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Best Movie Chase Scenes of all Time - Smash Hits

Old 08-11-2007, 02:41 PM
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I would have loved to seen the Dodge Challenger in the latest Bourne movie.

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Thank goodness that Jason Bourne is one heck of a driver.

This one-man killing machine, who is figuring out his secret identity in the crackerjack big-screen thriller "The Bourne Ultimatum," regularly finds himself behind the wheel, racing through the streets and alleys of some of the world's most-exotic locales, assassins and police in hot pursuit. With barely a facial tick, he careens through traffic at impossible speeds, escaping death and calamity at every turn.

His pursuers are never so lucky.

Riveting car chases are essential elements to all three "Bourne" movies, and there's one person we ultimately can thank for them. No, not star Matt Damon. Not directors Paul Greengrass or Doug Liman. Not even creator Robert Ludlum.

Thank Steve McQueen.

Back in 1968, his action-packed "Bullitt" gave birth to the modern era of movie car chases. The breathtaking 10-minute sequence through the mean streets of San Francisco was unlike any car chase before, and it proved so influential that you can see its deep wheel ruts in every chase that's been filmed since.

And there have been plenty, particularly during the 1970s, when every other film seemed to have a souped-up Dodge Challenger laying down some serious rubber. Not all off these movie car chases are pulse-pounders, of course. For all their terrific action scenes, most of the car chases in James Bond films fall flat, relying on gadgets and lame innuendo. And those "Fast/Furious" travesties of the past few years put the capital "D" in "Dumb."

Fortunately, we've sorted out all the lemons. These are the 20 best car chases in movie history. Fire up any of these babies in your DVD player and you're certain to experience a rush.

Just don't forget to fasten your seat belt.

1. "Bullitt" (1968): The greatest movie car chase of all time begins quietly enough, with McQueen in a Ford Mustang being trailed by a pair of bad guys in a black Dodge Charger. It's a low-speed game of cat and mouse, but when McQueen changes roles and follows the villains, it's unclear who's really stalking whom. Then things get truly kicking with both cars rocketing over hills at high speeds, putting their suspension systems to the test. Hubcaps fly as sharp corners are barely maneuvered. When the cars pull up side-by-side, rifle blasts add to the danger, before a fiery finale. Everything here is utter perfection, from the quintessential American muscle cars, to the iconic setting, to the camerawork and stunt coordination -- all the more remarkable when you consider that it was conceived and executed in the pre-computerized-effects age.

2. "The French Connection" (1971): It's not often that you see a car chasing a train, but in director William Friedkin's potboiler about cops busting a drug ring, Gene Hackman must race to stop a suspect who's getting away. As he passes slower cars underneath the elevated train tracks, he risks multiple head-on wrecks with trucks and avoids hitting a baby carriage -- a car chase signature that now borders on cliche. The camera zooms in on Hackman's loafers stomping repeatedly on the brakes, and a shot through the windshield of his silent scream while he beats the steering wheel captures his desperation.

3. "The Bourne Identity" (2002): The first Jason Bourne movie brilliantly sets up its car chase through Paris. Matt Damon scans a city map while asking the girl who owns the Austin Mini if the car has any peculiarities. The tires are a bit squishy and it pulls a little to the right. It's good to know, as the chase erupts down a pedestrian stairway, and ends up going the wrong way down a highway by the Seine, with motorcycle police units taking plenty of spills to avoid overtur
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Come on, cartoon movies don't count. There completely and utterly fake. One of the Lethal Weapon movies belongs on the list, either the opening scene or the scene in the middle of the movie when Danny Glover and Joe Pesci are fighting while trying to catch up with a wrecker that Mel Gibson is trying to stop that has been hijacked by the enemies ("WATCH OUT! Okay, okay, okay, you need to go faster! Come on can't you go any faster..." "Leo would you shut the //// up.") in Lethal Weapon 2 or the chase scene in Lethal Weapon 4 between the Grand Am and a Mercedes. Any of those scenes I think are worthy of being on this list.
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I didnt think the number 13 should have made it. I am glad they put the matrix reloaded (the best of the trilogy) in. RLSH700 is right; If they count toy movies they could have put the starwars epsiode one (pod race), MI2, or The Italian Job (either one) instead,
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Where is Dirty Mary Crazy Larry????
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I love that movie!!!!!, Love the lime green charger
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Rule of thumb, if there aint a Mopar in it... it isn't a car chase. Its just two cars out for a sroll. Evey major chase has either a Challenger or a Charger. I believe it part of the actors union rules. Rule #1.
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HAHA.

Actually out of that list, I think Ronin is one of my tops. Something about that chase. It was well done.

I agree with RLSH on Toy Story 2. What was this writer smoking?

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Also you guys ever see the 1989 Catch me if you can?? With Matt Lattanzi? Great movie deffinate candidate for that list.... "It aint over till the fat man sings."
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At least they got number one right.... don't think that Bullitt will ever be topped in the car chase category!
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