Best Car Movies List

Grand Prix (1966)

NR 176 min. Directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, Jessica Walter and Antonio Sabàto.

Grand Prix is a fictional story that follows four racers through a Formula One season. There is plenty of racing as well as the human drama of affairs and struggles with self-confidence.

The movie conveys realism by including actual racing footage.

What also sets this movie apart is the visual creativity.

Director John Frankenheimer recruited graphic designer Saul Bass to plan, direct and edit almost all of the racing scenes in the movie.

The most brilliant scene in this movie, and cinematic history, is where one car overtakes the other, portrayed as a shark slowly devouring its prey. This is how you visually tell a story!

Racing fans will enjoy cameo appearances by drivers including Formula One World Champions Jim Clark, Phil Hill, Graham Hill, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jochen Rindt and Jack Brabham.

Other drivers that appear in the film are Dan Gurney, Richie Ginther, Joakim Bonnier, Bruce McLaren and Jo Siffert.

Toshiro Mifune, legendary Japanese actor, had a supporting role as a race team owner, a strong reference to the real-life Soichiro Honda.

Grand Prix was one of the ten highest grossing films of 1966. It won three Academy Awards for its technical achievements.

Grand Prix makes it into the "Best Car Movies" canon due to director John Frankenheimer enlisting Saul Bass to handle the racing scenes, ensuring a timeless masterpiece of racing cinema.