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In a groundbreaking chase scene, New York detective Popeye Doyle (played by the incomparable Gene Hackman) makes mincemeat of a Pontiac while pursuing a shanghaied elevated train at high speed through heavy traffic, wrecking everything that gets in his way.
The 1971 crime feature, directed by William Friedkin, stands as a terrific movie on its own — it was the first R-rated film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, among other Oscars — but the iconic chase was a shocker at the time and remains perhaps the best ever.