Car chase/Road & Car movies..by mickchillage | created - 01 Jul 2012 | updated - 03 Aug 2012 | Public
This is a list of movies that are either full on road movies or feature at least one worthy car chase, or movies that are just about cars..I'm purposly ommiting many of the modern thrash like "The Transporter" or "The Fast & the Furious" etc because of CGI elements instead of real driving and stunt work ; )
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1. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
PG | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford... See full summary »
Votes: 7,182 | Gross: $40.00M
The longest car chase ever filmed, 40 minutes in total and if you want raw driving and real crashes forget the CGI infected remake
2. Bullitt (1968)
M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
Votes: 51,614 | Gross: $42.30M
Over 40 years on and this is still one impressive chase..
3. Vanishing Point (1971)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.
The greatest road movie ever ?
4. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
R | 102 min | Drama
A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver.
The purists road movie, not much in the way of stunts or chases but if you love muscle cars worth checking..
5. Mad Max (1979)
R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
Votes: 167,500 | Gross: $8.75M
Death Wish on wheels.. Some of the most breathtaking action ever filmed
6. The French Connection (1971)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
Edge of your seat car/train chase through New York..
7. The Driver (1978)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.
Votes: 11,205 | Gross: $4.91M
Inspired the recent "Drive"
8. Cobra (1986)
R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Votes: 56,544 | Gross: $49.04M
One of the dumbest movies of the 80's but the car chase is totally OTT and a real white knuckle ride..
9. McQ (1974)
PG | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Seattle cop Lon McQ investigates the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the police department.
John Wayne in a dirty Harry rip off ? Who cares, the chase on the beach at the end is just intense!!
10. 11 Harrowhouse (1974)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Independent diamond broker and his girlfriend attempt a heist at a major Diamond Exchange house in London.
A Lotus Europa a Transit van, two Jaguar MkII's and guys on horseback provide one the best chases ever..
11. The Blues Brothers (1980)
R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
Votes: 157,385 | Gross: $57.23M
most people love this for the crap music, I love it for some of the greatest pile ups in movie history and its humor..
12. The Seven-Ups (1973)
PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.
Classic chase in the vein of Bullit, French Connection.. You can forgive them for using the sounds from bullit..
13. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)
PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »
Essentially this movie is just one long chase, some incredible stunts, like the jump over the rising bridge and the helicopter chasing the yellow Dodge Charger through the orange grows in california..
14. Race with the Devil (1975)
PG | 88 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual.
Horror road B movie with A class action..
15. What's Up, Doc? (1972)
G | 94 min | Comedy
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.
The funniest car chase ever!!
16. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
G | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.
Votes: 32,345 | Gross: $46.30M
Zany road movie with some great stunts..
17. Cannonball! (1976)
PG | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
This is another story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America The only rule is, the first to finish is the winner. Naturally, anyone driving 55 isn't going to win. They'll ... See full summary »
Pretty naff in places but some good car sequences all the same..
18. Fear Is the Key (1972)
PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a ... See full summary »
Features probably the second longest car chase ever, the original Gone In 60 Seconds is the longest..
19. The Italian Job (1969)
G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.
Still a highly entertaining romp!!
21. The Chain Reaction (1980)
92 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will ... See full summary »
22. Ronin (1998)
R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.
Votes: 155,513 | Gross: $41.62M
Some of the best driving ever captured on film but a pity about the main chases finalle. A BMW is poorly dropped off the edge of an unfinished flyover a real anti climax.. Oh, and modern cars don't explode that easy..
23. Duel (1971 TV Movie)
PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
Great suspense thriller on the road..
24. The Hitcher (1986)
R | 97 min | Thriller
A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.
Votes: 37,113 | Gross: $5.84M
The best in the genre of Horror/Road movies..
25. The Sugarland Express (1974)
PG | 110 min | Crime, Drama
A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.
Votes: 12,736 | Gross: $7.50M
A road movie with an emotional edge with some highly memorable moments, TV news crew perched on top of a van that flips over into a stream is pretty nuts!!
26. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Votes: 23,994 | Gross: $17.31M
Featuring one very realistic chase through LA..
29. The Road Warrior (1981)
R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.
Votes: 147,207 | Gross: $12.47M
Truly breathtaking chase sequences through Australia's Broken Hill.
30. Thelma & Louise (1991)
R | 130 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.
Votes: 113,527 | Gross: $45.36M
A road movie that women can enjoy..
31. Midnite Spares (1983)
87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
After discovering that a group of car thieves may have something to do with his father's untimely death, Steve pursues the criminals and attempts to capture them as well as prove his prowess as a racecar driver.
Great Aussie movie about car thieves, some spectacular sequences..
32. Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)
R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Local goon, Gerry, hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license. John's wife has just left him and moved to Invercargill. He is devastated and needs to talk to her. He has no ... See full summary »
New Zealand road movie..
34. Condorman (1981)
PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Cartoonist Woody becomes the superhero he draws. Using his gadgets he helps a Soviet spy defect to the West.
A yellow kit car battles it out with two modified Porsche's
35. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.
Votes: 17,870 | Gross: $25.00M
Various chases through this movie, highlight has to be when they hitch hike with the lunatic in the jacked up coupe and he is high off the exhaust fumes pumping into the interior..
37. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
Votes: 455,617 | Gross: $281.49M
One of the most original car chases ever!! OK they used CGI but thats OK as the story is set in a computer world and in this world you can bend the laws of physics
38. The MacKintosh Man (1973)
PG | 98 min | Thriller
A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.
A chase through the west of Ireland's countryside in a Transit pick up and a Mercedes, instead of boxes, piles of turf and stone walls are destroyed
39. The Last Run (1971)
GP | 95 min | Action, Drama, Crime
A retired getaway driver comes out of retirement to pull off one last run- one that could send him to an early grave instead.
Haven't seen this in 30 years but from memory its got some decent sequences.
40. The Burglars (1971)
PG | 120 min | Crime, Thriller, Action
In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail.
Featuring a truly cracking car chase in two Fiats..
41. The Gumball Rally (1976)
PG | 105 min | Comedy
A disparate group of drivers take part in a secret and illegal cross country road race.
Fun across america in some stunning cars
42. The Cannonball Run (1981)
PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Sport
A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.
Votes: 28,387 | Gross: $72.18M
same as Gumball Rally really but more gags and stunts..
43. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 489,134 | Gross: $35.06M
Borrow's heavily from "The Driver" 1978 and mixes it with elements of "Taxi Driver" but has its own sense of atmosphere and dreamlike quality..
44. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.
Votes: 81,589 | Gross: $43.82M
Gotta have a few bond titles in here ; ) a Boss mustang screaming through Las Vegas..
45. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.
Votes: 66,984 | Gross: $22.80M
Mercury Cougar convertible causing chaos on an iced over stock car track, brilliant!!
46. Easy Rider (1969)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
Votes: 82,874 | Gross: $41.73M
Ok, not a car movie, but a great road trip!!
47. Christine (1983)
R | 110 min | Horror
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.
Votes: 57,312 | Gross: $21.20M
Great movie, which is more about how a man can love his car more than anything else..
48. Le Mans (1971)
G | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 ... See full summary »
Only for hardcore motor racing fans, does McQueen speak even once in this movie ? Does it matter ?
49. Grand Prix (1966)
Approved | 176 min | Drama, Sport
American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,670 | Gross: $20.85M
Really captures the spirit of formula one in the 60's..
50. American Graffiti (1973)
PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
Votes: 70,202 | Gross: $115.00M
One for 50's cars and hot rod lovers and worth seeing for the drag race with Harrison Ford at the end..
51. Used Cars (1980)
R | 113 min | Comedy
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.
52. Freebie and the Bean (1974)
R | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.
Some truly crazy chases in this..
53. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.
Votes: 81,495 | Gross: $20.97M
Some amazing driving in the AMC like the perfect reverse 180 degree spin on the narrow street and the Astro spiral car flip was kinda neat ; )
54. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical
Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
Votes: 5,569 | Gross: $5.13M
Utter rubbish, but an absolutely stunning race through the Nevada desert..
55. Short Time (1990)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
When a police detective thinks he is dying and learns that his life insurance pays out more if he dies in the line of duty, he tries to make that happen.
Votes: 1,746 | Gross: $4.01M
One absolutely nuts comedic car chase..
56. Street People (1976)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A Mafia boss is enraged when he is suspected of smuggling a heroin shipment into San Francisco. He dispatches his nephew, a hotshot Anglo-Sicilian lawyer, to identify the real culprit. The ... See full summary »
Also known as The Sicilian Cross, not a great movie but some great sequences..
57. Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta (1976)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An Ottawa police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, who was attending the university in Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begin to use his own brutal ... See full summary »
Saw this on the TV years ago as "Blazing Magnum" and I thought the car chase was really amazing, but seeing it again recently I felt the editing and pace of the chase was a little poor but still stands up.