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The Best Car Chase Movies

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April 2, 2007
Source: Film Junk

The guys over at Film Junk just completed a weekly poll on their site for the best car chase movies. The winner? Bullitt of course.

Death Proof

The reason why I decided to bring this up here on FS.net is not that I agree with the current poll results, but it's that I want to make special mention of a car chase that has skyrocketed up to the top of my own favorites list. It's in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, his half of Grindhouse that opens this Friday.

Don't believe me? You'll see soon enough. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, because I went into the movie without any expectations of a car chase this epic, and I was mesmerized. The car chase scene in Death Proof is one of the best car chases in film history. How Tarantino pulled it off, I don't know, but it's obvious you wouldn't expect anything less from him.

It's got everything, from the sweet cars to slick driving, awesome stunts, hot women, and the single most badass car chase driver ever - Kurt Russell. I mean, it's a chase between two stunt drivers from movies, but in real life, how could it not be badass? And besides that, my favorite part, was just how beautiful it all looked. The camera wasn't jittery, it wasn't shaking, it was never at terrible angles, it was always perfect, at intricate angles that put you right in the driver seat and beyond. And the engine, holy shit, the engine sounded so good!

For the first time in film history, I actually want a frickin' muscle car! Preferably a white 1970 Dodge Challenger (think Vanishing Point). When you see Grindhouse, come back here and read this, and you'll understand why I mention that. Until then, enjoy Film Junk's poll results and get revved up for one hell of a ride on Friday.

Poll Results:

1. Bullitt - 18.4%
2. Ronin - 15.8%
2. The French Connection - 15.8%
4. The Blues Brothers - 12.3%
5. The Italian Job - 9.6%
5. The Fast and the Furious - 9.6%
7. Casino Royale - 6.1%
7. Batman Begins - 6.1%
9. The Road Warrior - 5.3%
10. Smokey and the Bandit - 0.9%

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  • Niek
    Where are Taxi, Taxi 2 and Taxi 3? 😛
  • WriterGuy
    Terminator 3? The Matrix (#2, I think)? Heck, I don't even remember the car chase in Batman Begins!
  • Zach
    That poll looks good. Casino Royale had a rad chase.
  • I'm personally shocked that Ronin isn't on that list. Talk about an epic car chase!
  • What are you on Dave? It IS on that list... It's #2!!
  • Apparently, I'm hopped up on rage over a situation that has me VERY jaded at the moment. Evidently, it also comes with a healthy side of "I didn't RTFL (List)". The one I would have added would be the opening chase from The Transporter
  • JEA
    "The seven ups", a very underrated chase scene with Roy Schieder & the stunt driver who drove the charger in "Bullit"
  • Joe
    how do u download the clip of the chase?????
  • spark66
    Well I'm younger than probly half of you (26) and I would still have have to stick with the classics. Real car chases less special effects. Vanishing point belongs on the list, bump batman. And is everyone forgeting the longest car chase in film history? The original gone in 60 sec... I think the chase is 45 minutes long and if you like wrecks they wreck like 95 cars all togeather. If you haven't seen it, its a must. My list would have to be 1.Bullitt 2.Vanishing Point 3. Gone in 60 Seconds(1974) 4.Ronin 5.French Connection
  • Gebbs
    What about the Bourne Supremacy?? I can't remember too many chases with and ending like that (implying that you have seen it).
  • Darrin
    what about bad boys 2?
  • raistlin
    the car chase in gone in 60 seconds was the best car chase that i ever seen.
  • ray
    Against All Odds Porsche vs. Ferrari !
  • arno
    Where is The Dukes of Hazzard?!
  • Matt
    The chase in Death Proof was terrible! All I could think about was, "Why doesn't she brake?" He pulls up to her several times. At the very least, it would have given Zoe Bell time to climb back into the car. It was nonsense!
  • arun
    BAD BOYS 2, MATRIX RELOADED..and the chase in Death Proof is simply too worsttttt..really sucks
  • big mike
    death proof for #%@^ing sure and check out the chase in "the island". i am a Magnum owner so you do the math
  • big mike
    check out a movie called "puppet on a chain" its a boat chase but its badass!!!
  • JD
    That whole scene would have been so much better if the cunts in the car would have kept their mouths shut!
  • oscuro666
    #1 THE CAR. #2 CHRISTINE. #3 MAD MAX. #4 TO LIVE AND DIE AND LA. #5 RONIN. #6 THE DRIVER. #7 THE HIDDEN. #8 CONVOY. #9 SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT. #10 BULLIT.

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