10 Best Car Chase Scenes

Friday, January 28 by James Fenelius

There are many excellent auto pursuit scenes in the movies making it difficult to choose the 10 best car chase scenes. Excellent car chase scenes can be found in police dramas, spy movies and even comedies. Often the good guys are chasing the bad guys; however, there are times that the good guys are the object of the exciting high speed chase. Here are the 10 Best Car Chase Scenes:

  1. “The French Connection” In this 1971 thriller NYPD Detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) is in pursuit of a French drug dealer. The drug dealer hijacks a Brooklyn elevated subway train and Doyle commandeers a civilian car to chase the train. It is a high speed gas and breaks chase with number of side swipes and near misses of pedestrians.
  2. “Bullitt” In this movie Detective Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) is driving a 1968 Ford Mustang GT chasing two hit men in a 1968 Dodge Charger. This suspenseful chase starts in San Francisco and continues out of the city. Bullitt rams the Dodge Charger forcing the car out of control sending the hit men off to crash and burn.
  3. “The Seven-Ups” NYPD Detective Buddy Manucci (Roy Scheider) is an exhilarating high speed pursuit chasing two mob killers. The chase starts on Manhattan’s West Side and winds up on the Palisades in New Jersey. The bad guys get away when Manucci crashes his 1973 Pontiac Ventura into the rear of a tractor trailer peeling the roof of the car off.
  4. “The Great Escape” In this wonderful movie an escaped POW, Captain Hicks (Steve McQueen) hijacks a motorcycle from a German solider. The chase scene has Hicks making a magnificent jump over the first of two barbed wired fences. The attempt to jump the second fence is thwarted by German gun fire and Hicks is recaptured.
  5. “The Blues Brothers” A good deal of this movie has Jake and Elwood in the “Bluesmobile” with a number of good auto scenes. The cops chase “The Blues Brothers” through a mall where the cars drive through a number of stores. Jake and Elwood finally wind up in Chicago where their 1974 Dodge Monaco falls apart.
  6. “The Rock” This exhilarating scene has FBI Agent Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) chasing British MI6 operative John Mason through the streets of San Francisco. Mason is in a hijacked Humvee with Goodspeed in pursuit in a commandeered Ferrari. This scene has a multitude of accidents including a runaway cable car.                     
  7. “Smokey and the Bandit” This movie is about the car chase with the “Bandit” (Burt Reynolds) running a block against the police for a truckload of bootleg beer. The plot of this comedy is having “Smokey” chasing the “Bandit” in his Pontiac Grand Am.
  8. “The Matrix-Reloaded” This science fiction film offers an action pack chase scene complete with gun battles and crashes. The scene incorporates a combination of footage and special effects to create this exciting chase.
  9. “The Bourne Identity” This chase scene has Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) being pursued by the police through the streets of Paris. The Mini Cooper that Bourne is driving is by no means a high performance automobile; however, Bourne manages to elude the police. Bourne skillfully navigates the Mini Cooper through the cobblestone streets and down an outdoor concrete stairway.
  10. “Goldfinger” Every James Bond movie has an exciting chase scene and the 1964 film “Goldfinger’ was the pacesetter of the time. The chase scene in “Goldfinger” has James Bond (Sean Connery) trying to elude numerous pursuers in his specially equipped Austin Martin DB5. All of the gadgets including the ejector seats put this chase scene on the leading edge for its generation.
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COMMENTS

  1. January 28, 2011 11:29 pm

    Leisa Dreps

    Most car chases, of course, are action movies! Everyone would love the ones on this list like The Matrix-Reloaded and The Bourne Identity! A woman really enticed with action flicks would say that both gave chills while watching them! Hail to all-out action movies!  :)