The seventh chapter of the series of the 100 best movies (not documentaries) related to the world of sport is dedicated to the engine. Let us remember that it is not about deciding which one is best but to provide a list of interesting productions for you to enjoy during these days of confinement. Beyond the canalleo tuning of sagas such as ‘Fast and Furious’ or of fun delusions animated as ‘Cars’the world of racing, especially the car in its various versions (endurance, NASCAR, Formula-1), has given game in the cinema since the mid-60’s. If at that time the mechanisms of action of this type were risky and complex, the arrival of the effects of computer-facilitated things, and in recent times have been able to carry out re-enactments great as ‘Rush’ or ‘LeMans’66’. Not surprising that, on the contrary, the bikes are a territory that is relatively untouched in the film.
66. GRAND PRIX
– Original title: Grand Prix
– Year: 1966
– Actors: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand
The first great film of the race showed images of action like we had ever seen, and immediately became in a tape of worship, venerated even today. Directed by John Frankenheimer and set in Formula One, includes shots of actual races and, technically avant-garde (he won three Oscars in this chapter), paved the way for later films of a similar theme. The story revolves around the fate of four riders competing in the World of F-1, 1966, two of Ferrarione of Jordan and another of the japanese brand Yamura, an obvious nod to the emergence of the brands winners in the automotive world.
There are various cameos of totems of the F-1 as Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt, Jack Brabham or Bruce McLaren.
67. LE MANS
– Original title: Le Mans
– Year: 1971
– Actors: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen
Steve McQueen never hid his passion for the four wheels, and was one of the producers of this film, which was shot in large part in the own circuit Le Mans during the 24 Hours of the previous year (1970); the actor even tried to sign up as a pilot coupled to Jackie Stewart carrying cameras subjective but his application was dismissed by the organization. Includes many take real, and for many moments poking at it with the documentary genre, although it is explicitly a movie. As far as the argument itself is a little original (pilot with guilt over an accident earlier attempts to win), but the mystique of McQueen is enough to make this ribbon a ‘must’.
68. DAYS OF THUNDER
– Original title: Days Of Thunder
– Year: 1990
– Actors: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall
This movie was one of the first ‘blockbusters’ of racing cars. Set in NASCAR, racing in american based series cars and contested in circuit oval, the cars used in the production were enrolled in a range of careers officers to be able to roll footage of the action that was job then in the assembly. Although the argument is very similar to ‘Top Gun’another one of the ‘hits’ starring Cruisein this case with the fighter aircraft as a ‘leit motif’, the scenes of the race are excellent, and the music of Hans Zimmer the emphasis is dramatic at the right time.
69. BURT MUNRO: A DREAM, A LEGEND
– Original title: The World’s Fastest Indian
– Year: 2005
– Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea
A movie with motorcycles, for a change. This is a ‘biopic’ about Burt Munro a pilot from new zealand who, during the decade of the 60’s he spent several years modifying a Indian Scout in 1920, a model of a classic bike with the one that subsequently broke the record of pure speed in the salt lakes of Utah. After several attempts, and despite burning some serious leg, Munro established a register of 324,847 kms/hour. Anthony Hopkins is impeccable, as it usually is, in the lead role.
70. LAST LAPS
– Original title: Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby
– Year: 2006
– Actors: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
A funny comedy that revolves around a swaggering NASCAR driver whose obsession is the triumph; the original title refers to the famous circuit Talladega Superspeedway of the state of Alabama. A pilot of F-1 openly gay (Baron Cohen) and a litany of characters delusional, many of them regular contributors to the popular television program entertainment ‘Saturday Night Live’ make the film a delightful madness.
– Original title: Rush
– Year: 2013
– Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde
Ron Howard the head of this vibrant ribbon that is at the heart of the rivalry both as a sport and of personalities opposite, that kept the british pilot James Hunt and the austrian Niki Lauda during the World of F-1 of 1976, which went on to win the first. ‘Sex symbol’ and unworried Hunt and obsessive and a perfectionist Lauda, is admired as much as it is hated in the year in which the austrian suffered a horrible accident that desfiguraría for life. The scenes of the race are reconstructions excellent, very faithful to the era in both the cars as in the circuits that are simulated. Part of the filming was performed in the paths of Brands Hatch (United Kingdom) and Nurburgring (Germany).
72. LE MANS’66
– Original title: Ford v Ferrari
– Year: 2019
– Actors: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, John Bernthal
Directed by the specialist in action movies James Mangold and with two magnetic heads of poster in the leading roles, tells the story of the attempt of the american brand Ford of dethroning the everlasting Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1966; for it is entrusted to a team of engineers, mechanics and designers who could build a car from scratch. The pure adrenaline that transmit the scenes of racing, worked to detail, are a perfect counterpoint to the grief of interpretation that remain Bale and Damon.