10 Best Car Race Movies

Wednesday, January 26 by Stephen Pomposello

If you're looking to find the 10 best car race movies, then perhaps you may take delight in these ten fantastic selections of racing movies. The following car race movies feature a variety of racing that ranges from illegal street racing (i.e. "The Fast and The Furious" and "The Cannonball Run"), popular NASCAR racing (i.e. "Days of Thunder"), and even light-hearted animated racing for the family (i.e. "Cars"). Whichever you prefer, you may want to buckle up because it's going to be a bumpy ride.

  1. "Days of Thunder." Directed by Tony Scott and headed by an all star cast ranging from Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Randy Quaid, Michael Rooker, Cary Elwes, to Robert Duvall, "Days of Thunder" follows a young and skilled stock car man who gets his chance to compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
  2. "The Fast and The Furious." Rob Cohen's tale of underground street racers still remains popular to this day. This first entry into the franchise follow Paul Walker who plays an undercover cop who is assigned to infiltrate the world of underground street racing in L.A. in order to bust a hijacking gang.
  3. "Mad Max." Mel Gibson plays the titular role of Mad Max in this first film in the popular "Mad Max" series which depicts a dystopian future in Australia where vicious gangs rule the highways. Max is a police officer who hunts down criminals on the highways of dystopian Australia.
  4. "The Wraith." Inspired by an incident of real life illegal street racing which resulted in the loss of four lives in Arizona, "The Wraith" is a sci-fi action-packed car race movie that follows Charlie Sheen's titular character who has returned from the dead in a ghostly vehicle to seek vengeance on his killers.
  5. "The Cannonball Run." This comedic car race movie is centered around an epic and illegal car race that spans across the United States with a large variety of participants, some whom are played by well-known stars such as Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Burt Reynolds, and Dom DeLuise.
  6. "Gone in 60 Seconds." This original 1970's classic (which was later remade in 2000 with Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie leading the cast) follows a pack of car hijackers who are faced with the challenging task of stealing a total forty eight cars in only a matter of a few days. This car race movie features a half an hour long chase scene.
  7. "American Graffiti." Before "Star Wars," George Lucas indulged in a coming of age film about teenage life in the early 1960s called "American Graffiti." Following a cast of rock and rolling teenagers of the Post World War II generation, the film presents a likable portrait of teen life and has some fine car races.
  8. "Vanishing Point." This hot car race movie follows a man who works for a car delivery service who ends up making a bet with another driver to reach San Francisco from Colorado in under 15 hours. The bet becomes the catalyst for a whole slew of problems from big car chases, highway patrol, Mopar, gay hitchhikers, and even a naked female biker.
  9. "Death Race." As a remake of the original 1970's film titled "Death Race 2000," the Paul W.S. Anderson "Death Race" makes zero improvement over the original with the exception of special effects but this car race movie is the closest we ever got to seeing vehicular combat (i.e. the video game "Twisted Metal") on screen.
  10. "Cars." This Pixar-produced animated family film is a great car race movie for children and for the whole family to watch together. It's about a bunch of talking cars, one of them being a hot-shot race car who finds himself on journey to discover the true foundation of family and friendship.
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