Special Report

Greatest Car Chases in Movies

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

The Seven-Ups (1973)
> Directed by: Phil D’Antoni
> Starring: Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10

This sequel to “The French Connection” stars Roy Scheider leading a team of ethically challenged cops fighting crime in New York City in the 1970s. The film is remembered for a chase scene in which Scheider’s character is nearly killed crashing into a truck on Taconic Parkway in upstate New York.

Source: Courtesy of American International Pictures

Mad Max (1979)
> Directed by: George Miller
> Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10

The dystopian classic that made Mel Gibson a star also featured a third-generation Ford Falcon. Already juiced with a V-8 engine, the filmmakers converted the Falcon into an “Interceptor,” affixing a new nose to the front end, adding flares, and attaching a switch-activated supercharger booster (it’s not real) on the hood for when Max needs to flee.

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
> Directed by: Guy Hamilton
> Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10

There have been plenty of car chases in the James Bond franchise, but one that stands out is when Bond (Roger Moore) performs a corkscrew jump with an AMC Hornet X – immortalized in Guinness World Records as the world’s first cinematic “astro spiral.” Elsewhere in the film, the villain Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) takes off in an AMC Matador Brougham Coupe that suddenly sprouts wings.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures (1974)

The Sugarland Express (1974)
> Directed by: Steve Spielberg
> Starring: Ben Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Michael Sacks, William Atherton
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10

Steve Spielberg’s first feature film, “The Sugarland Express” is based on a true story about a couple (portrayed by Goldie Hawn and William Atherton) who lose custody of their baby to the state of Texas and will do anything, including evading the police in highway chases, to get the child back. In doing so, they become folk heroes.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Wanted (2008)
> Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
> Starring: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10

Angelina Jolie recruits an office worker (James McAvoy) into her fraternity of assassins in “Wanted.” During a scene in which she and McAvoy are being chased, Jolie fights off the bad guys by hanging out of the windshield and shooting while she’s steering the car with her foot.

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