The All-Time Best Car Chase Scenes on the Silver Screen
There’s nothing like a great car chase scene to get your blood pumping. We gathered some of our favorites for your enjoyment.
Grab some popcorn and get ready to get your heart rate up!
Oh, and don’t try this at home.
The Terminator (1984)
This edge of your seat car chase scene was stressful enough with our hero and heroine being hunted down like dogs. But add to that the fact that they were being hunted by the single-minded, indestructible TERMINATOR! Great driving but super intense flick!
If this movie taught us one thing it was do not, under any circumstances, let Scarlett Johansson drive your car! Especially if she is looking for someone. She flips and crashes car after car as she races through the streets of Paris with a very nervous police officer riding shotgun. Most impressive though, is despite the wake of destruction she leaves behind her, the car she is driving doesn’t get a single scratch.
The Italian Job (1969)
This iconic car chase scene gives a whole new meaning to eating on the go. Definitely ahead of its time, it has continued to awe and inspire for more than 5 decades.
The Italian Job (2003)
Yes, there were two and the reboot was its own kind of amazing. The car chase scenes in this blockbuster goes down in the books as some of the best of all time. Oh, and the story is pretty great too.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
No self-respecting list of greatest car chase scenes would be complete with at least one James Bond car chase. In true Bond fashion, it was pretty spectacular, but we must admit, his “deputized” passenger sort of steals the show.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Ah, the humble beginnings of a car chase franchise! This is the one that started it all. At a stoplight, Vin Diesel throws down a challenge to Paul Walker (RIP) to race to the tracks. They race a train, just barely getting over the tracks (airborne) and then there’s the car flip. If you haven’t seen this movie in a while, go rent it. It will definitely get your heart pumping.
The French Connection (1971)
The cool thing about this car chase scene it the sensation of being there. You feel like you are in the middle of the action. And if the woman with the baby carriage didn’t make you cover your eyes, well then you must have nerves of steel.
The Blues Brothers 1980
They were on a mission from God. When Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) set out to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up, well, there is no way it can be simple, especially when you have not only the police, but also Illinois Nazis and a rival band on your tail. This is one for the history books – one to watch again and again.
And who can forget that iconic line: “There’s 106 miles to Chicago. We’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
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