Date: 15th January 2004

Steve McQueen's Bullitt voted best ever car chase

A 10-minute scene from classic crime thriller Bullitt has been voted the best ever car chase in movie history.

Steve McQueen's role as Detective Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in the 1968 film was one of his most successful.

The chase, with McQueen at the wheel of a 390 GT 325 bhp V8 Ford Mustang on the tail of two hit men in a 375 bhp V8 Dodge Charger, re-wrote the rules for action movies.

The low-budget cult 1974 flick Gone In Sixty Seconds, remade 25 years later into a smash with Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, came second in the survey of 5,500 film fans by Choices Video.

The original movie was directed by one H.B.Halicki who also performed all his own death-defying car stunts in a mind-boggling 40-minute pursuit.

A breath-taking sequence from the 1971 Oscar-winner The French Connection, in which cop Popeye Doyle, played by Gene Hackman, chases a hijacked train through New York, came third.

Source: Press Release