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Top 5 Formula 1 Movies

Top 5 Formula 1 Movies

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  1. Grand Prix
  2. Senna
  3. Weekend of a Champion
  4. Rush
  5. Williams

1. Grand Prix

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Grand Prix is an Oscar-winning movie, which came out in 1966. John Frankenheinmer directed this Formula 1 movie. The three Academy Awards the movie got were for best film editing, best sound effects, and best sound. Grand Prix was one of the highest-grossing films of its year.

Grand Prix follows the fate of four Formula 1 drivers set in a dramatized version of the 1966 Formula 1 season. The movie follows the stories of Jean-Pierre Sarti (Yves Montand), Pete Aron (James Garner), Scott Stoddard (Brian Bedford), and Nino Barlini (Antonio Sabato). The movie displays an accident during a race, in which Scott Stoddard is left injured and Pete Aron gets dropped by his sponsor. Throughout the movie, each driver navigates their way through relationships, love, and driving. Grand Prix includes real-life racing footage and cameo appearances from real Formula 1 drivers. Some of the drivers include Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt, Phil Hill, and Jack Brabham.

2. Senna

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Senna is a documentary that explores the life of Ayrton Senna. This movie was released in 2010 and directed by Asif Kapadia. Senna has won many awards such as the "World Ciena Audience Award: Documentary" at the Sundance Film Festival. It has also won BAFTAs for "Best Documentary' and "Outstanding British Film."

The documentary follows Ayrton Senna's Grand Prix debut in 1984 in Brazil up to his death at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. Senna is a three-time world champion and won the Formula 1 Championships in 1988, 1990, and 1991. The movie also follows Senna's well-known rivalry with Alain Prost. The film uses home video footage and archived footage from racetracks. The majority of the footage was unseen and followed ten years of his life. Although most of the events of his life were known, the film reveals an emotional and moving side to his story.

3. Weekend of a Champion

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Weekend of a Champion is a documentary directed and produced by Roman Polanski in 1972. The movie follows the story of Formula 1 driver Jackie Stewart during the Monaco Grand Prix. At that time, Stewart was a 2-time championship winner. Roman Polanski was close friends with Stewart, which allowed him to video and document Stewart throughout the weekend. This close-up access gave fans a real-life insight into the driver's life and what his thoughts were leading up to his races. The film showcases light-hearted moments with Stewart to the seriousness of his races. Having Polanski record these intimate moments drew fans to this authentic and carefree footage. In 2013, the documentary was restored for the Cannes Film Festival. They added 10 additional minutes of footage with both Polanski and Stewart conversing about the movie and how racing has changed throughout the years.

4. Rush

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Rush is a biographical film, directed by Ron Howard in 2013. This movie recreates the Formula 1 season in 1976 and displays the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. James Hunt is played by Chris Hemsworth, and Daniel Bruhl plays Niki Lauda.

The movie captures how both rivals fiercely compete for the championship title. Hunt was a British racer, known to be self-confident and charming. In contrast, Lauda practiced a methodical and technical approach to racing. Lauda also suffered from a brutal crash at the Nurburgring. The film follows the different styles of the two drivers and how they found a way to navigate their career and love lives. Although both practice polarizing approaches, they share a love for racing and were connected through that. Their fierce rivalry is what pushed one another to reach their greatest potential and achievements.

5. Williams

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Williams is a 2017 documentary directed by Morgan Matthews. The movie follows the story of the Williams Formula 1 team. New and archival footage helps unravel the story about the Williams family and how they gained success. Interviews with Sir Patrick Head and Nigel Mansell were featured in the film to display this true story and help showcase the Williams family business. The story goes through how Frank Williams found the F1 team to how in the present his daughter Claire is in charge. Another main character is Frank's wife and Claire's mother, Virginia Williams, who plays a focal point in the family's story and success. The Williams family is considered to be one of the most celebrated families in Formula 1, and have built a well-established empire. The story exhibits the thrilling, fascinating, successful, and tragic parts of the Williams family and how they have built a name for themselves in the racing industry.



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