Top 10 Dirt Bike Movies

by Tonu Kallast
Top 10 Dirt Bike Movies

It's easy to fall down the rabbit hole of short enduro and motocross videos on YouTube (and happily stay there). But sometimes you want to watch something longer with a bit more meat on its bones. For those times, we've compiled a list of the best dirt bike movies. 1. On Any Sunday This is our favorite and a must-see for any rider. It's from the 70s, but it still conveys the feeling of riding that we all love. Starring Malcolm Smith, Mert Lawwill, and Steve McQueen, this classic has everything from flat tracks to hillclimbs. Oh, and it's also got an awesome 1970s soundtrack.   2. Dust to Glory Ok, so this movie isn't all about dirt bikes (they've snuck in some other off-road vehicles), but it is about one of the most hardcore races — the Baja 1000 off-road race. It's a true test of skill and endurance, man vs. nature, and pushing the limits. Dana Brown's 2003 classic is another must-see for any off-road enthusiast.   3. Crusty Demons of Dirt This is a great series, which is now up to 17 movies. It started in the 90s, and some say it set the tone for freestyle riding. The first movie, which you should definitely watch first, has a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and no shortage of jumps. Think 145 ft jumps, soaring over anything you can think of - houses, sand dunes, buses...   4. Fox Racing's Terrafirma We asked some of our riders what their favorite dirt bike movies are and many of them told us, hands down, Terrafirma. These are videos that you watch again and again. The first movie was released in 1994 and features Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, and Travis Pastrana.   5. Nitro Circus Speaking of Travis Pastrana, he later went on to form the action sport collective Nitro Circus. Talk about a cool job, Travis and his friends travel the world riding and doing stunts. There are eight dirt bike movies in total, a tv series, and even a 3D feature film. Check out their crazy videos at the Nitro Circus official Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/NitroCircusOFFICIAL [   6. The Great Outdoors The Great Outdoors documents the Outdoor National MX Series from 2002-2011. These dirt bike movies are packed full of rider commentary and some really interesting behind-the-scenes footage. You get a real look into the world of riders. If you're hungry for more, there were some bonus film clips and videos made as well. 7. Motocrossed This Disney Channel movie is a great one for young riders, but us older riders won't be bored either. Typical of a Disney movie, it follows the story of a girl who wants to get into riding. Dad of course says no, you're “just a girl.” Don't roll your eyes, this is actually the only Hollywood motocross movie that doesn't totally suck.   8.Tougher than Iron Tougher than Iron looks at one of the most challenging enduros in the world, the Erzberg. If you've never been in person, watch this film and you will be blown away. It will either make you want to try it yourself or stick to something a little less, um, intense.   9.Legacy of Motocross If you're into vintage racing, here's another good one with plenty of old race footage and rider interviews with some of the greats like Rick Johnson, Roger DeCoster, and David Bailey. You'll really get a glimpse at just how far motocross has come over the years.   10. Moto X: Evolution of the Trick To stay in the FMX game, you have to keep pushing yourself to try new and more complicated tricks, some of which seem impossible. And as Travis Pastrana puts it: You gotta be willing to spend some time in the emergency room. Moto X: Evolution of the Trick looks at some of the craziest tricks like nac-nac combos, record distance jumps, and of course the double back flip.

There you have it, ten of the best and the coolest dirt bike movies ever made, perfect for an evening of binge watching. If we missed anything, tell us about it in the comments.

by Tonu Kallast
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