‘Falling Down’ (1993)
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Carmageddon II: Traffic jams on film

‘Falling Down’ (1993)
Traffic jams are usually a lot more fun on film than in person. Here’s a look at some memorable moments of misery.

Let’s start with “Falling Down,” in which Michael Douglas gets stuck in a jam on a hot day in Los Angeles. With his air conditioning conking out and his frustration bubbling over, Douglas’ laid-off William Foster abandons his car and begins his fateful walk across L.A. to attend his child’s birthday party -- the one his ex-wife would like to keep him away from with a restraining order.

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‘Taking Woodstock’ (2009)
In the days before SigAlert.com, Elliot Teichberg (Demetri Martin) wanders among concertgoers to Woodstock in this Ang Lee film.  (Ken Regan / Focus Features)
‘Final Destination 2' (2003)
A.J. Cook, left, and her friends are stuck in a traffic jam when she has a dream that once they get going, they’re going to die in a crash. As a result, she and Ali Larter are on the run in the second installment of this horror franchise. (Shane Harvey / New Line Cinema)
‘The Day After Tomorrow’ (2004)
When climate change wreaks sudden havoc on Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, Americans are forced to head south or face floods, tornadoes, blizzards and escaped wolves. The evacuation order is made difficult (and in some cases impossible) by traffic gridlock, especially in midtown Manhattan where Jake Gyllenhaal and his study buddies decide to hole up in a library and await rescue. (20th Century Fox)
‘The French Connection’ (1971)
William Friedkin‘s 1971 film set the standard for car chases, which included a traffic jam on the Brooklyn Bridge. Above, the aftermath.  (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
‘The Eye’ (2002)
This Hong Kong horror film from the Pang brothers is filled with spooky ghostly images, but none are more haunting than the film’s climax, as hundreds of spirits descend on a traffic jam in anticipation of a truly tragic event. (Palm Pictures)
‘The Italian Job’ (2003)
In this U.S. remake of a 1969 British film, a team of heist experts plots to gridlock traffic in Los Angeles while they make an escape in Mini Coopers. (Bruce Talamon / Paramount Pictures)
‘Office Space’ (1999)
The opening credits of Mike Judge’s comedy classic capture the drudgery of the morning commute through the eyes of Ron Livingston and his cubicle-mates stuck in a rush-hour traffic jam. Even old ladies in walkers make better time. (Twentieth Century Fox)
‘Young and Restless in China’ (2008)
This documentary looks at the pressures of young adults growing up in a rapidly changing China -- the obstacles faced include massive traffic jams.  (Sue Williams / Ambrica Productions)
‘One Fine Day’ (1996)
George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer face plenty of New York traffic as they race around the city trying to sort out crises.  (Gemma La Mana)
‘Deep Impact’ (1998)
Masses struggling to escape a horrific disaster but getting stuck in a traffic jam during the exodus are a cinematic staple -- and “Deep Impact” was no exception. (Myles Aronowitz / Paramount Pictures)
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