On June 27, 1990, the classic racing movie Days of Thunder was released in theaters all around the USA. Directed by Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the high-octane NASCAR film featured such star power as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, and Cary Elwes.
In the movie, Cruise plays Cole Trickle, a young race car driver who overcomes an aversion to stock cars, NASCAR inexperience, intense rivalries, and a debilitating injury to ultimately win the Daytona 500.
1. Cole Trickle Gets Used to His New Crew Chief
Raking in nearly $158 million at the box office, the Paramount film also featured such NASCAR drivers as Rusty Wallace, Neil Bonnett, and Harry Gant. Even commentator Dr. Jerry Punch had a cameo appearance.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound, Days of Thunder has everything: intense action scenes, over-the-top special effects, phenomenal acting, a captivating story, and a powerful score.
Referred by many at the time as “Top Gun on wheels,” this flick is must-see for hardcore racing fans and movie lovers alike.
2. Cole Gets Caught up in “The Big One” at the Firecracker 400
Oh, and did we mention that this was Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s first movie together?
3. The Chemistry Between These Two Is Palpable
If you do anything tonight, you need to rewatch this movie. Or, if you haven’t seen it, watch it for the first time.
Well, we technically already spoiled the ending, but seriously, who hasn’t seen this movie? Such a classic!
4. Cole Overcomes the Odds