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British news site counts down the greatest car chases in movies

Posted Monday, November 24, 2008 at 8:43 PM Central

by Tim Briscoe

Putting a car chase in a movie is sure-fire way to get an audience's blood pumping. That is, if a car chase is done right.

If the director can piece together cinematography, stunt driving, score and editing, they have the basis for a powerful film experience. If they fail, they've got a car sequence no more thrilling than Driving Miss Daisy.

London's Times Online recently ranked the 20 best car chases in movie history. This list compiles some of the greatest adrenaline rides ever filmed. Below are movies 15 through one. Check out their site for the remainder. They also provide some excellent commentary on each of their choices.

  1. To Live & Die in L.A.
  2. The Cannonball Run
  3. Gone in 60 Seconds
  4. McQ
  5. The Matrix Reloaded
  6. Quantum of Solace
  7. T2: Judgment Day
  8. Vanishing Point
  9. The Blues Brothers
  10. Ronin
  11. The Road Warrior (a.k.a. Mad Max 2)
  12. The Bourne Identity
  13. The French Connection
  14. The Italian Job
  15. Bullitt

I'm honestly surprised chase through London in Ronin didn't rank higher. Here is the famous scene from that movie. That'll play well on Blu-ray when it arrives on Feb. 24.

Source: Times Online