To celebrate the cool thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, finally hitting UK cinema screens today, we thought it would be the perfect time to run down the 10 Greatest Cinematic Car Chases!

If there’s one thing that makes an action/thriller movie great, it’s an all out car chase. I’m talking explosions, wrecked vehicles, impossible stunts, policemen who can’t drive, villains who can shoot and drive, heroes that can shoot, drive, escape the clutch of the bad guys and save the day all from one indestructible vehicle…basically, we want carnage! Whilst this week’s theatrical release of Drive may not offer all of this, there are plenty of films that do.

Read on to discover what we think are the 10 best movie car chases…

10. 2 FAST, 2 FURIOUS (2003)

Ok, so this is one of my ‘guilty pleasures’ films, which I can’t help but enjoy. I’m not going to stand on my soapbox and demand that you consider it one of cinema’s greatest productions…because it’s not, I know! But it does have a chase scene that is literally one of the coolest ones I’ve seen. Ok, so it’s more of a race really, but essentially Paul Walker finds himself in competition with a host of other supercars in one hell of a showdown of engine power…

The sequence is edge of your seat viewing, as one by one Walker whizzes past the competition in a display of craftsmanship driving and mind-blowing stunts. This sequence is so much more about the cars than the actual race, with each fitted with its own kick ass modifications including nitro and turbo boosters, sick alloy wheels, funky custom paint jobs and LED under-body lighting systems! There’s literally a car for everyone’s taste and I can guarantee that I wasn’t the only one in the cinema lusting after each and every one… Right, I’ll stop sounding like a boy racer now!

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This article was first posted on September 23, 2011