Fast and the FuriousWhat’s an action movie without a kick-ass scene where our favorite characters rush across the screen in hyper fast motor vehicles? The car chase is a pivotal hallmark in movie making, so DZI: The Voice decided to point out the ten film scenes that have presented iconic moments featuring automobiles as the center of attention.

10. The Bourne Identity (2002)

The Bourne Identity

Jason Bourne’s (Matt Damon) car chase through alleyways, on sidewalks, and down steps in Paris reportedly left the movie’s crew with only one of the four Austin Mini Coopers used for the scene by the end of filming.

9. The Fast And The Furious (2001)

The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and The Furious franchise has grossed over $2.4 billion, mostly because fans can’t get enough of the spectacular car racing portrayed by Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, & Michelle Rodriguez, and it all began with the original.

8. To Live And Die In L.A. (1985)

To Live and Die in L.A.

In order to build greater tension, Director William Friedkin’s flips the script when he has William Peterson’s “Richard Chance” drive in the right direction while the rest of traffic is actually heading down the wrong side of the road.

7. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)


T2 was groundbreaking for its CGI creations, but the James Cameron’s flick also caused eyes to bulge for T-1000’s (Robert Patrick) hellbent mission to run down John Conner (Edward Furlong) in a flood-control channel using a big rig.

6. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Matrix Reloaded

Speaking of spectacular computer generated imagery, The Wachowski Brothers’ Matrix sequel left some watchers scratching their heads, but no one was confused about the amazing chase sequence that needed a 1.4 mile three-lane highway to be built and three months to shoot.

5. The French Connection (1971)

The Fench Connection

Movie characters are known to hunt down foes escaping in cars, motorcycles, and trucks, but in this legendary scene Gene Hackman’s  Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle chases a hitman fleeing in an elevated train which includes a classic shot filmed from the front bumper of Popeye’s Pontiac LeMans.

4. Vanishing Point (1971)

Vanishing Point

It’s hard to select just one scene in a movie that’s all about being chased down in a car, so it seems fair that the entire picture gets recognized for the list. This Richard C. Sarafian film is an hour and half thrill ride from Colorado to California as Kowalski, in a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum, evades police hot on his trail.

3. Death Proof (2007)

Death Proof

The story goes Quentin Tarantino came up with the idea for this slasher movie after telling a friend he didn’t want to die in car accident like the one in Pulp Fiction, and the acquaintance told him $10,000 and a good stunt team could get him a “death-proof” car. With that audiences were eventually blessed with being able to watch Zoë Bell hang from the roof of the classic 1970 Dodge Challenger, an homage to Vanishing Point.

2. Bullitt (1968)


In what is considered by many film experts as the revolutionary moment in the way car chases are filmed, Bullitt’s near 11-minute epic run became the staple for the industry and helped Frank P. Keller win the Academy Award for Best Editing.

1. Ronin (1998)


Add together a veteran director (John Frankenheimer) of shooting car scenes, the movie’s actors actually riding in the vehicles, 300 stunt drivers, 80 wrecked cars, and the streets & tunnels of Paris, and you get the greatest car chase scene in movie history.


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