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Racing Movies: L-P

commercial movies involving auto racing

Racing Movies L-P


The Last American Hero; also called Hard Driver (1973). Fictional biography of NASCAR great Junior Johnson. One of the best racing movies, with gripping racing scenes and excellent performances by Jeff Bridges as Johnson and a supporting cast that includes Gary Busey, Valerie Perrine, and Geraldine Fitzgerald. Based on articles by Tom Wolfe. (SCRC)

Le Mans (1971). Spectacular racing footage highlights the story of a driver (Steve McQueen) who returns to racing after being injured in a crash, and his relationship with the widow of a driver killed in the same wreck . (SCRC)

The Little Mademoiselle (1915). A mechanic (Arthur Ashley) takes a job as a race car driver in hopes of winning enough money to reunite a stranded French woman (Vivian Martin) with her family.

The Lively Set (1964). Juvenile heart throb James Darren quits college to design and race hot rods and his 1929 roadster with a Chevy 409 engine beats Dough McLure’s Thunderbird. Also starring Pamela Tiffin and Joanie Sommers.

Lookin' Good.  SEE Corky

The Love Bug (1969). Lighthearted Disney romp starring Dean Jones as a down-and-out race driver who is adopted by Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle that wants to race. Also starring Michelle Lee and Buddy Hackett. Andy Granatelli appears as himself.

Love in Las Vegas.  SEE Viva Las Vegas


A Man and a Woman (1966). French Oscar winning film starring Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Trintignant is a widowed race driver who meets Aimee when they are both visiting their children at school.

Mask of Dust.  SEE A Race for Life

Monte Carlo or Bust.  SEE Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies

Moonshine Highway (1996). Moonshiner, with the aid of his lover (the estranged wife of the sheriff), tries to decide whether to continue to haul illegal whiskey or go straight.

Munster, Go Home! (1966). The Munsters go to England when Herman Munster inherits an estate there. Herman is persuaded to compete in a race to uphold the family honor, and outwits his opponent while driving Dragula, a special coffin-shaped car. Based on the tv series. Starring Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, and Robert Pine.


Naked Autumn (1963). A French film tells the story of a former sports car racer who returns to the sport as a solace for a thoroughly unhappy life in middle age. Starring Reginald Kernan and Simone Signoret. Based on Les Mauvais Coups by Roger Vailland.


Pit Stop (also called The Winner) (1969). Stock car racing is featured in this story of a cocky young driver (Richard Davalos) looking to make the big time while leaping from bed to bed. Brian Donlevy co-stars, and pro driver George Washburn has a small role. Filmed at Ascot Park.

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Suzanne Wise
Belk Library and Information Commons
Appalachian State University
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Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection; Bibliographer for the departments of Communication, Computer Science, and Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment