Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Movies X - Car Chases

 This post isn't about a single movie, it's about car chase scenes. There are a lot of movies that include great car chases and some movies that are nothing more than a car chase from start to finish.

I will be looking in the comments for your favorites and understand that I many not mention some that I know and like just because I don't think of them as I write this. So no cheating, no searching, what follows is a list of great car chase scenes or movies off the top of my head.

1. The French Connection

2. Bullitt

3. Vanishing Point  

4. Gone in 60 Seconds (the original)

5. Mad Max 2

6. Baby Driver

And after I looked up some scenes on YouTube, let's add Ronin, To Live and Die in L.A., The Blues Brothers, The Seven-Ups, and just because it's John Wayne there's McQ.

I saw the original Gone in 60 Seconds at a drive-in. It was the second half of a double feature. I don't remember what the other movie was, but the over the top chase sequence with that Mustang stuck with me. I only saw it once and it wasn't until YouTube that I got to see it again. It's pretty cheesy by today's standards, but I still like that Mustang.

Vanishing Point is another one of my favorites and I think it stood the test of time better. Here's some scenes.


16 comments:

Stephen Gustav said...

The first Bourne movie had a great car chase.

V2 said...

Smokey and the Bandit

Miguel GFZ said...

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry: The chase with the souped up police car and the helicopter.

Roy said...

I'm with Stephen Gustav. The first Bourne movie - "The Bourne Identity, I think it was - had one of the best car chase scenes I have ever seen. The car wasn't some souped up muscle car, it was just an ordinary European sedan, a Citroen, I think. They went everywhere, down stairs, on sidewalks, in wrong-way traffic, and wound up - in a parking garage. It was great.

Rick C said...

Baby Driver, overall, was a pretty good movie, but the synchronization between sound and action was better than I'd ever seen in any other movie. These days it's not uncommon to see beats in time with gunshots (for example), but BD took it beyond that--you'd have high and low tones, for example, sync with shots that were fired near the top and bottom of the screen as well. Very cool, and I don't recall ever seeing that done elsewhere.

Old NFO said...

Vanishing point, NO CGI, all live action, same with the original Gone in 60 Seconds!

Borepatch said...

The Italian Job had a cool chase in the storm drains. Not a big fan of the Mini Cooper but you need a small car to fit in there.

Richard said...

There must be some Bond movie. Wasn't there one with a flying submarine car. They are actually not more unrealistic than more conventional stuff.

PM said...

@Richard: re Bond, Diamonds are Forever had a good chase scene around Las Vegas, including an awesome set of crashes in a parking lot.

JLM said...

Ditto the first Bourne movie and The Italian Job. Also one which totally escapes memory at present (very helpful, huh?)-more cogitation on that to follow.

Pete said...

To Live and Die in LA is really fantastic. Loved the whole thing, including the chases. Super violent. I'm an LA native so I really enjoy seeing all those familiar areas, like the LA River (yes there is one).

Windy Wilson said...

The first "Italian Job", and "Diamonds are Forever", without a doubt. "For Your Eyes Only" had a funny chase scene with the Citroen CV2, and another one between Bond on stairs and a Mercedes. Cannonball Run was all car chase, with its moments.

Windy Wilson said...

And in "The Driver", a very cheaply made movie with Ryan O'Neal, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruce Dern. It wasn't a chase scene but Ryan O'Neal's character drove some Mercedes again through a parking garage at night, knocking off the side mirrors, using the door handles to break the valves for the fire system, screeching to a stop inches from the concrete walls and ripping the bumpers off on corners. To the total terror of the people he had to work for, cowering in the back seat. At the end, with no bumpers, no side view mirrors and maybe the crumple zones crumpled (It's been decades), he gets out, tosses the key into the driver's seat and suggests to the crooks in the back seat that they change the license plates if they take it out again.
Total wish fulfillment, right up there with the Exploding Lotus for James Bond.

Jeffery in Alabama said...

White Lightning (1973). There were multiple chase scenes.
1971 Ford LTD "P" code (police interceptor) 429 c.i.c. with 4 speed transmission.

MattB said...

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry was the best. Parents dropped us of at the movie for a kiddie show--we snuck into the next door showing of Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry and got an eyefull.

Matthew W said...

Bullit will always be the greatest movie car chase ever. Lots of reason.
No stupid stunts that were hilariously ridiculous (think Speed)
Dialogue (None)
No superfluous and gratuitous explosions (The gas station was just right)

Second best movie car chase was in the Hunter Trans Am/Combine/dynamite?????