Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/20/14

To honor the brilliance of Ron Howard as the release of his newest flick “Rush” comes this weeked, it seems like a good time for a top 10 movies list. Rush opened Friday night in New York and Los Angeles with a wide release starting next week. Rush is a racing movie, in case you haven’t heard. So, this top 10 list provides some of the most authentic racing movies of all time.   10. Days Of Thunder (1990) It’s classic Tom Cruise. He plays Cole Trickle, a brash young NASCAR driver. I enjoy reviewing the names of the characters he portrays. This is good enough popcorn fare of the life of drivers in stock car racing, but it’s not good enough to crack the all-time Cruise movie list.   9.  Downhill Racer (1969) Robert Redford was a great pick to play David Chappellet, a hotshot playboy U.S. skier in tough competitions.   8. Chariots of Fire (1981) This won the Oscar for best picture and is most noted for its music. The movie was a period piece done on the Olympics and of the tempestuous relationships between teammates on England’s national track team.   7. Hidalgo (2004) I fell asleep many times during this movie, but its been shown on AMC enough that I have seen all of it, and it is a solid flick about a cross-country horse-race. Viggo Motensen gives an excellent performance.   6. Prefontaine (1997) This is a solid movie that doesn’t necessarily get a lot of credit. It is a great biographical tearjerker on the life of one of America’s most famous distance runners, Steve Prefontaine.   5. Let It Ride (1989) A great cast of characters delivers funny lines and great scenes. It’s a bettor’s movie about horse racing track and the main character Jay Trotter (played by Richard Dreyfuss) keeps losing.   4. The Cannonball Run (1981) This was Burt Reyolds in his prime in a cross-country car race. It is  rerun at times on AMC, so you should catch it if you can. It will make you laugh and it just looks and sounds so early 80s.   3. Rat Race (2001) This movie gives some belly laughs. A cross country race, getting there any way possible, is set up and the characters get involved in some ridiculous scenes. It’s dumb, but fun.   2. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Talk about fun and dumb. This stock car racing flick takes the audience on a ride of Ricky Bobby’s psychological problems and Will Ferrell delivers.   1. Breaking Away (1979) A true underdog masterpiece. This movie is up there with Rudy and Rocky. It has a great plot, subplots, character development and it is based on true events of bicycle racing at Indiana University. It won the Academy Award for best screenplay written directly for the screen in 1980, and was nominated for four other Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. There are plenty of racing movies out there. I’m still waiting for someone to make an Affirmed/Alydar movie, although ESPN put together a wonderful documentary. I have heard that Bobby Deerfield with Al Pacino and Black Beauty from the classic book were both great movies, but I never got around to seeing them. Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com The post The Top 10 most authentic racing movies of all-time appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Nick Saban gives Jim McElwain a ringing endorsement

Report: Bulls players did not endorse Tom Thibodeau

Chuck Pagano: Colts 'further ahead than ever before'

Somehow, the Patriots are going to be just fine

Dwight Howard says he's 'still a champion' after playoff exit

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Klay Thompson takes knee to head from Ariza

DeSean Jackson skips Redskins OTAs, goes to Cavs game

Texans to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

WATCH: Ducks score controversial goal

Report: Ray McDonald arrested for violating restraining order

Braves, Dodgers complete six-player swap

WATCH: Jon Lester sets MLB hitless record

Golden State of Being: Ugly win a beautiful thing for Warriors

Six moves that made the Warriors NBA title contenders

Lil B takes credit for Harden's terrible game, lifts curse

Riley Curry steals show at postgame news conference

Warriors beat Rockets in Game 5, advance to NBA Finals

Kentucky fan in Louisville has 38-1 sticker on car

Nick Kyrgios talks sex before tourneys, dating female players

Jared Dudley: 'Melo is most overrated player in NBA

Garrick Sherman bashes NCAA in epic drunken Twitter rant

Adrian Peterson denies reports that he wants to be traded

Report: Bulls players told Tom Thibodeau will not be back

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Jon Lester sets MLB hitless record

Six moves that made the Warriors NBA title contenders

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Star player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.