Editor’s note: Car guys, and even car girls, can take only so much of those Hallmark holiday movies that fill the airwaves and cable systems this time of year. As an automotive alternative, we’re offering our own suggestions of our favorite car movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out more of our favorite car movies here.
Contrary to popular belief, the best motion picture car chase wasn’t the one in Bullitt. It was in Ronin, the 1998 crime caper by John Frankenheimer — yes, the same man who directed Grand Prix, one of the best motorsports movies ever shot.
Because of budget restraints, Frankenheimer used much of the same equipment from Grand Prix to film Ronan, which likely added to the realism of the choreographed car chases. No computer graphics involved.
The movie stars the likes of Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Natascha McElhone, and the acting is, quite obviously, very well done, but the car craft is downright amazing.