Films about car racing that make the viewer end up on the asphalt, penetrate him with the intensity of the dangers in the race track. There aren’t really many to be found. The film Rush, which will be released this week in the Belgian halls, can effortlessly compete for the title of ‘best film of the genre ever made’.
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So put on your helmets (read detailed motorcycle helmet reviews) and ride with us as we bring you to a quick movie tour. We could not miss this opportunity to give an overview of the best feature films that glorify the noble art of car racing.
Overview of The Best Feature Film on The Art of Car Racing
Driven – In 2001, Sylvester Stallone lands behind the wheel of this Renny Harlin movie, on the American pistes, as a pilot of Indy Car (a sort of American Formula 1). The film is quite mediocre to be honest, but the scenes in which people are racing are more than successful.
Michel Vaillant – (flopped) film adaptation of Louis-Pascal Couvelaire from the famous comic series, with Sagamore Stévenin and produced by Luc Besson. It became a big disappointment. The film received a lot of criticism, but the scenes on the Le Mans track remain very exciting.
Talladega Nights: the ballad of Ricky Bobby – There aren’t many comedies who have dared to take the slippery path of the car races. Will Ferrell and John C. Reill indulge in this 2006 comedy by Adam McKay, who unfortunately was never shown in French halls.
Winning – This American film, directed by James Goldstone, was released in 1969. For the first time, Paul Newman got behind the wheel of a racing car. This made such a deep impression on him that cars continued to play a major role in his life.
Fast & Furious – We write 2001, far from the traditional circuits. But this film by Rob Cohen, with Vin Diesel, just tears down the asphalt and gives fans of exciting races a first-class adrenaline boost…
Days of Thunder – This Tony Scott film from 1990 is a reference in the genre. A feature film focused on the Nascar sport and a young pilot with a short fuse, incarnated by Tom Cruise, who shows us a sample of Top Gun at the wheel of a car. Cool!
Grand Prix – This film by John Frankenheimer, released in 1966, is probably the first classic dedicated to Formula 1 racing. While driving we meet Yves Montand, along with the big names of the time (Jim Clark …) and legendary circuits.
Rush – Ron Howard’s film, which will be released in theaters this week, effortlessly gains a place on the stage. The nervous and exciting direction treats us to two breathtaking hours at the wheel of one of the most beautiful F1s from the 70s.
Cars – Do you think that this Disney animation film does not belong in this top 10? With this film, Pixar has nevertheless made a beautiful declaration of love for cars and car racing, and with this achieved one of his greatest successes.
Le Mans – This 1971 film by Lee H. Katzin, with Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch and Michael Delaney, remains the reference par excellence. He is perhaps a bit outdated and could be overtaken by Rush over time , but for now this is the cult classic of the genre.