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Excellent Hollywood Car Chases

emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
All great action movies have chase scenes and many will agree the best chase scenes involve four ton vehicles thundering down crowded streets at top speeds. Hollywood films these days might be full of thin plots and shallow characters but there's no shortage of good car chase scenes or vehicle stunts, either.

What goes into making a car chase 'good' versus 'unforgettable' and what are the standouts?

Favorite car chases - Goldeneye. James Bond chases down kidnappers in a tank. What made the scene work was plenty of collisions with things but nothing could incapacitate that tank. Bond drove through a building, through a truck hauling beer, through a statue, etc. Driving through things seems to be key.

The Blue Brothers driving, again, through the mall. Driving with sunglasses must be tough since they hit every kiosk and boutique along the way.

Children of Men - the chase itself wasn't exciting but how it was filmed made it stand out. I don't know how they did it but they filmed the entire chase from inside one car and still made it feel frantic.

How to screw up a good car stunt? The Man with the Golden Gun had an honest to god corkscrew jump over a stream of water. The car flips and spins in the air. So what was added in the editing room to make it better? A cartoon sound effect.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2008
    French Connection?

    French Connection.

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    saint2esaint2e Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Ronin.

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    Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    saint2e wrote: »
    Ronin.

    You beat me to it.

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    TachTach Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Bullit.

    Thread over.

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    JohnOrangePeelJohnOrangePeel Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    saint2e wrote: »
    Ronin.

    Good choice,

    Also all three Bourne films

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    ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Hot Fuzz:
    The high speed chase of Blower and Draper

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    saint2esaint2e Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Nova_C wrote: »
    saint2e wrote: »
    Ronin.

    You beat me to it.

    Seriously my jaw was on the floor the entire sequence. Such a good car chase in that movie.

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    Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    saint2e wrote: »
    Nova_C wrote: »
    saint2e wrote: »
    Ronin.

    You beat me to it.

    Seriously my jaw was on the floor the entire sequence. Such a good car chase in that movie.

    The only thing I didn't like was the cheesy CG tire smoke when he was reversing out of the parking lot.

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    saint2esaint2e Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Nova_C wrote: »
    saint2e wrote: »
    Nova_C wrote: »
    saint2e wrote: »
    Ronin.

    You beat me to it.

    Seriously my jaw was on the floor the entire sequence. Such a good car chase in that movie.

    The only thing I didn't like was the cheesy CG tire smoke when he was reversing out of the parking lot.

    True, that was a bit much. But the attention to the shifting he was doing was phenomenal.

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Elendil wrote: »
    Hot Fuzz:
    The high speed chase of Blower and Draper

    Oh man...
    The swan at the end was the best part

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    All three Terminator movies had great car chases in them. Helicopter chasing an armored van under a bridge? Sure!

    The TV show had one bland car chase.

    What a contrast.

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    ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Cantido wrote: »
    Elendil wrote: »
    Hot Fuzz:
    The high speed chase of Blower and Draper

    Oh man...
    The swan at the end was the best part
    No, that was the (also hilarious) one at the end. I'm talking about the one where Angel pulls over the theater guy for speeding.

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    Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I don't know it if counts, but the car-chasing-people scene in the tunnel in Die Hard 4 was freaking intense.

    And also, Bullit.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Elendil wrote: »
    Cantido wrote: »
    Elendil wrote: »
    Hot Fuzz:
    The high speed chase of Blower and Draper

    Oh man...
    The swan at the end was the best part
    No, that was the (also hilarious) one at the end. I'm talking about the one where Angel pulls over the theater guy for speeding.

    Lasts 2 seconds. Amazing.

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    -Phil--Phil- Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Tach wrote: »
    Bullit.

    Thread over.

    Limed for truth!

    Also, I like the car chase in Dukes of Hazzard. But the chase in Bullit is by far the best :^:

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    RichyRichy Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    emnmnme wrote: »
    All three Terminator movies had great car chases in them. Helicopter chasing an armored van under a bridge? Sure!

    The TV show had one bland car chase.

    What a contrast.
    Well car chases are pretty expensive. Probably way beyond a TV episode's budget.

    As for my favourite: SpiceWorld.
    Not seriously. Though I did chuckle when the switched to a toy car skipping over a model bridge to save money.

    Also: The Dark Knight
    The Joker's truck marked "Slaughter is the best medicine" was a nice touch. And the bazooka.

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    FirstComradeStalinFirstComradeStalin Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    How did we get this far in the thread without mentioning the Italian Job?

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    deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The Bourne movies cal always be counted on for awesome chase scenes.

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    How did we get this far in the thread without mentioning the Italian Job?

    A hearty hatred of Mini Coops?

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    BubbaTBubbaT Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    emnmnme wrote: »
    All three Terminator movies had great car chases in them. Helicopter chasing an armored van under a bridge? Sure!

    The TV show had one bland car chase.

    What a contrast.

    If you like helis chasing cars, check out Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

    To Live and Die in LA

    Most anything with Cary Loftin.

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    Alistair HuttonAlistair Hutton Dr EdinburghRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The Corrupter

    The car chase is low-key, "realistic", and extremely brutal. It is a masterpiece.

    And it's got Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg in it, what's not to like?

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    Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    emnmnme wrote: »
    How did we get this far in the thread without mentioning the Italian Job?

    A hearty hatred of Mini Coops?

    I loved it when the new one came out:

    "The best mini cooper car chase ever filmed!"

    ...because there's so many of them, right?

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    GooeyGooey (\/)┌¶─¶┐(\/) pinch pinchRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    It took 5 posts (including the OP) to mention Bullit. You should all be ashamed.


    E: To actually add to the thread, I always liked the hummer/ferrari/trolley chase scene in The Rock.

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    GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Everything else in it sucked, but the chase in Death Proof wasn't half bad.

    Death Race 2000 and Duel were all one big chase.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    What was that movie with the car being launched out of Marina City and into the river?

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    tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Someone mentioned Death Proof but no Vanishing Point? For shame, for shame.

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    saint2esaint2e Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    emnmnme wrote: »
    How did we get this far in the thread without mentioning the Italian Job?

    A hearty hatred of Mini Coops?

    How can you hate Mini Coopers?!?

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    BogartBogart Streetwise Hercules Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited July 2008
    Struggling to think of great ones that haven't been mentioned, but how about Smokey and the Bandit? Comedy car chases with someone yelling 'You Sumbitch!' every two minutes? Great in my book. And maybe the last scene of Smokey and the Bandit II, just for the many excellent crashes.

    Driver. The scene in the parking lot where he just crashes the car again and again is my favourite. Not a chase per se, but awesome nonetheless.

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    BubbaTBubbaT Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    tofu wrote: »
    Someone mentioned Daeth Proof but no Vanishing Point? For shame, for shame.

    The guy I mentioned, Cary Loftin, was the stunt driver for Vanishing Point. He was also excellent behind the wheel in Against All Odds, which was filmed when Loftin was 70.

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The Bourne movies cal always be counted on for awesome chase scenes.

    Was going to mention this - the 1st movie - the beat up mini.

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    GooeyGooey (\/)┌¶─¶┐(\/) pinch pinchRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Okay, enough words. How about some video?

    Not only crazy, but illegal.

    Here's the back story.


    Personally, I think it's amazing how it conveys such a large range of emotion.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    moniker wrote: »
    What was that movie with the car being launched out of Marina City and into the river?

    The Hunter

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    JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited July 2008
    GungHo wrote: »
    Death Race 2000 and Duel were all one big chase.

    Yay! Someone mentioned Duel. That movie freaked my shit out when I was about ten. Spielberg really knew his shit, even back then.

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    PiRaTe!!!PiRaTe!!! Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Bad Boys 2, the entire chase sequence on the freeway with cars being thrown off the back of the truck. Also The Transporter (the first movie) had a pretty slick car chase sequence at the beginning of the movie.


    I will agree however that the car chases in Ronin were just amazing.

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    GahziGahzi Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The second bourne movie, where he steals the taxi is my favorite chase in a movie so far.

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    JRoseyJRosey Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Matrix Reloaded? No? 20 minute chase scene guys, come on.

    Not to mention there was a hot babe on a Ducati. You just can't beat that.

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    BogartBogart Streetwise Hercules Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited July 2008
    Aside from the Goldeneye one and the 360 spin in Man with the Golden Gun Bond's had some great chases. The remote-controlled car one in Tomorrow Never Dies was highly entertaining, though very silly. There's a nice snowy one in Living Daylights, and a decent one in Diamonds are Forever. Though I've always thought that with Bond the gadgets make the chases more fun, but less exciting. Whereas something like Ronin, or Bullit, is ridiculously exciting, because there's apparently so little artifice involved in them: it's just cars going insanely quickly.

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    Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The car chase in Death Proof is the only car chase I have ever found exciting. Every other time I've watched a car chase scene I don't really care.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2008
    Tach wrote: »
    Bullit.

    Thread over.

    that.

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    Fatty McBeardoFatty McBeardo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Bullitt
    Ronin
    Bourne 1/2/3
    Blues Brothers
    Matrix Reloaded <- My favorite car chase and it's also pretty much the peak of the Matrix franchise, it all goes to shit from there. they should have rolled the credits with the semi collision and explosion w/ Neo flying into the rescue. Called it a day, called it a series. But no, they had to keep going.
    Live and Let Die (car vs. car vs. boat vs. car)

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