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10 Best Car Chase Scenes in Movies

30 November 2012 | Features, Film Lists, Guest Posts | by David Zou

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There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned car chase to complete a great action movie, and the big screen has certainly seen its fair share throughout the years. Whether it’s an old-school city chase that you’re after or an impressive display of modern special effects, this top 10 of the very best movie car chases has something for everyone. PassSmart.com have swapped off-screen driving in order to bring you the very best on-screen car chases.

 

1. Bullitt (1968)


We’re jumping straight in with one of the most popular car scenes in cinematic history. This famous scene sees Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang chase a Dodge Charger through the iconic streets of San Francisco. The chase from Bullitt – released in 1968 – proves that you don’t need expensive, modern day special effects to make an impact. McQueen was apparently determined to create the “best car chase ever done”, and if the Bullitt car chase legacy is anything to go by, he, arguably, fulfilled that wish.

 

2. The Italian Job (1969)

It’s not a car you’d associate with high speed chases, but the Mini proves its worth in this film. The original Italian Job, which has just been voted the best classic motoring film of all time, made the Mini fashionable. With the hardwearing trio showcasing their agility by speeding around the streets of Turin and through the Italian sewer system, it seems that there’s nothing this little car can’t do.

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