1. Scaling Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in 2011’s “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol”
Click through to see Tom Cruise (or his stuntman) in action.
2. The Highway Chase in 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded”
Did you know the 1.4-mile, three-lane loop highway was built specifically for this chase scene on the decommissioned Alameda Point Navy Base? It was destroyed when filming was complete.
3. New York City Car Chase in 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum”
Six weeks were devoted to filming this car chase—which had to be ‘sped up’ because the New York Police Department wouldn’t allow greatest speed than 35 MPH due to public safety.
4. Basically The Entire Duration of 2006’s “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”
Not suprisingly, over 100 cars were wrecked during the filming of this movie.
5. The Chase Scene in 2011’s “Drive”
The ultimate in driving stunts, check out this awesome Q&A with the film’s Stunt Coordinator for some behind-the-scenes info.
6. The Zero Gravity Fight Scene In 2011’s “Inception”
Curious how this amazing scene came about? Not with CGI, shockingly. They used “massive, rotating sets that twisted and turned and forced Gordon-Levitt to maneuver with utmost caution.” Taking three weeks to complete, the crew built series of different hallways that rotated 360 degrees.
7. Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin In A Burning House in 2002’s “Spider-Man”
Director Sam Raimi was so intent on keeping the realism of Spider-Man’s swinging fluidity that the film’s budget raised from an initially planned $70 million to around $100 million.
8. A Car Driving In Between Two Semitrailers in 2008’s “Transporter 3”
For this impressive stunt, of having the car tilt up on two wheels to squeeze between two semitrailers, stunt coordinator Michel Julienne welded the bottom of the car to the side of one of the trailers.
9. Scaling a Building With A Dog-Carrying Backpack in 2010’s “Salt”
Angelina Jolie did most of her own stunts in this film—requiring her to jump across highway overpasses onto semi trucks, perform hand-to-hand combat and handle a bunch of different weapons.