We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. You refine the data you’re happy for us to track. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy

Your Privacy

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They do not store any personally identifiable information. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.

The site needs these cookies

Analytical/Performance Cookies

These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is anonymous unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Functionality Cookies

These are used to recognise you when you come back to our website so that we can personalise our content for you.

The All-Time Top Ten On-Screen Car Stunts

What can top a great film? A great film that’s chock-full of mind-blowing car stunts - of course. Here’s our top ten list of the best car stunts we’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing on the silver screen.

Tomorrow Never Dies

Seemingly cornered by a gang of nefarious villains who have surrounded his BMW 7 Series, James Bond has a pretty clever trick up his sleeve. Whipping out a phone that doubles as a remote control for his car - a 007 Series, you might say - Bond stuns the gang before jumping through the back window, going on a hair-raising car park chase, surviving a rocket launcher attack and finally plunging from the roof down to the street below.

The Man with the Golden Gun

Over 20 years earlier, Roger Moore showed Pierce Brosnan how to do it with one of the most iconic stunts in cinema history. Sure, you have to try and ignore the somewhat bizarre swan whistle sound effect, but Bond’s 360-degree corkscrew jump over a broken bridge is a moment of brilliance. Even more incredibly, stuntman Bumps Willard nailed it on the first take - bravo, sir.

Bad Boys 2

Not many people would choose a huge car transporter as their vehicle of choice for a high-speed car chase. That’s what bad boy cops Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are up against here though, as they dodge the vehicles being aimed at them by the baddies they’re after. There’s even a speedboat thrown into the sequence for good measure.

The Dark Knight

Another sequence involving a massive truck, Batman is hot on the heels of the Joker when he uses his Batpod to wrap a wire around the crazed villain’s 18-wheeler. The truck flips right over, courtesy of a hydraulic pole inserted into the road which the stuntman had to drive over.

The Blues Brothers

Famous for lots of tyre-screeching car tricks, this iconic film hired over 40 stunt drivers and destroyed more than 100 cars, setting a new world record in the process. At one point, the Bluesmobile goes on a rampage through a shopping mall chased by the police - luckily the Dixie Square Shopping Centre was already abandoned, so those stuntmen could smash it up as much as they liked.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Following hot on the heels of an incredible sequence featuring Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Tom Cruise has to rely on his GPS system to navigate his way through a sandstorm. It’s clearly on point though, allowing Ethan Hunt to smash headlong into his enemy’s car - after he’d already made his escape, of course.

Fast Five

The Fast and Furious is one of the most successful film franchises ever made, so it’s no surprise there’s a huge number of jaw-dropping stunts across the series. However, in the Fast Five, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel take things to the next level by towing a bank vault through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Director Justin Lin never uses CGI to depict the giant safe, which is said to have wrecked almost 200 cars.

The Bourne Identity

Here at Inchcape, we’re huge MINI fans. Although it may pain us a little to see a classic model thrashed around by daredevil Jason Bourne, we still love the fact that it takes centre stage in an exhilarating car chase. The crowning moment is when Bourne takes the car for a bumpy ride down a set of steps in a bid to shake the police. 

Casino Royale

A third and final entry for the world’s most famous spy. We never like to see beautiful cars destroyed, but at least Casino Royale set a new record for the highest number of cannon rolls in a film. 007 swerves to avoid Bond Girl Vesper Lynd, but flips his car and rolls an incredible seven times before coming to a halt.

Bullitt

We end with quite possibly the most iconic car chase of all time. It may like a single,  hair-raising, standout moment, but Steve McQueen hurtling around the atmospheric streets of San Francisco and leaping into the air on countless occasions gives us more than enough reason to include Bullitt on our list.

Honourable mentions

In the end, it was incredibly hard to pick just ten. Some seriously epic stunts just missed out on a place, so it’s only fair we give some honourable mentions. 
Already famous for the hair-raising stunts of its prequels, Furious 7 upped the ante. The film sees the all-star cast skydive from inside their cars, finishing with a smooth parachute landing.
1998 Ronin, which sees Robert De Niro navigate the streets of Paris within incredible precision and at electrifying speed.
More recently, 2017 flick Baby Driver impressed us with its intense, 6-minute cop evasion sequence. And that’s just the film’s opening.