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

Updated May 18, 2020 21.4k votes 6.4k voters 988.5k 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
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    Rush

    Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth

    Released2013

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Le Mans
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    Le Mans

    Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda

    Released1971

    Directed byLee H. Katzin

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    Days of Thunder
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    Days of Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1990

    Directed byTony Scott

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    The Fast and the Furious
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Grand Prix
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    James Garner, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    Bullitt
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    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

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    Need for Speed
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    Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson

    Released2014

    Directed byScott Waugh

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    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
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    Released2006

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    Senna
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    Cars
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    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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    Fast Five
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    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    2 Fast 2 Furious
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    Eva Mendes, Paul Walker

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Fast & Furious
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    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2009

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    The Cannonball Run
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    Farrah Fawcett, Terry Bradshaw

    Released1981

    Directed byHal Needham

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    Released2006

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Fast & Furious 6
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    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

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    Christian Bale, Matt Damon

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    Furious 7
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    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2015

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    Death Race
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    Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson

    Released2008

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    3: The Dale Earnhardt Story
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    Elizabeth Mitchell, J.K. Simmons

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    Driven
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    Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds

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    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

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    Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson

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    Vanishing Point
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    Viggo Mortensen, Jason Priestley

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    Winning
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    Paul Newman, Robert Wagner

    Released1969

    Directed byJames Goldstone

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