Nothing grips us at TopSpeed more than a seriously dangerous car chase scene while munching on popcorn and sipping on a cold one. Be it special effects or balls to the wall stunt driving, the action entertainment factor is undeniable and just another reason to love the movie industry. They get to do things we mere mortals only dream of doing with cars we only dream of woning. Every new blockbuster brings faster, harder, and more dangerous antics than before, keeping us glued and wanting more.

This collection spans more than thirty odd years proving that older movies with real stunts and no CGI still get our blood pumping, especially when you consider the dangers faced by stuntmen all those years ago. There are hot women, exotic metal, loads of tire screeching, crashes, and huge jumps to reminisce about. Here then, is our tribute to the best individual car stunt scenes Hollywood has to offer.

Hit the jump for the list.

10. Cannonball Run

Two hot chicks in a Lamborghini Countach ripping up the tarmac past day-dreaming cops… It totally rocks! There was no way the copper was going to catch the Lambo in that rusty old bucket and even less chance of giving the blonde driving it a ticket. Check out the entire intro.

9. Taxi

The star’s a typical New York yellow taxi that transforms into NASCAR-style street racer at the flick of a switch. Let’s just say downtown to JFK will never be the same again with sick action in and out of traffic while chasing supermodel bank robbers in a BMW 7. What’s there not to love? Except Queen Latifah that is… Here’s the promo.

8. Ronin

Henri Paul-style antics though crowded Paris streets and tunnels. The car was an Audi S8 that had no brake lights or did it? Hmm… Tight streets and cobbled roads make for unpredictable handling and fender benders. This sequence is the highlight of an otherwise humdrum movie.

7. Mad Maxx 2

You lose, you die in this post-apocalyptic car chase, where rampaging warriors pursue Mel’s uber-cool V8 Interceptor. Cool ingenuity like hood mounted machine guns and makeshift missile being shot out of headlights make this action sequence a nailbiter - all in the quest for fuel.

6. The Fast and the Furious

The first street race in the movie featured unbelievable effects (No, really!)... But we still love it for the street racer concept and trick machines with copious amounts of NOS. Never before had such highly expensive, highly modded machines been destroyed in a quest for the perfect opening stunt - OUCH!

5. Bullit

It doesn’t get any cooler than Steve McQueen being chased through San Francisco in a Mustang 390GT by a Dodge Charger R/T. This chase also brought the Detroit race between Ford and Dodge for muscle car supremacy to the big screen. These guys were too cool for school.

4. Italian Job

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The mother of all car chases, from the sewers of Turin to the test track above the Fiat factory. The Mini is the only car that could have accomplished this and that’s what makes this special. How ingenious was it to pull a heist based on creating Italy’s worst traffic jam? It’s a Mini adventure starring Charlize Theron. Does it get any better than this? We think not.

3. Matrix Reloaded

Trinity’s on the run from petrolhead poltergeists. This sequence made even the boring cars look like superstars. Gob-smacking effects mixing cars, bikes, and trucks. How about a new Oscar category for best movie car? Now that’s inspiring!

2. The Bourne Identity

An untidy Mini pulls all sorts of sweet tricks out the bag in this stunt-filled Parisian chase. In reality, the ride down the steps would have given Bourne kidney damage and Marie Helena a multiple orgasm – which might have increased its box office takings.

1. Dukes of Hazzard

Among numerous spectacular drifting sequences, it’s the blind jump on to the freeway that really blows us away. Then again, these boys had more balls than brains anyway! Yee Haa! Don’t miss the end credit out-takes to see all the failed attempts.

What do you think?
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  (256) posted on 12.12.2011

These stunts are really amazing! However, I must say that the most impressive and my favorite video is with Cannonball Run. Well, I just can’t help but to laugh at how the driver pissed off the police! smiley

  (397) posted on 10.18.2011

Nice video and stunts! Well, it doesn’t matter at all if whose on the number one. These cars are all deserved to be here on this list, and all of them can really perform better. smiley

  (328) posted on 09.29.2011

The videos are really having an impressive and remarkable stunt. Cannonball Run is too clever smiley I’m so fond with that car and also to the driver of it. Hahaha it is totally rocking!

  (287) posted on 09.22.2011

Wow! All the video in here is great. Specially, the Taxi. It’s really impressive. The taxi transforms to a race car. Great concept of the car.

  (570) posted on 09.12.2011

I like more the stunt in the Bourne Identity, a narrow space at full speed worried me! I’m not a good driver but this stunt give me a breath taking action.

  (488) posted on 09.1.2011

Can you post more stunts? and share more movies about car racing. I want to watch it in live action. hehe.

  (579) posted on 07.11.2011

Do you have a new list of top car stunts for this year? There were great car scenes lately and I hope I can able to read your review on them.

  (570) posted on 06.8.2011

For me, I definitely love the Italian Job Movie. It’s a wonderful movie for everyone. There are lots of car stunts in this film.

  (502) posted on 06.3.2011

Any action flicks won’t be good if there were no car chasing or trucks blowing or train smashing. It’s just a film, so there were tricks made to become it more realistic.

  (714) posted on 06.2.2011

Any cars or trucks that blown up in the movie were my best choice for car stunts. It’s really hard to control blasting scenes because you need to take extra measures when filming.

  (467) posted on 05.12.2011

I am glad that I have seen all the flicks listed on this feature and I admit, the scenes were awesome and the action has never been so good compared with other movies. These 10 has their own distinction when we talked about chasing, actions and even the actors facial expressions were remarkable!

  (553) posted on 04.28.2011

I have watched all the videos and I have to say that I almost fell on my chair! I think the scene here is more thrilling than those in Fast and the Furious movie.

  (728) posted on 04.14.2011

I tried to watched all the video and its kind of interesting! Th stunts were cool! Actually, I have a frustration in driving with no speed limitsmiley

  (466) posted on 04.14.2011

@Calvin_Climb. Wow! that’s nice that you already watched all this movie. Sorry, but I didn’t know what were you talking since i wasn’t born when those movie were airedsmiley

  (600) posted on 03.18.2011

Wow, nice list. I have already watched a lot of the movies here. BTW, did you know that the Mini stunt in the Italian Job was actually the inspiration for the stunt in the Bourne Identity?

  (387) posted on 03.10.2011

Definitely go with the Dukes of Hazzard on this one. I remember watching that scene an I was like “I want to try that one.” Good thing I didn’t.

  (410) posted on 03.7.2011

I really love that scene in the Bourne Identity. The Mini really was pushed way beyond its limits. But of course, we know it’s really impossible to do that (or is it?)

  (142) posted on 11.21.2010

General Lee is the most durable car I’ve seen!

  (50) posted on 11.18.2010

Nice picks, but i say it should be the other way around

  (1211) posted on 11.17.2010

haha...i agree with the number spot..that’s extremely crazy...especially the jump!...that’s a nice stunt..I really enjoy this article..but i agree with XSER..I’m looking forward to see "Gone in 60 seconds" ,"Vanishing Point" , "Taxi" the list..smiley

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