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10 Best Movies About Street Racing (That Aren’t Fast & Furious)

With Fast X set to bring The Fast And The Furious billion-dollar franchise to a conclusion on May 19, 2023, there’s a question of what will satisfy the audience’s need for on-screen speed in the future. Luckily, the street racing genre does not begin and end with Fast & Furious.

There are plenty of movies out there with cool cars and crazy stunts that express the love for street racing and driving in more subtle ways. What brings them all together is the characters who throw the rules out of the car window and turn the road into their playground. From 1970s Academy Award winners to 21st-century neo-noir masterpieces, there’s a perfect street racing movie for every type of cinema lover out there.

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Several characters at a gas station in Two-Lane Blacktop

Two drag racers, the Driver and the Mechanic, played by musicians James Taylor and Dennis Wilson, set out on a cross-country race against an enthusiast car driver GTO (Warren Oates). The 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air coupe and 1970 Pontiac GTO head towards Washington DC, but it’s unclear if either will reach the destination.

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Two-Lane Blacktop is a big departure from the comforting and familiar Fast & Furious series. It’s a visually pleasing and atmospheric story about characters that allow four wheels and the road to take control over the course of their lives. The director, Monte Hellman, beautifully depicts the car culture of the ’60s and ’70s, complicated human relationships, and the genuine unpredictability of life.

American Graffiti (1973)
A guy and a girl by a car in American Graffiti

Is there a better way to commemorate the end of high school than to embrace the nightlife on the streets of California? That’s where the group of young adults ends up during the course of one summer night in 1962. The stakes are rising when the proclaimed drag-racing king, John (Paul Le Mat), in a Ford Model B, is challenged to a race by the new player in town Bob (Harrison Ford), who drives a black Chevrolet 150 Coupe.

Director George Lucas acts as a great “street painter” and visualizes his experience growing up in California. This Academy Award-winning coming-of-age story about the rock-n-roll culture of the 1960s shows that navigating feelings and emotions can sometimes be as tricky as street racing. American Graffiti is reminiscent of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which focuses on a troubled young man finding himself through drift racing in Japan.

Death Race 2000 (1975)
A couple inside a race car in Death Race 2000.

Far less serious in terms of execution, though not in concept, Death Race 2000 is a science fiction film set in dystopian America where an intentionally murderous cross-country race is turned into a media event.

Starring David Carradine as Frankenstein, the champion of the Transcontinental Road Race, and a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone, the 84-minute runtime blazes by just like the wild driving in the movie. On top of that, it is filled with dark humor, car explosions, and anti-government philosophy. Even though the Fast & Furious films are incredibly rewatchable, Death Race 2000 is a fine choice for those who have long wanted to see a more extraordinary approach to portraying street racing on screen.

The Cannonball Run (1981)
Two men in racing uniforms in The Cannonball Run.

Pro racer J.J. McClure (Burt Reynolds) and his chief mechanic Victor (who has an alter-ego) set out on one of the best cross-country races from New York to California, all while avoiding the police by disguising it as an ambulance car with a hostage inside.

No doubt that the opening scene of The Cannonball Run with a roaring Lamborghini Countach LP400S cruising along the roads is an iconic piece of cinema. Just like the Fast & Furious movies, this one has gorgeous cars and awesome stunts. But the movie is also hilarious, so those who appreciate goofy and silly action comedies won’t be disappointed!

King Of The Mountain (1981)
Poster for King Of The Mountain showing helicopters chasing a car.

Professional racer and mechanic Steve (Harry Hamlin) lives on the edge, spending most of his nights defending his title of King of the Mountain. Seeing his friends transition into the music industry and acquiring sudden love interests forces the racer to re-think what might lie outside the twisted roads of Mulholland Drive.

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This drama feels like a laid-back version of The Fast And The Furious from the ’80s. Along with the compelling character journey, King Of The Mountain offers amazing nocturnal cinematography, a slamming soundtrack, and some decent races. The tone of the movie has a very calming effect, but the writing still brings suspense to the story.

Taxi (1998)
A cop talks to a man inside a car in Taxi 1998.

Hollywood is not the only place that is capable of delivering great street action material. Taxi is an original French comedy written by Luc Besson about a highly skilled cab driver Daniel (Samy Nacer) with a total disregard for speed limits. He is forced to help out a clumsy policeman (Frédéric Diefenthal) catch a group of German bank robbers while roaming the streets of Marseilles.

Everyone better fasten their seatbelts for an hour and a half of hilarious French wisecracks, inevitable explosions, a pumping soundtrack, neatly edited car chases, and a stand-out supporting performance from Bernard Farces. Those who love Deckard Shaw’s brilliant quotes from the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, won’t be able to resist a similar kind of wit and charm of the main protagonist, Daniel.

Death Race (2008)
A man driving a modified car in DeathRace.

A re-imagined concept of Death Race 2000 takes place in Dystopian America of 2012. The participants are highly dangerous convicts of a broadcast racing game where killing opponents means getting closer to freedom. An ex-con Jensen (Jason Statham) becomes a reluctant player in a race that he can’t afford to lose.

“It’s all about ratings, fast cars, and pretty women” – says the character of Coach (Ian McShane), while also describing the most essential idea of the online entertainment series “Death Race” and the movie itself. This non-stop action thriller has a grungy tone, attractive and talented actors, and plenty of brutal racing sequences. Besides, it’s the perfect excuse to see Jason Statham, the skillful mercenary of the Fast & Furious family, in all his glory, for almost 2 hours.

Drive (2011)
Ryan Gosling holding a bag standing in front of a car in Drive.

Sometimes the criminal world sucks in the good people and makes them do morally questionable things. That is the case with The Driver (Ryan Gosling), a stuntman who moonlights by helping robbers escape from crime scenes.

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is a methodical neo-noir action drama with high stakes, tons of blood, beautiful romance, and intense car-chasing sequences. And unlike the Fast & Furious franchise, it is definitely not a popcorn flick. The smooth driving of Ryan Gosling is accompanied in the film by masterful camera work and impeccable sound editing.

Need For Speed (2014)
Tobey Marshall walking away from two parked cars in Need for Speed.

Toby Marshall (Aaron Paul) is an auto mechanic and enthusiast racer that gets framed for the murder he didn’t commit. When he regains freedom, his single agenda is to take his revenge on those who wronged him.

The famous racing gaming franchise, Need For Speed, gives the film its origins, but it follows closely in the footsteps of the first Fast & Furious movies. It’s a well-directed, action-packed, entertaining movie with an all-star cast. The predictable storyline is compensated by the number of cool cars and thrilling chase scenes, for which the creators used almost no computer special effects.

Baby Driver (2017)
Baby looking out an open window inside a car in Baby Driver.

A getaway driver with tinnitus Baby (Ansel Elgort) loves driving, taking risky turns, and jamming to great music. His wish is to head on west with a car he can’t afford and a plan he doesn’t have with the beautiful waitress, Debora (Lily James). But such freedom is impossible when you’re a crucial part of a powerful crime syndicate.

The Fast & Furious franchise knows the significance of a perfect soundtrack that matches the tone of each movie, and Baby Driver absolutely kills it in that department. “Bellbottoms” by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays during a banger-opening six-minute car-chase sequence and hooks the audience right into the action. From that point, it’s a smooth ride with compelling characters, sharp dialogue, and amazing sound synchronization.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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