Best car race/chase scene


macrumors 68000
Jun 19, 2004
Plant City, FL
My personal favorite is the final chase of Eleanor in Gone in Sixty Seconds. Coming in at a close second, I like the Mach 1 chase scene in Diamonds are Forever. Can you tell that I'm just a little partial to Mustangs? ;)



macrumors regular
Aug 25, 2004
Two come to mind for me, both come from Bond movies:

Goldfinger: 007 trying to outrun the likes of Goldfinger's goons with his Aston Martin DB5 -- Classic

Tomorrow Never Dies: the parking garage chase scene with Bond's BMW 750iL equipped with cell phone remote steering, re-inflatable tires, and sunroof missle launchers.


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Sep 6, 2003
Yeah, the reloaded one was awesome. Its those crappy cadilacs that put it at #2. Stupid product placement.


macrumors 65816
Feb 18, 2003
There are so many to choose from. So here are a few:

CLASSICS (Older movies without benefits of fancy technology) -
- almost anything in Steve McQueen movies.
- Smoky and the Bandit
- Original Italian Job

NORMAL (newer movies that try to pay some attention to the laws of physics and/or reality)
- Taxi (French film)
- BMW Film Series
- The Transporter

FANTASTIC (Movies that deal with not-invented technology or complete disregard for realism)
- Fifth Element
- Empire Strikes Back
- Firefox (in this category because it is a plane)

Sure there are many others...


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Sep 6, 2003
broken_keyboard said:
Absolutely. The car chases in Ronin are by far the best in any movie, bar none. Also the car chase in The Bourne Identity was good.
I hated that POS. I can't stand the way they made that movie; the lack of music, booring color temprature, and the constant shifting and shackey feel they tried to ad, which just got so annoying. Book=Good/Movie=Crap


macrumors G3
Aug 20, 2003
sitting on your shoulder
#1: Bullitt
#2: Ronin
others: Most of the BMW films series, Except Beat the Devil. I hate it when the director has the drive shift into 5th, which is followed by a surge of acceleration (and a Z4 beating blown 70's Tran-Am? puh-lease :rolleyes: )
The French Connection is pretty cool. And I still want to see Rendezvous. (And some people though the Getaway in Stockholm series was original :rolleyes: )


macrumors regular
Sep 7, 2004
Sydney, Australia
Yes, Rendezvous for certain. Nothing like film director (Claude LeLoche actually drove the car too) with a spare 9 minutes of film roll, a Ferrari and a stopwatch. All the more amazing because it was a real run, in real time (no undercranking) through open streets of Paris, no permit, no marshals or safety crew. A few friends to wave off at some blind corners but that's it. I saw it on a big screen HD TV with surround turned way up. Bliss. Roaring down the Champs Elysee at 130mph with scream of a Ferrari as soundtrack. Awesome clip.

It may be $19 for a 9 minute clip but it's worth it for the "you won't believe this factor".


macrumors G3
Mar 9, 2002
As has being pointed out... Claude Lelouch's 'Rendezvous' is damn impressive :) just for his complete lack of regard for human life!! but (and I know I'm not alone on this one) I think the sound is faked... much like it is in 'Bullitt'. ;) and that detracts from it IMHO.

But the best 2 I know are...


and if you can track down a copy...

'Faszination' (or 'Faszination on the Nurburgring' for it's full title) and features Stephen Roser in a RUF CTR "Yellow Bird" on the 'Ring and that's all you need to know ;)