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The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal

Updated May 18, 2020 21.3k votes 6.4k voters 988.1k views57 items

List RulesOnly films that feature auto / car racing or racecar drivers.

List of the best racing movies and Nascar movies. What's the best racing movie of all time? These are the top racing films and can be reranked to make your own list of automotive racing movies. If you want more awesome movie ideas; then check out our lists of best drama movies, best action movies on Netflix and best comedies on Netflix

A lot of times top car brands are showcased in these films. So, what are the best racing movies? Some of the best racing films on this list are street racing movies like The Fast and the Furious. Also, if you enjoy racing films check out Ranker's list of car chase movies and our car movies list.

These may not be all movies about racing, but they are the best. And if you like these movies, be sure to check out these other movies about driving and cars.

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Rush

    Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth

    Released2013

    Directed byRon Howard

    Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Le Mans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Le Mans

    Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda

    Released1971

    Directed byLee H. Katzin

    Le Mans is a 1971 action film directed by Lee H. Katzin, starring Steve McQueen. It features... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Days of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1990

    Directed byTony Scott

    Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

    The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action film directed by Rob Cohen... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

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    Grand Prix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Grand Prix

    James Garner, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Grand Prix is a 1966 American action film with an international cast. The picture was directed... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Need for Speed

    Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson

    Released2014

    Directed byScott Waugh

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    The Fast and the Furious: Toky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Released2006

    Directed byJustin Lin

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 American action film directed by Justin Lin,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Senna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    2 Fast 2 Furious is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    2 Fast 2 Furious

    Eva Mendes, Paul Walker

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 American street racing action film directed by John Singleton. It... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Cars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

    Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Fast Five

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    Fast & Furious is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Fast & Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2009

    Directed byJustin Lin

    Fast & Furious is a 2009 American street racing action film directed by Justin Lin and written... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Fast & Furious 6

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2013

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    The Cannonball Run is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    The Cannonball Run

    Farrah Fawcett, Terry Bradshaw

    Released1981

    Directed byHal Needham

    The Cannonball Run is a 1981 comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Talladega Nights: The Ballad o is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Released2006

    Directed byAdam McKay

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Furious 7 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Furious 7

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2015

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Ford v. Ferrari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Death Race is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Death Race

    Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson

    Released2008

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    This film is a 2008 American science fiction action thriller film produced, written, and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Driven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Driven

    Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds

    Released2001

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    3: The Dale Earnhardt Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    3: The Dale Earnhardt Story

    Elizabeth Mitchell, J.K. Simmons

    Released2004

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

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    Drive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

    Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Stroker Ace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Stroker Ace

    Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson

    Released1983

    Directed byHal Needham

    Stroker Ace is a 1983 action comedy film, filmed in North Carolina and Georgia, about a NASCAR... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Vanishing Point is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Vanishing Point

    Viggo Mortensen, Jason Priestley

    Released1997

    Directed byCharles Robert Carner

    Vanishing Point is a 1997 television remake of the 1971 cult film that aired on the Fox... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Born to Race is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
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    Born to Race

    Christina Moore, Spencer Breslin

    Released2011

    Directed byAlex Ranarivelo

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