We just rated the ‘Need to See Movies for All Car Fans’ and it got us thinking about the best car chases in movie history. For any car enthusiast out there, it’s not just about the aesthetic of the car but about the performance and speed that this racks up too.
So, we’ve taken some time to look at the best built-up and powerful high-speed car chases included in some of our favourite films.
1. The Italian Job (1969)
Not just because it’s a cult favourite, but mainly down to the fact that this iconic scene features three classic Mini Cooper’s scooting through an indoor shopping centre and restaurant, before ending their wild goose chase running through the underground.
Tackling plenty of stairs en route, causing plenty of carnage and even stopping to swipe a burger on the way. The 2003 remake didn’t make the cut for us, we wanted to take it old school and include Michael Caine shouting from the passenger-seat, ‘Look for the bloody exit’. Who, although was the main character in the vehicle based film, actually couldn’t drive at the time of filming, cue bossy passenger-seat driving!
2. The Fast & The Furious (2001)
Although some of the chases in the latter of the franchise can be pretty unrealistic, with people jumping from vehicle to vehicle at high speeds, or dragging over-sized safe vault’s through the streets, as you do. We’ve gone for a clip from the first film in franchise, with Brian going head to head against Dom in a drag race through the streets, featuring Brian’s Toyota Supra MKIV and Dom’s 70 Dodge Charger American muscle car.
The race comes to a nail biting head, as they cross a train track with a moving train heading their way. They pass the track with a little help from Nitrous Oxide, leaving Dom flipping his car at the final moment as he hits a truck.
3. Drive (2011)
This film see’s Ryan Gosling play a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Flying around the streets with ease and a very icy exterior for good measure, the driving in this film is second to none.
The most intense chase in the film features Gosling in a 2011 Ford Mustang GT, chased by a 2006 Chrysler 300 C, speeding through the streets and into the mountains. Gosling throws in a few handbrake turns and some excellent reverse work for good measure, with the Chrysler ending overturned. There are, however a couple of minor inconsistencies with the cinematography, with the Mustang getting dirty at 00:56, yet appearing clean afterwards, but we reckon it’s still worth it for the chase.
4. Baby Driver (2017)
If you are looking for a dynamic chase and plenty of talented driving, then this is the film for you. The story follows a young getaway driver, who relies on a continuous flow of music from his range of antique iPods because he suffers from Tinnitus and needs to drown out the noise. The chosen car for the chase and most of the onscreen stunts is a red Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
The opening clip features a lengthy high-speed police chase, that see’s the Impreza bypass many vehicles in the process, drifting around plenty of corners and regrettably over tyre spikes. This doesn’t stop the chase, with Baby Driver narrowly avoiding the police and switching rides, after losing them for a similar red sports car in the process.
5. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
wrong. We’ve chosen the ultimate car chase from the very first film, which see’s Russian agent Kirill chase Bourne (currently making his escape in a stolen yellow taxi),in a black Mercedes G-Class SUV in a cat-and-mouse style throughout the streets of Moscow. Both Bourne and Kirill plough into various other cars throughout the chase, making this a worthier scene with a touch of realism.
The chase finally comes to an end, when Kirill, content on shooting a bullet in Bourne, takes his eye off the game and ends up crashing his G-Class into a concrete divider.
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