Most of us would never dream of getting into a race car. In fact, many of us have never even thought of driving above the speed limit. That being said, racing gets everyone excited and films quite well – – which makes for some great sports movies, filled with action and . If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to steer the wheel of a race car, perhaps these films are as close as you’ll get! Hit the accelerator and get driving (and by driving, we mean watching) because we’ve put together a list of the best race movies out there!
Ford v. Ferrari – 2019
“Ford v. Ferrari,” wasn’t just an audience favorite, it managed to land a Best Picture nomination; which is rare for motor movies. The film tells the story of automotive designer Carroll Shelby and racecar driver, Ken Miles, as they battle the laws of physics, corporate interference, and their demons to build a vehicle for Ford Motor Co. The true story starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is one both for drama lovers, and car enthusiasts will enjoy!
The Fast and the Furious – 2001
Perhaps the most famous racing film franchise in Hollywood, “Fast & Furious,” used to be about street racing and debuted with this film in 2001. That’s when they turned into action adventures featuring Dwayne Johnson. Way before the series was earning the big bucks, and casting stars like Jason Statham, the series starred Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. If you’re a “Fast & Furious” fan, you’ll know that the franchise has since branched out and includes video games, theme park attractions, and even short films!
Senna – 2010
The documentary about late Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna isn’t just recognized as one of the best sports documentaries that have been released in recent years. It’s also considered one of the best-received documentaries in Hollywood history. It tells the gripping story of Brazil’s national hero and Formula One racing champion before his unfortunate death at age 34.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – 2006
Who says racing can’t be comedic? Will Ferrel’s brand humor worked perfectly for this film about a confident, loudmouth NASCAR racing sensation who faces defeat. After a competing driver beats him in a race and becomes the world’s top racer, Ricky Bobby tries to regain his prestige. Though it’s hard to take anything that happens in the film seriously, there are a lot of laughs to be had when watching this film.