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Brad Pitt Takes On Formula 1 – Will It Lap These Best Racing Films?

Brad Pitt, 59, called his new role “every guy’s dream” as he donned a custom black-and-white racing suit filming a new “Formula 1” movie for Apple Studios. Pitt walked the grid, alongside costar Damson Idris, with real-life Formula 1 racers, world champions Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, at the British Grand Prix. Pitt and Idris play drivers Sonny Hayes and Joshua Pearce in the untitled Joe Kosinski-directed flick.

“I would be a guy who raced in the 90s,” Pitt said, explaining the movie’s premise. “He has a horrible crash and kind of craps out and disappears and then is racing in other disciplines.”

“Then his friend, played by Javier Bardem, is the team owner,” Pitt further detailed. “They’re the last place team, they’re 21, 22 on the grid, they’ve never scored a point, and they have a young phenom played by Damson Idris, and he brings me in as kind of a Hail Mary and hijinks ensue.”

“Tell you what’s amazing about it, you’ll see the cameras come out all over the car, the shots you’ve never seen speed, you’ve never seen G forces like this, it’s really, really exciting,” Pitt elaborated.

Pitt was interviewed by Sky Sports F1 presenter Martin Brundle after his turn in a modified Formula 2 car. “I’ve got to say it’s just great to be here,” Pitt said. “We’re just having such a laugh, such a laugh, time of my life.”

“Listen, it’s just all been great; I mean, the vibe’s amazing. Just to get to be a part of it in this way and get to tell our story, everyone has been really cool with us,” Pitt continued. “All the teams have opened the doors for us.”

“I’m gonna be here until they kick me out because I’m loving it,” Pitt added. “I think it’s every guy’s dream.”

The 10 Best Racing Movies of All Time

Only time will tell how Pitt’s new racing movie will stack up against the competition. And competition is fierce! Hollywood has delivered some pulse-pounding films based on racing, whether it’s NASCAR, street racing, or the Grand Prix. Read on for our countdown.


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10. The Great Race (1965)

Synopsis: “The Great Race” is a comedic adventure that follows the rivalry between daredevil racer The Great Leslie and the dastardly Professor Fate. Their competition takes them on a daring race around the world, filled with outrageous obstacles, hilarious mishaps, and memorable characters.

Why It’s Worth Watching: “The Great Race” is a lighthearted, fun-filled romp combining racing and comedic escapades. With its vibrant sets, over-the-top stunts, and delightful performances from stars like Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, the film offers a joyful and entertaining ride that keeps viewers laughing from start to finish.

9. Racing Dreams (2009)

Synopsis: “Racing Dreams” is a documentary that follows the journey of three young aspiring racers as they compete in the World Karting Association’s National Pavement Series. The film provides a raw and intimate look at the challenges, and dreams. The sacrifices these young drivers face in pursuing a career in professional racing.

Why It’s Worth Watching: “Racing Dreams” offers a compelling and insightful exploration of the world of grassroots racing. Through the eyes of its young protagonists, the film provides an authentic glimpse into the passion, determination, and competitive spirit that fuels the dreams of aspiring racers.

8. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

Synopsis: “The Fast and the Furious” introduces viewers to street racing, focusing on the story of an undercover cop who infiltrates a gang suspected of hijacking trucks. As he becomes deeply involved with the group, he faces a moral dilemma.

Why It’s Worth Watching: This action-packed film kick-started a successful franchise and became a cultural phenomenon. With thrilling racing scenes, memorable characters, and a mix of adrenaline-pumping action and camaraderie, “The Fast and the Furious” offers an exciting and entertaining movie experience.

7. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Synopsis: “Talladega Nights” is a hilarious comedy that parodies the world of NASCAR racing. It follows the overconfident and flamboyant driver Ricky Bobby, facing various challenges and rivalries in his quest for glory.

Why It’s Worth Watching: This racing comedy, starring Will Ferrell, brings non-stop laughter with its outrageous characters and absurd situations. While it may not be a traditional racing film, its lightheartedness and comedic approach provide an entertaining and enjoyable movie experience.

6. Grand Prix (1966)

Synopsis: “Grand Prix” follows several Formula One drivers’ lives and racing careers as they compete in various Grand Prix races worldwide. The film delves into these drivers’ personal struggles, rivalries, and triumphs, both on and off the track.

Why It’s Worth Watching: Directed by John Frankenheimer, “Grand Prix” is a visually stunning film that explores the Formula One world in-depth. The movie’s realistic racing sequences, combined with strong performances and a captivating narrative, make it a true classic in the racing genre.

5. Days of Thunder (1990)

Synopsis: In “Days of Thunder,” hotshot driver Cole Trickle enters the high-stakes world of NASCAR racing. Trickle must navigate fierce competition, personal rivalries, and the challenges of the sport while trying to establish himself as a champion.

Why It’s Worth Watching: Directed by Tony Scott, “Days of Thunder” combines thrilling racing scenes with a captivating story and an exceptional cast that includes Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The film’s intense action and compelling character dynamics make it an exciting watch for racing enthusiasts.

4. Cars (2006)

Synopsis: In the animated film “Cars,” Lightning McQueen, a cocky race car, finds himself stranded in a small town called Radiator Springs on his way to a big race. Through unexpected friendships and life lessons, McQueen learns the value of community and the true meaning of success.

Why It’s Worth Watching: “Cars” combines racing excitement with heartwarming storytelling, lovable characters, and stunning animation. With its memorable cast and a heartfelt message, this Pixar gem appeals to both young and old, delivering an engaging and entertaining racing adventure.

3. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Synopsis: Based on a true story, “Ford v Ferrari” depicts the incredible journey of automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless driver Ken Miles as they team up to build a revolutionary race car for Ford to challenge Ferrari’s dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Why It’s Worth Watching: With exhilarating racing sequences and strong performances from Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Ford v Ferrari” offers a compelling blend of high-speed action and human drama. The film’s attention to detail and the captivating underdog story make it a standout in the genre.

2. Le Mans (1971)

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race, this film follows the story of a skilled driver, Michael Delaney, who seeks redemption after a tragic accident. Delaney faces fierce competition on the track while battling his own personal demons.

Why It’s Worth Watching: “Le Mans” is a classic racing film that immerses viewers in the world of endurance racing. The film’s use of real footage from the Le Mans race, combined with Steve McQueen’s intense performance, creates an authentic and thrilling cinematic experience.

1. Rush (2013)

Synopsis: “Rush” tells the gripping true story of the intense rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 racing season. As the two drivers push themselves to the limit, both on and off the track, their rivalry reaches a boiling point, leading to a life-changing accident.

Why It’s Worth Watching: Directed by Ron Howard, “Rush” beautifully captures the intensity of Formula One racing and the complex relationship between two fierce competitors. With stunning visuals, compelling performances, and a compelling storyline, this film is a must-watch for racing enthusiasts and movie lovers alike.