• Dec 22, 2008
Click above to see Top Gear Australia's three best movie car chase scenes after the jump

Top Gear Australia put together a shortlist of what it considers the three best movie car chase scenes ever: Ronin, Gone in 60 Seconds, and The Matrix Reloaded. Out of those three entrants, we'd probably give Ronin the nod as well, even though DeNiro looks scared and/or sick through most of it, which might be explained by the fact that he's meant to chase down a BMW M5 in a Peugeot 406. Gone in 60 Seconds isn't bad, but the Eleanor and Angelina Jolie are cooler than the actual chase. The Matrix Reloaded is, as far as we're concerned, undeniably cool, but more for the special effects than the lane changing. We wouldn't mind knowing what happened to some of the other choices, classics like Bullitt or The Italian Job or The French Connection to start. And speaking of the French, even though it has only one car that you never saw, our money is still on Claude Lelouche's film Rendezvous for the best car "chase" ever. Follow the jump to check out Top Gear's picks and tell us your own in the comments.

[Source: Top Gear]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The BMW is not an M5, it is either a 525 or 535 (most likely 525 judging by the engine note) which explains why the 406 keeps up (at least in horsepower if not handling ability.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fast and Furious 2

      Paul walker and Tyrese are driving that sick pimped out eclipse ride, which is totally faster than the camaroes and amercan cars imho. Then tyrese is like "your not gona do what i think your gona do are you BRO?" then paul is like "i think so BRO!" dood that was soooo sweet. FNF ftw!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      not M5 guys
      535i most likely
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about the original Gone in 60 Seconds?
        • 6 Years Ago
        When you were a kid? But that was only 8 years ago...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I actually think they meant the original in choosing the winners. The new one was pretty lame, even with the awesome Shelby.
        • 6 Years Ago
        OG Gone in 60 Seconds rocks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The original version was done in 1974 and sported the longest
        continuously filmed car chase (where they had a planned route and had
        cameras set up along it). At one point, the driver missed his exit
        and tried to correct, missed it, and took out a light pole on the
        exit ramp. The car didn't stall, he just gunned it and kept going.
        It was a pretty amazing chase with none of the lame, unrealistic CGI
        crap that was in the new version. The Cage version would have been a
        halfway decent flick if they hadn't had a 2000 yard jump over a
        traffic jam (and hadn't had Jolie in blond dreads -- yuck).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen! That original was like car porno--it had a really thin plot and horrible dialogue just to set up the mother of all car chases.

        And unlike crappy over the top modern remakes of good cheesy movies, all the driving was real. That part where he hits the light pole on the freeway was a real screw up. They kept it anyway.

        No doubt, this movie was my favorite when I was a kid, and it still is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Death Proof

      Helooooooooo!

      Zoe Bell is hot as sin
      • 6 Years Ago
      How can the Aussies possibly forget about the final chase in The Road Warrior?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, seriously, "ye olde writers" need to get off the movie critics publishings... It seems like the only that are raw and old-style (Ronin chase. No music, no flash, so excitement). The best chase scenes are in the following movies:

      The Island (tractor trailer scene and Cadillac Cien scene)
      Bad Boys II (Ferrari scene and CTS scene)
      The Matrix Reloaded
      The Fast and The Furious (Dirtbike Charger Supra scene)
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about the entire movie Cannonball Run!!! The whole movie is a chase scene. But clearly Ronin is tops. Special mention for Smokey and the Bandit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oooh good call I didn't think about that. Smokey and the bandit was A chase filled movie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      !Bad Boys II!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Opps - forgot Crazy Mary, Dirty Larry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sorry, but I have never understood why everyone has a hard-on for the Bullit chase scene. I remember thinking it was cool when I was a kid, and didn't know any better.

      I saw the DVD in a store a few years back, and knew I had to have it! Having watched it again as an adult, I realize now that it is a very boring chase scene. Not only that, it's a very poorly edited scene, very repetative.

      I thought the chase scenes in Death Proof were pretty damn good, I'm surprised more people haven't mentioned those.

      I also think the original Gone in 60 Seconds should have been in there instead of the new one, or how about the movie Junkman?!

      The Matrix Reloaded is an interesting choice, but a fun chase scene, CGI or not.

      Ronin definetly belongs on this list.

      This is just my opinion though. I'm sure I will be flamed for what I said about Bullit. Sure, the cars in Bullit are cool, but, the chase scene? Not so much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ditto. i've got every "must-have-car-guy" movie and the 70s movies are not good. Bullitt is a terrible movie, terrible car chase. Yes it's got 2 cool cars, but watching them lose hubcaps and fishtail going 20 around a corner with more body lean than a gymnast is not what makes a car chase. In fact, the only thing I liked about Bullitt was recognizing some of the buildings in SF from when I lived there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Woh Woh Woh!!!

      Are they referring to the junky redo of Gone in 60 Seconds, or the original? The original was a bad ass chase scene with zero CGI. The remake was horrible.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, and that was *not* an M5 in Ronin.
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