The 5 Best Movie Car Chase Scenes of All Time
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5 – The Seven-Ups (1973)
It was the duel of the Pontiacs in this film from Philip D’Antoni (who produced Bullitt and The French Connection just a few years earlier) While the 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville and Ventura Sprint Coupe aren’t the most stunning or interesting of cars, D’Antoni knew how to coax an amazing performance out of each as they tore New York City to shreds. The best is the fantastic climax to the chase, orchestrated by stunt driver extraordinaire Bill Hickman (who drives the Grand Ville in the film), where Roy Scheider’s Ventura careens under a tractor-trailer, effectively turning it into a convertible, yet leaving the driver – who thankfully had his timing just so – uninjured.
4 – Ronin (1998)
More than 300 stunt drivers worked on this flick, helping a staggering number of sport sedans, motorcycles, police cars and trucks meet their demise for our pleasure. The BMW M5, Peugeot 406 and Audi’s S8 all got stunning close ups during the jarring realism of the real-time chases, and Jean Reno is likely the only actor who can make something as mundane as a Peugeot seem like a desirable driver’s car.
3 – The French Connection (1971)
This Oscar-winning film’s prime chase is between a Pontiac LeMans (helmed by Gene Hackman) and an elevated subway train in Brooklyn. Director William Friedkin makes it look easy, occasionally showing Hackman flying through opposing traffic underneath the elevated train in a single frame. The French Connection also brought producer Philip D’Antoni and stunt driver Bill Hickman back together, so you just know it’s nail-biting good.