19 Most Thrilling Gas-Guzzling, Car-Chasing, Road-Tripping Movies

Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA (@peteramartin)
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After seeing Courtney Solomon's Getaway at an advance screening -- more on that later -- I began feeling nostalgic for the gas-guzzling car chase movies of my youth.

As a kid growing up in 1970s California, that meant the Holy Trinity of Bullitt (made in 1968, but in heavy rotation on TV a few years later), The French Connection and The Seven Ups, which I wrote about for ScreenAnarchy back in 2006. All three were produced by Philip D'Antoni -- he directed the latter -- and set a gold standard for my impressionable mind.

But there is place for all kinds of gas-guzzling, car-chasing, road-tripping movies in the gallery below. The first pick comes courtesy of ScreenAnarchy's Todd Brown; the next 11 picks are my personal favorites (including five from a 2008 article), followed by suggestions from readers and fellow ScreenAnarchy writers.

Ronin (1998; d. John Frankenheimer)

Suggested by Todd Brown.

Berserk. Insane. Gonzo. "Are they really ...??? ... !!!"

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  • Will Schuster

    Jade features one of my all time favorite chase scenes. And not having the Matrix Reloaded in any list is a crime.

  • Brian Clark

    Great list! Didn't get to elaborate on this pick in time for inclusion, but the chase scene in WE OWN THE NIGHT in the middle of the torrential rainstorm is one of the most intense things I've ever seen.

  • Ard Vijn

    Excellent choices all! But what? No Blues Brothers?

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