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

Updated January 20, 2021 20.6k votes 6.5k voters 990.5k 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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    Steve McQueen, Luc Merenda
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    Days of Thunder

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    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
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    Eva Mendes, Paul Walker
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    Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson
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    Fast & Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez
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    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
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    Furious 7

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    Death Race

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    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling
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    Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson
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    Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson
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