14 Foot Chase Scenes That Are More Exciting Than Any Car Chase

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Vote up the foot chase scenes that put most car chases to shame.

Today, we strive to prove just how much more cinematically impressive the foot can be than your standard-issue tire. Granted, there have been entire multi-billion-dollar franchises developed around drag racing, but these 14 exhilarating foot (or partial foot) chase scenes pack just as much of a wallop as a James Bond or Jason Bourne car chase. On occasion, the listed races are a bit "mixed media," featuring one party on foot and another using another means of conveyance.

Actually, James Bond and Jason Bourne both make the list, proving their versatility to chase down bad guys across a wide variety of transit options!

Pick your favorite (and least-favorite) sequences from the list below. And then, we don't know, go for a jog or something to work through all this pent-up energy.


  • Author Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) has had a rough go of it since touching down in post-WWII Vienna to locate his childhood friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). He is given emotional whiplash when he discovers that Harry is apparently deceased, and that he may have been murdered - only to later learn that Harry faked his own demise when Holly sees him very much alive, hiding in the shadows of a street corner.

    Holly discovers that Harry is effectively a war criminal, having stolen medicine from military hospitals to then flip on the black market, a scheme that produced a litany of casualties. Harry's girlfriend Anna (Alida Valli) tips him off that British authorities are on his trail. He attempts to evade capture by moving through the sewers of Vienna. After discovering he had done this before when he initially faked his death, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard) and his men are ready this time and take Harry down.

  • In the grisly David Fincher-helmed crime noir Seven, world-weary Detective Lieutenant William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and his intrepid junior partner Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) investigate one heck of a serial killer. The appropriately mysterious killer, John Doe (Kevin Spacey), has plotted a convoluted series of murders inspired by the seven deadly sins. The duo's investigation eventually leads them to Doe's apartment following the discovery of his third victim (Doe has slain one of the victims at this point and left the other two barely alive). Doe, arriving home with what appears to be groceries, spots them breaking into his apartment and starts shooting before turning on his heels and attempting to evade capture.

    The youthful Mills chases him through the apartment, down a fire escape, and around a truck in the pouring rain. Doe has the upper hand when he knocks Mills to the ground with a tire iron. He considers doing away with Mills before ultimately leaving him alive, secure in the knowledge that he can make his effective escape.

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  • Foot chases *ahem* run rampant throughout the original The Matrix. Among some of the also-rans, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) flees capture at the hands of the infernal Agents, computer programs designed to destroy dissenters, in the film's mind-blowing opening.

    The most unforgettable foot chase of the film, however, is quite possibly the rousing conclusion. Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity, and their leader Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) have made it to an access point, through which they can be unplugged from the virtual reality of the Matrix and awakened aboard the team's ship in the real world, the Nebuchadnezzar. Though Trinity and Morpheus ultimately get out, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) destroys the link before Neo can escape. 

    Neo flees the clutches of Smith and his fellow Agents Brown (Paul Goddard) and Jones (Robert Taylor), running through buildings and leaping into alleys. All the while, the citizens of the Matrix find their consciousnesses overtaken by the Agents and quickly turn lethal. 

    Smith appears to kill Neo...

    But after Trinity confesses her love to Neo in the real world (while he remains plugged into the Matrix), he reawakens, possessing a level of Matrix-manipulating power only the Agents have, and soon the battle is truly on.

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day isn't just one of the best sequels of all time - it's one of the best movies of all time, too. So it's fitting that one of the best movies of all time would boast one of the best chase scenes of all time. To be fair, it actually boasts several such scenes.

    And when we say the "T-1000 garage chase" makes the cut, there are actually two such sequences. At first, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a liquid metal slaying machine, is pursuing future world-saver John Connor (Edward Furlong) and his cyborg protector, the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), in a shopping mall.

    We're going to focus on the second time John Connor and the T-800 evade the T-1000, this time while breaking John's mother Sarah (Linda Hamilton) out of the Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The trio swipes a police car and appears well on their way to escaping the clutches of the T-1000, who is merely on foot.

    But then... the damn robot speeds up. It extends its arms into steel grabbing hooks and snags onto the trunk of the car. The T-1000 climbs up and must be blasted off by Sarah and the T-800 via shotgun before finally stopping its pursuit.

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  • While visiting the Bronx for a family wedding, Hong Kong cop Ma Hon Keung (Jackie Chan) finds himself embroiled in a game of wits and fists with a local biker gang.

    Conflicts escalate between Keung and the ruffians as the gang continues to terrorize his Uncle Bill's (Bill Tung) neighborhood supermarket. After Keung calls the cops on the baddies and they scatter, they corner him and give chase. He makes his escape through a local parking garage, eventually being compelled to leap off the edge of the top story to an adjoining building. Because it's Jackie Chan, you can verify that every single stunt was actually enacted by the star of the show, and when we get to that leap, it's a thing of beauty to behold.

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  • By this point in Kathryn Bigelow's California opus Point Break, college football star-turned-FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) has gone deep undercover, infiltrating a group of wild SoCal surfers. Utah is exploring a pet theory posed by his more senior partner Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey): that the "Ex-Presidents," a group of bank robbers who wear tuxedos and the rubber masks of former commanders-in-chief, are surfers, using the loot to fund their "endless summer."

    Johnny finds himself in the inner circle of Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), a uniquely philosophical surfer. After he and Angelo take down a rival group of surfers, only to discover that they are actually drug dealers being investigated by the DEA, they realize that Bodhi is the baddie.

    They stake out the latest Ex-Presidents bank heist. Soon, Bodhi (dressed as Reagan) is on the run, and Johnny is in hot pursuit. They run through backyards and open floor plans aplenty. A dog is tossed by Bodhi at Johnny. Johnny crashes through a sliding back door window (well, first he throws a patio chair through it). They jump over a wall and run through a section of the LA River basin. Johnny lands awkwardly on his bum knee but has a clear shot at Bodhi, who is not ready to turn himself in peacefully. 

    Knowing that Bodhi is his friend, Johnny can't bring himself to take the shot. Instead, he blasts his firearm angrily into the air and lets Bodhi escape.

    Unfortunately, this clues Bodhi into the fact that, well, Johnny might be on to him. The next time they hang out, Bodhi reveals he is holding Johnny's girlfriend (and Bodhi's ex-girlfriend), Tyler (Lori Petty), hostage and coerces Johnny into abetting the Ex-Presidents on their next bank robbery.

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