Racing to Find the Greatest Movie Car Chases

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'French Connection'

What happens when you mess with Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in 1971's French Connection. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines: Talk of the Nation is hot on the trail of the best movie chase scene. Will it be a hit man in a Mini Cooper racing from the gendarmes on the cobbled streets of Paris? Or a killer cyborg gunning his Harley through the drainage canals of Los Angeles as the hope for the future clings to the back of the hog?


Murray Horwitz, director and chief operating officer of the American Film Institute Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md.

Dario Bigi, a listener from New York City

Bud Ekins, retired stuntman; drove Steve McQueen's car in the movie Bullitt

Lonnie Shull, a listener from Salt Lake City

Web Extra: Full Movie List

The French Connection

The Bank Dick

The Keystone Kops



The Blues Brothers

The Italian Job

The Transporter

Thunder Road



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