The release of the new movie Bennett's War makes this a good time to look at the best motocross movies. It's about a young soldier trying to save his father's farm by entering a motocross competition. The movie offers plenty of intense motorcycle action, as well as one of the best screen performances from country singer Trace Adkins, who plays the soldier's father. You get a good mix of emotional storytelling and racing thrills.
Of course, there are plenty of other dirt bike movies out there, too. This particular type of picture offers a number of pleasures for bike enthusiasts. For starters, you get to see some amazing bikes, which is a core part of the appeal. They often have impressive riding and stunts that leave you with your jaw on the floor. The greatest examples have strong characters and compelling plots to compliment the more outwardly exciting elements. Other pleasures are more subtle. Old motocross movies allow you to ponder how the sport has changed over the decades, while those from other countries help you see how it's carried out across the globe.
Vote up your favorites on this motocross movies list, whether old or new, fiction or documentary, domestic or foreign.
The 2019 drama Bennett's War is not just a movie about motocross, it's a movie that uses motocross to get at larger issues. This is the story of Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark), a young soldier who is critically injured by an IED explosion during combat. Upon returning home, he learns that his father Cal (Trace Adkins), might lose the family farm because he's gotten behind on mortgage payments. To earn money, Marshall trains and competes as a motocross racer, despite the possibility of aggravating his injuries even further.
The motocross scenes in the film are well-staged. What makes them really special, though, is that we develop an emotional investment in them. We want Marshall to stay safe, win the big competition, and save that farm.
Actors: Michael Roark, Trace Adkins, Allison Paige, Ali Afshar, Brando Eaton
Directed by: Alex Ranarivelo
Supercross, released in 2005, is the story of two brothers, both of whom are motocross racers. K.C. (Steve Howey) is a hotshot daredevil on the racetrack, while Trip (Mike Vogel) is more focused and methodical. After Trip is knocked out of the circuit by an injury, he takes on the task of coaching K.C. toward ultimate victory.
Motocross action is front-and-center in Supercross. The sport is presented with great enthusiasm, and there's a lot of authenticity in how it is portrayed.
Actors: Channing Tatum, Sophia Bush, Daryl Hannah, Cameron Richardson, Robert Patrick, + more
Directed by: Steve Boyum
Motocrossed takes a kooky comedic approach to the sport. It's the story of young racer Andrew Carson (Trevor O'Brien). He's set to participate in a big race that his family believes he can win. Misfortune strikes when he breaks his leg and can't compete. Not wanting to sacrifice victory, Andrew's twin sister Andrea (Alana Austin) pretends to be him and enters the race.
Even if a little far-fetched, Motocrossed has a respectable message about how girls can be just as skilled on a motorbike as boys.
Actors: Riley Smith, Mary-Margaret Humes, Alana Austin, Trever O'Brien, Scott Terra
Directed by: Steve Boyum
Winners Take All, from 1987, is partially a motocross flick and partially a "hometown boy makes good" story. Robert Krantz stars as Billy Robinson, a motorcycle racing pro who returns to his hometown. He gets a mixed reception, with some folks excited by his success and others resentful of it. When a local race is organized, Billy enters and finds himself competing against his childhood best friend, Rick (Don Michael Paul).
Actors: Bird York, Tony Longo, Gerardo, Peter DeLuise, Courtney Gains, + more
Directed by: Fritz Kiersch