5. Mad Max  – 1979


Who knew the futuristic 1979 hit from down under would become modern Southern California minus the open spaces? You really can’t pick out one particular chase scene, because practically the whole hour and 47 minutes is one big chase, as the previously unknown Mel Gibson seeks revenge upon the mobile band of nasty moto-miscreants who destroyed his happy home – mostly in his supercharged Ford XB Falcon GT Australian police car, but often on and in pursuit of various period Z1000 Kawasakis and other things, usually with cinematographer David Eggsby and a big old camera on the pillion. They really don’t make ’em like this anymore. The movie was so successful they were able to later hire Tina Turner to star in and sing the theme for Beyond the Thunderdome.