5 Iconic Car Racing Movies To Watch: Fast And Furious, Cars, And More
Rev up your engines and get in the starting line! These are the best car racing movies that you'll want to add to your binge-watch list right now
Whether we'd love to admit it or not, racing in the streets is something that we may not be able to do in congested streets and within the watch of traffic enforcers who silently keep speeding tickets at the tip of their pockets.
On days that we are looking for a hair-raising, gut-flinching experience, we could only run to the good old car racing movies Tatler has listed below!
Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Fast And The Furious movie series tops the list of car racing movies around the globe. Its blockbuster's success resulted in 12 movies centred on illegal street racing, heists, spies, and family.
One of the most famous movies from the longstanding franchise is The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift which follows the story of Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) an outsider who defines himself through his victories as a street racer.
Make way for Lightning McQueen! Cars (2006) is a movie that is set in a world where anthropomorphic talking vehicles rule. While travelling to California to race against The King (Richard Petty) and Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton) for the Piston Cup Championship, McQueen (Owen Wilson) falls out of his trailer and becomes lost in a run-down town called Radiator Springs. Together with its odd residents, McQueen realises that racing is not the only thing that matters in life.
The Art of Racing in The Rain
Every movie is always good when a dog is around (yes, we're not including Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend). The Art of Racing In The Rain tells the story of Enzo, a dying golden retriever who recalls his life with owner Denny (Milo Ventimiglia).
Denny is a Formula One driver who takes Enzo in some of his rides. When the former's health begins to rapidly deteriorate, Denny drives him around the track where he used to teach.
While in there, Enzo recalls a television documentary which showcased Mongolian beliefs that after dogs die, some are reincarnated as a human. Enzo explains that he is looking forward to his new life. Eight years later, Denny—now a successful Formula One driver for Scuderia Ferrari—meets a young fan with golden hair who asks for an autograph. Denny agrees and discovers the boy's name is Enzo.
Thunder Alley (1967)
The auto racing film Thunder Alley (1967) is infused with heavy drama. The movie circles around race car driver Tommy Callahan (Fabian Forte) who is banished from professional competition due to his past accident.
Tommy meets Francie Madsen (Annette Funicello) and her boyfriend Eddie Sands (Warren Berlinger). Tommy commits himself to train Eddie in driving; however, the two begin a tense rivalry when the latter steals Tommy's girlfriend Annie Blaine (Diane McBain).
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Your heart will skip a beat with Christine (1983), a supernatural horror film helmed by John Carpenter. The movie, which is based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, follows the changes in the lives of Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) and his peers after buying a classic red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine.
Throughout the film, it is shown that the car has a life of its own and it even seems to have a possessive and jealous personality.