Epic movie car chases have drawn film-lovers to the cinemas for years, and here we take a look at the best motoring moments from each of the past five decades.


Bullitt, 1968

Perhaps the most famous cinematic car chase of all is in Bullitt, where the first-person viewpoint put the audience at the centre of the action, wincing at every sharp corner and near crash. Steve McQueen, playing lead character Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, hurtles a Mustang GT 390 through the San Francisco streets.

The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

Choosing which of the Bond films got the glory of the best car chase title was difficult, with the franchise renowned for its incredible vehicles and exciting road pursuits, but Roger Moore and the Lotus Esprit S1 couldn’t be neglected.

After narrowly missing a collision with a truck and shaking off a gunman in a motorcycle with a rocket-powered sidecar, Bond releases guns from the rear number plate, leaving the enemy car to fall off a cliff. Then a helicopter is on his tail, but the iconic spy expertly navigates the winding roads to evade the shots.

When he hurtles into the sea after driving off the pier to escape the gunfire, the audience think it’s all over – but wait, this car converts into a submarine. It’s lucky that a stunt driver rather than Moore himself was navigating the vehicle most of the time, or he would have certainly ended up claiming for an accident at work.


The Blues Brothers, 1980

John Landis took the typical police car wrecks to an extreme level when he directed an epic scene where 60 Chicago Police vehicles were crashed in an unforgettable finale – and all without the help of CGI.

The Rock, 1996

Dr Stanley Goodspeed (Nicholas Cage) is driving a Ferrari and John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery) is in a Hummer – need we say more? Vehicles jumps over the San Francisco hills and go at lightning speed down narrow alleyways, crashing into road works, fruit stands and even a truck holding water cooler bottles.


The Bourne Supremacy, 2004

Protagonist Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, steals a taxi – which according to the IMDB is a Russian-made Volga 3110 – while trying to escape the antagonist Kirill in Moscow. However, that doesn’t stop him from driving it like a supercar.

The in-vehicle camera shot as he spirals out of control and is T-boned by another car leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat, and many film and motoring buffs alike appreciate that no CGI was used to create the intense scene.