01/16/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

7 Real Car Chases Way Crazier Than Anything in the Movies (VIDEOS)

The best part of most action movies, some video games, and a handful of books (once we get around to writing them) is easily the car chase. But too often reality fails to live up to the drama, action, or sheer oddness of fiction, and we as viewers are left kind of disappointed by the real thing. And then other times, reality grabs fiction by the throat and drags it screaming down the highway before hitting a conveniently placed ramp, ramming through a gas tanker, and careening -- airborne and aflame -- into the white house.

Which then explodes.