25 best racing movies ever

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Paul Walker was replaced by a more convincing lead and Vin Diesel makes a cameo at the end – but otherwise it's a new cast for the third entry into the Fast and the Furious franchise. The use of drifting, a popular street racing trend in Japan, breathed new life into the franchise.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

As with most of Will Ferrell's flicks, you'll probably find Talladega Nights funnier with each subsequent viewing, but there's plenty to laugh at on your first lap – especially when Ferrel's on-the-spot improvisation is coupled with Sacha Baron Cohen's equally random ridiculousness (and possibly the worst French accent we've ever heard). Shake and Bake, baby.

Death Race (2008)

Everyone's favourite professional diver turned geezer hardman Jason Statham stars in this remake of the 1975 flick Death Race 2000. It's a very different beast to the original film, though – it's set in a corrupt and privatised futuristic prison system which pits inmates against each other for entertainment. Their weapons? Fast cars, loaded up with plenty of things that go boom. Think Roman chariot races, but with more explosions.

Grand Prix (1966)

One of the ten highest grossing films of 1966, and with three Academy Awards for its technical achievements, Grand Prix bowled fans over with its refreshingly unique racing cinematography. The film follows the tale of four Formula One drivers through a fictionalised version of the 1966 F1 season and features a multicultural roster of French, American, English and Italian racers.

Stroker Ace (1983)

Burt Reynolds dons his comedic hat in this 1983 action comedy which, like Talladega Nights, revolves around the perpetually looping world of NASCAR. Duped into a fried chicken sponsorship (which sees the esteemed Mr Reynolds prancing around in a chicken suit), a plan is devised to shake off the flaky sponsor while continuing to win at all costs.