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Automobiles have been hugely popular topics for the motion picture industry since camera first met motor car.  The Crittenden Automotive Library's Multimedia Collection includes over a week of video, much of it in the form of short clips, advertisements, and newsreels.  This Video Guide is a list of feature films, major documentaries, and television programs with basic descriptions of each, organized by year.

Where more information is available, links will take you to the film's Topic Page.  Because of copyright, we can't actually post all of the videos in the Library, but where they are available a film projector icon next to the Topic Page link will show which ones can be viewed here.

Kid Auto Races at VeniceShort Film1914
Starring: Carlie Chaplin
A short film showing Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" character interfering with the Junior Vanderbilt Cup, a race of car-styled carts that appear to be an early precursor to the Soapbox Derby.
Topic Page: Full Film
The Roaring RoadFeature Film1919
Starring: Wallace Reid, Ann Little, Theodore Roberts
A 1919 silent film about a romance between a woman and a race car driver.
Topic Page: Full Film
Wheels of ProgressDocumentary1927
Produced by: Educational Film Service, U.S. Bureau of Public Roads
A 1927 silent film about the history and benefits of public roads.
Topic Page: Full Film
General Motors Around the WorldDocumentary1927
Produced by: The Jam Handy Organization for General Motors
A 1927 silent film about General Motors' worldwide operations.
Topic Page: Full Film
The Racing StrainFeature Film1932
Starring: Wallace Reid Jr., Dickie Moore, Phyllis Barrington
A film about a race car driver whose career is threatened by drinking.
Topic Page: Full Film
High GearFeature Film1933
Starring: James Murray, Joan Marsh, Jackie Searl
Mark "High Gear" Sherrod's co-driver Ed is killed in a racing accident, and Sherrod adopts Ed's son.
Topic Page: Full Film
Thru TrafficFeature Film1935
Also known as Speed Devils
Starring: Paul Kelly, Marguerite Churchill, Russell Hardie
A film produced by Warner Bros. and sponsored by Perfect Circle about rival racing drivers who crash together and quit racing.
Topic Page: Full Film
Wheels Across AfricaDocumentary1936
Production by Armand Denis/Wilding Picture Productions, sponsored by Dodge
This film documents a trip across Africa in Dodge cars.
Topic Page: Full Film
The Human BridgeDocumentary1949
Produced by: Raphael G. Wolff Studios for Ford
A film showing the production of the 1949 Ford from design to production.
Topic Page: Full Film
Last DateFeature Film1949
Produced by: Wilding Picture Productions for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company of the Kemper Insurance Companies.
A safety film about driving too fast.
Topic Page: Full Film
Road RunnersFeature Film1952
Narrator: Hugh Douglas
A film depicting the transition from street racing by hot rodders to organized drag racing.
Topic Page: Full Film
The Cool Hot RodFeature Film1953
A film about the earliest days of hot rodding and drag racing.
Topic Page: Full Film
Show 'em the RoadDocumentary1954
A film about the Mobilgas Safety-Economy Run from Los Angeles to the Hoover Dam and back.
Topic Page: Full Film
The Fast and the FuriousFeature Film1955
Starring: John Ireland, Dorothy Malone, Bruce Carlisle
About an escaped jail inmate and his run from the law with hostage Connie in her Jaguar. Roger Corman's second film as a producer. This film's title rights were purchased for the 2001 film by the same name, however the films have completely different stories.
Topic Page: Full Film
Highway HearingDocumentary1956
Starring: Diane Brewster, James Chandler
A 1956 advocacy film for the 1956 Federal Aid-Highway Act, produced by Universal-International.
Topic Page: Full Film
Hot Rod GirlFeature Film1956
Starring: Lori Nelson, Chuck Connors, John Smith
When his younger brother is killed racing a hot-rod, Jeff Northup blames himself for the accident since he had built the car for his brother and had encouraged him to race it. Local hot rodders want to race at a sanctioned drag strip, but Jeff sticks with street racing and it's only a matter of time before there's another accident.
Topic Page: Full Film
On the RunDocumentary1956
A film about participating in a Mobilgas Safety Economy Run.
Topic Page: Full Film
Trader ThorneFeature Film1956
Produced by: Wilding Picture Productions for Ford
A film about automobile sales.
Topic Page: Full Film
Teenage ThunderFeature Film1957
Starring: Chuck Courtney, Melinda Byron, Robert Fuller
A teenage gas station attendant is obsessed with hot rods and racing. His dad objects to hot rod racing but the boy is determined to build a car.
Topic Page: Full Film
Ingenuity in ActionDocumentary1958
An educational film about drag racing sponsored by Hot Rod Magazine.
Topic Page: Full Film
Thunder RoadFeature Film1958
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon
A Korean War veteran enters the moonshining business as a delivery driver.
Signal 30Documentary1959
Produced by: Highway Safety Films, Inc. for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
An educational film intended to "shock" young drivers into driving safely by graphically showing them the consequences of unsafe driving.
Topic Page: Full Film
Henry Ford's Mirror of AmericaFeature Film1962
Produced by: U.S. National Archives and Records Service.
A film about the history of the automobile industry compiled with film from the Ford Film Collection.
Topic Page: Full Film
Special DeliveryDocumentary1963
Starring: John Butler as the School Bus Driver (the real life police chief of Mansfield, Ohio, where this film was produced).
How Superior Coach Co. school buses move children safely to and from school, told through the experience of Mickey Miller, who is just a bit too young to ride the bus to school and yearns to do so. Dramatic film in Ektachrome which uses closeups well.
Topic Page: Full Film
Red Line 7000Feature Film1965
Starring: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire
A stock car racing movie following three drivers and their girlfriends who worry for their lives. George Takei has a bit part a year before starting his iconic role in Star Trek.
Grand PrixFeature Film1966
Starring: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand
A fictionalized account of the 1966 Formula 1 season with a mix of fictional characters and real drivers. Toshiro Mifune has a supporting role as a race team owner, inspired by Soichiro Honda. The film includes real-life racing footage and cameo appearances by drivers including Phil Hill, Graham Hill, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt and Jack Brabham. Other drivers who appeared in the film include Dan Gurney, Richie Ginther, Joakim Bonnier and Bruce McLaren.
The Gnome-MobileFeature Film1967
Starring: Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice
A Walt Disney Productions comedy-fantasy film, one of the last films personally produced by Walt Disney. It was based on a 1936 book by Upton Sinclair titled The Gnomobile.
マッハGoGoGo (Japanese)/Speed Racer (English)Animated Television Series1967-1968
Starring (voices): Katsuji Mori, Junko Hori/Hiroshi Ohtake, Teiji Ōmiya (Japanese); Peter Fernandez, Corinne Orr/Jack Grimes, Jack Curtis (English)
With a run of 52 episodes, this television adaptation of a Japanese manga would begin a series of multiple television, video game, and a film adaptation of the series.  Storylines center around Speed Racer and his car, the Mach 5.
BullittFeature Film1968
Starring: Steve McQueen
While not specifically an automotive-themed film in its entirety, Bullitt is iconic in automotive culture for featuring one of the most famous car chases in cinema history, 10 minutes and 53 seconds of a dark green 1968 Ford Mustang driven by Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) and a black 1968 Dodge Charger on the streets of San Francisco.
The Love BugFeature Film1968
Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson
The first in the long line of "Herbie" films featuring the off-white anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) known as Herbie.
DuelFeature Film1971
Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Carey Loftin.
A driver is chased along remote desert roads by an intimidating-looking eighteen-wheeler, a 1960 Peterbilt 281 tanker truck. Steven Spielberg's first full-length theatrical release as director.
43: The Petty StoryFeature Film1974
Starring: Richard Petty, Darren McGavin, Lynne Marta
A made-for-television biopic of Richard Petty.
Topic Page: Full Video
Gone in 60 SecondsFeature Film1974
Starring: H.B. "Toby" Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda
A historic automotive film starring, written, and produced by H.B. Halicki, who acts in the film is Maindrian Pace, a professional car thief. His ring of thieves have to steal 48 cars in 5 days, but Pace is chased across six counties in the Los Angeles area when he tries to steal a yellow 1973 Ford Mustang Mach I, code named "Eleanor." The chase scene is 34 minutes long and destroys 93 vehicles. Many of the scenes were shot without a script or even the public's knowledge that a movie was being filmed when they react to the chase being carried out in front of them.
Herbie Rides AgainFeature Film1974
Starring: Helen Hayes, Stefanie Powers, Ken Berry
A comedy film, sequel to The Love Bug released six years earlier, and the second in the "Herbie" series of movies.
Death Race 2000Feature Film1975
Starring: David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone
A "political satire cult action film." In the near future the ultimate sporting event is the Transcontinental Road Race. Contestants get score points for running people down as they speed across the country, and the sport has crazed fans who sacrifice themselves to the drivers.
This film would go on to inspire a new series of films starting in 2008.
The Gumball RallyFeature Film1976
Starring: Michael Sarrazin, Norman Burton, Raúl Juliá
About a group of drivers in a secret & illegal cross country race inspired by the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. This film in turn inspired the films Cannonball and Cannonball Run.
Greased LightningFeature Film1977
Starring: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier
A biographical film based on the true story & racing career of African-American NASCAR driver Wendell Scott (played by Richard Pryor).
Herbie Goes to Monte CarloFeature Film1977
Starring: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars
The third in the "Herbie" series of films, this one has the Volkswagen competing in the fictional Trans-France Race from Paris to Monte Carlo.
Top GearTelevision Program1977-2001
Run: 45 series and 515 episodes
Starring: 35 presenters over the course of the series
A 30-minute motoring program in "magazine" format produced by the BBC. The series would be reworked and "reborn" in a new format for 2002.
Herbie Goes BananasFeature Film1980
Starring: Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Charles Martin Smith
The fourth in the "Herbie" series, taking place en route to South America where the anthropomorphic Volkswagen is to be entered in the fictional Brazil Grand Primeo.
Used CarsFeature Film1980
Starring Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham
A comedy-satire film co-written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, about two competing used car dealerships across the street from one another and run by competing brothers.
The Cannonball RunFeature Film1981
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett
A fictionalized, comedic account of the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash written by Brock Yates.
Herbie, the Love BugTelevision Program1982
Run: 5 episodes
Starring: Dean Jones, Patricia Harty, Richard Paul
A short-lived sitcom that aired on CBS in the spring of 1982. It was cancelled after just five episodes and, for the next fifteen years, would mark Herbie's last new appearance in either television or film.
ChristineFeature Film1983
Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul
Based on a novel by famed horror/mystery writer Stephen King and directed by horror film specialist John Carpenter, Christine is a supernaturally possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury.
Topic Page: Photographs
Cannonball Run IIFeature Film1984
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
A comedy film and sequel to 1981's Cannonball Run, featuring an all-star ensemble cast including the final feature film appearances of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Final OfferDocumentary1984
A Canadian film documenting the 1984 contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) and GM. Ultimately, it provided a historical record of the birth of the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) as Bob White, then head of the Canadian sector of the UAW, led his membership out of the International union and created the CAW. (Source: Wikipedia)
Tucker: The Man and His DreamFeature Film1988
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau
An account of the creation of the Tucker automobile company, directed by Tucker aficionado Francis Ford Coppola. The film would spark a renewed interest in the car, the short-lived company, and inventor Preston Tucker.
Riding BeanAnimated Feature Film1989
Starring (voices): Hideyuki Tanaka, Naoko Matsui, Mami Koyama (Japanese), J. Patrick Lawlor, Brennan MacKenzie, Barbara Lewis (English)
Japanese animated film about a courier framed for a kidnapping.
Speed ZoneFeature Film1989
Starring: Melody Anderson, Peter Boyle, Donna Dixon
Also known as Cannonball Fever, a comedy about around an illegal cross-country race inspired by the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. The twist that sets this apart from other "Cannonball" films is that all the racers are arrested before the race begins, and the sponsors have to quickly find new drivers.
Days of ThunderFeature Film1990
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall
Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) is an up-and-coming open wheel driver who switches to NASCAR and drives for a local Charlotte car dealer, loosely relating the events of Tim Richmond's career with Hendrick Motorsports.
SpeedFeature Film1994
Starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Daniels, and Dennis Hopper.
A bus is rigged with explosives, and the passengers are held as ransom.  The bomb will detonate if the passengers get off the bus or the bus' speed falls below 55 miles per hour.  It won Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
The Love BugFeature Film1997
Starring: Bruce Campbell, John Hannah, Alexandra Wentworth
A made-for-television sequel to the original The Love Bug film. The sequel included a Dean Jones cameo, tying it to the previous films; and introduced an evil black Volkswagen named Horace, "the Hate Bug", giving the film a much darker tone than the other "Herbie" films. The film is a part reboot and part sequel, in that the events of the original 1969 film are repeated while the storyline plots to follow 1980's Herbie Goes Bananas. It can also be thought a prototype of Herbie: Fully Loaded, in that both show a later racer finding Herbie in a junkyard and restoring him. (Wikipedia)
RoninFeature Film1998
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone
While not an automotive themed film, it includes car chase scenes through Nice and Paris that are acknowledged as among the best in modern film.
Gone in 60 SecondsFeature Film2000
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Delroy Lindo
A big-budget remake, loosely based on H.B. Halicki's 1974 independent, low-budget film by the same title, this version was a studio blockbuster produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Nicholas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, and produced with a budget of $90 million. Eleanor is changed to a modified gray 1967 Ford Mustang fastback.
Cannonball Run 2001Television Program2001
Run: 1 season, 5 episodes
A reality television series broadcast on the USA Network in 2001. It was inspired by the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an outlaw road race of the 1970s which was the source for the famous Cannonball Run movies. The show featured a series of five location-specific challenges along a New York-to-Los Angeles course, as in the original race. Development of the series started without the participation of Brock Yates, organizer of the original Cannonball and holder of the trademark; indeed, the production company paid Yates for the use of the name just before the show debuted. Yates was not pleased with the series, as he felt it was fake and staged. (Wikipedia)
DrivenFeature Film2001
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Kip Pardue
A film about a Champ Car team owner resurrecting the career of a retired former racer to serve as mentor for an up-and-coming talent. The film parallels real life in that the screenplay by Stallone helped resurrect his own acting career.
The Fast and the FuriousFeature Film2001
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
The first in a long-running franchise, street racers led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) steal trucks for extra money and FBI agent Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) must go undercover and become part of the group in Los Angeles to stop it.
Top GearTelevision Program2002-____
Presenters 2002-2015: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
Presenters 2016-____: Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan
Now in a longer format, the new Top Gear became a Guinness World-Record holder for the world's most watched factual television programme, and has made worldwide celebrities of presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May (May joined in series 2/2003, replacing Jason Dawe). The show's entire cast and producer Andy Wilman had to be replaced for 2016 after Jeremy Clarkson was fired from the show following an altercation with a BBC staff member, the rest of the cast and Wilman resigned to follow Clarkson to a new program on Amazon.
Topic Page
2 Fast 2 FuriousFeature Film2003
Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes
Former FBI agent Brian O'Conner teams up with old friend Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) to take down a drug cartel in Miami and wipe the criminal record he built in Los Angeles clean.
2Fast2Real For HollywoodDocumentary2003
A documentary of street racing on Long Island by Liextreme Inc.
3Feature Film2004
Starring: Barry Pepper, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ernest Whitted
A made-for-television biographical film by ESPN, subtitled The Dale Earnhardt Story, following Earnhardt's career from beginning until death.
Route 66 — An American (bad) DreamDocumentary2004
Also called "Route 66: Ein amerikanischer Albtraum" in German, it is an independently produced, online-only, "gonzo journalism" documentary film chronicling three Germans who make their way across America in a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado and the people they encounter along the way.
Topic Page: Full Film and Photos
Dust to GloryDocumentary2005
A documentary on the Baja 1000.
Herbie: Fully LoadedFeature Film2005
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Breckin Meyer, Michael Keaton
The fifth theatrical "Herbie" film, this one has the daughter of a NASCAR team owner who won't let her drive turn Herbie into a NASCAR car.
The World's Fastest IndianFeature Film2005
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Jessica Cauffiel
A biographical film about New Zealander Burt Munro, a racer who takes his modified Indian motorcycle to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the 1950's and 1960's, setting numerous records.
CarsFeature Film2006
Starring (voices): Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt
In a world of anthropomorphic cars, egotistical stock car Lightning McQueen falls off of his hauler and is left in a small, mostly abandoned town in the desert along Route 66. He has to fix a road he's accidentally destroyed in his arrival before he can get back on the road to the Piston Cup championship.
Topic Page: Articles
The Fast and the Furious:  Tokyo DriftFeature Film2006
Starring: Lucas Black, Sung Kang, Bow Wow
The third film in the Fast & Furious franchise, this one is set apart by a whole new cast of characters, high school hooligan Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is sent to live with his father in Tokyo and finds trouble with the local drifting scene.  Introduces the franchise to the character of Han (Sung Kang), which events of this film puts this film's real-time setting as sometime after 2013.  Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) makes a short cameo at the end of the film, tying it into the series.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyFeature Film2006
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
A comedy film set in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series, centered around a rivalry between idiot driver Ricky Bobby and his French rival Jean Girard.
Who Killed the Electric Car?Documentary2006
Starring: Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Chelsea Sexton
Documenting the production and destruction of General Motors' EV-1.
Death RaceFeature Film2008
Starring: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson
A remake Death Race 2000, this time featuring a private prison where the prisoners are forced participants in the "death race," the televising of such events earning profit for the company running the prison.
Flash of GeniusFeature Film2008
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney
A biographical film following Robert Kearns' battle against the Ford Motor Company when they infringed upon his patent for intermittent windshield wipers.
Speed RacerFeature Film2008
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon
A live-action film adaptation of the popular series starring Emile Hirsch as Speed Racer. Written, produced, and directed by the Wachowskis, it blended highly stylized special effects, pre-WWII racing references and modernized 1960's-styled technology with an out of chronological order sequencing of scenes that was intended to adapt Cubist art themes to film directing but was misunderstood by critics, their reaction best summed up by Todd McCarthy (Variety) calling it a "cinematic pile-up."
Topic Page: Merchandise
Fast & FuriousFeature Film2009
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
The fourth film in the franchise, Dominic Toretto returning to full-time character, the film begins with the crew hijacking trucks in the Dominican Republic and returning to Los Angeles after the death of Letty.  Brian O'Conner, again an FBI agent, crosses paths with Toretto as they go after the same drug smuggler from Mexico, Toretto to avenge Letty and O'Conner for the police.
Love the BeastDocumentary2009
A film directed by Hollywood actor Eric Bana, documenting the 25-year history of a 1974 Ford Falcon XB (Australian) that was his first car. Includes appearances by Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson and Phil McGraw.
Top Gear (United States version)Television Program2010-____
Presenters: Rutledge Wood (The Expert), Tanner Foust (The Driver), Adam Ferrara (The Wrecker)
The American adaptation of the popular Top Gear franchise. The first two seasons roughly followed the UK format, but subsequent series removed the studio audience, celebrity interviews & laps, and focused on test drives & challenge races.
Topic Page
Cars 2Feature Film2011
Starring (voices): Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer
A sequel to the 2006 film Cars, Lightning McQueen enters an international, multi-disciplinary racing series while Mater is accidentally turned into a spy.
Topic Page: Articles
Death Race 2Feature Film2011
Starring: Luke Goss, Fred Koehler, Tanit Phoenix
A prequel to 2008's Death Race. A getaway driver is sentenced to a private prison where fights to the death are televised for profit. After a rivalry forms between the driver and another prisoner, the to-the-death match is turned into a "death race."
DriveFeature Film2011
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
A neo-noir crime thriller based on the 2005 novel of the same name by James Sallis. It is about a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a criminal getaway driver.
Topic Page
Fast FiveFeature Film2011
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
The fifth film in the franchise introduces Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson into the series. After the end of Fast & Furious, the crew is scattered and hunted by law enforcement.  They end up reuniting in Rio de Janeiro, and desperate for money steal a group of cars that leads them to the bad side of the local organized crime boss and blamed for the murder of DEA agents, leading them to be hunted not only by the locals but also by a special group of law enforcement agents from the Diplomatic Security Service, led by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).
The Flying LapOnline Television Commentary2011-2012
SmibsTV's commentary series on Formula 1 racing, starring Peter Windsor and broadcast over the internet.
Topic Page: Multiple Full Episodes
Revenge of the Electric CarDocumentary2011
Starring: Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Bob Lutz
Sequel to 2006's Who Killed the Electric Car? about the production and demise of GM's EV-1, this film follows entreprenuers and automakers (including Tesla and Nissan) in the now burgeoning electric car business.
Death Race 3: InfernoFeature Film2012
Starring: Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Tanit Phoenix
Sequel to Death Race 2. With Carl Lucas one win away from regaining his freedom, the event is sold to a new owner who threatens to kill him if he wins that last event.
Hit and RunFeature Film2012
Starring: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Kristin Chenoweth
An action-comedy film starring Dax Shepard as a getaway driver in witness protection who needs to get his girlfriend to Los Angeles.
Wreck-It RalphAnimated Feature Film2012
Starring (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
A Walt Disney Animation Studios about the interactions of arcade game characters within a series of games in an arcade. It begins with Wreck-It Ralph leaving his old arcade game for others to win himself a medal, and most of the film subsequently takes place in a kart-racing game called Sugar Rush. When Vanellope uses Ralph's medal from another game as a coin to enter a race that King Candy has been preventing her from entering, Ralph has to help her build a car and learn to drive to get his medal back.
Fast & Furious 6Feature Film2013
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Following the theft of the bank vault in Fast Five, the crew is leading a relaxed life of retirement from crime until DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) finds evidence that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) might be alive in Europe. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has to seek the truth, and the crew joins him to hunt down her new employer.
RushFeature Film2013
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde
A biographical film from Ron Howard about the 1976 Formula 1 championship rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl).
Snake and MongooseFeature Film2013
Starring: Jesse Williams & Richard Blake
A biographical film about the famous drag racing duo of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme (Jesse Williams) and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen (Richard Blake) and their accomplishments during the late 1960's.
TurboAnimated Feature Film2013
Starring (voices): Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña
A DreamWorks Animation film about a racing fan snail that gains the ability to go over 200mph and enters the Indianapolis 500.
Need for SpeedFeature Film2014
Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots
An adaptation of the video game series, Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul as a driver entering a cross country race to avenge the death of a friend at the hand of another driver.
Furious 7Feature Film2015
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
The final film with Paul Walker in the franchise, he died in a car accident during filming and the film had to be completed with a combination of back shots and stand-ins by his brother. After the events of Fast & Furious 6, the crew tries to settle into new lives, but Owen Shaw's brother begins to hunt them down for revenge.
Cars 3Feature Film2017
Starring (voices): Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer
A Disney/Pixar animated film. Lightning McQueen loses his edge to a new generation of cars, and after a big wreck he has to work his way back up to the Piston Cup.
Fate of the FuriousFeature Film2017
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
Dominic Toretto work for Luke Hobbs' DSS to retrieve an EMP device and Dom goes rogue.
Logan LuckyFeature Film2017
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane
A heist film taking place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Hull's Drive In Theatre Video Image, April 2011 - May 2012
Hull's Drive In Theatre on Route 11 right outside of Lexington, Virginia in September 2002
Courtesy Library of Congress, Carol M. Highsmith Archive
Hull's Drive In Theatre Video Image, May 2012 - Current
Hull's Drive In Theatre on Route 11 right outside of Lexington, Virginia in September 2002
Courtesy Library of Congress, Carol M. Highsmith Archive

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