As the whole of Hollywood has come to learn, a truly action-packed movie is incomplete without a fundamental item that depicts speed and lays destruction - Cars. A good action movie can be described as different things for different people, but for us, any motion picture that doesn’t feature guns, fists and apparently no fewer than 80 mangled picture cars does not make the list. Some movies in this list would easy wreck most of the picture cars in Orlando in their production
Car destruction is now a staple in the Hollywood action movie culture and while some do it moderately, others simply do not care what it takes in expense and stunts to bring the movie to life. A lot of these movies throw caution to the wind and wreck vehicular damage to the extreme. No doubt this damage rate of good, bad and ugly array of cars plays a huge factor in the hefty price tag slated for the production of most movies.
Here are top 8 movies that managed to obliterate the most cars during their shooting.
The 1968 epic car chase movie that featured Steve McQueen himself ranks at number 10 after the movie saw more than 80 picture cars totaled in the production. McQueen himself was behind the wheels when shooting most of the jaw-breaking action scenes in a movie that saw the charger of the bad guy losing 5 wheel caps over the course of the popular San Francisco hill chase. The car chase featuring the picture car Ford Mustang, saw the car reach over 100 mph at many instances during filming.
The original Gone in Sixty Seconds was released in 1974, and recorded no fewer than 93 destroyed cars. The movie was produced, directed and acted by HB Halicki who actually drove the Eleanor (1973 Ford Mustang) in the movie’s main chase scene. Even with no more than $150,000 in budget, the original Gone in Sixty Seconds made over $40 million in the box office worldwide.
Although the 93 cars wrecked also included some accidental damages, we believe it only showed the originality of the movie and further increased the popularity of the Mustang as a picture car. A popular shot of the film that still features in the movie is when Halicki drove a car at 100mph, and ended up in the hospital after he collided with a lamp post.
The Blues Brothers movie of 1980 recorded an epic 104 cars damaged during its making. As at 1980, Blues Brothers held the accolade for the most smashed picture cars after purchasing 60 police cars with reinforced engines for most of the chase scenes.
Each car came in at $400, and outfitted with extra chassis, but that didn’t seem to matter in the end as most of the tides were unsalvageable at the end of the movie. In the year 2000, a sequel movie was shot and the producer intentionally added one extra car to the budget to ensure that the new Blues Brothers movie claimed 105 cars in its making.
The GI JOE movie of 2009, the Rise of the Cobra will be remembered for a lot of things which majorly include a non-existent plot and an overall sub-par movie. In a doper action movie, totaling a record number of 112 cars, which is 8 more than the Blues Brothers achieved, would have seen GI JOE be an epic highly rated movie, but unfortunately, the ropey dialogue and forgivable screenplay was just as unsalvageable as the 112 cars that met their ends at the time the movie had been fully produced. I guess no matter the number of picture cars, a bad action film will just be bad.
The original Die Hard movie was an action-packed mouth-watering movie which we believe didn’t need a sequel let alone 4. But after 25 years, A good day to die hard, (shot in 2013) was released and while most may agree that the movie didn’t hit the thrill of the original Die hard movie, the movie did come with a bang or....a crash. “A Good Day to Die Hard” totaled nothing less than 132 cars in its making, a number that trumps all the number of damaged cars in the first 4 prequels. The nearly $10 million movie also saw 518 picture cars badly damaged in its production.
The Fast and Furious franchise has set the standard for what a car-based action movie series should look like with exhilarating, pulsing and heart-pumping car stunts and actions that leave viewers mouth agape. In fact, when it comes to action movies that features cars, there is arguably a better franchise. The movie itself features an epic police chase scene that sees the peril of 260 picture cars.
Even Fast and Furious 6 featured over 400 picture cars with only few living to see the light of day, and the whole franchise itself has wrecked over 1000 cars since the making of the first movie – A groundbreaking statistic that puts the average car damage per minute ratio to around one per 60 seconds, which is not surprising when you manage to put Vin Diesel, Ludacris and the rest of squad in any movie.
Matrix score top marks for practically everything. The movie is well-written and well-acted with many of the fundamental trappings of a good action movie. The Matrix Reloaded had it all, Bullets, guns and cars. The movie was aided by the donation of 300 cars by GMC, who clearly didn’t mind what its brand would look like, and the producers of the movie wasted no time in converting all 300 picture cars to rubbles and write-offs.
Transformers 3 was shot in 2011, and holds the laurel for the highest number of damaged cars at 532. While most cars donated by Michael Bay, were flood damaged and already destined for the scrap heap, the producers of Transformers 3 decided to make it worth the screenplay and obliterated them all. Flood damaged or not, 532 cars is a whole lot.