Best Car Movies List

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

PG-13 2h32min A real car movie! With real actors! Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and RACE CARS!

Finally, a real car movie! With real actors! Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and RACE CARS!

Ford v Ferrari is the true story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966.

In 1963, Ford was in talks with Ferrari to buy the company. With contract ready to sign, Enzo Ferrari said, "never mind."

Ford took offense, said "hold my beer," and vowed to kick their butt on the race track.

Thing is, they didn't race, and they had no car.

Now, my friends, you have a story.

Ford frantically looked for a starting point and found a British designed race car, the Lola Mk6 GT. The Lola was a mid-engine design, had an aluminum framed chassis, and used a small-block Ford V-8 engine. How convenient!

Of course, when Carroll Shelby got the car, he tossed the small-block and stuffed it with a 427 cubic-inch big block. Much better.

The rest is history.

You will appreciate the cinematography. Director James Mangold drew from classic racing movies Le Mans (1971), and Grand Prix (1966). A lot of close up face shots and point-of-view shots from the cockpit.

The film was originally titled "Go Like Hell," based on a book by the same name. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were considered for the roles.

Ford v Ferrari won Oscars for Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Editing. And that means a lot for a car movie.