You’re not a true classic car fan, or a movie fan for that matter, unless you’ve seen the Hollywood classic Bullitt, which actually celebrated the 50th anniversary of its release back in 2018. Time flies when you’re driving fast.
Featuring the legendary Steve McQueen as San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt, this Oscar-winning flick has one of the greatest car chase sequences of all time and helped solidify the 1968 Ford Mustang as one of the most classic movie cars in history. If you don’t know what we’re talking about (but here’s hoping that you do), we come bearing YouTube clips.
This is the car chase that made every big-time movie producer in need of a high-speed car chase scene head on down to the streets of San Francisco to use those endless hills for some truly breathtaking jumps. Not to mention that it set the stage in general for plenty of epic big-screen chases in future action movies.
We know it may look so easy here, mainly thanks to the incredible driving of stunt driver Bill Hickman, but don’t try any of this driving in real life. That should go without saying, but you never really know these days. The filming process for the iconic scene was actually a lot more challenging that you might think. Fun fact: The filmmakers actually ruined more than one sports car during the process of filming the famous car chase.
But, judging from the end product, which was filled with epic close-ups and amazing long shots, it was certainly worth it. At least we think it was. You’d really have to ask the folks over at Warner Brothers.