"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.
Like "The Bourne Identity," whose chase sequence was heavily influenced by "Ronin," director John Frankenheimer shot the action live and the real actors can be seen behind the wheel during the high-speed shots.
7. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
You have to sit through a lot of bad filmmaking in "Gone in 60 Seconds" before it finally pays off.
The first half of the film is filled with cheesy dialogue, a thin story, zero character development and an overall substandard production value.
But the film ends with a 40-minute, epic car chase in which more than 90 cars are wrecked, making it all worthwhile.
6. The Road Warrior (1981)
"The Road Warrior" made an international star out of Mel Gibson and culminates in one the most astonishing chases of all time.
Roger Ebert called it "one of the most relentlessly aggressive movies ever made," and it has received a rare 100 percent "Fresh" rating by the Web site www.rottentomatoes.com.
5. Vanishing Point (1971)
"Vanishing Point" at first seems similar to "Gone in 60 Seconds" in that it completely lacks character development and appears to only exist as a excuse to film some great car chases.