Do you remember the last time you had to sit through a gruelling hour and a half of bad cinema just because it was a movie about cars? Gearheads are often denied the simple pleasures of a good story and compelling performances. Yet, there are tales of glorious cars and legendary drivers littered throughout the history of motorsport. Following are tales of ambition, passion and tragedy, which artfully demonstrate the love of man and machine.

maxresdefault Death Race 2000 (1975)

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The movie that arguably inspired many modern-day video games, such as Grand Theft Auto, Death Race 2000 is an all-round entertainer that combines three of America’s favourite things: cars, violence and sport. The film is set in the year 2000, when the United States is run by a totalitarian government under a certain Mr President. The 20th annual Transcontinental Road Race is announced, in which the winner is not the one who finishes the race first but the one who runs over the maximum number of pedestrians before getting to the finish line…