Twisted metal, screeching brakes, plumes of fire, and airborne vehicles. There’s nothing like a good car crash scene to keep you on the edge of your seat. This article explores ten of the best movie car crash scenes ever. Pass the popcorn!
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – The crash scene in this movie comprises two trucks meeting in a head-on collision at full speed. The scene took three months to film, and destroyed 300 cars in the process.
- Bullitt (1968) – Steve McQueen pilots his Mustang at high speeds through the streets of San Francisco, keeping movie viewers on the edge of the seats with quick driving and crazy stunts. The chase ends in a fiery, but satisfying, conclusion.
- Thelma and Louise (1991) – Sometimes when your actions have seriously spiraled out of control and you find yourself cornered by police, the best course of action is to stomp on the gas. Instead of being captured and potentially spending the rest of their lives in jail, Thelma and Louise, two “normal” women who find themselves in circumstances that are anything but normal, put the pedal to the metal and drive over a cliff.
- Vanilla Sky (2001) – Julie (Cameron Diaz) causes an accident when she argues with David (Tom Cruise), her former boyfriend, about his lack of interest in her. Julie’s goal is to kill both herself and David, but the gruesome crash results only in Julie’s death (or does it?), while David is horribly disfigured.
- No Country for Old Men (2007) – Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is the victim of a horrific crash. What makes this scene so good is the realistic filming. You can almost feel the sudden impact and resulting whiplash. What’s more amazing is that Anton Chigurh walks away with only minor cuts and bruises, and an injured arm.
- Meet Joe Black (1998) – Joe Black (Brad Pitt) shows us exactly what can go wrong when you start to daydream about a girl while crossing a busy intersection. We think Joe’s has averted death when he’s barely missed by a speeding car, but then he’s hit by a van coming in the other direction and flipped onto the windshield of a taxi.
- Death Proof (2007) – A demented stuntman uses his “death-proof” vehicle as a murder weapon, killing a group of women enjoying a night on the town. Director Quentin Tarrantino shows the crash multiple times, revealing how each passenger perished in the collision.
- Final Destination 2 (2003) – What do you get when you combine a spilled cup of coffee and a malfunctioning logging truck? Total mayhem and one of the movie industry’s greatest pile-ups, including colliding cars and motorcycles, twisted metal, and vehicles on fire. This carefully scripted scene is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.
- Adaptation (2002) – John Laroche (Chris Cooper) backs his car into an oncoming truck. This is one of the simplest movie car crash scenes, but also one of the most realistic. Like a real crash, you don’t see it coming, and it’s over in a couple of seconds. But the sound, the camera angles, and the silence afterward are all too real.
- Terminator I (1984) – The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) says his famous words, “I’ll be back,” when a police officer at the front desk gives him the run-around. Just a short while later, he makes good on his words by ramming his car into the police station.
If you’ve recently been in an automobile accident it may have not been quite as dramatic as the car crash scenes listed above, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t captured your attention. Dealing with injuries, insurance issues, and hospital bills may not be exciting enough to make a movie scene, but they’re no fun when they are happening to you. If you’ve recently been injured in an automobile accident and you believe someone else is responsible, be sure to make an appointment to discuss your case with an experienced car accident attorney.