• Oct 11th 2010 at 8:28AM
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Ronin ranks high on the list – Click above to watch video after the jump

It's a question which stirs up deep emotions in most automotive enthusiasts. No, it's not Porsche versus Ferrari, Senna versus Schumacher or Jeep against Land Rover. The question that causes serious debate boils down to one sentence – what is the best movie car chase of all time? SPEED is going to count down the greatest that Hollywood has to offer during a two-hour special running Thanksgiving day. The show is a platform to show-off the channel's newest contest, the return of the SPEED Dream Ride in the form of the SPEED Dream Ride 2.

The SPEED Dream Ride 2 is a sweepstakes-style contest with an excellent grand prize. Five winners and their guests will get to experience the VIP treatment at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, California. While at the track, winners will get to ride shotgun with Mario Andretti in a two-seat Indy car, Kyle Petty in a NASCAR stock car, Jason Pridmore on a two-up MotoGP sportbike and get sideways with Tanner Foust on a drifting course. If riding riding in cars gets boring, the winners can take turns crushing cars behind the wheel of the Gravedigger monster truck. They'll also get seat time in a handful of exotics courtesy of World Class Driving. Appetite whetted? You can enter this contest starting on Thanksgiving Day by heading to SpeedDreamRide.com.

The TV show, called Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases, may just serve as a backdrop for the announcement of the dream ride contest, but we think it's a topic that can't be discussed enough. To get you ready for the show, we've placed three chase clips after the the jump along with the full press release for the SPEED Dream Ride 2 contest.

[Source: SPEED, Youtube]

We picked three clips. The first is obvious while the other two should be mentioned more often.

We want to start you off with one of, if not the, best chase scenes of all time. It's from "Ronin":

Like the man behind the wheel, the opening chase from "Quantum of Solace" is very cool. Even though it's sad to see such a car get abused like that, the action-packed clip has us restarting it again and again:

From the movie "Short Time", we have a car chase chock full of action and a disregard for self-preservation. It's a lesser known film but the chase scene is excellent:

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Gene Hackman, as Det. 'Popeye' Doyle, commandeering a civilian's 1971 Pontiac Le Mans in The French Connection, Steve McQueen's Lt. Frank Bullitt wheeling a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 CID Fastback through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt ... the famed 'Eleanor' in both versions of Gone in 60 Seconds ... or maybe Matt Damon performing automotive gymnastics with a Mini Cooper through the streets of Paris in The Bourne Identity. Whichever scene is your favorite, great movie car chases get our adrenaline pumping and set arguments raging as each generation makes a case for their favorite celluloid pursuit.

On Thanksgiving Day, SPEED continues the debate with a two-hour, high-powered special entitled Hollywood's Hottest Car Chases, kicking off "SPEED Dream Ride 2," a holiday programming and promotional event, highlighted by a national consumer "Dream Ride" sweepstakes with a chance to win an extraordinary VIP experience at Infineon Raceway that only SPEED can deliver.

Five winners and their guests will spend three days at the famed track in Sonoma, Calif., riding along with Mario Andretti (in a two-seater IndyCar), Kyle Petty (in a NASCAR stock car), Jason Pridmore (on a two-up MotoGP sportbike) and Tanner Foust (on a Drifting course) ... and if riding shotgun isn't enough to jack up your adrenaline, winners will take turns crushing cars behind the wheel of the menacing black and green Monster Truck known as "Gravedigger" and touring the beautiful Northern California countryside piloting a collection of Super Cars supplied by World Class Driving.

Several other "surprise" guests from the worlds of racing and entertainment will make appearances throughout the three-day experience.

"SPEED Dream Ride 2," presented by Prestone and supported by sponsorships from Zales, Progressive Insurance and Lexus, whose new 552-horsepower LFA supercar will make an appearance in the "SPEED Dream Ride 2" garage.

The campaign is supported by www.speeddreamride.com, an Internet micro-site hosted by the network Web site www.SPEED.com (Keyword: "Dream Ride"). The micro-site, which opens Nov. 1, will offer sweepstakes entry beginning Thanksgiving Day, "SPEED Dream Ride 2" video teasers and promotional content, as well as prize information and program schedules.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ronin by far. Directed by Frankenhiemer, the master of chases and high speed. All done in camera without the ridiculous "make we want to throw up" editing. Every time I watch it I am amazed at the skill of the drivers and film makers and the incredible number of days it must have taken to film that one scene.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ronin chase is one of my favorites, but another one not mentioned here is the BMW clip with Clive Owen acting as Madonna's driver, attempting to avoid the paparazzi as she gets thrown around the back seat of a 5 series. I believe it was directed by her now ex-husband, Guy Ritchie.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let me correct that... Star IS a chase. Woooops...

        Funny fact from Star, the stuntwoman getting tossed around.... They couldn't keep a wig on her. They eventually dyed her hair.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are so many car chases in movies, it would be a gargantuan task to find even the Top 10 IMO. And count me in the group that's not impressed with the chase scene in Bullit. A lot of people think it's great but, IMO, those are people who haven't watched it lately. Like most old movies, your memories of it tend to be much better than the reality of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I loved the (multiple) Ronin chase, not only because it had some sweet euro-cars, wrong-side driving, flips, explosions, and sidewalk-cafe crashes, but the sounds were great. I loved the high-strung scream of the M5, low grunt of the Mercedes, and the mechanical thrum of that black Citroen XM the baddies were in. They sounded like they were recorded in live action, and not that "pre-recorded" fakeness that movies sometimes have.

      Also, the stunts weren't over the top, something that really puts me off in movies. The way the Mercedes just tapped that sidewalk bollard in the chase in Nice, and the truck almost tipping over on the highway. Awesome stuff. I could watch that movie a million times.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I'd want to throw Transporter in here but some times the car stunts use CG which should be automatic disqualification from this contest. If anything, the first movie was the most sensible. After that it was all down hill. Good fight choreography though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always thought Ronin has some freakin sweet driving in it. I'd prefer to see the other chase scene through the narrow streets where pro drivers were used in LH drive cars and fake steering wheels on the RH side for the actors to "drive" with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My favorite movie ever!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed about Ronin. If you don't own it (shame on you), borrow it from a friend or rent it. Listen to the movie with the commentary. There was a LOT going into the chase. It made me respect the chase even more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All three are good car chases, but Bulitt still remains king. For all the reasons SouthShore stated. One over looked aspect of many car chase scenes is being believable. Ronin has that Peugeot closing way too quickly after having to slow down numerous times, only to be on the Beemers azz in a few short seconds. Aside from Bourne 2, French Connection, the Coopers in the Italian Job deserve recognition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats The Stig driving the Aston.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Quantum of Solace chase was terrible. Way, way too many point of view cuts. Sometimes as many as 4 cuts in ONE SECOND! It's damn near unwatchable. Plus, the new 007 producers, who wanted to "re-invent" James Bond, refused to do any Q-engineered gadgets to the car. WTF?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Q will return. It's just too early in the series yet. Bond *just* got his 007 status.

        Of course no Q will ever match Llewellyn...unless they got Adam Savage from Mythbusters... ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I miss Q.

        The parking garage chase from Tomorrow Never Dies with the remote-controlled, bullet-proof, torpedo-launching, mini retracting circular saw in the badge BMW is the best Bond car chase IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        New producers? Really?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bullitt is still great - saying it doesn't hold up is like saying Led Zeppelin doesn't hold up because musicians today have better instruments and recording technology. It's awesome because of what they did with what was available. It also gets better the more you know about it - like the old man who backed out of his driveway in the middle of filming, causing McQueen to overshoot the turn. That was never scripted. Neither was the Mustang's suspension breaking at the end. You also have to respect an actor who drives in his own chase scene.

      As a former owner of a Dodge Diplomat ex-police car, I loved that last chase scene they have posted. That car could take a beating!

      As far as a chase I would like to see in the countdown, I think the Bourne movies have to be counted, especially the second one. The freeway scene from Matrix Reloaded was pretty amazing, but it's so unrealistic, I don't think it should count.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not the best but worh consideration;
      Live & Die in LA
      Blues Brothers
      Some Steven Sagal movie, Impala vs Town Car. ?
      Any non CGI Car Chase
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought a 1993 Audi S4 (THE UrS4, 100 based car, which eventually became an S6) based on the Ronin chase scenes. Great FILM, beyond just the chase scenes though. Between DeNiro, and Jean Reno, there are some suberb scenes. I carry a copy of Ronin wherever I go on my iPhone. Amazing film. (In James Lipton vis-a-vis Will Ferrell voice) "If you haven't seen it yet... go out, and rent it... or buy it.. NOW"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bullit will undoubtably be on there. Even though some people Hate it, others Love it.

      V8's and no music, it's worth watching just for that.
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