As the seventh Fast and Furious movie cruises into theaters today — once again renewing it’s enduring love affair with ignoring the rules of physics and throwing high-priced cars into and off of everything in sight — we thought it was time to applaud those films and filmmakers who just went for it. Logic be damned, sometimes horsepower and pyrotechnics are exactly what the doctor ordered.
1. THE BLUES BROTHERS
“How many cop cars should we destroy in this scene?” “All of them. All of the cop cars in Illinois, thanks.”
All old school stuntwork, all the time. This scene doesn’t even have any music – just the sounds of horsepower and rubber. And lots of collateral damage.
3. THE A-TEAM
“They’re trying to fly that tank.”
4. THE ROAD WARRIOR
No one shoots an automotive assault on, well, anything like Australian chaos maestro George Miller.
5. DEATH PROOF
Warning: This is gross as shit. But when Quentin Tarantino decides to stage a car crash, he really fucking goes for it.
6. FAST FIVE
“Yeah, sure. Let’s just drag a bank vault throughout Brazil, in defiance of logic and physics.”
7. FAST SIX
“How should we top that bank vault jammie-jam from the last flick?” “What if we pounded everything with a tank?”
It looks small, this little move. But it was the first time anyone had ever flipped a vehicle this way over the hero’s head. Christopher Nolan clearly dug it, as he “paid homage” to it in The Dark Knight (a few clips down).
9. THE MATRIX RELOADED
The Wachowskis built their own freeway — a few miles of it, anyway — for this sequence. The CG robs it of some of that Ronin believability, but the Matrix flicks were never that much about “reality.” Especially in the Matrix.
10. FINAL DESTINATION 2
Fate has a driver’s license! And is a terrible driver.
11. G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
Yes, this movie is ass. But this sequence is full of destructojoy.
12. GONE IN 60 SECONDS
It’s the wrecking ball that seals it.
13. The Dark Knight
Remember that Hellboy scene? Add about $100 million and movie stars.
14. BAD BOYS II
Here’s the thing: Michael Bay cares about what Michael Bay cares about. And rarely is that “story.” But he loves, loves wrecking cars.
The phrase “destructo-porn” was coined in response to this Roland Emmerich flick, which took great pleasure in laying waste to pretty much everything.
Honorable Mention: Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer
Everything is sandy and on fire and awesome. If this two minutes is, in any way, indicative of the rest of the movie, the bar will be set come May 15.
Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. He once bottomed out his mother’s car while catching air over some train tracks. Sorry, Mom.