All fans of action cinema enjoy nothing more than a good gear-crunching, pavement-screeching car chase, but as the film industry increasingly relies on CGI over good ol' fashioned practical destruction, such scenes are getting harder and harder to come by. As such, let's take a look back at some of the most pulse-pounding car chase sequences in film history.
5.) Bullett (1968)
The great-grandaddy of all chase scenes features Steve McQueen navigating the steep hills of San Francisco:
4.) The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Though the Wachowski Siblings disappointed many fans with their follow-up to the original Matrix, this frantic highway chase remains the one memorable element of the otherwise misguided sequel.
3.) The French Connection (1971)
In terms of death-defying bravado, nothing comes close to this tried-and-true chase through the New York Streets from William Friedkin's gritty masterpiece:
2.) The Raid 2 (2014)
The most recent chase of note comes from the jaw-dropping sequel to Garth Evan's Indonesian smash-- one of the few films to successfully combine a fight scene and a car-based sequence.
1.) Bad Boys II (2003):
The unquestionable G.O.A.T. car-chase belongs to (who else) maestro of destruction Michael Bay. From flipping cars to dodging a flying speed-boat, this chase is an incredible work of choreographed art.
There you have it, folks. Now, here's hoping Hollywood snaps out of their lazy funk and starts delivering on the auto-carnage we all crave once again.