5 Must See Movie Car Chase Scenes

Five Classic Action Movie Car Chases

There’s nothing quite like settling down in a dark movie theater to enjoy an action-packed summer blockbuster. The tradition of the summer action movie is a long-standing one in Hollywood and a good action movie is guaranteed to pack theaters.

Each season, viewers look for those big budget movies that are full of car chases and explosions. If you want to revisit some classic car chases, consider checking out these 5 Must See Movie Car Chase Scenes. After seeing some of these, you might think twice before you buy a car!


Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997

In this James Bond flick, actor Pierce Brosnan reprises his role as the famous British spy. In classic Bond movie fashion, the super spy is equipped with an array of technological toys and gadgets to help him get out of any tight spot he might find himself in.

Fans of the James Bond franchise are already familiar with the tricked-out vehicles the spy has driven over the years, but the modified BMW 7 Series featured in Tomorrow Never Dies captured the imaginations of a whole new generation of viewers. The remote controlled BMW 750 came fully equipped with everything a globe trotting secret agent might need, including rocket launchers and tires that would automatically re-inflate themselves if punctured. The astonishing scene ends when Bond drives the car off a building – and back to the rental agency.


The French Connection – 1971

Another action classic, The French Connection stars veteran actors Gene Hackman, Fernando Ray, Roy Schneider, and Marcel Bozzuffi as cops and crooks involved in the international heroin trade. The story revolves around a single car stuffed full of 32 million dollars worth of heroin; the car is shipped to New York City from France and has to be intercepted by detectives (Hackman and Schnieder) before the drugs can hit the New York City streets.

The amazing car chase scene in this movie featured several cars, a tractor trailer, a moving truck, and a train. During the scene, several pedestrians are nearly missed by the speeding drivers and oncoming traffic is disregarded by the relentless detectives.


Smokey and the Bandit – 1977

This movie proves that the 1970’s was the decade that made the car chases the helped define this action movie staple. This action-comedy stars Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jackie Gleason, Pat McCormick, and Paul Williams. The movie follows the adventures of a father and son (played by McCormick and Williams) who are small time crooks interested in smuggling their favorite beer down to Georgia. To do this, they’ll need to find a big rig driver who is up to the challenge of hauling the cargo all while trying to avoid “Smokey” – the interstate highway patrolmen working hard to prevent the bootlegging operation. The team hires the legendary truck driver known as Bandit (played by Reynolds) to haul the beer all the way from Texas to Georgia. To help the truck avoid the attention of the policy, a “blocker” car is driven in front of the truck.

Pretty soon, the straightforward smuggling operation turns complicated. A runaway bride (Fields) makes Bandit’s life difficult and draws the attention of state and local police all along the route. As the big rig passes through the southern states, it’s chased by an ever-growing line of cop cars and other trucks.


The Blues Brothers – 1980

There’s no arguing that the car chase featured in the original Blues Brothers movie is one of the most iconic of all time. In fact, the elements of this chase have become ingrained in almost every action movie car chase ever since. In this movie, two men “on a mission from God” go on a great adventure to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up. Along the way, the audience is treated to appearances by musical superstars including Cab Calloway, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.

The car chase itself includes dozens of police cars and a fleet of rowdy locals eager for the brothers’ blood. The chase is gradually joined by a SWAT team, firefighters, the military police, and even the Illinois National Guardsmen.


Vanishing Point – 1971

Vanishing Point is another stellar example of 1970’s car chase excitement. In fact, this movie places its car chase at the center of its plot. The story focuses on a man known only as Kowalski, a delivery driver from Denver, Colorado, tasked with taking a white Dodge Challenger across the western desert all the way to San Francisco in less than twenty-four hours.

Pretty soon, Kowalski finds himself pursued by motorcycle cops, other drivers, and even a nude female biker. In many ways, Vanishing Point stands apart from all other classic car chase movies; for many action movie fans, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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