Special Report

Greatest Car Chases in Movies

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
> Directed by: Dominic Sena
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, T.J. Cross
> IMDb user rating: 6.5/10

This is a remake of the 1974 original. Nicolas Cage stars as a retired master car thief forced to use his skills and those of his crew to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother’s life. The remake features a 1967 Shelby GT500.

Source: Courtesy of MGM/UA Distribution Company

To Live and Die in LA (1985)
> Directed by: William Friedkin
> Starring: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10

A fearless and thrill-seeking Secret Service agent, Richard Chance (William Petersen), is out to get the counterfeiter who killed his partner. One of the film’s highlights is the chase scene in which Chance and his partner are pursued by gangsters and Chance drives through parking lots filled with semi-trucks and across flood-control channels to try to lose the mobsters.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The Italian Job (1969)
> Directed by: Peter Collinson
> Starring: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10

A 1960s’ era caper movie stars Michael Caine as the leader of a gang trying to steal gold in Italy. Driving Cooper Minis, they lead Italian law authorities on an epic, zany car chase through the streets, the sidewalks, and the church steps of Turin. The movie was scored by Quincy Jones.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Vanishing Point (1971)
> Directed by: Richard C, Sarafian
> Starring: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10

“Vanishing Point” is about a Medal of Honor winner and ex-cop dishonorably discharged from the force who bets he can drive from Denver to San Francisco in fewer than 15 hours. To do that would mean he would have to average speeds of more than 80 miles an hour, and that runs him afoul with the police. Many of the stunts in the movie involved people who worked on “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen.

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

Ronin (1998)
> Directed by: John Frankenheimer
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10

Director John Frankenheimer, a former amateur race driver, used his love of fast cars in this caper flick to create numerous chase scenes that are often compared to those in “The French Connection.

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