Special Report

Greatest Car Chases in Movies

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

The Cannonball Run (1981)
> Directed by: Hal Needham
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom Deluise
> IMDb user rating: 6.2/10

A disparate group of people participate in an illegal car race. The big cast includes Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom Deluise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Chan, and Terry Bradshaw. The plot and the large cast strongly suggested the earlier, manic car-chase film “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Reynolds’ stuntman Hal Needham, who directed Reynolds in the wildly successful “Smokey and the Bandit,” also helmed this film.

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Corvette Summer (1978)
> Directed by: Matthew Robbins
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Eugene Roche, William Bryant
> IMDb user rating: 5.6/10

Fresh off his triumph in “Star Wars,” Mark Hamill plays a high school student who customizes a Corvette Stingray, only to have it pilfered by thieves, spurring him to go to Las Vegas to retrieve it.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

The Blues Brothers (1980)
> Directed by: John Landis
> Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10

The Blues Brothers, musicians played by “Saturday Night Live” alums John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, have to outrun the police, the National Guard, Nazis, and others in Chicago to save the Catholic home where they were raised in this wild farce. Among the musical greats in this film are Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, James Brown, and Ray Charles.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

The French Connection (1971)
> Directed by: William Friedkin
> Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10

Directed by William Friedkin, “The French Connection” featured one of cinema’s greatest car-chase scenes. Gene Hackman’s character – the relentless, cynical cop Popeye Doyle – chases drug dealers in cars and on board subways through New York City (if you watch carefully, you can see the World Trade Center under construction). Hackman won the first of his two Oscars for the film.

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate (2014)

John Wick (2014)
> Directed by: Chad Stahelski
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10

The first of the three-film series (a fourth is due out in 2023) is about an ex-hit-man (Keanu Reeves – a car fanatic in real life) who comes out of retirement to seek the mobsters who killed his dog and stole his vintage Mustang.

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