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10 of the best car chases in movies and where they were filmed

Nothing says action, thrills and suspense in a film like a good car chase. Here are 10 filming locations that formed a backdrop for some of the wildest and most iconic car chases in film history.

The Italian Job - Turin, Italy

Many classic car fans consider the chase sequence in the original 1969 heist film "The Italian Job" to be one of the best there is.

The first portion, where the cars race through sewer tunnels, was shot in the Sowe Valley Sewer Duplication system in the English Midlands. The remainder took place in the lovely streets of Turin, Italy, east of Milan.

Mad Max - Victoria, Australia

Most of the scenes where Mad Max chases the Nightrider in the 1979 film "Mad Max" were filmed in the Geelong region of Victoria, Australia.

Baby Driver - Atlanta, Georgia

A stunner from the start, the film opens with a car chase scene through Atlanta with choreography so smooth and precise that it feels more like an action-packed ballet.

The Blues Brothers - Chicago, Illinois

The destructive car chases depicted in the original 1980 "Blues Brothers" made this one of the most expensive comedy movies ever made.

More than 70 cars were used to film the scene in which the Bluesmobile is being chased by state troopers through Chicago. Lower Wacker Drive, Daley Plaza and Lake Street were all used as filming locations.

Death Proof - Santa Barbara, California

The dramatic and deadly car chase in this Quentin Tarantino grindhouse-inspired thriller was set in Tennessee, but was filmed along Highway 246 just west of Buellton, California and north of Santa Barbara.

The French Connection - Brooklyn, New York

Much of the chase scene, often cited as the best in cinematic history, was filmed on the elevated tracks above Stillwell Avenue, 86th Street and New Utrecht Avenue in Brooklyn.

Bullitt - San Francisco, California

In an intricately choreographed scene through the steep streets of San Francisco, Steve McQueen did almost all of his own stunt driving in a Ford Mustang GT 390.

Ronin - Paris, France

The action occurs on the streets of Paris where the scenes were shot using some 300 stunt drivers. Watch the film, and you might notice Robert De Niro's character whizzing by the Grande Arche de la Defense.

Smokey and the Bandit - Helen, Georgia

When Burt Reynolds (a.k.a. the Bandit) is hauling 400 cases of Coors beer illegally across state lines, he gets chased by highway patrolmen along the highways of Georgia, near the towns of Helen, Cumming and Jonesboro.

Gone in 60 Seconds - Long Beach, California

After Randall "Memphis" Raines steals a rare 1967 Mustang named Eleanor in the 2000 film, he finds himself fleeing detectives through the streets of Long Beach, California.

The climactic scene ends when Memphis jumps Eleanor over a traffic jam on the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

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