My 8 Favorite Movie Car Chases

The thing I love most about movie car chases (or any other vehicle chases), is you know it's dangerous from the jump. You know plowing down a main street or whipping through traffic at 90+ miles an hour has a huge element of risk. One false move and you fly from the car, you hit someone, you are hit, you crash into something, and on and on.

These chases are intense with heart stopping moments especially as you watch a car sail over something or someone or fly through something. The best ones put you right in the action, inside the car, at wheel level, or make you the ultimate spectator for something that there will be definite losers and winners in. It takes a physical street fight and makes it mobile, more dangerous, faster, and crazier. Here are a few of my favs in no particular order.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road


This re-make takes a classic and amps it up to epic proportions. Say what you will about how true or not, or how much homage this paid to the original, when you saw this race through the desert, you were undoubtedly blown away. Clearly the budget was spent in the right places. What more could you want with some of the most creative post apocalyptic vehicles, costumes, explosions, and gun play, speeding down the hot sands. This film "is" the car chase.

2. The Matrix Reloaded

You're told never get on the freeway. It's open season on anyone who tries, but being forced into the situation, it's guns, it's beings that can morph directly into your car, it's car crashes, and flips, it's motorcycles. It's amazing.

3. Bad Boys II


This is sort of that classic pedal to the metal road battle. Cops vs. the bad guys, hitting the main streets, and letting the road and everyone and everything in it, decide who's king.

4. The Dark Knight


Most villains on the hunt for you could be considered insane, but I think the Joker takes the cake for actually "being" insane, and when crazy is after you, literally anything goes. I love this chase for the innovative car to motorcycle transformation of the bat mobile, and for the truck flip that was, if you see the BTS, done for absolutely real.

5. The Hitcher

Another remake, this 2007 version of the 1986 classic should once and for all, if you still had any doubts, convince you never to pick up hitchhikers. Winter is definitely coming as two college kids nearly run into "The Hitcher's," Sean Bean who has an absolute lust for killing. Cops, children, helicopter pilots...just about anyone who gets in his way. He obsessively and most violently car stalks the young Jim and Mary in an attempt to implicate them in a murder he's done. The film should be called relentless. I do have to tip my hat to the 1986 version on this one, but I also have to give it up for Sean Bean who is the personification of disturbing behind wheels, face to face, everywhere in this film.

6. Grindhouse Death Proof

Mike is a body double who likes to pick up women, and then take them for a ride in his rigged up, souped up car, which he's designed to kill them. He's easily done so without much interference until he f's with the wrong women who decide they want vengeance. What ensues is an epic car chase complete with cars and bodies flying in and out of the cars.

7. The Blues Brothers


I like this one for the pure level of destruction caused by the Blues Brothers and the cops at their heels.

8. Ronin

This has just about every movie car chase cliche in it from construction workers in the road, to hitting the old fruit stand, to pedestrians all amazingly athletically trained to dive out of the way of a vehicle they didn't know was coming, but I love it. The action is great. I love the cars whipping around corners and flying up and down hills.


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  • 18d

    I am disappointed. How could you not include the truck scene on Mad Max: The Road Warrior? That is one of my favorite scenes in cinema history, although kudos for at least mentioning Fury Road. Mad Max is one of my favorite franchises ever, although I like to just pretend that that cringeworthy third film with Tina Turner never happened.

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  • 18d

    Ronin is still near the top of my list.

    I will add that if the car chase is all or mostly CGI (and that's the direction all film is heading), it ceases to be even remotely impressive in my book.

    A lot of graphic design prowess but nobody's actually driving anything... smoke and mirrors rip-off, in my opinion.

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  • 12d

    I've seen half of Mad Max fury road, but I didn't like it so I never saw the rest. Haven't seen any of the others. I generally don't like car chases cause they're usually so stupid unrealistic. There was one car chase I really liked though but I can't remember what the movie was called

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  • 13d

    Where's the Fast and Furious?

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  • 15d

    Good choices. The one in Lethal Weapon 3 is also good.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ49ym9clB0

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  • 15d

    ronin is the best by far,,, even challenges bullit plus its a great film

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  • 18d

    I liked that you mentioned Death Proof.
    Some more (car races):
    Bullitt
    Vanishing Point (which is like a 1:30h of car chase)
    Two lane blacktop
    The Gumbal rally (which is like a 1:30h of car chase)

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  • 18d

    Good though Fury Road was, it has nothing on the police chase at the start of the original, nor the tanker battle at the end of the sequel.

    One of my favourite chases is the one through Moscow at the end of the Bourne Supremacy.

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  • 18d

    Blues Brothers was such a fantastic and hilarious movie. Truly underrated.

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  • 18d

    But you left out the ultimate car chase movie: "Vanishing Point" (1971). Definitely dated and a period piece, but the whole movie is one long car chase:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_Point_(1971_film)

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  • 18d

    I loved the Bourne identity with the mini cooper chase. Mad Max? dont you mean Furiosa Fury Road, Max was only a supporting charcter lol I preffered the old Mad Max films shame Mel Gibson couldn't be in it for obvious reasons.

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  • 18d

    My favorite is Dark of the moon. Imagine a car getting up and running towards you

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  • 18d

    Captain Amerca Winter Soldier has a great chase scene at the beginning.

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  • 18d

    Fast and Furious should be on there. I also like Bullet.

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  • 18d

    Leaving out the car chase from "Bullitt" is shameful.

    weknowmemes.com/.../you-filthy-casual-meme.jpg

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