Car movie of the day: ‘Bourne’ movies

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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.


The original three Jason Bourne movies — The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum (and they should have stopped making them then and there) — are brimming with fabulous car chases as the amazing Bourne (not his real name) manages to elude his many pursuers no matter what’s in his way.

The first movie has the classic chase, though, one of the most-exciting ever filmed with Matt Damon’s character and a freaked-out woman fleeing police in a beat-up Mini through the crowded streets of Paris. Pretty intense, though the driving-against-the-traffic sequence is a bit hard to swallow.

The Mini takes the stairs with Paris police in hot pursuit | Universal Pictures
The Mini takes the stairs with Paris police in hot pursuit | Universal Pictures

The video clip shown here captures the entire chase, although it cuts out just before he turns to the woman and utters his stoic understatement: “We can never come back to this car.”

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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