What was your favorite movie car chase of 2019?
The holiday season is a great time to re-watch some of the past year's best movies. If you're a gearhead, it's also the perfect time to watch some of 2019's best car chase scenes.
There was plenty of automotive action to enjoy on the big screen this year, with highlights including the first-ever Fast & Furious spin-off film and one of the best racing films in recent years. Michael Bay also released his first-ever Netflix film, which has one of the most destructive car chases we've seen in a long time.
These are our picks of the best movie car chases of 2019.
Michael Bay has directed some of the most destructive movie car chases in cinematic history such as 'The Rock' and 'Bad Boys 2'. Continuing this trend, '6 Underground,' Michael Bay's first Netflix film, opens with one of the craziest car chases we've seen in a long time.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, '6 Underground' was made on a budget of $150 million making it one of the most expensive Netflix films ever made, and it shows. A garish green Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (which Ryan Reynolds jokes "blends right into the Italian architecture") tears through the narrow streets of Florence, Italy, in the film's gloriously chaotic, 20-minute-long car chase while being pursued by a variety of vehicles, including an Audi A7 Sportback, Maserati Quattroporte, and Chevrolet Suburban. Much mayhem ensues, as cars explode, flip over, split in half in mid-air, and even crash through a museum destroying priceless artifacts.
'Ford v Ferrari' didn't technically have any car chases, but it did feature some exciting racing action so it would be a travesty not to include it in this list. Directed by James Mangold who helmed 'Logan', 'Ford v Ferrari is easily the best racing film since Ron Howard's 'Rush.'
The film tells the true story of how famed American car designer Carroll Shelby and rebellious British racing driver Ken Miles joined forces to build a revolutionary race car to end Ferrari's dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s. Christian Bale and Matt Damon deliver some career-best performances in their roles as Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby, but the real star is the Ford GT40. The film's extended recreation of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race is nail-bitingly intense, with superb camerawork and stunt driving, and minimal use of CGI.
Spin-off movie 'Hobbs & Shaw' steered the Fast & Furious series in a new direction, with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham teaming up to take on Brixton, a genetically enhanced supervillain played by Idris Alba. It might as well have been a superhero film. Fortunately, there was still no shortage of auto action.
A McLaren 720S gets a workout on the streets of London while being chased by the villain on a futuristic transforming motorcycle. There's even a nice nod to the original Fast & Furious film when the McLaren 720S drives under a couple of semi-trucks.
It wouldn't be a Fast & Furious film without some crazy physics-defying stunts. In the final action scene, Hobbs and Shaw use a custom Peterbilt-based hot rod to chase after Brixton in a helicopter in Hawaii. The twist is that the car is hooked up to the helicopter. In a unique stunt, several cars get chained together and dragged through the air along the side of a cliff by the helicopter.
Terminator films are essentially long chase movies with unstoppable cyborg terminators sent from the future to kill someone important. As a result, car chases are common, and 'Terminator: Dark Fate' was no exception.
Directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller, the film opens with an insane action sequence featuring a Ford F-Series pickup being relentlessly pursued by a new Rev-9 Terminator model in a huge dump truck with a plow on the front that destroys any car that gets in its path.
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston star in the Netflix comedy 'Murder Mystery.' You wouldn't normally expect to find car action in an Adam Sandler movie, but 'Murder Mystery' culminates with a high-speed chase between a Ferrari Testarossa (yes, there are references to Magnum P.I.) with Jennifer Aniston behind the wheel and an Alfa Romeo Giulia police car driven by a fictional Formula 1 racing driver.
Somehow, Aniston's character manages to keep up with the racing driver despite having never driven a car with a manual transmission before. There's some great stunt driving on display, as the Giulia sticks its tail out, performs some jumps, and smashes through a parked plane. Sadly, neither car survives the film in one piece.