Days of Thunder

Lists: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Brief Synopsis: "Talented but unproven stock car driver Cole Trickle gets a break and with the guidance of veteran Harry Hogge turns heads on the track. The young hotshot develops a rivalry with a fellow racer that threatens his career when the two smash their cars. But with the help of his doctor, Cole just might overcome his injuries-- and his fear."

Overall Ranking: 1542 (Rank from 1990: # 14)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 16.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Danny M98
Jim Carrier85 - For the time the movie was made, it helped propel NASCAR into a spotlight and bring attention to a sport that wouldn't be as big now without a movie like this to help it. It didn't just help a sport get noticed, but it was a good movie with great talent.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest75
Bryan Lienesch73 - The usual shortcomings for a film coming out of the '80's aside, 'Days of Thunder' is worth a watch.
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread68(full review)
David Baruffi43(full review)

People Involved

  • Tom Cruise (Cole Trickle)
  • Robert Duvall (Harry Hogge)
  • Nicole Kidman (Dr. Claire Lewicki)
  • Randy Quaid (Tim Dalander)
  • Cary Elwes (Russ Weehler)
  • Fred Dalton Thompson (Big John)
  • John C. Reilly (Buck Bretherton)
  • J.C. Quinn (Waddle)
  • Don Simpson (Aldo Bennedetti)
  • Michael Rooker (Rowdy Burns)
  • Caroline Williams (Jennie Burns)
  • Tony Scott (Director)