Anyone who's seen a Hollywood car chase over the last 30 years will recognise the 51-mile structure that runs from San Fernando Valley through to Long Beach. While most action films will set a high-speed pursuit in a congested city – swerving and screeching around rush-hour traffic – the La river is the go-to location for directors seeking a less metropolitan buzz. A one-on-one drag race perhaps? Or a battle between warring alien robots?
The river's dystopian expanse allows cinematographers to get creative and infuse the action with swooping aerial shots to accompany the spectacle of an automobile revving up its slanted walls. It's been featured in almost too many films, TV shows and music videos to count, but here are my favourite and most memorable La river races:
1) The river was renamed "Thunder Road" for Randal Kleiser's Grease,