The getaway driver is an oft-overlooked piece of the crime puzzle. After all, they just sit in the car and drive when the hard part is over, right? WRONG. Getaway drivers can be pretty badass, especially in movies. Think about these 4 getaway drivers the next time you're facing a particularly grueling commute, and remember: It could be worse.
Bonnie and Clyde in the first place. Moss is like the Richard Simmons of badass getaway drivers: We like him because we feel we could be him without too much work.
The Driver, "The Driver" Here we have a more traditional example of a badass getaway driver. Played by Ryan O'Neal, the unnamed driver in Walter Hill's "The Driver" can do things with a car you wouldn't believe. He can squeeze out of tight spots, elude a seemingly infinite number of police cars, and above all get you where you need to go.
Don McCoy, "The Getaway" This might be considered a cheat, since Steve McQueen as Don McCoy in "The Getaway" does a hell of a lot more than drive. He robs the banks himself, shoots up a car with a shotgun, and punches Sally Struthers in the face. He earns the title of badass getaway driver behind the wheel as well, particularly since this is pretty much a feature length chase from director Sam Peckinpah.
Driver, "Drive" Sometimes the key to being a badass getaway driver is taking your inspiration from the right places. And apparently Ryan Gosling's unnamed 'Driver' from Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" watched "The Driver" a couple times when he was building his repertoire. They both have the same laconic style, only speaking when they have to, and letting their actions speak for them. The debate over who is the more badass getaway driver of the two will probably go on for ages, but Gosling's Driver has a certain head-smashing quality to call his own.
The next time you're in need of a getaway driver, keep these guys in mind. But remember: Their on-the-edge lifestyles have been known to lead to trouble, particularly when crime is concerned. Maybe you'd be better of going to graduate school like your parents want.