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Released: 2008
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy

This scene may end with an absurdly ripped Russian man covered in blood, lumbering after Gerard Butler as he wheezes like an asthmatic vicar, but Ritchie’s much-loved Face Cam work and ear for a good tune make it one of the best bits in the otherwise disappointing Cockney caper.


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1 RE: Death Sentence?
L: Kev2012 Where's the chase through the car park from this? Whatever you think about the film (for the record, I think it's pretty good), it's a fantastic sequence. as thinking the same thing - major oversight. As well as being very well constructed, very clever technically as the camera moves seemlessly from cranes to car park levels, in a single shot for the major part. Film was ok in the main - certainly worth a watch - but this sequence is better than quite a few on this list. More

Posted by axeman on Monday November 28, 2011, 15:34

2 Was getting worried......
Because I thought that the one from Bad Boys wasn't going to be on here. Which would have been retarded as shit. Because we all know Empire loves to bash Michael Bay. And Bay, even though I'm a fan of certain works of his, does make it hard for people to defend him sometimes. About 40 percent of Pearl Harbor (basically, disc 2) and most of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (if you do a drinking game based on the widescreen aspect ratio changes in the forest battle or the pyramid scenes, you'll be dead before the scene is over; that isn't even to mention the fucking Twins) can't be defended in the slightest. But anyway, thanks for including Bad Boys. And Enemy Of The State also. Glad people haven't forgotten that film. More

Posted by darkraven28 on Monday November 28, 2011, 09:12

That Tom Cruise running montage is awesome. :D More

Posted by nclowe on Thursday November 24, 2011, 11:32

my all-time favourite chase is from the opening scene of The Wanderers (ran to the sound of The Safaris' Wipeout - simply brilliant) More

Posted by pampoulos on Wednesday November 23, 2011, 18:26

5 Run Lola Run
Is it actually a chase in Run Lola Run? With Apocalypto, that's a bit too on the nose -- Which section of the film would you pick? All of it? Some of it? -- but with Run Lola Run we're not sure it counts as it's not really a chase as such... More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Wednesday November 23, 2011, 10:33

6 Run Lola Run
or is that too "on the nose"? More

Posted by retrojam on Monday November 21, 2011, 23:23

LOTR: The Two Towers?????? More

Posted by alakabaz on Monday November 21, 2011, 14:59

8 Se7en!
Good shout people! I'm sure Minority report and MI3 should be on here too! Good list regardless. More

Posted by guysalisbury on Monday November 21, 2011, 09:22

9 Chaser?
What about the two excellent, "running-out-of-breath" foot chases from the South Korean serial killer film, "The Chaser"? More

Posted by LouisV on Monday November 21, 2011, 09:04

Are the lists even ranked? it seems like the end of the list (with Point Break) may be top picks "The king of all foot chases" More

Posted by nKutzler on Monday November 21, 2011, 04:14

11 RE:
Point Break not in top ten, list invalid. More

Posted by JIm R on Sunday November 20, 2011, 21:58

You might be pleased to hear Tony Jaa isn't in the monkhood any more - he was there for a year (some Thai men choose to do this. Sort of like military service in some other countries). He's now making Tom Yum Goong 2 with Jeeja Yanin from 'Chocolate'! More

Posted by BlackBaronUK on Sunday November 20, 2011, 20:51

13 Apocalypto
How could you forget apocalypto? More

Posted by kierden on Sunday November 20, 2011, 15:57

14 Running Movie Montage
Check this if you like foot chases... It has dozens of movies and a lot of Tom Cruise, of couse! More

Posted by dm_imp on Saturday November 19, 2011, 23:07

15 What about....
What about Apocalypto?? I really thought that'd be on here. More

Posted by DiscoNinja on Saturday November 19, 2011, 17:50

16 No Brick?
I always though the foot chase in Brick, where Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets chased by a drug-dealer before tripping him into a lamp post, was pretty good. More

Posted by _Adamski_ on Saturday November 19, 2011, 15:04

17 The Secret In Their Eyes
Wasn't there a brilliant chase inside the football stadium in this Argie masterpiece? I seem to recall their was, but was distracted by the incredible shot that preceeds it, with the camera sweeping in over Buenos Aires and into the stadium in the midst of a game. More

Posted by cobrakai on Saturday November 19, 2011, 14:14

No Tom Cruise movies?He does a lot of running in his movies(Minority Report,The Firm,Mission Impossible movies,etc).No Seven,Apocalypto,Death Sentence,Lethal weapon,Run Lola Run? More

Posted by rams on Saturday November 19, 2011, 14:06

19 Texas Chainsaw Massacre
....leatherface forest chase should be at number two at least? More

Posted by johnnyrox on Saturday November 19, 2011, 13:55

20 Where's the Cruiser!?!?!
Where the hell is Tom Cruise in all of this? The man with the best run in Hollywood doesn't make your list, we could have had, Minority Report or Mission: Impossible 3 in there.... More

Posted by DarthMaxxx on Saturday November 19, 2011, 11:11

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