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Watch These 6 Essential Automotive Documentaries Streaming Now

You’ve watched Tiger King on Netflix, right? If not, have you at least heard of it? Of course you have. The eight-part docuseries has completely taken the Internet by storm, so if you’re reading this it follows that you must have scrolled past 20 pictures of Joe Exotic and an ad for eyebrow rings to get here.

Between its tiger-themed country music, mullets, morally questionable relationships, and murder-for-hire plots, the show was destined to amass tons of fans and even more memes. Underlying Tiger King’s instant popularity and success is a simple truism: reality can be just as entertaining as fiction.

This is true for automotive fans, too. For those of us who are into motorsports, the world is in no short supply of racing-related movies, but several documentaries covering the topic also are streaming right now on the most popular subscription services. (We can’t speak to the number of tigers featured in them.)

Maybe Tiger King just isn’t the type of documentary to interest you, or maybe you’ve already binged it and are looking for more interesting documentaries to consume. Here are a few of the most popular automotive ones you can watch right now:

Senna (2011) – Netflix

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Rating: PG-13

Director: Asif Kapadia

Synopsis: Covering his illustrious career as a Formula One racer from 1984 until his death, this film explores Ayrton Senna’s life on and off the track and the cult following he has attained since his passing.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score: 93%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 95%


The 24 Hour War (2016) – Netflix

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Rating: NR

Directors: Adam Carolla, Nate Adams

Synopsis: This film highlights the events that led to one of the most famous rivalries in motorsports history: Ford vs. Ferrari at Le Mans.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score: 100%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%


Apex: The Story of the Hypercar (2016) – Netflix

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Rating: NR

Directors: J.F. Musial, Josh Vietze

Synopsis: Many words are associated with hypercars, but “misunderstood” isn’t typically among them. This film goes behind the rare and exotic exterior of cars like the Koenigsegg One:1 to give viewers a deep look at some of the most advanced vehicles in the world.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%


Dust to Glory (2005) – Netflix

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Rating: PG

Director: Dana Brown

Synopsis: The Baja 1000 is one of the world’s premier off-road racing events, and Dust to Glory sets out to show viewers what it’s like to be there.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score: 60%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%


Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015) – Prime

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Rating: NR

Directors: Adam Carolla, Nate Adams

Synopsis: Learn more about Paul Newman, a man whose passion for motorsports sidelined his career as an Academy Award winning actor—and ultimately led to even more success.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score: 90%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 91%


Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015) – Prime

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Rating: NR

Director: Gabriel Clarke

Synopsis: Speaking of actors with a passion for automotive, Steve McQueen was one of the most well-known aficionados. This film documents the behind-the-scenes turbulence that accompanied the production of his passion project: the racing movie classic Le Mans.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score: 75%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 65%

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2 Comments

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  2. Thomas Newell says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this list of movies!
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