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    Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso chooses his 10 favorite car chase scenes of all time.
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    The French Connection (1971)

    In pursuit of a drug suspect, grubby New York detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) appropriates a civilian car and chases an elevated subway train, barreling beneath the tracks at 90 mph.


    Bullitt (1968)

    Steve McQueen steers a Mustang fastback through what many consider to the standard-setter for all car chase scenes. Hard-boiled cop Frank Bullitt (McQueen) races the bad guys' Dodge Charger up and down the streets of San Francisco at speeds up to 110 mph in a sequence that helped earn the movie an Oscar for its innovative editing.


    Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    In his attempts to babysit impetuous John Connor (Edward Furlong), The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) must avoid having his motorcycle run over by an 18-wheeler piloted by the metal-melding T-1000 (Robert Patrick).


    Ronin (1998)

    This multi-car chase through the narrow, steep streets of Nice, France, in this Robert De Niro spy thriller is one-upped only by the sheer lunacy of an against-the-traffic pursuit through tunnels under the Seine in Paris.


    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

    A band of punk-biker pirates pursues a tribal convoy, led by Mel Gibson's Mad Max, that's escorting a precious fuel tanker to safety. Fighters clad in studded leather spar atop moving cars, motorcycles and trucks, picking each other off with shotguns and crossbows.


    The Blues Brothers (1980)

    Jake Blues (John Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) leave a 106-mile path of destruction as they speed toward downtown Chicago in the Bluesmobile (a converted Dodge Monaco police cruiser).


    Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

    Obsessive sheriff (Vic Morrow) in a Bell Helicopter pursues a 69 Dodge Charger driven by bad guys. The chase takes them through a citrus orchard and ends with the Charger colliding with a locomotive.


    Vanishing Point (1971)

    The movie opens with Kowalski (Barry Newman) in a white 1970 Dodge Challenger sparring with the California Highway Patrol. And the excitement keeps building, crossing median strips while just missing cross traffic, sliding along dirt roads, and running at what are obviously true high speeds.


    Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

    A South American drug lord pays Maindrian Pace (Toby Halicki) $400,000 to steal 48 specific cars for him, and all but one a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with a code name of "Eleanor" are successfully stolen by Pace and his associates. The film is famous for having wrecked and destroyed 93 cars in a 40-minute car chase scene.


    To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

    As the life of a Secret Service agent (played by CSI star and legit car enthusiast William Petersen) slides into anarchy, he takes greater and greater chances with his own life and the lives of those around him, including pursuit with Petersen piloting a Chevrolet the wrong way down the freeway.

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    I'll agree with that list. All great stuff, and much of it done at truly high speed, with no camera tricks.

    But to be fair, there are a lot that could make up a top ten list, and we have to include some honorable mentions fur fun, (although some are more camera tricks than great stunt driving).

    The Smokey and the Bandit series
    ALL the Mad Max series
    The original TRANSPORTER (not CGI based Trans-2)
    Most of the James Bond 007 Series
    The Fast and the Furious series
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    Default Thunder Road

    Probably too far back for most of you to have ever seen. B&W starring Robert Mitchum. 1958 Was pretty heady stuff back then

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    The Italian Job (1969)

    Mini Coopers through the streets, sewers etc of Turin. The funniest car chase at least!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanLoader View Post
    Probably too far back for most of you to have ever seen. B&W starring Robert Mitchum. 1958 Was pretty heady stuff back then

    Ya beat me to it, Bro. Absolutely the Greatest. With Family and friends in the Nashville area, and the rest of us living in the Washington DC area, we go down thru SW Virginia, West Va, SE Kentucky, and Eastern Tennessee from time to time. We've taken time to cruise thru Cumberland Gap, Maynardville, Poor Valley, and other beautiful places that go back to that era. There are places in the Cumberland Mountains where you not only travel down the road in miles, but go back in years as well.
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    We're probably the only two on here Harve that were even born in 1958. I've never seen that country but from travelogues and movies it certainly does seem beautiful.

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    Thumbs up Uh Huh.............

    I was 17 when "Thunder Road" hit the Big Screen at our local Drive In. Musta seen it 10 times, and I have a CD in my music file with the Theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanLoader View Post
    Probably too far back for most of you to have ever seen. B&W starring Robert Mitchum. 1958 Was pretty heady stuff back then
    That was, and still is, a good flick!

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    Lemmee see if I got this straight Harve. You were 17, at a drive in and you claim you "SAW" Thunder Road? What, was there a mirror above the back seat?



    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    I was 17 when "Thunder Road" hit the Big Screen at our local Drive In. Musta seen it 10 times, and I have a CD in my music file with the Theme.

    Side Note - I never did figure out what he saw in Keely Smith........

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    I love the Blues Brothers scene.

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    Best Car chase scene I saw was at Bristol in August of 1999 when Earnhardt Sr took out Labonte for the win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    Best Car chase scene I saw was at Bristol in August of 1999 when Earnhardt Sr took out Labonte for the win.
    That's my Wife's first pick also.......... Her current thing is screaming at Carl Edwards "Get out of Jimmy's way, you idiot......."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanLoader View Post
    Lemmee see if I got this straight Harve. You were 17, at a drive in and you claim you "SAW" Thunder Road? What, was there a mirror above the back seat?
    You just HAD to tell everybody............
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    That's my Wife's first pick also.......... Her current thing is screaming at Carl Edwards "Get out of Jimmy's way, you idiot......."
    Funny, I've been doing exactly the opposite. Then again, I have Carl in the pool.

    I keep hoping for the ultimate scenario. her comes Kyle driving like a madman, oops to hard slides and takes out Gordon, Johnson and himself!!!!!!!!

    I like dreaming......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    Funny, I've been doing exactly the opposite. Then again, I have Carl in the pool.

    I keep hoping for the ultimate scenario. her comes Kyle driving like a madman, oops to hard slides and takes out Gordon, Johnson and himself!!!!!!!!

    I like dreaming......
    I have a Wife who is a diehard Jimmy Johnson Fan, Oldest Daughter who is a diehard Jeff Gordon Fan, Middle Daughter who says "Why do they always go in circles?" and the youngest daughter who loves Kevin Harvick......

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    Default Car Chases

    I think the Bourne Identity and the Bourne Supremacy had great car chases. Thunder Road from the older days is a classic also......

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    Bet its fun trying to get in the bathroom in the morning in your house Harve.


    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    I have a Wife who is a diehard Jimmy Johnson Fan, Oldest Daughter who is a diehard Jeff Gordon Fan, Middle Daughter who says "Why do they always go in circles?" and the youngest daughter who loves Kevin Harvick......

    Ain't hard to see why I like Tractor Pulling.........

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    Middle Daughter who says "Why do they always go in circles?
    At least one of your family has it right.
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    Bet its fun trying to get in the bathroom in the morning in your house Harve.
    Thank God they're grown and have homes and families of their own....... But it does get harder to get a seat at the Dining Room table on Thanksgiving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    At least one of your family has it right.

    I dunno.................... She was always a bit more of a Lady........ Went to the Mall with her girlfriends, Chased boys, and stuff, when the other two were building Alcohol Fuel Hemis for Tractors...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    I have a Wife who is a diehard Jimmy Johnson Fan, Oldest Daughter who is a diehard Jeff Gordon Fan, Middle Daughter who says "Why do they always go in circles?" and the youngest daughter who loves Kevin Harvick......

    Ain't hard to see why I like Tractor Pulling.........
    I have a friend who keeps saying they go counter clockwise. They simply turn left all the time (except on road courses). Unfortunately, I have a son who is a Kylie Busch fan. Well we have tractor races right here at the Fire House.

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    Donchy'all get a crick in yer neck watch'n them guys drive around in circles? Give me a good F1 race any day.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Donchy'all get a crick in yer neck watch'n them guys drive around in circles? Give me a good F1 race any day.



    (after this one Harve will NEVER offer me the use of his 'puter LOL)
    I can't agree with you less. F1 is more about the technology and the engineering than it is about the driver and how big a brass pair he has.

    On to something important is it possible that at Phoenix Kyle Busch can drive it in too deep and take out himself, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Jr?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Donchy'all get a crick in yer neck watch'n them guys drive around in circles? Give me a good F1 race any day.



    (after this one Harve will NEVER offer me the use of his 'puter LOL)
    Nope, sit in the middle of the front straight, then you move side to side.

    However, I do like Indy racing, they have much nicer drivers, Sarah, Danica, Milka (and she is smart too).

    Besides, watching a road course is tough. Been to Watkins Glen and it's - here they come, there they go, I wonder what happened over there? I prefer watching where you can see it all.

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