EW Staff
June 06, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

See the car chase scene in ”The French Connection”

In pursuit of a drug suspect, grubby New York detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) appropriates a civilian car and chases an elevated subway train, barreling beneath the tracks at 90 mph. The sequence looks intensely real because it was, including the unplanned collision with another car (Hackman was actually behind the wheel) and the sideswiping of a city bus (stuntman Billy Hickman was driving, with director William Friedkin crouching in the back seat with the camera). The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Screenplay, Editing, Actor (Hackman), and Director (Friedkin).

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