Car chases and vehicle destruction have been a staple of the film industry since the invention of the first cars. All action movie fans love a good car chase, especially if it ends with one or more cars bursting into flames or crashing into buildings.
In most cases, the movies destroy only a handful of cars. However, some films go a little too far. Some filmmakers have budgets of a hundred million dollars to work with, some of which they spend on destroying cars. Let’s explore ten movies that have mutilated an astonishing amount of cars. Be careful, if you haven’t watched these films, there may be some spoilers.
Bullitt (1968) – 80 cars
Steve McQueen has starred in several fantastic movies during his career, but none of them are as revered as Bullitt. The main reason this movie will always be a classic is because it had one of the greatest car chase scenes in history, despite being filmed over five decades ago.
In the film, McQueen drives his green 1968 Ford Mustang in Francisco while being chased by hitmen in a 1968 Charger. The carnage that followed left more than 80 cars destroyed. Interestingly, one of the McQueen Mustangs driven in the film was discovered abandoned in a barn a few years ago and has been restored.
Ronin (1998) – 80 cars
Ronin is a 1998 action thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer starring the legendary Robert De Niro. The film is about a group of former special agents hired to steal a mysterious briefcase.
Ronin got noticed for his fantastic car chases in Paris and Nice. The director – who was a former amateur racing driver – hired 300 stuntmen and former F1 racing driver Jean-Pierre Jarier to create an epic eight-minute car chase scene that destroyed 80 cars.
Gone in 60 seconds (1974) – 93 cars
If the first thing that came to your mind when you read the title was Nicolas Cage, you’re probably too young to know that Cage’s movie was a remake of an absolute classic. The original I’m going in 60 seconds, which was created in 1974, is arguably better.
The film is about a gang of car thieves who were challenged to steal 48 vehicles in a matter of days. The film destroyed 93 cars in a 40-minute car chase scene.
The Blues Brothers (2000) – 104 cars
The blue brothers is a 1980 musical based on the musical sketch “The blue brothers” to Saturday Night Live. We don’t know why a movie like this would have a car chase, but it had a stunning one that left 103 cars destroyed.
The original film was so successful that a sequel was made in 2000. Although the sequel received negative reviews from critics, it also had a car chase that destroyed 104 cars, one more. than the original.
GI Joe (2009) – 112 cars
The first one GI Joe The film was a huge disappointment when it debuted in 2009, earning a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. He was criticized for having a very fine plot, and while the fight scenes were great, they couldn’t save him.
The only positive thing about the film is the automotive Armageddon it had. A total of 112 cars were destroyed.
A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) – 132 cars
The fifth installment of the Die hard the series hit theaters in 2013 and for fans of action series it didn’t disappoint. Despite being clearly older than in the other films, John McLane still erased hundreds of villains on his own.
This time, however, the producers thought it was a good idea to add a few car wrecks to the mix. And by a few we mean 132 cars. It cost the producers $ 8.5 million, but the film was a box office hit, so they might do it again.
The Junkman (1982) – 150 cars
After director Henry B. Halicki destroyed 93 cars in his 1974 film I’m going in 60 seconds, he decides to start all over again in his independent film from 1982 The Junkman. However, unlike the 1974 film where he was budgeted to work, Halicki had to use his personal car collection, which included “Eleanor” – the 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof that starred in Gone in 60 Seconds.
By the time they finished filming The Junkman, 150 cars had been destroyed.
Fast and Furious 5 (2011) – 250 cars
The evolution of Fast and furious the franchise has been intriguing to watch. What started as a street racing movie has now grown into one of the greatest action franchises of all time, with a new installment every two years or so.
As each movie’s budget grows, the stunts have become much more extreme, destroying hundreds of vehicles in the process. Fast Five destroyed 250 cars, but that’s only a fraction of the more than 1,400 cars the franchise is said to have destroyed in total.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – 300 cars
After nearly two decades, we finally get a new Matrix movie. While everyone is excited, automakers are worried about what could happen. The reason is quite simple – the last Matrix The film left 300 cars destroyed after just one long high-speed chase.
General Motors reportedly supplied all of the cars, hoping to secure on-screen product placement. It’s a surprise the movie isn’t called The matrix: recalled.
Transformers III: Dark of the Moon (2011) – 532 cars
Before The Avengers and other Marvel superhero films have taken over, the Transformers frankness was the talk of the town. Everyone wanted to see giant alien robots transform into some of our favorite vehicles.
The third movie – which still had Shia LaBeouf but not Megan Fox – was more destructive than any movie before it. A record 532 cars have been destroyed in fights involving giant robots, leaving some gearboxes sad. Fortunately, most of them were flood damaged cars that would have ended up in scrap yards anyway.
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