There are a lot of Christmas movies on TV and online services at this time of year. But if you’re a racing enthusiast who can’t make it to the track, we’ve got you covered with our live stream. This holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of 10 racing films that are sure to keep you entertained.
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There are a number of ways to fill the void until racing resumes. There’s a lot to choose from, from documentaries about racing legends to a few imaginary hotrods.
Moreover, this is by no means an all-inclusive list. There are countless racing flicks that we may have missed out on. Don’t forget to tell us about your favorite or any that we haven’t covered on social media.
Bookmark this website as well. You’ll want to download these racing movies when we return to the road in 2021.
1. Days of Thunder
Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) is a NASCAR racer who dreams of making it big. To be successful in IndyCar, he’s realized that he’ll need to get his foot in the door with a major team. His driving skills will flourish in NASCAR, where the competition is considerably more level. Rowdy Burns intimidates him as he adapts to stock car racing, and he forms a rivalry with him.
Big-budget Hollywood takes on an all-American racing in “Legend of the Glen.” If you haven’t watched this film before, it could be the perfect remedy during this racing lull in Europe.
2. Talladega Nights
‘Will Ferrell as a NASCAR driver,’ is said to be the film’s original proposal to producers. As a replacement driver and rising star in the sport, Ferrell plays Rocky Bobby, a pit crew member who rises to prominence as a result of his efforts. As a nod to the film’s reality, NASCAR joined on board to help with production. Sebastian Vettel has been known to recite the film over the team radio in the past, and it’s even made its way onto the track.
Formula One cinematic history was made with Rush. A terrible event that had a lasting impact on the sport is recounted together with the stories of two of the sport’s most prominent figures. When it came to entering the world of Formula One, Niki Lauda was a cool, calm and collected talent who pushed himself to the top, whereas James Hunt was the ultimate Playboy. With Lauda’s tragic disaster as its centerpiece, Rush compares their lives on and off the track.
When it comes to spending time with loved ones, Christmas is a great time to introduce children to motorsports. Famous race car driver Lightning McQueen is stranded in a desolate desert village far from the neon lights of the mega circuits he’s used to in this Pixar classic. Even Michael Schumacher makes a cameo appearance.
5. Le Mans ’66 / Ford vs Ferrari
In motorsport, this is the story of the ultimate underdog. An American automaker hires Christian Bale and Brad Pitt to play race car drivers and engineers. The Le Mans 24 Hours is the ultimate test for American Ford, who specialize in family road cars. The film follows the team’s efforts to get on the grid and win the race against the likes of Porsche and Ferrari.
Including a few documentaries wouldn’t be complete without them. Bruce McLaren, a Kiwi racing driver, is the subject of the first film, McLaren. There are interviews and dramatizations in this documentary about a legendary racing driver. His racing career began in 1958, when he racked up four victories and 27 podiums in 100 starts. The McLaren team was created by him in 1963 and has won eight Constructors’ Championships and produced 12 Drivers’ Champions since. He founded the team. Sir Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, and Emerson Fittipaldi all appear in tributes and interviews for this documentary.
Ayrton Senna is another F1 legend. Before his sudden death in a terrible incident at Imola, he was an inspiration to many and was widely recognized as one of the best drivers to ever compete in Formula One. His whole racing career is chronicled in the film, from his 1984 debut at home in Brazil until his final drive ten years later. To revisit the career of this legend, it’s logical to use vintage race film rather than new interviews.
8. Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story
Lewis Hamilton is Formula One’s first and only black driver in the sport’s seven decades of existence. It’s been decades since anyone has broken down the sport’s racial barriers, but one man has been doing so for decades. He was the first black driver to test an F1 car and compete in the prestigious Indy 500, making him the first African-American to do so. Ribbs’ road to IndyCar and the obstacles he had to overcome are the topic of this Netflix Original.
As Mika Hakkinen, Tom Kristensen, Michele Mouton, and Felipe Massa gather around a table to talk about their lives and careers, this unusual film chronicles the stories of these four exceptional drivers in their own words. Motorsport.tv is the sole distributor of the film.
10. The Gentleman Driver
In racing, not all drivers rise to the top because they are talented. Non-professionals can compete alongside the world’s best on some of the world’s most prestigious racing circuits. The Gentleman Driver talks to a few of the businessmen who take on the sport’s most difficult challenges on the track.