The chase is a tried and true piece of the language of action cinema, and the rise of digital magic in filmmaking has only helped to strengthen its place on the big screen. For many cinema-goers, there is nothing more exciting than watching two or more cars reaching their limits, whether on the open road or weaving through crowded city streets. Many films try to get it right, and many do, but there are a few that can do it at masterpiece level. These are some of the greatest movie car chases ever performed.
. 1 Bullitt (1968)
For many movie fans, Peter Yates & # 39; Bullitt is still the gold standard by which all other movie car chases are measured. The legendary showdown between Steve McQueen's Ford Mustang and the Dodge Charger, which is staffed by two men who try to kill him, is still a beautiful example of the power of the 1
. 2 The Italian Job (1969)
Many chases depend primarily on the speed to sell the action, whether it is the speed of the car or the speed of processing, or both. The Italian Job a light-hearted robbery film about a crew of British thieves (including Michael Caine) trying to bring a large pile of gold bars into the Swiss Alps is certainly speedy, but what does it matter? The noticeable sense of humor is particularly memorable. The idea of a trio of Mini Coopers driving down the stairs is fun enough, but then things like a wedding ceremony, a blocked police car on a roof, and guys calmly steering through a pitch-black tunnel as if they were on a Sunday ride and you have something unforgettable. The Italian job doesn't have the fastest car chase of all time, but certainly one of the funniest.
. 3 The French Connection (1971)
When producer Philip D & # 39; Antoni and director William Friedkin prepared to do The French Connection D & # 39; Antoni had one special requirement: that of the film The Chase had to surpass that of Bullitt which he had also produced. The two filmmakers considered and finally came up with the idea that a car chases a train. After a few weeks of unlicensed shooting on the streets of New York City, Friedkin had all the footage he needed to produce a great action sequence ever. From the perspective of the first-person camera to the obstacles under the train tracks to Gene Hackman's screaming face, it packs as much adrenaline today as it did in 1971.
4. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
James Bond films were specially designed for car chases with the sexiest vehicles of a particular era, and almost every film in the franchise has a car chase that you can follow should remember. We could make a whole list of only great Bond chases, but if we only have to choose one, we need to talk about the merry procession of the pursuers in The Spy Who Loved Me . In an elegant Lotus Esprit, Roger Moore's Bond and Russian agent Amasova (Barbara Bach) are chased first by a motorcycle with a killer sidecar, then by a car with new villains Jaws, and then by a helicopter. It is this last obstacle that turns out to be particularly difficult, but Bond always has one trick more than the bad guys, and this time it turned out that his lotus was amphibious. Yes, this is the film in which the car turns into a submarine, and nobody will forget that who saw the spy who loved me .
. 5 Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Without Smokey and the Bandit the film, which made the Pontiac Trans Am an integral part of America, is not a discussion of great car chases completed pop culture forever. Hal Needham's classic road movie is full of wonderful auto moments and great stunts, making it difficult to choose only one as the best part of the film. The task is made difficult by the sheer bragging rights that exist in the film directed by Burt Reynolds & # 39; Performance and Needham. Even if the danger is set to 11, the film is so airy and light that you have almost forgotten that someone could die in this way of driving. The jump over the Mulberry Bridge feels like a perfect encapsulation of these seemingly contradictory ideas, as Bandit quips "that's not a good thing" when he sees the roadblock, and "that's worse" when soldiers accelerate from the other direction. It's a brilliant mix of comedy and great stunt work.
. 6 The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Blues Brothers the vehicle of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, which remains one of the most successful Saturday Night Live sketch adjustments of all time , relies heavily on a feeling of oversized action that pervades the entire film. The story is supposedly about two well-intentioned men who just want to make a little more money to save the orphanage they grew up in, but encounter explosions and chases along the way that they have to steer a bit calmly on their way Way to accomplish a relatively simple "mission from God". The film doesn't have one, but two big chases that go insane, and while the early chase through the mall is a masterpiece, the sheer cartoonistic absurdity of the recent chase through the streets of Chicago is the one most people like Remember people. It's just too crazy to forget.
. 7 Live and Die in LA (1985)
Only one director has the honor to appear twice on this list: William Friedkin, who led the chase in The French Connection and then somehow produced another all-timer more than a decade later. Living and dying in LA is not a masterpiece like The French Connection but its central chase – in which two Secret Service agents flee from two armed men after an operation – is a masterpiece for them 1980s Just like the chase between train and car in the 1970s. What begins with truck weaving in an industrial area soon explodes on the LA freeway and culminates in some of the most daring journeys ever recorded on film.
. 8 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
While it is always fun to drive two classic muscle cars around the street, The French Connection taught us early on that Contrast is often the key to an exciting chase. James Cameron took this lesson to heart and poured it into this exciting sequence in T2 in which the T-1000 hijacked a tow truck to take John Connor and his weak little motorbike through a channel filled with puddles to hunt. The sound design flawlessly plays out the contrast solely through the engine noise until the truck becomes a full-blown monster that rages through the concrete path and throws sparks. The climatic moments in which the T-800 can be seen on another motorcycle only serve to continue playing the juxtapositions of the scene in a very entertaining way.
. 9 Ronin (1998)
Sometimes the best chases are those that don't have cool cars and even cooler characters, and as evidence you can check out John Frankenheimer's Ronin and watch his masterful centerpiece hunt , The two cars involved are relatively inconspicuous, but Frankenheimer increases the intensity by using tunnels and bridges down to small details such as hub caps that turn in the middle of curves. Even more remarkable than the chase itself is the way the sequence works as a character piece to really highlight the danger. No one in either car looks like they're having a good time, and Robert De Niro looks practically freaked out with many shots. All of this adds to the feeling that anything could go horribly wrong at any moment, which only makes it more exciting.
10th The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
When you think of “spy film” in the context of car chases, think more of the fanciest presentation and the coolest car. It plays against the kind of conventions that make the Moscow chase in The Bourne Supremacy so effective. Anchored in the intensity of Matt Damon's performance and Paul Greengrass' handheld camera style, the chase plays like a montage of despair when Bourne escapes his pursuers in a battered taxi while grooming a shoulder wound. We know that Jason Bourne is not today, but when you watch this chase, you still feel that you are not sure what will come out first: Bourne's body or the taxi.
. 11 Death Proof (2007)
Quentin Tarantino has remixed classic genre tropes and moments from his extensive knowledge of cinema throughout his career, so that he had to go through a chase at some point. Tarantino's final chase finally arrived in Death Proof and it is perhaps most remarkable, not because of Tarantino's ability to play with genre conventions, but because of his ability to comply with them. It plays like a chase with a classic car from the 1970s in many ways and looks like a moment of pure adrenaline because Tarantino shoots it like one. His steadfast camera simply refuses to give the scene a break and keeps reminding us that what we see is as real and exciting as it gets.
12th Fast Five (2011)
The Fast & Furious franchise is known for its ability to use new auto-stunts at every rate up to the point in the last to improve film The central ensemble literally chased a submarine over the ice. Even if the set pieces get bigger, the attack on the climatic vault of Fast Five remains a flood mark for many fans. The setup is fairly simple: Brian and Dom pull a massive vault out of the case and then drive it through the streets of Rio with matching Dodge Chargers. What really makes it special are the many ways in which the sequence develops through small details, from the vault that rips through a series of pylons as soon as it goes out on the street until Brian puts his car into the vault, one Drive backwards for a while. It is a jewel in a row full of gems.
. 13 Drive (2011)
Even if it doesn't sound intuitive, patience is often as important as speed when it comes to making a good chase. It's about the setup, the context, the different elements that tell a story without words, and few films understand this concept as well as Nicolas Winding Refns Drive . The opening sequence of the film, in which The Driver (Ryan Gosling) sets out his working rules and then picks up a pair of armed robbers for a short break through the streets of Los Angeles, is a master class in patience. From the moments of parked excitement to the clever climax, it is about waiting for the right moment and then releasing this performance.
fourteenth Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Until a few years ago, George Millers The Road Warrior was the film Mad Max on this list thanks to its wild and brutal chases. Then came Mad Max: Fury Road Miller's fourth film in the franchise and perhaps the largest action film of the 2010s. The film is essentially a long chase that only pauses from time to time to set up the next big part of the driving. Therefore, it is difficult to define only a "chase" as a masterpiece. For now, let's just say that the sequence in which Immortan Joe's War Boys swing down from the Poles to our heroes is the most exciting part.
15th Baby Driver (2017)
Many, many films contain pop music needle drops in their biggest action sequences, but few have ever made this as complicated as Baby Driver . Edgar Wright's action film about an escape driver who does his best work when his music explodes, combining the speed and thrill of classic chases with the cinematic language of the film musical to create something magical. There are several wonderful chases in Baby Driver but it never gets better than the film's instantly magnetic opening sequence set by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on "Bellbottoms".