Exciting car chases have become such a movie staple that it can be tough for viewers to choose their favorite one. When movie buffs are in the mood for speed, here are some of the craziest, most entertaining car chases from Hollywood.
The Italian Job (1969)
Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine, leads a group of friends in a risky “Italian Job” in Turin. They steal a shipment of gold from China. To escape, computer expert Professor Peach, played by Benny Hill, creates a traffic jam. The team drives three small, maneuverable Mini Coopers to get around the traffic jam. They zip through a shopping center, up the curved roof of the Palazzo a Vela, around the rooftop test track of the Fiat Lingotto factory, down the steps of the Gran Madre di Dio church while a wedding is in progress, and through large sewer pipes. They even drive up a ramp onto the back of a truck at high speed.
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
In this great movie, Nicolas Cage is Memphis Raines, a car thief who must steal 50 exotic cars to save his brother’s life. The last car on the list is a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500, code named Eleanor. It’s Raines’s dream car, and he’s never managed to steal one before. When he tries to steal this one, the police arrive, and a massive chase takes place. Raines escapes by using a ramp to make an amazing jump over a traffic jam.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
In the original Blues Brothers movie, Jake and Elwood Blues, played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, are trying to raise money for the Catholic orphanage they grew up in with their blues band, but they keep making enemies. In a comical chase through a shopping mall, dozens of police come after them for outstanding parking tickets. Nazis even join in. Cars literally pile up behind them in this destructive scene. National Guard units and helicopters were also involved, and 103 cars were destroyed during filming, a world record at the time.
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