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

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List Rules Only 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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The Fast and the Furious... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rob Cohen

The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The film is the first ...more

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde

Released: 2013

Directed by: Ron Howard

Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric as two cops in the 1970s who ...more

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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
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tony Scott

Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole ...more

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Fast Five is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
ShoxruxMessi added Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2011

Directed by: Justin Lin

Fast Five is a 2011 American action film directed by Justin Lin, and the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of street racers plan ...more

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The Fast and the Furious... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Vin Diesel, Bow Wow, Amber West

Released: 2006

Directed by: Justin Lin

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 American action film directed by Justin Lin, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Chris Morgan. It is the third installment of The Fast and ...more

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2 Fast 2 Furious is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Eva Mendes, Paul Walker, Ludacris

Released: 2003

Directed by: John Singleton

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Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
NeerajKumar added Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Justin Lin

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Le Mans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Countermoon added Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda, Carlo Cecchi

Released: 1971

Directed by: Lee H. Katzin

Le Mans is a 1971 action film directed by Lee H. Katzin, starring Steve McQueen. It features footage from the actual 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race in June 1970. Released in June 1971 and given a ...more
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Fast & Furious is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
bwaebers added Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2009

Directed by: Justin Lin

Fast & Furious is a 2009 American street racing action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. The plot ...more

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Grand Prix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Toshiro Mifune

Released: 1966

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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Need for Speed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
81skullcrusher added Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots

Released: 2014

Directed by: Scott Waugh

Need for Speed is a 2014 action film written by George Nolfi and to be directed by Scott Waugh.

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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Talladega Nights: The Ba... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Adam McKay

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) stays atop the heap thanks to a pact ...more

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The Cannonball Run is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Farrah Fawcett, Terry Bradshaw, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1981

Directed by: Hal Needham

The Cannonball Run is a 1981 comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, and an all-star supporting cast. It was directed by Hal Needham, produced by Hong ...more

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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
MarkPeters added Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Yates

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Death Race is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez

Released: 2008

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

This film is a 2008 American science fiction action thriller film produced, written, and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Jason Statham. Though referred to as a remake of the 1975 ...more
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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
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Released: 2015

Directed by: James Wan

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Senna 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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Released: 2010

Directed by: Asif Kapadia

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Driven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Estella Warren

Released: 2001

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Redline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Nadia Bjorlin, Eddie Griffin, Tim Matheson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Andy Cheng

Redline is a 2007 American action film starring an ensemble cast. The film's plot is centered on a street racing circle funded by a group of multimillionaires who wage millions of dollars over ...more
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Vanishing Point is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
MikaLindström added Viggo Mortensen, Jason Priestley, Keith David

Released: 1997

Directed by: Charles Robert Carner

Vanishing Point is a 1997 television remake of the 1971 cult film that aired on the Fox television network. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Jason Priestley, Peta Wilson, Christine Elise and ...more
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Stroker Ace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
wiabux added Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Jim Nabors

Released: 1983

Directed by: Hal Needham

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3: The Dale Earnhardt St... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
CodyREcoff added Elizabeth Mitchell, J.K. Simmons, Barry Pepper

Released: 2004

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
JericoQuintoGalban added Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

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The Great Race is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Car Racing Movies That Really Put The Pedal To The Metal
Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1965

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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