Best Car Racing Movies To Watch This Weekend

Car Racing Movies

If you are a movie buff and simultaneously like car racing then all you need to do is get a hold of these movies before the weekend. Binge watching these movies can make your weekend fly by, that’s for sure!

Death Race

Death Race has almost attained cult status and Fast and Furious is regarded as child’s play in comparison to Death Race. Grenade, machine guns and flamethrowers launchers are deadly obstacles that Statham’s framed prisoner character must dodge in order to escape the Terminal Island penitentiary.

In fact, the best part of the movie is when he is compelled to fight for his survival through a series of drag races.

As a former speedway champion, Statham has a charismatic and mesmerising persona. Unwillingly, he turns into the masked champion known as Frankenstein. On the other hand, Joan Allen hams it up in an excellent portrayal of a sadistic warden. She is the gatekeeper of a super violent method to keep the prisons population low.

The most thrilling and destructive part is the 1000-miles per hour drama on the track which makes the Death Race stand out from most other action movies.


Rush is a biopic released in the year 2013. It is based on the popular rivalry between Formula One racing drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the year 1976. The movie is written by Peter Morgan.

Chris Hemsworth brilliantly portrays the character of a brash playboy Hunt while Daniel Bruhl plays Niki as an ice-cool competitor. Both of them have delivered riveting performances which keeps the audience engaged and interested in the behaviour of the core characters.

Smartly penned by Peter Morgan the movie takes you on an exhilarating car racing expedition. If you want to simulate this experience in real life then all you need to do is find a formula one driving simulator near you.

Grand Prix

Just like Rush, Grand Prix managed to garner a similar level of acclaim and recognition. The movie won the Oscars in multiple categories like Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Sound and Best Director.

The movie was filmed in Super Panavision 70 across various F1 circuits with spectacular race scenes. In fact, even today fans love watching the helicopter angles and split screen shots. The essence of real-life competitive races provided more authenticity to the movie.

There is no doubt that the technical team took all the credit but you cannot ignore the brilliant performance of the cast. James Garner, Antonio Sabato and Yves Montand have depicted realistic personality traits through which audience can easily fall in love with the central characters.

Having professional racing drivers like Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt and Juan Manuel make meaningful cameos was just cherry on the cake.


Although, the movie does not match the elite Pixar standard but it naturally appeals to the younger audience. Pixar was successful in its usual all-encompassing output which makes the movie charming and loveable at least for its target audience.

This is Pixar’s first entirely non-human film since 1998 (A Bug’s Life). The inspiring visual coupled with power packed action helps the central character in the movie Lightning Mcqueen understand the fact that life is more than just winning championships.


All those who were not fans of F1 racing or believed that it belonged only to the rich men driving around circles should not lose any opportunity to watch this movie. They couldn’t keep off the screens when Senna arrived. Senna, is a 2011 movie directed by Asif Kapadia (who also made the heartbreaking documentary-Amy).

The director successfully and rightfully portrayed the rise and tragic fall of the legendary Brazilian motor-racing driver- Ayrton Senna.

The movie portrayed a realistic picture of the polarising former F1 champion by showcasing race track footage and unseen home videos that portrayed his actual story.

The movie predominantly covers only the last decade of Senna’s life, which includes his popular rivalry with Frenchman Alain Prost and his fatal crash at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

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