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Old 03-11-04, 11:08 AM
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Best Car chase scenes

According to Men's Journal. I'm sure RChase will have his own list to add.

10. Death Race 2000
9. The Italian Job (original, I think)
8. Vanishing point
7. Fast and The Furious
6. Smokey and the Bandit
5. Matrix Reloaded
4. The Frence Connection
3. Gone in 60 Seconds (original)
2. Bullitt
1. Ronin


What are your picks?
Old 03-11-04, 11:21 AM
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To Live And Die In L.A. had a nifty car chase scene.
Old 03-11-04, 11:30 AM
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Men's Journal is wrong.
Death Race 2000 is a good movie but it's nowhere near the top 10 in car chases. Fast and Furious should not be in the top 100 let alone number 7. Vanishing Point is more of an overall experience and doesn't have a standout chase sequence (in the same vein as Two Lane Blacktop). The rest of the list is a matter of taste although the order is wrong.

1. Gone in 60 Seconds
2. Bullitt
3 Ronin
4 The Seven Ups
5 The Driver
6 Matrix Reloaded
7 To Live and Die in La
8 Jade
9 French Connection
10 The Transporter

After the top 3 or 4, the rest of the list shifts depending on how you're rating the chase. Whether you're looking at driving skill, destruction, overall execution, stunts, etc, you'll get different results.

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Ronin is the best I've seen. I also like the one in the Blues Brothers although it is a bit more hokey.
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A good chase scene should be as dramatically satisfying as it is kinetically exciting.

That's the only reason The French Connection should be on a list like this, in my opinion - and even then, I think it's one of the most over-rated car chases of all time. (I mean, come on, he simply drives straight ahead and knocks a few cars out of the way, and that's really just about it - though it's become fashionable to laud it as a masterpiece chase scene).

Raiders of the Lost Ark should definitely be on this list. It was exciting, inventive, and dramatically as satisfying and suspenseful as it was visually exciting.

Movies like The Fast and the Furious are simple flash, no substance.
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french connection makes every list because, it was one of the first. same with bullit, even though, it does look a bit too planned (where are the other cars), but they were going at high speeds and it was done for real.
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As mediocre as the films may be, Taxi 2 has an excellent chase sequence, where the whte Peugot is chased by Yakuza in black japanese cars. The police get involved then, and cause a GREAT pile-up.

Did I mention tanks?
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French Connection belongs on the list. You don't have to be jumping and cornering a lot to make a good car chase. There was drama. You could feel the speed. A danger element. Plus he was chasing a train.

I thought the chase scene in Never Say Never Again (is that it? with an older Connery) was solid.

Blues Brothers is a good addition, IMO. Not sure if it's top 10, but it was fun.
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I've always had a soft spot for the bug chase in For Your Eyes Only.
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Originally posted by DonnachaOne
As mediocre as the films may be, Taxi 2 has an excellent chase sequence
I totally agree with the fact that Taxi 2 has great car chases, but why, oh why do you call it mediocre? It is a piece of art!

It basically has everything:
- strong emotions
- love scenes
- absolute suberb plot
- action
- car chases
- martial arts
- strong acting (ahum)

Oh yeah
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Originally posted by LolaRennt
I totally agree with the fact that Taxi 2 has great car chases, but why, oh why do you call it mediocre?
It's a silly little trifle of a film. I like it, but it's incredibly stupid. I will say, however, it is much, much better than the waste-of-time Taxi.
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1. The French Connection ( Will never be topped )
2. To Live And Die In L.A.
3. Ronin
4. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
5. Magnum Force ( Harry vs. Motorcycle cops = greatness )
6. The Driver
7. The Seven Ups
8. Vanishing Point
9. 2 Fast 2 Furious ( The last 30 minutes are one big chase )
10. The Fast And The Furious ( The highway sequence ownz )
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While the French Connection is a very good chase, it's not the super great scene that it's been made out to be. Basically, it's a guy driving to a railway station. It has great camera work but compared to other chases it has weaknesses. The Seven Ups chase is a lot better and even the Driver beats it out. The French Connection keeps its reputation mostly on word of mouth than by merit.

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No love for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World? It has plenty of good hase scenes.
"You're bugging me, man! Ooh, I'm gonna nail....I'm getting bugged now! Whoa, man!"
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Personally, my top chase scene is the one from Terminator 3, the one with the huge crane and tons of destruction.

On a side note, a guy from Men's Journal was on Fox News talking about the list, and he noted that the chase scene in The French Connection was filmed without any permits, and that most of the cars and people were not extras but real people on the street. I guess there is a scene (haven't seen the movie) where a lady with a baby buggy jumps out of the way, and that was real, too.
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Originally posted by Charlie Goose
No love for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World? It has plenty of good hase scenes.
"You're bugging me, man! Ooh, I'm gonna nail....I'm getting bugged now! Whoa, man!"
That's a classic!
Big to The Seven Ups
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Originally posted by SunMonkey
Personally, my top chase scene is the one from Terminator 3, the one with the huge crane and tons of destruction.

On a side note, a guy from Men's Journal was on Fox News talking about the list, and he noted that the chase scene in The French Connection was filmed without any permits, and that most of the cars and people were not extras but real people on the street. I guess there is a scene (haven't seen the movie) where a lady with a baby buggy jumps out of the way, and that was real, too.
It was filmed without a permit and almost all of the traffic was real. There were a few stunt cars. Hackman even did some of the driving. The woman with the baby stroller was planned though. She was a stunt woman with an empty carriage. The whole chase was a dangerous thing to do and Friedkin says he regrets doing it the way he did.

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Ronin
The Bourne Identity
French Connection
T2 & 3
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Don't necessarily think it's top 10 material, but the chase in Bad Boys II with the cars being pushed off the car carrier was pretty good.
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Transporter
Taxi 1 and 2
Terminator 3
Bad Boys 2
Ronin
Fast and the Furious
2 Fast 2 Furious
Gone in 60 Seconds
Matrix Reloaded
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I can't believe no one mentioned Road Warrior yet,I think one of if not the best car chase scene i have ever saw was the Road Warrior gastanker truck chase scene that took up about the last 20 minutes of Road Warrior.I was on the edge of my seat at the theatre when i saw it and still like watching it today,it has'nt aged a bit

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Oh yeah, I add that one to mine too.
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Some good ones on this DVD

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and most of the crashes in french connection are because the cars missed their spots (they were supposed to be near misses)

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