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CNN had an article bout this; and their results were:


NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Steve McQueen's car chase scene in the 1968 movie "Bullitt" still ranks as the most popular car chase scene in Hollywood history, according to a survey.


The detective movie, which featured McQueen driving a Ford Mustang in a high-speed chase through the streets of San Francisco, captured 40 percent of the votes in the survey. The email survey was conducted by Hagerty Insurance, a company that insures collectible cars, and had nearly 2,000 respondents.


"Bullitt" beat out its nearest rival, the 2000 remake of the movie"Gone in 60 Seconds," by almost a five to one margin.


The action comedies "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Blues Brothers" took the third and fourth spots.


Rounding out the list, the original 1974 version of "Gone in 60 Seconds" finished fifth, followed by "The French Connection", "Ronin", "Vanishing Point", the recent remake of "The Italian Job" and "The Fast and Furious" which claimed the tenth spot.


Those films that just missed the cut included the "The Bourne Supremacy," the Ducati motorcycle scene in "The Matrix Reloaded" and "Days of Thunder" featuring Tom Cruise.


For those unfortunate enought to have not seen McQueen's "Bullit" (the white shaft), it's awesome, and the car chase is a classic for its time.

Its prolly gonna get my vote, despite never seeing Italian Job or 60 seconds, tho i must admit, in the sense of pure badassery, I was fond of Matrix Reloaded: between katanas and motorcycles veering the oppostie direction of traffic, i think it deserves more than it got for that scene.

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The Matrix Reloaded scenes on the freeway were badass (and the only thing I've enjoyed from the Matrix since the first movie) but I really don't think it could top Bullit. Ronin had some great chases, but it seemed like half the movie had car chases so they lost some of their impact. Personally, I would've liked to have seen The Transporter up there. It's opening chase was pretty good. And what about the great highway chase in Bad Boys II?

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Personally, I would've liked to have seen The Transporter up there. It's opening chase was pretty good.


first thing that came to mind, was that transporter wasnt on the list. opening chase scene in transported kicked some serious ass. 'Three men. 254 kilos. That was the deal.'


the highway chase in bad boys 2 wasnt all that i dont think. he did a coupla evasive turns and some clutter dodging at 110 mph... but i dont think it ranks up there with the best.

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I vote Gone in Sixty Seconds (assuming we're talking the origional which was basically just a two hour carchase anyway)


Though it was a hard choice because Bullit and Blues Brothers had awesome car chase sequences.


The one in Matrix Reloaded? Generic hollywood crap. But I would like to add Duel to the list, there were some really tense carchases in that.

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The one in Matrix Reloaded? Generic hollywood crap. But I would like to add Duel to the list, there were some really tense carchases in that.

Yeah that gets my vote. I really loved the Matrix Reloaded chase scene. Not only was there lots of action, but I loved the music in it as well!

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Nobody's with me on Duel? I cant get any love on this? Haytors.


Ive never even heard of that one.

And Matrix Reloaded featured motorcylces going against traffic, and morepheus taking down an SUV with a katana like it was calvary, that alone got it the nom.

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It was Spielberg's first film. Started as a TV movie that got a theatrical release because of its acclaim, as I recall. I'll back you up on that choice.


The Island chase was ok, too. Slamming train wheels into SUVs at 70 miles an hour is always fun, but the cinematography and Bay's annoyingly ADD method of shooting and editing made it almost impossible to tell what the hell's going on on the screen. In my opinion, anyway.

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Bay did have way too much camera angle/movement when the scene was already fast and rowdy enough...


Transporter wasnt a gay movie, just very predictable... but good chase scene.


The original gone in 60 was very long so they got to fit a lil of everything in there... but im a huge fan of the new one with cage. I loved that movie, and I think the chase was intense but again, I dont think it claims number one.


Some how these mini coopers are stealing the show between italian joba dn bourne identity... great scenes there.

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The original was good for its time (and includes the line that was voted Britain's most memorable movie quote, as I recall). I think the remake trumped it in action/chase scenes, but the characters were pretty dull. I mean, casting Mark Wahlberg in a part that originally had a young Michael Caine? Yeesh.

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or so says MSN...


Top 10 Car Chase Scenes

Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso chooses his 10 favorite car chase scenes of all time.

By Chuck Tannert of MSN autos

Click to see more pictures Actress Michelle Monaghan pilots a 2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo through the streets of Chicago in Eagle Eye.


A spectacular car chase can turn a run-of-the-mill action adventure-flick into an instant classic, revered by moviegoing gearheads around the globe. Filmmaker D.J. Caruso, director of the blockbuster Eagle Eye starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan, is a true student of these classic high-speed pursuits. “We used scenes captured by John Frankenheimer (The French Connection, Ronin), Peter Yates (Bullitt) and others as models for the action in Eagle Eye,” says Caruso. Curious about which films he found most influential, we asked the director to come up with a list of his top 10 favorite car chase scenes.


For an insider's look at modern-day car chases, read an interview with Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso about the art of motorized mayhem.


The French Connection (1971)


In pursuit of a drug suspect, grubby New York detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) appropriates a civilian car and chases an elevated subway train, barreling beneath the tracks at 90 mph.


YouTube Video Clip of The French Connection


Bullitt (1968)


Steve McQueen steers a Mustang fastback through what many consider to the standard-setter for all car chase scenes. Hard-boiled cop Frank Bullitt (McQueen) races the bad guys' Dodge Charger up and down the streets of San Francisco at speeds up to 110 mph in a sequence that helped earn the movie an Oscar for its innovative editing.


YouTube Video Clip of Bullitt


Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)


In his attempts to babysit impetuous John Connor (Edward Furlong), The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) must avoid having his motorcycle run over by an 18-wheeler piloted by the metal-melding T-1000 (Robert Patrick).


YouTube Video Clip of Terminator 2: Judgment Day


Ronin (1998)


This multi-car chase through the narrow, steep streets of Nice, France, in this Robert De Niro spy thriller is one-upped only by the sheer lunacy of an against-the-traffic pursuit through tunnels under the Seine in Paris.


YouTube Video Clip of Ronin


Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)


A band of punk-biker pirates pursues a tribal convoy, led by Mel Gibson's Mad Max, that's escorting a precious fuel tanker to safety. Fighters clad in studded leather spar atop moving cars, motorcycles and trucks, picking each other off with shotguns and crossbows.


YouTube Video Clip of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior


The Blues Brothers (1980)


Jake Blues (John Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) leave a 106-mile path of destruction as they speed toward downtown Chicago in the Bluesmobile (a converted Dodge Monaco police cruiser).


YouTube Video Clip of The Blues Brothers


Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)


Obsessive sheriff (Vic Morrow) in a Bell Helicopter pursues a ’69 Dodge Charger driven by bad guys. The chase takes them through a citrus orchard and ends with the Charger colliding with a locomotive.


YouTube Video Clip of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry


Vanishing Point (1971)


The movie opens with Kowalski (Barry Newman) in a white 1970 Dodge Challenger sparring with the California Highway Patrol. And the excitement keeps building, crossing median strips while just missing cross traffic, sliding along dirt roads, and running at what are obviously true high speeds.


YouTube Video Clip of Vanishing Point


Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)


A South American drug lord pays Maindrian Pace (Toby Halicki) $400,000 to steal 48 specific cars for him, and all but one — a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with a code name of "Eleanor" — are successfully stolen by Pace and his associates. The film is famous for having wrecked and destroyed 93 cars in a 40-minute car chase scene.


YouTube Video Clip of Gone in 60 Seconds


To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)


As the life of a Secret Service agent (played by CSI star and legit car enthusiast William Petersen) slides into anarchy, he takes greater and greater chances with his own life and the lives of those around him, including pursuit with Petersen piloting a Chevrolet the wrong way down the freeway.


YouTube Video Clip of To Live and Die in L.A.


To purchase a DVD of your favorite car chase movie, go to MSN Shopping.




I was surprised that The Transporter wasn't listed, or perhaps any of the Bourne chases...

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