View Full Version : Best Film Car Chase?

3rd Dec 2006, 06:41
Italian Job

The French Connection


I'll go for Bullitt.


international hog driver
3rd Dec 2006, 08:19

Both with the A8 and through Paris.

Track Coastal
3rd Dec 2006, 08:22
Ronin (1998) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122690/

One of the chases: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQa-RSSRrVM

3rd Dec 2006, 08:35
Jeez, you both beat me to it. :ugh: I was going to say Bullitt or Ronin. Both great car chase scenes.

However, slightly off thread there is also Rendezvous throught the streets of Paris and some stunning footage taken from the pax seat of Derek Bell's Porsche 956 around various circuits. :ok:

3rd Dec 2006, 08:46
Definitely Bullitt for me.

I can still well remember seeing the film in the cinema when it first came out and the awesome feeling of zero-gee watching through the car windscreen as it took the humps in the road at 100mph plus. It really lifted me out of my seat.

It was the most exciting chase I've ever seen. The French Connection comes close second.

What adds gravitas to these chases over the years is the knowledge that they were done for real, in the case of Bullitt at real speed (no camera tricks) and of course NO simulation. And, of course, Steve McQueen even did a bit of the driving himself.

Other than that, the funniest chase has to go to 'What's Up. Doc?'.

'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World' deserves a mention; it's basically one long car chase, but without the concentration of effort in Bullitt. The best bit, of course, is the Beech 18!

The Odd One

Buster Hyman
3rd Dec 2006, 08:53
Then again, there's the Blues Brothers for sheer weight of numbers in crashed police cars!

(I couldn't be bothered searching for my answer the last time this was asked.)

3rd Dec 2006, 09:54
Would definitely go with Ronin for drama and realism, but for sheer giggles the 15 min epic at the end of the Blues Brothers is brilliant.
"Use of unnecessary violence in the aprehension of the Blues Brothers has been approved"

Mr Lexx
3rd Dec 2006, 10:07
I love the Bullit chase, shame about the rest of the film. I also give a nod to gone in 60 seconds (the end chase with Eleanor), and also the beginning scene in "The Transporter".

Cpt. Underpants
3rd Dec 2006, 10:13
Ronin and then the tank chase sequence from "Goldeneye" (Bond Flick).

3rd Dec 2006, 10:23

This film defies belief.

1978, Paris, 5am, One Ferrari 275 GTB, one stabilised gyro camera, one unknown driver and a superb ending.

Turn your speakers to full, sit back and enjoy. It gives me goose bumps every time I watch it.

Takan Inchovit
3rd Dec 2006, 10:33
I'll go for, "Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number". Bob Hope & Phyllis Diller

3rd Dec 2006, 10:41
Worst film chases/action sequences
How about the latest Bond flick, Casino Royale?

I thought those 'Miami' scenes filmed at Dunsfold were the pits. OK, the aircraft were real (no sim, you've gotta give 'em marks for that) and allegedly Branson lent them the 744 in return for a walk-on part (trying to look hard while being frisked) but the whole thing looked low-budget and tawdry. That fuel bowser would be just about big enough at a small GA field. NO WAY would it scratch the surface of meeting demand for 747 ops.

I suppose the old 74 dressed up as a new type was a brave attempt, but it really looked like they had an old 74 hanging about and got the props dept to hang a few fibreglass mouldings on it. I'd have been more impressed if they have got Airbus on board and done it with the A380.

Contrast and compare that with the night-time aviation scenes in Bullitt, again no sim, but filmed on location at a real airport with people looking like they were really doing what was depicted (probably were, actually).

Oh, yes, and Bullitt had blue edge lighting - remember the scene where he got shot at and it took out a light? Who on EARTH told the Casino Royale people to put in RED edge lights? Perhaps the blue didn't show up as well...


3rd Dec 2006, 10:44
Gotta be "Carry On Cabbie". Never matched in my opinion. That bit with the radio aerials got me obsessed with R/T. :}

3rd Dec 2006, 12:57
The Paris car chase in Bourne Supremacy was pretty good, but Bullitt takes the biscuit.

Big Tudor
3rd Dec 2006, 13:01
Gotta say I love the chase scene in Restless Natives with the Japanese film crew, but then most prolly haven't heard of it! :p

3rd Dec 2006, 13:08
Nobody mentioned Vanishing Point...

3rd Dec 2006, 14:48
in the case of Bullitt at real speed (no camera tricks)What do you mean no camera tricks? Watch it again, it's basically the same scene over and over again, filmed from different angles. And the ultimate spoiler for any car chase, they go around a corner following exactly two lines of burnt rubber in the road from the previous day's practice :=

In any event, The French Connection under the elevated railway is a much better scene, even if only because a dose of reality steps in when a woman with a pram steps out in front of them and they almost kill her.

Call me pedantically realistic if you like :( , but I don't like car chases anyway. Sure they are exciting, but they generally do more damage and mayhem than the crime they are trying to stop. How would you feel it some **** took the side off your brand new motor and then legged it?

I need to lie down don't I? :p

3rd Dec 2006, 15:03
Too much of a stretch to mention the Steve McQueen motorcycle scene in "The Great Escape?"

High Wing Drifter
3rd Dec 2006, 17:01
Has to be between Ronin and the Bourne Identity. I'm afraid the scene in Bullit was a bit of an anticlimax after what I had heard :(

3rd Dec 2006, 19:01
Ronin, brilliant.
In Bullit Steve goes past the same Volkswagen twice.
Sad pedant that I am.
Just watching the Isle of Man TT makes me scared. Some plonker with a camera on his bike and his knee touching the kerb, mad, and live broadcast.
All motorcycles should be banned, if you fall off, you're toast.

3rd Dec 2006, 19:31
Through Moscow in the Bourne Supremacy

[though the one through Paris in Bourne Identity is pretty good too]

And, has to be mentioned owing to the sheer complexity of it all, but the chase scene in Matrix Reloaded was rather impressive.

Romeo Delta
3rd Dec 2006, 20:30
For my money, Bullit is it.

No one has mentioned "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Sure it's a comedy, but the whole movie is one big chase scene.

3rd Dec 2006, 20:44
Blues Brothers, especially the part in the shopping mall.

Mad Max

ok, ok...Smokey ad the Bandit (just for Jacky Gleason)

3rd Dec 2006, 21:27
Mad Max II hit my memories for some reasons.

3rd Dec 2006, 22:43
Bullitt - without a doubt, Gone is 60 seconds (the remake) is in also, and from memory theres a scorcher in Fear is the Key (i think).

4th Dec 2006, 00:41
Bullit is good, yeah, but has anyone ever counted the hubcaps that come flying off the other car? I think someone worked out that one of the wheels had four hubcaps on, and another wheel three.

I think until quite recently The Blues Brothers had the record for most expensive car chase, and that's brilliant too.
"It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, and half a pack of cigarettes"
"Hit it!"

Didn't "The French Connection" have a pretty good car chase, through all those underpasses?

What was the one where they got away from the Sherriff after a huge car chase, and then got splatted by a train?

4th Dec 2006, 10:10
What was the one where they got away from the Sherriff after a huge car chase, and then got splatted by a train?
Crazy someone and Dirty Mary?

ISTR Peter Fonda and a lady who looked good in shorts.


Tricky Woo
4th Dec 2006, 13:21
Quite a neat car chase at the beginning of Subway (Metro), a french movie of the 1980s. Peugeot 205 GTI being chased by a couple of Merc execs. Great stuff for the 10 minutes or so it lasts.


4th Dec 2006, 13:22
I, myself, personally prefer the James Bond one with the tank. The Lada or whatever it was running down the narrow alleyway with the tank (T-38?) knocking walls down behind it - love it!

The rest of the chace is a bit daft but that bit I just love!

4th Dec 2006, 13:35
No one has mentioned "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Sure it's a comedy, but the whole movie is one big chase scene.


Scroll up a few posts, to my previous!!!!!!

Thanks very much!!!

The Odd One

4th Dec 2006, 14:31
Crazy someone and Dirty Mary?
ISTR Peter Fonda and a lady who looked good in shorts.

Susan George! :E

4th Dec 2006, 14:33
Quite a few posts in and no one has mentioned the psychological chase / stalk of Duel between the truck and the car.

Romeo Delta
4th Dec 2006, 14:40
Scroll up a few posts, to my previous!!!!!!
Thanks very much!!!
The Odd One

Apologies, oh Odd One! In my scan I completely missed your reference. That Beech is a great scene, as is the over-the-top final part of the chase on the fire truck ladder.

Hilarity! :}

4th Dec 2006, 15:27
Nobody mentioned Vanishing Point...

Thank you for reminding me! (I once owned a 1970 Dodge Challenger so I guess I've a touch of bias...) :)

My first favorite was "Sex And The Single Girl" - a silly chase (especially Larry Storch as the motorcycle cop), made sillier by some editing fubars, but a lot of fun!