The 11 Greatest Car Chases in Film
11. Fast and the Furious
Tacky as it is, the movie was good for car chases, act like you don't agree. This clip in particular compares the muscle car with the racer. It's a straight stretch and purely for the thrill of seeing who has the powerful car. The challenge is between the late Paul Walker's Toyota Supra against Vin Diesel's Dodge Charger and both cars gave it a good chop. It's a surprise ending, if you haven't seen it before. But I'm sure you have.
10. The Matrix Reloaded
9. Mad Max 2
There are a couple of car chases in the Mad Max series, but this one stands out amongst others. It could be the dog on the passenger seat, or the massive rolling car at the end, but it's probably the sound of heavy engines as Mel Gibson outsmarts the bad guys.
8. Cannonball Run
This film is riddled with great scenes, in fact the entire movie is one long car chase. The one depicted here is one of many, but despite being a pretty old movie, it's worth a watch. The cars are still awesome. In this particular clip, the construction site chase is remarkable as is the highway jump at the end. There is another part of the movie that seems to get lots of discussion. Two women, Jill Rivers and Marcie Thatcher, in a Lamborghini Countach get caught speeding by cops and try to get out of the ticket with a bit of cleavage, but the ticket officer is also female.
7. Smokey and the Bandit
6. The French Connection
This movie won a massive five Oscars in 1972, so clearly it set the benchmark in its time. One hugely important fact to know about this clip before you watch it is that the stunts are all real. The director, William Friedkin, refused to gain filming permits and had no money for stuntmen, so the people diving out of the way of Gene Hackman's car are actual civilians. The side swipe is real, the woman with the pram is real and the road rules are actually broken. As it happens, the side swipe victim was a guy who had no idea there was filming going on, he was just coming out of a driveway at the wrong time.
5. The Blues Brothers
It's not particularly the chase that pinpoints this one, but the ridiculous destruction that ensues when the Blues Brothers are chased by local police. Set in a small shopping mall, this clip is pure mayhem. The stunts are incredible considering how much glass has been strewn about, and with so many extras involved. It really is an eye opener, even if just for the humor of watching the guys dodge the cops, demolish everything in sight and comment on the mall's range 'Disco pants and haircuts!... Baby clothes, this place has got everything.'
3. The Italian Job (both versions)
Watching an M series race is always a pleasure, but more so when Natascha McElhone is driving it. This scene from Ronin is only one of many thrilling moments, but this one defines the film's car chase sophistication. Up to 150 stunt drivers were used to create this scene and Robert De Niro is pretty convincing, despite having stunt drivers doing most of the trickier moves. Apparently the actors wanted to get in on the action, so they always sat in the cars while the stunt drivers worked their magic. The M5 is undeniably a meaty car and the speed of the chase is portrayed well, so that the viewer feels like they are speeding in their armchairs. The editing is fantastic and each scene is more confronting than the last. The tunnel scenes are perfection.