The car chase has always been a cornerstone of the action genre of cinema.
It seems that any movie involving cops and robbers or good guys and bad guys, will at some point lead to one chasing the other at high speeds through winding city streets or back highway roads.
As special effects and stunt coordinating have gotten more advanced through the years, filmmakers have been trying to outdo each other by creating more intense and incredible chase sequences.
Here is a list of some of the most memorable car chases in the history of cinema:
20. Running Scared (1986)
"Running Scared" is a great buddy cop movie starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. It features a scene where the two Chicago cops chase a drug lord, played by Jimmy Smits, through the city streets and eventually end up driving on elevated train tracks.
19. The Italian Job (1969)
"The Italian Job" captures the attitude of the swinging '60s and features a climactic car chase through the streets of Turin, Italy, as the main characters make their getaway in three Mini Coopers.
What sets this chase apart from others is its campy, fun attitude, as the chase is played more for laughs and amusement than it is for intensity and thrills.
18. Thunder Road(1958)
Robert Mitchum starred in, co-wrote and produced "Thunder Road," which is about a bootlegger running moonshine through the back country roads of Tennessee and Kentucky who is always getting chased by the police.
The film became a cult classic that was screened at many drive-in theaters for decades.
17. Batman Begins (2005)
"Batman Begins" reinvented the tale of the Caped Crusader for a new generation and included a chase scene where the Batmobile ends up on the rooftops of Gotham City, jumping from one to another.
16. Death Proof (2007)
The film "Death Proof" was director Quentin Tarantino’s homage to the exploitation films from the 1970s and features a climactic chase sequence pitting a 1970 Dodge Challenger against a 1969 Dodge Charger.
15. Duel (1971)
Steven Spielberg was only 23 years old when he directed the made-for-TV movie "Duel."
The film is a simple story of a salesman traveling the empty highways of the California desert who is terrorized and stalked by an unseen driver of a large tanker truck.
Spielberg was able to turn the minimal story into a gripping, spine-tingling film, and it is not difficult to see why he was given considerably more money a few years later to make a similar story about an unseen shark terrorizing beachgoers.
14. The Seven-Ups (1974)
The cop film, "The Seven-Ups" incorporates all the things audiences have come to love and expect from an urban chase scene.
Fruit stands go flying, garbage cans are smashed, shotguns are blasted, innocent children are almost run over and it all ends in a fantastical and almost unbelievable crash.
13. Goldfinger (1964)
James Bond has had many amazing car chases throughout his 21 -- going on 22 -- film adventures, and no list of great car chases would be complete without Agent 007.
"Goldfinger," the third in the series, is considered by many critics to be the best Bond film ever, and the chase scene with Bond’s Astin Martin DB5 is the first in the series that featured a car equipped with gadgets like a smokescreen and oil slick.
12. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)
"Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" stars Peter Fonda and is another drive-in cult classic that features many incredible car chases.
The film definitely falls into the "They just don’t make 'em like they used to" category, for the film was considered a B movie when it was released, but B movies produced nowadays are rarely this entertaining.
11. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest action films of all time.
One reason is the unforgettable chase sequence where the evil T-1000 -- played by Robert Patrick -- jumps a semitrailer off a bridge and down into the Los Angeles River basin.
10. The Bourne Identity (2002)
Most other action films would have a character as cool as Jason Bourne -- played by Matt Damon -- speeding away in a Porsche or a Lamborghini.
But the fact that Bourne drives an old Mini Cooper, and that the action was filmed live on the streets of Paris without CGI effects and quick MTV-like cuts, makes it much more memorable.
9. To Live and Die in LA (1985)
Director William Friedkin filmed one of the greatest car chases of all time in 1971's "The French Connection," and seemingly tried to outdo himself with "To Live and Die in LA."
While the breathtaking chase through the LA freeway system may not have topped "The French Connection," it comes pretty close.
8. Ronin (1998)
The city streets and tunnels of Paris serve as the backdrop for this extensive scene that has become the definitive car chase of the last 10 years.