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The Ten Greatest Drag Races In Movie History

Movie drag races are different than normal drag races. The burnouts are bigger. They shift more frequently. They take much longer than they should. And they're just more badass. Here are the ten greatest drag races ever seen in cinema history.


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10.) All the races in Better Off Dead

I'm not 100 percent sure what's going on here, but the Howard Cosell voice and flying station wagon make it more than worthy.

Suggested By: avelllonb, everyone

9.) Whatever the hell is happening in The Wraith

Clint Howard's finest role ever, and a car that looks like a cross of a Ford Probe and a Vector W8. But seriously, what the hell is this?


Suggested By: Trunk Impaired 318

8.) Ocean's 11 Monster Truck vs RC Car

That's one way to guarantee a win.

Suggested By: Automatch

7.) Grease in the LA River

A drag race better than rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.

Suggested By: My X-Type is too a real Ja-a-a-a-a-a-ag

6.) Days of Thunder Rental Race

If you're going to race, it's best to use the fastest cars in the world.

Suggested By: ATX211

5.) Four Wide Cop Car Drag in Fast Five

Even though they're driving four cars with automatic transmissions, they still find a way to incorporate gratuitous shifting action. Of course they do.


Suggested By: daender

4.) The Generations Race in The Fast and the Furious

Sweet. A wheelie burnout AND NOS. It doesn't get better than this, folks. Oh, and the 1/4 mile lasts about 45 minutes.


Suggested By: JBurd67

3.) Playing Chicken in Rebel Without A Cause

This is not how I'd play chicken. It's not close. Thank God dream hunk James Dean jumps out of his car in time.


Suggested By: Diesel

2.) American Graffiti Milner vs Falfa

Is there anything George Lucas can't do? Space chases and drag races, that's what the man should be remembered for.


Suggested By: Bullitt417

1.) Two Lane Blacktop's Final Race

It wasn't just about the race. It was more than that.

Suggested By: Demon-Xanth

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I always forget how great of a movie Better Off Dead is.