The Movies And Actors That Crashed The Most Cars In Film History

Car chases and their subsequent destruction have been an integral part of motion pictures since the earliest days of cinema. 

Barely five minutes in length, the 1903 silent film Runaway Match is purported to be the first car-centric movie ever made. Mack Sennett’s Keystone Cops’ popularized the horseless carriage chase with their debut in 1912, while Laurel and Hardy were among the first to consider the unnerving effects of traffic jams and road rage in 1928’s Two Tars (with the boys gradually dismantling a line of cars in festering acts of frustration with their ill-tempered motorists).

Filmed car chases and vehicular demolition have since been a staple of the filmdom, with some movies like The Blues Brothers (1990), Bullit (1968), and the Fast and Furious franchise (2001-present) taking them to new heights of obliteration. 

In the spirit of the upcoming Academy Awards being handed out this weekend, we’re presenting our own awards—let’s call them the “Crashies”—that we’re giving to the movies and individual actors that have wrecked the most vehicles in cinema history. Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the actors who were responsible for the most onscreen wrecks also appeared in some of the films that featured the most crashes.

Here’s a look at the films that totaled the most vehicles in the course of production:

10. Bullitt (1968): Over 80 cars destroyed.

The centerpiece of this Steve McQueen classic is arguably the best car chase in motion picture history, in which Bullett pilots his green 1968 Mustang up and down the hills of San Francisco in hot pursuit by two hit men in a 1968 Dodge Charger. MORE FOR YOUBillion-Dollar Dynasties: These Are The Richest Families In AmericaRevenge Of The WinkleviiHow Did A Man Go Undetected At An Airport For 3 Months? A Security Expert Weighs In

9. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974 original): 93 cars destroyed.

This is a movie about a group of car thieves challenged to steal 48 cars within a matter of days. No fewer than 127 rides were damaged or destroyed during the film, which featured the longest car chase in cinema to date at 40 minutes long. 

8. The Blues Brothers (1980): 104 cars destroyed.

On” a mission from God,” Jake and Elwood Blues manage to avoid law enforcement and neo-Nazis alike in and around Chicago, with the ensuing carnage including 60 police cars. The Bluesmobile they drove survived until the final reel, when it collapsed into a heap of parts in front of City Hall.

On the set of The Blues Brothers
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi wrecked a lot of heavy metal in The Blues Brothers. (PHOTO BY SUNSET BOULEVARD/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES

7. Blues Brothers 2000 (2000): 105 cars destroyed.

While the sequel paled in comparison to the original, especially with John Belushi and his Jake Blues character having passed away in the interim, the producers did not scrimp on the car wrecks, adding one to the original’s tally for good measure.

6. G.I. Joe (2009): 112 cars destroyed.

You’d think a film loosely based upon a series of army action figures would stick closely to conventional combat, but there’s apparently nothing better to lean on when saddled with a razor thin plot than automotive Armageddon. 

5. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): 132 cars destroyed.  

Regardless of whether you’d argue the original Die Hard was or wasn’t really a Christmas movie, you’ve got to hand it to the 2013 sequel for piling on the wreckage.

4. The Junkman (1982): 150 cars destroyed.  

A successor to the original Gone in 60 Seconds, The Junkman is perhaps best remembered for its adeptness at wrecking cars at literally the rate of 1.5 per minute of running time.

3. The Fast and Furious 5 (2011): 250 cars destroyed.

The champion (so far) for obliterating vehicles in the Fast and Furious series is what’s alternatively called Fast Five, with Vin Diesel starring. Reportedly the franchise has demolished over 1,000 cars, and that’s not counting the upcoming eighth sequel.

2. The Matrix Reloaded (2003): 300 cars destroyed.

General Motors reportedly gave 300 of its vehicles on loan to the producers of this cyberpunk dystopian sequel, assumedly to garner some on-screen product placement. None of them survived.

1. Transformers III: Dark of the Moon (2011): 532 cars destroyed.

As in The Blues Brothers, Chicago streets were riddled with car wrecks in a film that’s otherwise about vehicles that unfold themselves into giant Rock’em Sock’em Robots. Film lore says the 532 vehicles used by the production team were salvaged flood damaged cars and were headed to the scrap heap anyway, so think of it as a public service.

And here are the Hollywood actors who sent the most cars to the salvage yard during their onscreen careers:

10. (tie) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson/Jason Statham: 18 cars destroyed (each).

Credit their buddy movie and Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw for the combined carnage.

9. Tom Cruise: 19 cars destroyed.          

And likely at his own hands without a stunt driver.

8. Nicolas Cage: 22 cars destroyed.

This popular actor has left a trail of demolition on film in his eclectic career.

7. Daniel Craig: 24 cars destroyed.

The current James Bond wrecked some fine rides over the course of four 007 films, including an Aston Martin DB5.

The Prince Of Wales Visits The James Bond Set
License to Thrill: Daniel Craig shows Prince Charles, a pristine Aston Martin DB5—for now.(PHOTO BY CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY IMAGES)

6. Tom Hardy: 29 cars destroyed.

The Mad Max Fury Road star kills off that many models in just five of his films.

5. Keanu Reeves: 30 cars destroyed.       

Reeves is one of Hollywood’s most dangerous onscreen motorists, particularly in his recurring role as John Wick.

4. Matt Damon: 35 cars destroyed.

Another character-specific car crusher, most occurred in Damon’s Jason Bourne films.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger: 52 cars destroyed.

One of the biggest names in action movies should have his license revoked after piling up more than 50 wrecks. Still, he’ll be back.

2. Bruce Willis: 60 cars destroyed.

“Yippee-ki-yay…” Willis has become one of the most prolific instruments of vehicular destruction in the movies, thanks largely to his role as detective John McClane in the Die Hard films.

1. Vin Diesel: 61 cars destroyed.

Fast and Furious star Diesel took out nearly half of his collective carnage alone in the aforementioned Fast Five.

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