Best Movies by Farr

Bullitt

Watch it on:

What's it About

When hard-nosed Bay Area police detective Frank Bullitt (McQueen) launches an inquiry into the murder of a Mob informant under his protection, he is consistently stymied by aspiring politician Walter Chalmers (Vaughn), head of the Senate subcommittee investigating Mafia corruption. Undaunted, Bullitt pursues the underworld killers with dogged determination. Will he prevail?

Why we love it

A cop film which boasts one of the best car chases ever – an exhilarating, ten-minute romp through the streets of San Francisco – "Bullitt" is the ultimate McQueen movie (along with 1963's "The Great Escape"). The action sequences are taut and nerve-jangling, and the distinctive McQueen persona – reticent, self-reliant, cool under pressure – is fully formed and evoked. Of course, he was the "coolest" movie star of his time; still, he and "Bullitt" both endure. (Note: a young Jacqueline Bisset also makes for a stunning diversion as Bullitt’s love interest.) 

Up Next

Bulworth

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"