It can be tough to create a car racing movie that really makes us feel like we're in the car with the drivers moving at breathtaking speeds.
We've seen Need for Speed, arriving in theaters March 14, and it does that and more. And if you watch Fast and Furious online, it is easy to see why that franchise has spawned five sequels... it gets our engines revving!
And a good car racing movie doesn't even need to be a drama... just check out these Talladega Nights quotes and you'll see how Will Ferrell can get us going, just by being funny.
Click through and check out the 11 car racing movies that fulfill our Need for Speed!
The Fast and the Furious put street racing on the map and made stars out of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. It would go on to spawn five other movies (who might be on this list!) and in many ways redefined how we shoot cars going fast!
Visually arresting and grossly underrated, Speed Racer was the Wachowskis' follow-up to The Matrix movies and perhaps expectations after that blockbuster series were too high. But, in our mind... Speed Racer meets our need for speed.
The true story of one of the sporting world's greatest rivalries is from director Ron Howard. It is one of Howard's best films, and one of the best racing movies of all time. The way Howard captures Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth battling it out on the racing courses of Europe... is nothing short of brilliant.
We adore Death Race starring Jason Statham. The idea of a no-holds-barred car race featuring prison inmates with nothing to lose is brilliant. Toss in the fact that the drivers are trying to kill each other and the winner gets their freedom... what's not to like?