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The Top Ten racing films


“Because he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
He’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse,”

Cake – “The Distance”

When you consider our general love affair with automobiles, it is no surprise that the “car race” is one of the all-time, most popular sub-genres of movies. And it is also no surprise that some of the most beloved actors of all-time starred in at least one racing film in their careers. 

Before we begin, let me state that we are only referring to automobile races. If you are thinking of a film like “Chariots of Fire,” or “Breaking Away,” or “Seabiscuit” when you hear, “top racing films,” then prepare to be disappointed. And stop being so g-damn literal!

If you want the answer to the chicken-or-egg debate as to which came first – in this instance, there is no doubt that the films’ popularity turned many people into racing fans (NASCAR, Formula 1, Indy Car, etc.)

So once again, let’s fill up our fuel tanks, rev our engines, and wave the green starting flag – it’s time to get this show on the road.

The Top Ten (car) racing films

Keith’s List 

  • 10. Death Race (2008)
  • 9. Drive (2012)
  • 8. Stroker Ace (1983)
  • 7. Driven (2001)
  • 6. Fast Five (2011)
  • 5. Cars (2006)
  • 4. The Love Bug (1968)
  • 3. Rush (2013)
  • 2. The Cannonball Run (1981)
  • 1. Days of Thunder (1990)

Honorable Mentions: Speed Racer (2008); Talladega Nights (2006).


My List

  • 10. Redline (2009)^
  • 9. The Love Bug (1968)
  • 8. Talladega Nights (2006)
  • 7. Fast Five (2011)
  • 6. Days of Thunder (1990)
  • 5. The Cannonball Run (1981)
  • 4. Death Race 2000 (1975)
  • 3. Winning (1969)
  • 2. Le Mans (1971)
  • 1. Rush (2013)

Honorable Mentions: Speedway (1929); Grand Prix (1966); Speedway (1968); Bobby Deerfield (1977); Smokey & the Bandit (1977); The Transporter (2002); World’s Fastest Indian (2005); Speed Racer (2008); Fast & Furious (2009); Senna (2010)

^ Note: There are at least seven different movies with the title, “Redline.” This is the anime.

Speaking of which… Next Podcast Unlimited list: Top Ten anime films. 😉


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