If one were to do a Google search on movie car chases, most of the articles that pop up are simply lists of the "best" car chases, which can vary from ten to fifty films in a list. But what good is a subjective list or a YouTube mashup of spectacular car chases – that range from practical stunts to CGI – without understanding what exactly it is that we're watching, or better yet, looks closer at what makes certain car chases work more effectively on an emotional (if not visceral) level?

Car chases have been in movies forever, so audiences obviously love to eat them up. Now that Edgar Wright's latest film Baby Driver promises to present car chases in a stylish new way, there's never been a better time to contextualize where this new film could possibly fit in the visual language of the car chase genre. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!