Auto Racing: Grand Prix (1966)
There are great films that capture the drama of racing, and others that examine the sheer masculinity it takes to throw down your foot and see how fast you can drive without crashing. But none have been able to capture what it's like to actually sit in the cockpit and steer through the structured insanity of a race like Grand Prix. The ambitious, full-throttle John Frankenheimer film focuses on a fictionalized version of the 1966 Formula 1 season, starring James Garner as an American driver Pete Aron. It ebbs between celebrating a drivers' willingness to challenge the physics (and logic) of the racetrack, and the somber realization that some men don't always make it back to the pits.