A new scientific study has crowned Mad Max Fury Road as the best on-screen car chase of all time.
The study measured the heart rates of 100 people across 40 iconic car chase movies, to find out the scientifically most exciting, based on the impact to audiences' BPM.
The key findings of the study were:
• Tom Hardy's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is cinema's greatest car chase, causing an uplift of 33% in BPM among audiences
• The Fast & Furious franchise is the most exciting franchise, appearing 5 times in the top 20.
• Fast & Furious 6 is the most 'fast and furious' of the Fast & Furious movies
• Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the most 'fast and furious actor of all time', with movies featuring him being 9% more exciting, 9.4% better rated and 309% higher grossing than those without.
The most exciting movie car chases, according to science
According to the money.co.uk study, the most heart racing car movie of all time is Mad Max Fury Road (2015), which caused an uplift in BPM of 33%, raising average heart rates from 64 to 85 BPM.
Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, Fury Road is the fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise (Mad Max 2 also features in the top 20), and was a critical and box office success, grossing $375 million and winning six Academy Awards.
Other highlights from the top 20 include:
Most destructive: The Matrix Reloaded --- 300 cars destroyed
Longest chase scene: Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) --- 40 minutes
Highest Grossing: Furious 7 - £1.15bn
Oldest entry in top 20: Gone in 60 Seconds --- 1974
Which Fast & Furious is the most "fast & furious"
Making up 25% of the top 20, the Furious franchise...
...features the scientifically most exciting car chases ever made.
As a result we decided to break down the franchise to find the most "fast & furious" Fast & Furious movie and actor. So, if you’re in the mood for some high-octane, diesel fueled action, our study found that Fast & Furious 6 is scientifically the most exciting of the franchise, with its car scenes increasing audiences heart rates by 31%.
The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the black sheep of the franchise, scored lowest on the list of excitement.
Key highlights from the Furious franchise:
Most Exciting: Fast & Furious 6 --- 84 BPM
Highest Grossing: Furious 7 --- $1.5bn
Highest Rated: TIE: Fast & Furious 6 & Furious 7 --- 7.1 (IMDB)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson topped the list as most 'fast & furious' actor in our study, with movies featuring "the people's champ" ranking as 9% more exciting, 9.4% higher rated and a staggering 309% higher grossing than Furious films without The Rock in them.
More details on the methodology, graphics and also interactive embeddable tables (happy to change up any colours to make them fit your style), can be found on the study page at: https://www.money.co.uk/guides/most-heart-pumping-car-films/