Because humans love leaderboards, here’s a new study that reveals the movie’s most exciting car chases, according to science.
Before entering into the conclusions of the study, we must note that it is not intended to assess or rank the value of the films considered. Their independent rankings with fans and critics were taken into account, but only in terms of determining the top 20 films to include in the study. That is, they were used to find the top 20 most popular auto action movies of all time.
The small-scale study conducted by Money.co.uk included 100 volunteers watching these 20 films with heart rate monitors, tracking the effect of the on-screen action in terms of elevated heart rate. The average resting heart rate in the test group was 64 BPM, and the first movie, Mad Max: Fury Road marked a 33 percent increase, to 85 BPM. Of course, it probably helped that the film was nonstop action from start to finish.
Fast & Furious 6 came in second, with 84 BPM, followed by Furious 7 (83 BPM), Ronin (82 BPM), Baby driver (80 BPM), The fast and the furious (78 BPM) and Quantum of Solace (77 BPM). The top 10 was rounded off by Bourne’s supremacy (76 BPM), The French connection (76 BPM) and Batman: The Dark Knight (75 BPM).
The same study found that Fast & Furious 6 was the fastest, most furious movie in the entire franchise, and that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the fastest, most furious actor in the franchise. Apparently, his appearance in movies made them 9% more exciting to audiences, 9.4% better received by audiences, and 309% better in terms of box office performance.
Other interesting takeaways from the same study: The Matrix Reloaded had the most destructive car scene in movie history (300 vehicles in total for the highway scene), the 1974 original I’m going in 60 seconds has the longest car chase (40 minutes) and the 1971 The French connection is the oldest film to enter the top 10.