Well Ladies and Gentlemen, this is it. The final segment in Ridelust.com’s car chase series. Over the past 2 months we gathered some of the best car chases from the 1970’s all the way up to present day. In total there are 41 chases… that’s a lot. We’ve got down and dirty originals from such movies as Bullit and The French Connection. To Hollywood masterpieces like The Dark Knight and Ronin all the way up to special effects fun runs such as The Fifth Element and The Matrix Reloaded. These have been a blast to research and watch and they’re something that anyone who is into cinema and cars will greatly enjoy. So, with that being said, sit back and enjoy the final eleven scenes of the Best Car Chases ever.
** Links to the full list located below
1. Quantum of Solace: 2008
2008 Aston Martin DBS
Here we have good ole’ Jimmy Bond rollin’ heavy in an Aston Martin DBS. The man is cool, calm and collected and doesn’t even seem to realize that someone ripped off his drivers door. There are bullets, stone walls, police and a bunch of bad dudes that are trying to off our favorite 00 Agent. Does Bond let it worry him… no. Does he break a sweat… no. HE’S JAMES BOND BITCHES!! The man is untouchable! Unfortunately though his sweet Aston Martin DBS isn’t so lucky and gets pretty f*cked up. This is a shame because that car is a true work of art.
2. The Transporter: 2002
1994 BMW 740i 6-Speed
This is Frank – the Transporter, driving a 740i BMW with a custom in stalled 6-speed transmission. In total this puppy is throwing out 282 hp which really isn’t that much in a big canoe like the 740i. Frank however is more than capable behind the wheel and for those of you that don’t know, this BMW is packing one small secret. You see, it can fly.
3. Death Proof: 2007
1969 Charger / 1970 Challenger
This is Tarantino doing what he does best. He goes through the best movies of all time. Then he takes the best bits and pieces, puts them in a pot and tries to remake them into his own vision. Example – he took a 1969 Dodge Charger (even though Bullit had a ’68) and a 1970 Dodge Challenger (ok, he got that right from Vanishing Point) and tried to create the best car chase ever made… that was his goal. In the end he did make a good car chase, not a great one mind you, but a good one. What I don’t understand is that with all the talent that this man possesses how come he can’t come up with something original. I just don’t get it. Hey Quentin, if you’re out there and you read this, call me… I have some suggestions for you.
4. The Matrix Reloaded: 2003
Cadillac CTS / Cadillac Escalade Did you know that the studio built its own freeway section just to shoot this chase? It’s true. They went buck wild to get this thing right. What separates this chase from most others is that it starts out in a car, jumps to a motorcycle and ends in one kick-ass fireball. What more could you ask for?
5. Starsky and Hutch: 2004
Ford Gran Torino / Mercedes 280SE
Vince Vaughn is simply hilarious as the movies top dog drug dealer. At the movies climax he tries to run away from our hero’s Starsky and Hutch, as they follow in hot pursuit in the flying red tomato. What I find amazing about not only the movie and the TV series, is that they chose a Gran Torino to be the hero car. I mean it worked, but at the end of the day it was a pretty odd choice… no?
11. Bad Boys II: 2003
Ferrari 575 Marranello
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence take up shop as two Miami detectives who are on a mission to take down an ecstasy dealing drug lord. This is one of the only chases that I know of, other that the The Rock to use a Ferrari. In this chase Will Smith (Detective Mike Lowrey) and partner Martin Lawrence (Detective Marcus Burnett) run down the bad guys on what looks to be the Key West bridge. There are explosions, guns and cars flying off trucks – all cool stuff. There is also the possibility of a Bad Boys III, as the script is said to be in the works with the final production being completed by 2012/2013.
7. The Dark Knight: 2008
The Batmobile aka: The Tumbler
Batman re-returned to the big screen in 2005 with Batman Begins. Christian Bale took over as the brooding bad ass in black and brought a much darker take to the comic book character. In 2005 we were also introduced to the new Batmobile or rather, the Tumbler. It wasn’t until 2008’s The Dark Knight that we really got to see it in action. The Tumbler wasn’t based on anything out there and was in fact a brand new creation done specifically for the new series of films. It’s got six wheels, blows flames and comes with a built in motorcycle. In short, this thing is hairy and helps the man in black get the job done when necessary.
8. The Bourne Supremacy: 2004
Lada Taxi / Mercedes G550
I always feel bad for this poor bastard. First he gets duped into becoming a super-spy and loses his memory. Then he tries to get his memory back and in doing so meets the chick who starred in Run Lola Run. They fall in love, but the bad guys kill her to get to him. Now he gets pissed and goes on a no-holds-barred quest to find out about this true identity in the ultimate game of cat and mouse.
9. The Dukes of Hazzard: 2005
1969 Dodge Charger / Ford Crown Victoria
It’s 18 feet long, has a confederate flag on the roof, is completely indestructible and flies. Say that sentence to any car guy out there and the only thing that will come to mind is the 1969 Dodge Charger aptly known as the General Lee. When the Dukes of Hazzard movie came out in 2005 there was speculation that the Charger would be replaced by something else but the fans united and the Charger stayed. In reality though what the hell would they have replaced it with? The new Charger? That would have been downright painful to watch.
10. Get Carter: 2000
Cadillac STS / Jaguar XJS
Every time I think of Stallone I just want to start slurring my words and be married to some chick named Adrienne. Lets face it, the guy is a movie icon who and has created some of the greatest movie characters to ever hit the silver screen. Get Carter was originally made in 1971 and starred Michael Caine, who played a tough guy mob enforcer who tries to get to the bottom of his brothers mysterious death. This version was produced in 2000 and basically follows the same plot line except there is more slurring of the dialog. If you haven’t seen this one it’s worth a rental so drop it into your Netflix que and enjoy.
11. Fast and Furious – Tokyo Drift: 2006
1970 Monte Carlo / 2007 Dodge Viper
I apologize right from the get go that I couldn’t find a better copy of this chase because I really enjoy it. The Fast and the Furious movies always do a great job in the automotive casting department. The 3rd installment, Tokyo Drift was no exception. The first chase scene takes a hopped up 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and pits it against a Dodge Viper as they race through a construction site. I actually like this scene better than those in the other films because it has more grit to it. It’s also rumored the Vin Diesel and Paul Walker have signed back on for a 5th installment of the franchise. For us car guys, this is great news because regardless of how bad the movies are the cars make them all worth while.