There are so many racing films out there we’ve almost lost count, but why are these movies made so often and what do they offer? One reason why we love racing films is because we get to see so many cool automobiles in a short span of two hours being tested to their absolute limits. Another reason why we love these action-packed flicks is because the only thing that comes even remotely close to boosting cars at their top speeds is watching someone else do it and these movies show us a lot of that.
Car chases, races, and exotic cars — these three things are common amongst all racing movies but your interest in these may come down to what you prefer in the storyline apart from the aforementioned things. Some might like the drama that goes with these super fast beasts or some might enjoy a dash of romance along with some action-packed races while there are many who would just prefer the core focus of the movie entirely on cars and the journey of the driver towards winning.
So just to clear things out, this list is solely for movies that involve street racing of some sort and not professional F1 races or anything like that. Don’t expect movies like ‘Rush‘ or ‘Grand Prix’ here. You will not even find films like ‘Drive’ or ‘Baby Driver’. These movies may be great car flicks but because of their lack of racing scenes, we decided not to include them here. So if you’re still with us and are in for some raw action bound street racing classics, then we’re ready to go! Here’s the list of the best street racing films of all time. You can watch several of these movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
16. Speed Racer (2008)
All the 90s kids would remember the “Go Speedracer Go!” animated series that was featured on Cartoon Network once upon a time. The story of the movie revolves around Speed Racer who wants to win a racing championship so that he can save his family business. But to win, he will have to beat his way through match-fixers, cheaters and also a mysterious racer who goes by the name X and holds the potential to defeat Speed Racer. The film experiments with colorful pallets that give it an anime feel and even when it comes to the story, it isn’t all that bad. Emile Hirsch from ‘Into the Wild‘ plays the lead and brings a good charm to the character.
15. Death Race (2008)