Posted 07/23/09 at 7:00 AM PDT by steve.wingate |
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What are the coolest car crashes in movie history? This is exactly the type of debate we have around the office while we are supposed to be working. Rather than let this argument - and the heavy yelling and shoving that went with it - go to waste, we decided to take the top 10 and make a list. A great crash is the almost-orgasmic culmination of a great chase scene, so you will notice that most of these crashes follow a classic chase. Please note that this list does not include Bullitt, which has been lauded as the best movie chase scene ever filmed. The truth is, other than featuring two really cool cars - the Dodge Charger and the Ford Mustang - the Bullitt scene is pretty lame and looks more like a sequence from a 1970s television show. Grab some popcorn and dim the lights as All Left Turns brings you a cornucopia of cinematic sheet metal carnage.
10. Talladega Nights Because this is a NASCAR site, we wouldn't be doing our jobs if we didn't give you at least one NASCAR-related movie crash, so here are two from Talladega Nights.
9. Cobra Got your popcorn yet? Want some cheese to go with it? Well, here's some vintage 1980s action-movie cheesiness.
8. To Live and Die in L.A. Driving on the Los Angeles freeway system in the proper direction shows very poor judgment in itself, but these guys have a death wish.
7. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 version) The remake of this movie with Nicolas Cage was awesome, but I'm including this scene from the original because it avoids all the 1970s car chase cliches. It also was unscripted, which is both unique and insane.
5. The Fast and the Furious Far from being a cinematic masterpiece, this movie contains a scene that warrants a spot in the top five: a vintage Dodge Charger does a cool-ass jump and then gets clobbered by an 18-wheeler. I apologize for the poor quality of this video, but it was the only one on YouTube that hadn't been overdubbed by a 14 year-old boy with bad taste in music.
4. Final Destination 2 Say what you will about the Final Destination franchise, but this awesome crash sequence almost makes the movie worth watching. The very best thing about this crash is it's at the beginning, which means you can pretty much skip the rest of the movie if you like.
3. The Island
2. Bad Boys II
1. Short Time
My pick for No. 1 might have some of you scratching your heads. Short Time is not a well-known movie, so why does it warrant the No. 1 spot? The video explains all.