Chase scenes are widely loved. After all, who doesn’t feel the rush of adrenaline in the blood, the hushed silences and the spine chilling incidents they offer. Over the years we have seen several iconic chase scenes, running past each other neck to neck in the final. We, at The Cinemaholic, have assembled a collection of the list of the best movie car chases. We have taken the liberty to also list down other types of chases, like motorcycle chase, truck chase, on-foot chase etc. You can stream many of these car chase movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or even YouTube.
1. The French Connection (1971)
What can be more interesting than a stunning chase scene in a narcotics thriller? Director William Friedkin managed to craft out a memorable moment in this thriller with a 1971 Pontiac and an overhead train weaving through the busy Brooklyn streets. Lead Detective Popeye is hot on heels of a sniper killer Nicoli; the latter managing to board the busy overhead commute and the officer pursuing him in a borrowed sedan. The camera work by Owen Roizman was spectacular, rhyming the thrill to perfection. The first person interjections during tight moments injected the right amount of adrenaline needed without overdoing it a bit. The natural sounds added to the flavor, and the crowded streets gave the ultimate setup for this mad chase. The car looked an exact replica of a damaged one from Grand Theft Auto.
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2. Bullitt (1969)
Director Peter Yates’ memorabilia would certainly have this country side muscle car chase at the very top. In Bullitt, SFPD Lieutenant Frank Bullitt gives chase to a couple of hit-men through the lovely streets of San Francisco in powerful Dodge Chargers. The rush is more powerful than exciting, adding to the flavor of the scene. The camerawork was tense, pivoting between the cars, and giving the audience glimpses of the drivers, maneuvering for the kill. The editing by Frank P. Keller has to be, hands down, one of the best works of all time. The way he managed to make the environment a part of the sequence was surreal. Add a shotgun trigger happy thug, and you have a classic car chase scene piled up perfectly.