited to find out if it matches the previous two episodes and it does. It also introduces one of the most likeable Fast & Furious characters, Han Lue.

Senna (2010)

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The documentary follows the life of legendary Brazilian Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna. His untimely death is also discussed in detail.

Most Formula 1 fans are still hoping for a real feature film about the driver, but the documentary tells his story quite brilliantly too. While following the accounts of those closest to him, those who have never seen him race can still do so via archival footage showing some of his best moments.

Bullet (1968)

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Lieutenant Frank Bullitt is disappointed when mobsters kill an informant he was supposed to protect. He therefore decides to go after the gangsters on his own.

It’s easy to see why the Steve McQueen movie is popular with racing fans, as it has one of the best chase sequences, stretching from San Francisco to Brisbane over 10 minutes. And the race for survival feels more fun than the regular race for victory. And instead of having too many cars, only a Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger are used.

The Fast & The Furious (2001)

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Dom makes fun of Brian's name in The Fast & The Furious (2001)

After raiding a series of trucks, a couple of street racers come under the FBI’s radar. However, the officer in charge of infiltrating their organization joins them.

It’s the film that lays the foundation for the franchise and it does it in a satisfying way. Plenty of background information is provided for some of the characters who are still in charge of the process to this day. Robberies are also interspersed with street races so that neither leads to boredom.

Grand Prize (1966)

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A scene from the Steve McQueen movie Grand Prix (1966)

A group of racers gather to compete in the 1966 Formula 1 Championship. And when one of them is dropped off by his sponsors, he chooses to join a Japanese racing team.

Although the romantic arcs of the drivers are full of tropics, the race film makes up for it with fantastic camera work during the races. No corner is left uncovered, not even from the driver’s point of view (POV). There are also split screens, meant to track multiple cars at once, doubling the tension.

Days of Thunder (1990)

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A budding NASCAR driver is hired by a major driver, but is soon forced to spend time on the sidelines due to an injury. When he returns, he faces off against a rival determined to end his career.

In a movie that requires a lot of stunt work, Tom Cruise is guaranteed to shine and he does it again here. As is normally the case, romance is added to the plot, making the story much more human. But most of all, days of thunder shines because it looks very realistic. Part of that is because it features real NASCAR racers as well as ESPN commentator Dr. Jerry Punch.

Le Mans (1971)

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Le Mans 1971

A Porsche racer feels partly responsible for an accident that killed his colleague. But he is soon forced to set aside his debt to participate in the strenuous… Le Mans race.

Steve McQueen reappears on the list and he is still as convincing as ever as the man behind the wheel. One of the things that is guaranteed to excite the public is the use of real footage captured during the 1970 Le Man race. As such, there is never any debate as to whether race scenes were shot perfectly or not.

Hurry (2013)

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The intense rivalry between two of Formula 1’s greatest drivers, James Hunt and Nikki Lauda, ​​is explored in great detail. The personal lives of the drivers also play a big part in the story.

Rush is yet another film that benefits from a release at the height of an actor’s fame. Chris Hemsworth goes from holding the Thor hammer to making impressive maneuvers as a bad boy driver in a McLaren car. His opponent Daniel Brühl also convinces as his rival. Apart from the fact that the actors are brilliant, the emotional moments of the film make it brilliant. This includes a scene where Nikki Lauda crashes and nearly dies.

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