10 Movie Car Chases You Need to See

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Bullitt (1968)

Filmed long before CGI made the impossible possible, the chase scene through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt is considered by many to be the best chase scene ever created. Lt. Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen, expertly pilots a 1968 Ford Mustang around the hills of the city.

He’s pursued by a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T carrying a pair of mafia assassins. Bullitt outmaneuvers the gunmen in the Charger, turning the tables and chasing them across the city. The Dodge eventually crashes into a gas station and explodes in spectacular fashion, ending the epic chase.

While there are some continuity errors in the sequence – the Charger loses six hubcaps during the chase – they’re more than made up for with the driving skills exhibited by stunt drivers Bill Hickman, Bud Ekins, and Loren James.

The legendary scene has spawned two special-edition Mustangs in the nearly 50 years since Bullitt debuted.

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