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10 Best Highway Action Scenes In Cinema History

For those who decided that a straightforward car chase simply wasn't enough for them.

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Action movies will always endure as one of cinema's popular genres and will never go out of fashion, because they offer a type of escapism that can't be found anywhere else.

Audiences continue to lap up shootouts, fist-fights and car chases regardless of whether it takes place in a superhero blockbuster, a Western, sci-fi, spy thrillers or Asian-inspired wuxia. There are a certain number of requirements that action movies are required to meet, meaning that very few of them are ever 100% original, but nobody seems to mind in the slightest if they're handled well.

Anyone can stage a car chase, and history is littered with countless show-stoppers in everything from Bullitt to The Blues Brothers, but it takes a special kind of filmmaker to look at the bigger picture and incorporate their vision for vehicular madness into something much bigger than the standard 'catch me if you can' format.

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Highways have often proven to be fertile ground for the imagination of directors that want to blow sh*t up as spectacularly as possible, given how the setting lends itself to so many variables when it comes to expanding the potential scale and scope of the action, with the best examples often ending with nothing but twisted and burnt-out wreckage for as far as the eye can see.

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