18 December, 2013

Top (Film) Chases: #3, #2, #1

So, the post you've been waiting for all year!

#3 Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (Train Chase)

Another one from the lighter side, this rip-roaring scene has most of the tropes of train chases, with extra kudos fo track laying and the great final capture sequence!

#2 True Lies (Horse vs Motorbike)

By no means a classic film, but everyone's cutting loose and enjoying themselves! This horse vs. motorbike chase is riveting and has quite a few unexpected comedic beats. The chase is actually a little bit longer than this, but I can't find the full version.

#1 Ronin (Wrong Way)

The second great car chase in Ronin, is just hair-raising. Heading down busy Parisian streets, through a tunnel and then into heavy traffic.

I realise that if you were expecting lots of classic 70s car chases (looking at you Sapper Joe!) you'll be disappointed; as I'm not a huge fan, so no Vanishing Point, no French Connection, no Seven-Ups, no Gone in 60 Seconds, no Driver. I did have fun re-watching them, but only Bulllitt from this generation made the list.

Also considered:

  • Tomorrow Never Dies (Handcuffed on Motorcycle)
  • The Italian Job
  • The Seven-Ups
  • French Connection
  • The Matrix Reloaded


  1. No Blues Brothers!?!?!?!? The single best chase scene ever! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMagP52BWG8 - Even the little details of the trash on the dashboard or the newspapers on the street have yet to be done in the modern CGI car chases.

    I will agree with you on Vanishing Point, excellent movie, but just not the best chase scenes.

    Now, the opening of Quantum of Solace is excellent!

    1. It was a tough list to compile, lots of classics left out.
      Now I expect to be hunted down for sure when I release my Top Ten Fights list...:-)

  2. Great choice of Wallace & Gromit!


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