Thursday, October 20, 2011
Great movie car chases are almost exactly like real life
If that doesn’t get you in the mood to watch some tire-squealing television and movie car chase action, maybe these will. Click on the videos below for some of the most memorable Hollywood chase scenes ever put to film.
Bullit (1968) - Considered the best movie chase ever by many. Steve McQueen did a lot of his own driving. That thing where Bullit appears in the bad guys' rearview mirror gets me every time. Pretty hard not to like it!
The Blues Brothers (1980) - The Blues Brothers is full of great chases. The mall scene is one of the best, but they're all pretty good.
American Graffiti (Paradise Road) (1973) - More of a race than a chase, I guess, but still one of the great car movies of all time. And I still think Milner's coupe is ugly, and Falfa's '55 isn't my favorite either. Plus, it turns into a real junker after it rolls over.
The Seven-Ups (1973) - Several bias-ply tires were harmed in the making of this film. This is a loong chase, and similar to Bullit; the cars just aren't as cool. Stuntman/actor Bill Hickman was driving the bad guy's Pontiac in this movie, just like he was driving the charger in Bullit (this time, with thinner glasses). Hickman was also in The French Connection, another movie with a great car chase scene, although the chase was against a car and a train, so he didn't get to drive in that one.
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) - Everything about this just looked so dangerous. Real streets. Real cars. Lots of carnage. The entire movie was a car chase, so this is just an excerpt from the end.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) - There's some bad words in this one, so be careful. It's not kid friendly in the least. Pretty intense car chase, though. Impala vs. Grand Marquis Battle Roayle. That's William Peterson from CSI fame. They even end up down in that drainage culvert where Danny Zuko raced Greased Lightning for a few minutes.
White Lightning (1973) - Burt Reynolds being chased by Ned Beatty. You bet, it's worth watching!
Thunder Road (1957) - This is a great early car chase movie. Plus, Robert Mitchum is too cool for his own good. This is an excerpt from the movie.
Moonrunners (1974) - This is the precursor to the Dukes of Hazzard, so it's kind of fun to look back at this and see where some of the ideas came from for the show.
Cars (2006) - I know it's animated, but how can you not like this? As the father of a seven-year-old, I've seen this eleventy-billion times. This is my favorite scene.