As Furious 7 rapidly approaches, it's time to look back on the 10 films that created our concept of the car chase and its place in the modern action effort.
It's almost here. No, not the summer movie season; that's still a good month and a highly anticipated Avengers sequel away. In this case, we are talking about the latest entry in the fluke franchise known as The Fast and the Furious. What started out as a celebration of all things racing, including an unnecessary diversion into "drifting", has now become one of the biggest multi-cultural action series ever. We can thank the various creative forces behind the scenes for transporting said narrative away from the illegal street car challenges of the original movie to the dizzying heist drama of Fast Five and the international intrigue and spy games of Fast and Furious 6.
With Part Seven promising to be a huge moneymaker at the box office (avoiding the May through August season all together), we've decided to go back and look through the history of film, picking the ten best examples of the "chase" movie ever made. Of course, during our research, we decided to bend the rules a bit. For example, The General, the brilliant silent film from Buster Keaton, would definitely belong on this list -- if it wasn't for the fact that his vehicle of choice is a train, not a car. We deemed that unfair. Similarly, we nixed including Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Matrix: Reloaded, and other similarly styled films as their purpose has more to do with other elements, with the car stunts merely adding to the narrative.
Of course, you'll see at least a couple of entries here where the chase is secondary to the story, but in those cases, the sequences were so good and so endemic of the films in general that we had to include them. So while you get your motor running to head out on the highway, here are our Top 10 Car Chase Films of All Time. Gentle readers, start your engines.