Death Race 2000 (1975)
Based on the short story The Racer by Ib Melchior, Death Race 2000 takes place in a dystopian American society in the year 2000, where a murderous cross-country automobile race has become a form of national entertainment. Called Transcontinental Road Race, the sport features competing drivers that earn points for logging the fastest time and for mowing over innocent pedestrians in the process. The deadly sport is hosted by the country’s totalitarian government to help control overpopulation.
While overpopulation is a growing concern today, as the death rate decreases and life expectancies rise due to the advancement of technology, the world’s current population of over 7 billion is not so alarming that there will be a need for some sort of trans-continental road rage anytime soon.