Car chases don't get much more over the top than the final car chase from The Blues Brothers. Throughout the movie, we have been treated to several amazing car chases already, but this one takes top honors as dozens of police cars get wrecked and the car of the brothers is really taken through the wringer, falling apart right at the end of the chase. This is, however, not the chase we're going to be talking about today. There's an earlier chase in the movie, with only a few police cars meeting an early end, which starts with Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) and Jake (John Belushi) being stopped by the police and asked for a drivers licence. Elwood doesn't have one anymore, and has to step out of the car, but responds by stepping on the gas, with the police car in hot pursuit. Jake cannot believe his eyes. He has just come out of prison, and now his brother is going to put him right back by having the police chase them? Elwood responds by uttering the classic line: "They're not gonna catch us, we're on a misson from God!"
The brothers bicker a little bit, especially when they end up on the parking lot of a local shopping mall. Jake wonders aloud how they are going to get out of here, and Jake responds by crashing right into the shopping mall, continuing the chase with several police cars in there. Shops get thrashed left and right, but the brothers don't break a sweat. Instead, Jake is amazed at the big variety on offer in the shops. As you can expect, the brothers make it out of the mall uncaught, with several demolished police cars finding an early grave in the totally demolished shopping mall.
Maybe you wouldn't say so, but this is actually the most expensive car chase in the movie, and actually the most expensive car chase in the history of the movies, up until that day. The thing is that the shopping mall the brothers wreck with their car was already closed for a year when the movie was shot. The filmmakers rebuilt the mall completely, with the help of some retailers, with the provisio that not all the shops were allowed to be crashed into. After the movie finished shooting, the mall was rebuilt again and used for several years, eventually running into decline.
This is a great chase scene, because, well, who doesn't like to see cars drive through storefronts? The chat between Jake and Elwood is classic too, and even though there are no nazi's involved in this scene (they are in the bigger chase scene later on, and meet a pleasantly gruesome end), the police cars being totalled more than make up for that!
You can watch this chase scene over here on YouTube. Be quick though if you want to see it, you never know when it's deleted...