Special Report

Greatest Car Chases in Movies

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
> Directed by: The Wachowskis
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10

Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss returned for “The Matrix Reloaded,” and though the movie isn’t as well received as the first “Matrix,” it does have a memorable highway chase sequence, with evil agents replacing drivers, lots of gunshots and shot-up cars, and slow-motion martial-arts action.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

The Driver (1978)
> Directed by: Walter Hill
> Starring: Ryan O’Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley
> IMDb user rating: 7.1/10

We don’t associate Ryan O’Neal with car-chase films, but he appeared in one as an unnamed getaway driver who has a talent for getting out of tight spots. One such situation comes in the middle of the movie when O’Neal, in a red Chevy pickup truck, has to evade pursuers in a Pontiac Trans-Am.

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
> Directed by: H.B. Halicki
> Starring: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, James McIntyre
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10

H.B. Halicki wrote, produced, directed and stars in this film – later remade with Nicolas Cage in his role – about a professional car thief, Maindrian Pace, who is offered $400,000 by a drug lord to steal 48 cars in five days. Things go wrong when Pace is sold out, and after he steals a car known as “Eleanor,” the police chase him across Southern California.

Source: Courtesy of Genius Products (2007)

Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof (2007)
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
> Starring: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10

Quentin Tarantino directed this grindhouse homage, starring Kurt Russell as a misogynistic stuntman who takes unsuspecting women for drives that end in car wrecks that kill the women but spare his life. When he goes after one group of women including a stuntwoman (Zoë Bell), he gets more than he bargained for.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
> Directed by: Hal Needham
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field, Jerry Reed
> IMDb user rating: 6.9/10

Audiences reveled in the sleek 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am driven by Burt Reynolds as he evades a good-ole-boy sheriff played by Jackie Gleason. After the movie opened, sales for the Trans-Am shot up by about 30,000 cars over the following year. The motion picture was directed by stunt driver Hal Needham.

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