10 Best Street Racing Movies

Tuesday, August 16 by Ed Mulero

The 10 best street racing movies bring the adrenaline and speed to audiences across the world. These movies capture the excitement and competitiveness of street racing and the world that exists underneath the surface. Nothing compares to fast cars, fearless drivers behind the wheel and the hot women who love them. The illegal nature of street racing adds a rebel-like quality to the danger that appeals to so many movie fans.

"The Fast and the Furious"

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker starred in this action movie with fast cars and loads of heat. An undercover cop tracks down a thief ring on truckers, which leads him to street racing and the leader of a car repair garage named Dom Toretto.

"Death Race 2000"

Roger Corman directed this B-movie classic about a futuristic sport of savage street racing where killing pedestrians are encouraged for points. David Carradine stars as the champion known as Frankenstein who must contend with his bitter rivals in order to keep his crown.

"Cannonball Run"

Burt Reynolds and company star in the zany comedy about a high stakes street racing across the country. The all-star cast from Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jackie Chan, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Fonda use every dirty trick in the book to win the mad cap race for tons of cash.

"Heavenly Kid"

A street race kills a young man named Bobby Fantana (Lewis Smith) who now has to work as a guardian angel in order to go to heaven. Bobby is assigned to a nerd named Lenny who tries to commit suicide and teaches him how to be cool and avoid the mistakes he has made years ago.

"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"

The third sequel to the first film brings the world of Japanese street racing and "drifting" to the big screen. An American student is exiled to Japan with his estranged father in order to avoid jail time, but soon he gets wrapped up with a beautiful girl mixed up in the Yakuza.

"Biker Boyz"

The son of an urban biker gang contends at a street racing event in Fresno in order to keep his title. Laurence Fishburne, Djimon Hounsou and Kid Rock star in this high octane movie about the inner world of motorcycle clubs.

"The Wraith"

A young man named Jake Kesey (Charlie Sheen) is killed by a vicious gang leader who intimidates the Arizona locals to street race for their cars. Jake returns via a mysterious power in an indestructible vehicle to avenge his death and take out the evil gang of thugs as the Wraith. 

"Speed Racer"

The Wachowskis bring the famous Japanese cartoon to life and in the full spectrum of color. Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman and Christina Ricci star in the story of Speed, a gifted racer who competes in the streets and grand courses of the future to uncover a criminal conspiracy.

"Hot Rod Girl"

The tragic death of his brother in street racing forces Jeff Northrup (John Smith) to stop racing all together. A tough talking newcomer challenges Jeff to return to the course and contend against him and win his girl back. 

"Redline."

Andy Cheng directs this movie about the world of street racing with high class vehicles. A hot babe played by Nadia Bjorlin of a West Coast band gets wrapped up in the competition run by exotic car enthusiasts.