Formula One is a dangerous and intoxicating sport. Each driver who participates in the sport puts themselves at risk; the early years of the sport were blighted with numerous deaths for many of its greatest competitors. Over the years it has become a whole lot safer, much to the relief of the current drivers, yet it has still maintained its excitement Film has never managed to truly depict these escapades to the full extent we expect, but that's not for lack of trying. Here are five Formula One movies that push the limit.
One of the best films in the last ten years, Asif Kapida's emotional, exciting and engaging documentary examines the life of Formula One's greatest driver, Ayrton Senna. The three-time World Drivers Champion comes across as a competitive and relatable individual, who, despite his acclaim, trophies, money and fans, never reached the extraordinary heights that he could have. Heartbreaking cinema.
Sly Gershon, a winning acting combination if ever I've heard of one, Sly applies the "Rocky" formula to this speedy sport, and there is even room for a cameo from Ferrari legend Jean Alesi.
Yes I know, it's hardly a Formula One movie, but the scene where Tony Stark first encounters Mickey Rourke's "Ivan Vanko" is set at the sport's most illustrious circuit, Monaco, and it's a vital element to the film's plot-not that there is much of one. To be honest, it's a miracle that neither Stark or Vanko are decapitated when the latter cuts the former's car in half at 200 miles per hour.
This 1966 classic is fondly remembered for combining its stunning ensemble cast, including James Gardner, Eva Marie Saint and Yves Montand, with recognized Formula One heroes like Jim Clark, Phil Hill, Graham Hill and Jack Brabham. The film dealt with four Formula One drivers, depicting their lives in the season and how those lives affected their families. It drove the crowds wild with excitement on its release. See what I did there?
Steve McQueen's love of all things fast is legendary, but despite his massive star appeal, his 1971 film "Le Mans" ended up being a box office disaster, mainly because no one in America had even heard of the 24-hour racing spectacular. I'm sure Steve had fun on shoot, though, and isn't that all that matters? No? OK.