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The first decade of the 21st century saw an explosion of popular action franchises. Meaning bigger and better car chases than ever before. We’re counting down the top 10 best movie
car chase scenes from the decade in this week’s top 10. Starting off at Number 10, is Bad Boys 2 from
2003. This chase involves Will Smith in a silver
550 Maranello, Ferrari’s first front engine car, and subsequently one of my favorites. I mean, listen to the sound of that V12 topping
out down the highway. (engine screaming) And, Martin Lawrence, who can’t shoot a
gun, or keep quiet. (Just shut the f*#% up and let me drive, lets try that.) Similar to any firework show, every great
car chase from this era has a CGI finally. And I’m just not sure what’s funnier. The exaggerated laws of inertia, or Martin Lawrence at any given moment. Number 9 is the opening chase from Transporter
in 2002. BMW actually provided three black 7-series
cars for the making of this chase. (See what I mean about the shocks.) The cars were fitted with 6 speed manual transmissions
to help make them more maneuverable for the stunts. And there’s a lot of great stunt driving throughout
this scene. The cops make a pretty impressive effort to
chase down Jason Statham who gets his way out of some sticky situations with a little
help from our new best friend good old Computer Generated Imagery. Jamming into Number 8 is The Bourne Identity
from 2002. This film actually won a World Stunt Award
in the category “Best work with a vehicle” for this chase sequence through Paris where
Matt Damon and Franka Potente flee from the police through the crowded streets. Director, Doug Liman, used the same stunt
driving team that worked on the famous car chase scene from the movie “Ronin”. These guys really know what they are doing. Making this car chase not only realistic,
but completely badass. Number 7 is the car chase from Gary Gray’s
“The Italian Job” from 2003. Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, and Charlize
Theron did the majority of their own stunt driving for this film. And get this, Charlize was actually the best
driver of the bunch. Either I need to learn how to become an academy
award winning actor, or give up on my dreams of becoming a stunt driver all together at
this point. The original “Italian Job” from 1969 was
one of the greatest chase scenes ever made. Lucky for us, they went all out on the making
of this one. Shutting down busy LA streets for weeks at
a time and using up to seven cameras at once to capture some of those incredible stunts. No car chase list is complete without my bestest
pal, James Bond, and he completely kills it with this gnarly car chase scene from “Quantum
of Solace” in 2008 crashing into number 6. The movie barely starts and we already have
Bond getting pinned between a semi truck on a windy mountain road in Italy. Which is my second biggest fear, behind crashing into one head on while trying to overtake traffic on the left. And that happens. The entire seen has so much fast paced in
your face action that all you can do is watch in awe without blinking. The tasteful CGI is not over top, but just
enough to perfectly compliment the beautifully choreographed stunt driving that makes this
chase an instant classic. Number 5 is this epic car chase from Gone
in 60 Seconds from the year 2000. Nicolas Cage is back at it, sweet talking
his way around the police in one of the most famous Mustangs of all time. A 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback named Eleanor. This car is a masterpiece, and watching it
being thrashed around a construction site is heart wrenching. We get a lot of intense close calls. Close enough to make Nicolas Cage beg for
forgiveness. (I need you. Now. Now.) And some seriously cool wrecks that make you
feel like you’re part of the action. Right up to where the car gets stuck in some
traffic. I can’t tell you how many times my brain
has ran through the idea of launching off a tilted flatbed. But to actually do it? well. We’ll leave that to nick. Number 4 is the crane chase scene from Terminator
3 in 2003. If you don’t already know from watching
our 80’s chase list, I have a serious phobia of semi trucks from watching car chases as
a child. And the only thing worse than a semi truck,
is a semi truck with steel arms protruding out of its sides. This chase has so much destruction it’s
almost non stop throughout. There’s moments when all you hear are explosions
one after another. There’s so much carnage and destruction
it makes other scenes look tame. There’s some pretty dodgy CGI, but if you
take a step back and let yourself accept it, makes for a super trilling sequence that without
a doubt will give you at least one serious nightmare. The chase took weeks to shoot and ended up
so far over budget that Arnold himself helped out with a chill million Dollars to finish
the scene correctly. Starting off our top three is a chase that
cemented an unstoppable franchise in 2 Fast 2 Furious from 2003. The aftermarket car tuning world was as it’s peak, and this chase was so much more than a movie scene. It was introducing the public to a booming
underground street racing culture and subsequently made the scene even bigger. If you’re a fan of riced out sports cars,
this chase has all of them. Like, every single one. You like Mazdas? got em’. Civics? got em’. PT Cruisers? yup, it’s got those too. It’s even got Dodge Rams, ramming into a
police barricades just for good measure. Over 20 Police cars were destroyed in the
making of this chase, and there was even a car wreck that happened on accident that still
made it into the film. It was chaos on set, which perfectly represents
what was happening in real life around the country. But with less cops and PT cruisers, of course. Put on your CGI suits for this chase scene
from The Matrix Reloaded in 2003 Coming in at number 2. The second installment of the Matrix trilogy
boasts one of the longest and most complex chase sequences in film history. The chase is so intense, that they actually
built 7 miles of freeway just to film it. Samurai swords get pitted against SUVs, Trinity
with her gravity defying Ducati, and people busting Chinese fire drills like we never
thought were possible. They also managed to computer generate the
worlds largest accordion. Which is pretty [email protected]#*ing cool. Which makes it pretty hard to argue that this
chase deserves to be pretty high up on our list. And our number one car chase of the decade
is Christopher Nolan’s epic second entry in his Batman trilogy “The Dark Night
in 2008. This chase is so incredible that it has almost
too many highlights to mention. There’s guns everywhere, crazy head on collisions
with Batman’s Tumbler, and explosions all over the place. Sadly, while filming, one of the talented
crew members lost his life when a camera car crashed into a tree. A reminder of the dangers and risks that film crews take when making these incredible action scenes. For that reason it’s important to give credit
to the hard word and dedication it requires to bring you such a wonderfully intense car
chase. And to remember the fallen heroes who helped pave the way to greatness with amazing car chase scenes just like this one. Like always, we’d love to hear your thoughts
about our list and what car chase scenes you love. Are there any other movies you think we should
have covered? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t
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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Car Chases from the 00’s | Donut Media

  1. 00's that's when the CGI fake driving and "music video" style "driving" became the norm. I'll stick with your 70's, 80's and 90's list – with real driving, real stunts and real cars. From Bullit (1968) to Ronin (1998) we had 30 good years. Today we have videogame stunts in films.

  2. No offense, but the sound of the Ferrari 550 in BadBoys is provided by a either a Ferrari F355 or 360. It's clearly a Ferrari V8 noise, NOT a V12 noise. YouTube Ferrari 550 and you'll hear not one them sound anything like the one in BadBoys.

  3. You mention CGI for the BMW chase scene from The Transporter, and while the scene from the film did use CGI, when the scene was being planned the director said that jumping the BMW onto the top deck of the car transporter was impossible and no-one would believe it. So the stunt team proved it was perfectly possible by jumping a car off a ramp onto a moving transporter…

  4. Time and time again the same stunt-driving team come to the top in the car chase lists. Equipe Remy Julienne, these people can do things with vehicles that most people would think impossible…

  5. GONE IN 60 SECONDS is not 2000's though…

    The movie came out in the summer of 2000, was filmed in '99.

    It's a late 90's movie!

    👍

  6. I thought that the purple Eclipse was weird, but PT Cruisers in Fast &Furious?!? They really did go all out with the car selection!

  7. Its not a 550 maranello, its a 575 2003 Maranello and the end of Bad Boys 2 scene, with a boat, thats Not CG, its real C4 michael Bay used

  8. We hadn't a clue you guys made these "fastest cars" of the decade videos! Binged from the '60's through the '00's!…Just couldn't stop and didn't want to! Thank you very much for all of them.

  9. I loved the chases from Jeepers Creepers, 2001. It was one of the scariest films to involve a creeper in a truck that was modified to go faster than it actually goes in real life. The fact that the creeper was so ruthless that he tries to run the main characters off the road, which he successfully did, and they got off pretty lucky for the moment. Also the moment when Trish tries to escape the church when she thinks she sees the creeper again, but the gears are grinding makes the film even more seat-edging thinking "Is there something wrong with their car? Will something happen to their car later on in the film?" Luckily, the creeper did not return to the church at that moment.

  10. Heyheyhey. The Highwaymen. Short chase involving the Saab 900 and the final scene, totally underrated movie from 2004.

    https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0339147/

    Just watch it!

  11. The scene from 2 Fast 2 Furious with the C5 wrecking into the Saleen Mustang wasn't a part of the chase you referenced.

  12. Ferrari didn't make mid engine cars till the late 60s or early 70s… they were front engine before that same with the lamborghinis

  13. Where the fuck are the Dukes? Come on, men… The fucking drift in a 69 charger with a shit load of cop cars behind! How the fuck is it not there?

  14. I was really hoping to see some action from the Taxi movie series, their chases are amazing and done in realtime

  15. I guess I'll have to just believe you on the Solace scene… I couldn't see what was going on since my screen was suddently simulating an earthquake….
    …wait nvm, thats just the movie

  16. A reviewer that did not do any research. Let a car guy do the next review. Shame on you Donut Media! Ferrari 550 maranello was not the first ferrari to have a front engine. plus you missed out on so many more epic car chase scenes.

  17. Top 1 Best Car Chase from the 1900's

    Heavens my chapeau nearly flew off. What so you Henry what is the velocity of our forward momentum? Mm I'd hazard a postulate of 4 MPH. Egad…!

  18. First things first. That's a great list. I agree with almost all of these movies and you pretty much have them in the same order. But, the one you missed is probably one of my favorites .. And that movie is ( THE ISLAND)

  19. If you look close in the Borne Identity you can see the stunt driver at one single shot. I am Surprised that Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift was not on the list he final one, that is a great movie that shows how the tweaked racers that were from Japanese companies took over underground non drag racing for a while. They still do in some cases.

  20. Wait- Ferarri's first front engine car was in the 1947 125 S not the 550 Maranello.

    It could have been 1940's Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 but that was before Ferarri was founded.

  21. Gone in 60 Seconds is good but the scene where Cage is running from the cops and hits the "Go Baby Go" button and rockets away from even a helicopter is better to me.

  22. The freeway chase and "Burly Brawl" scenes were filmed at the decommissioned Naval Air Station Alameda in Alameda, California. The producers constructed a 1.5-mile freeway on the old runways specifically for the film.

  23. WTF… that's a 575M not a 550 you american dumbass. moreover 'first front engined car'? I mean… you're not too much into cars, aren't you?

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