Who doesn’t love a car chase? We’ve all seen a car chase in a film and wished it could be behind the wheel. Over the years there have been some truly epic car chases. Narrowing it down to five is a tough job, but here are Diesel Car’s top five cinematic car chases.
Ronin is a movie with several awesome chase scenes in it. The neat thing about the chases in Ronin is the cars used. They’re all, normal run of the mill motors – no monster street racers or drifter here. In this scene Robert De Niro pilots a Peugeot 406 to chase down a BMW. In order to get a realistic reaction from De Niro the production crew used a right-hand drive Peugeot, equipped with a dummy wheel on the left hand side. A stunt driver drove while De Niro pretended with the false wheel. Hence he’s truly scared and his reactions 100% genuine.
2. The Italian Job
The film that made the Mini a star. The Italian Job is packed full of cool cars right from the start. It opens with a Lambourghini Miura meeting its doom in the Italian Alps and ends three Minis meeting the same fate. Sandwich in the middle is an E-Type, an Aston Martin and a whole host of classic Fiats and Alfa Romeos. Sprinkle in a generous helping of Michael Caine one liners and you can’t lose
3. Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point doesn’t so much have a chase scene, more the whole film is one big chase. The film follows Kowalski, a delivery driver, attempting to deliver a Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum to San Francisco. He’s chased for pretty much the entire trip until he reaches the end of his journey in a somewhat surprising manner. If you’ve any appreciation for classic American motors, or road movies in general, this one’s for you…
4. The Bourne Identity
Another great chase featuring the mighty Mini. It’s a lot more gritty in tone that The Italian Job, however, as Jason Bourne aims to avoid the Parisian police in a less-than-perfect Mini Mayfair. It’s brilliantly shot (bar some ropey in car shots that are clearly on a green screen) and you really feel like you’re in the heart of the action as the Mini dodges oncoming cars and sends police bikes flying left, right and centre. It’s a good job she had the sump guard fitted…
Arguably the best car chase ever committed to celluloid (if you can ignore that green VW Beetle that keeps popping up), the Bullitt chase pits Steve McQueen (officially the coolest man ever) in a Ford Mustang GT against a pair of baddies in a Dodge Charger. It lasts for almost ten minutes as the cars wind their way out of San Francisco and onto the winding roads above and beyond the city. Our man Bullitt naturally wins the day, with the baddies meeting a fiery end. So iconic is the Bullitt chase that Ford used it to promote the Puma. Worth watching for the soundtrack alone.