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- In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy hijacks the truck carrying The Ark of the Covenant from horseback, then uses it to bust up the rest of the convoy.
- In Return of the Jedi, Leia gets her speeder bike up next to a scout trooper so Luke, riding second seat, can hop to the other bike and throw the unfortunate mook off.
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Sundance Kid jumps down from a nearby hill onto the top of a moving train, then runs along the top to the engine and makes the train crew stop it at gunpoint.
- Matt Helm movie The Wrecking Crew. After using a ploy to slow it down, eight of Count Contini's men climb aboard a moving train, kill the guards and hijack its cargo: a billion dollars in gold.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
- One of the most badass examples in film history is a scene in which the T-1000 (the evil one) rams his tanker into the rear of the good guys' pickup truck and the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) responds by grabbing an assault rifle, walking from the back of the pickup to the front of the tanker, shoots the T-1000 through the glass, grabs the wheel from the outside and makes it turn on its side and then rides the top of the sliding truck until it comes to a stop.
- A bit earlier, the T-1000 rides its motorcycle out through the window of a building and takes over a police helicopter while it's in the air.
- In Back to the Future Part III, Doc and Marty hijack a passenger train from horseback with the intent of using the locomotive to push the out-of-gas DeLorean to the requisite 88 mph.
Engineer: Is this a holdup?
Doc: ...It's a science experiment!
- The Fast and the Furious:
- A series of these is central to the plot of the original movie, which is why the LAPD sent O'Connor undercover. The very beginning of the movie was the target truck being loaded, followed by the heist - we don't know who or why yet, but a gang driving Civics with underglow use a grappling hook to get into and subdue the truck's driver. Towards the end, the Torettos are revealed to be behind the thefts when they try another, failing miserably thanks to a shotgun-toting target.
- The fourth movie has Dom and crew separating tanker trailers from a truck, hitching up to them, and driving off. In the climactic chase of the film, Dom uses a more traditional High Speed Hijack against a Mook that has him boxed in. Unable to avoid crashing into a wall of explosives, he steals the Mook's car and continues the chase in it.
- Fast Five one-ups that when the gang steal DEA-seized cars right off a train.
- Although not a hijack, Fast 6's runway scene does this with an Antonov AN-220.
- James Bond has done a couple of these.
- When he hijacks one of Sanchez's tankers in the climactic chase in Licence to Kill: He drops onto the back of the tanker from a light plane before climbing into the cab where he gets into a knife fight with the driver before finally forcing him out and taking control of the truck.
- He escapes Colonel Moon's base in Die Another Day by leaping into one of the Mooks' hovercrafts. He leaps in just as it begins moving, but completes the hijack as the craft accelerates.
- Joy does this to stop the truck getting away at the end of Bangkok Knockout: climbing along the top of the truck, and swinging through the cab window to knockout the driver, so she can bring the truck to a stop.
- The Good, the Bad, the Weird: During the battle with the Japanese troops, Tae-goo leaps from his motorcycle into a jeep which he immediately commandeers. The soldier who jumps from the jeep to the motorcycle is less lucky, as the bike immediately crashes.
- In The Tournament, Bogart leaps from an overpass onto the top of a moving bus, and then smashes through the back window to get inside and fight Lai Lai.
- More of "cruising speed" than "high speed", but honorable mention nonetheless to Voort saBinring's single-handed capture of the corvette Night Caller in Wraith Squadron. Trapped in an out-of-the-way system by mines, his allies hit on a brilliantly absurd plan for escape — by improvising a Boarding Pod, stuffing their biggest, toughest member inside with an X-Wing laser cannon for a gun, and launching it at the enemy's minelayer when it shows up. It works.
- Arrow: Done during the flashback in "The Fallen". Oliver and Tatsu jump from a moving car on to an army truck. Olivier jumps into the back and deals with the soldiers there, while Tatsu climbs into the cab and throws out the driver.
- Leverage: Parker attempts to rob an armoured car while it is motion in "The First David Job".
- Cannon: In "A Lonely Place to Die", Cannon attempts to escape from an ambush by commandeering an old pickup truck. One of the thugs jumps into the back of the truck, then clambers on to the step, throws out Cannon's passengers, climbs into the cab, and tries to kill Cannon: all while the truck is in motion.
- Knight Rider. The episode "Inside Out" had Michael Knight go undercover with some criminals being trained for The Caper without being told what the target was. They had to succeed in several tasks, which turned out to be what was needed to hijack a truck without stopping it.
- This is covered under the Stunt rules for Feng Shui.
- While not explicitly given rules in the sourcebook, lots of promotional art and related fiction for Eberron describes hijacking airships, or the Lightning Rail. It's also one of the encounters in the published adventure, "Voyage of the Golden Dragon".
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas tried experimenting with the new engine to create some unusual hijacks. The first Mike Toreno mission involved speeding alongside a fuel truck so your sidekick, Caesar, can leap into the cab and yank out the driver. Ouch. A later mission involves flying beside a private jet and then bailing out of the plane, whereupon CJ grabs hold of the entry hatch and hijacks the jet in mid-air.
- Mercenaries 2 gives a how-to demonstration for beginners. Don't think you're limited to jumping onto the backs of trucks though — it's certainly possible to do the same to attack helicopters in the air.
- Action Hijacking is an oft-used mechanic in Sleeping Dogs. Wei Shen can jump from his vehicle (except scooters) to any other 4-wheeled vehicle that's on the driver's side and moving in the same general direction.
- The Assassin's Creed games, starting with Brotherhood, allow Horse-jacking, either when you're leaping from above or from a horse of your own. Cart-jacking is done too, in a few sequences.
- Just Cause runs wild with this, because Rico's Grappling-Hook Pistol lets him get onto pretty much any vehicle with ease and then steal it with equal ease. Stealing helicopters is a favorite trick for many players, partly because it's less dangerous than trying to fight them from the ground and partly for the many benefits of having a flying gunship.
- This is possible in the Halo series starting in the second game. Enemies can hijack your vehicles in single-player, and there's a medal for doing it to another player during a multiplayer game. Spartan-IIs can also hijack enemy vehicles in Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2.
- Boarding operations to capture enemy ships in the X-Universe series typically take place while the other ship is not only still maneuvering, but still shooting as well; it's important to fire decoy missiles to prevent them from attacking your Boarding Pods or spacewalking mercenaries.
- This is a bonus-point granting activity in Saints Row: The Third.
- In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, while being chased on horseback by lesser werewolves riding hulking wargs, Gabriel can leap from his horse onto the back of the warg, kill first the rider, then its mount, and then leap right back onto his horse without missing a beat.
- Par for the course in [PROTOTYPE]. Once Alex Mercer eats enough tankers and pilots he gains their skills in driving tanks and flying helicopters, whereupon he can fling himself at high speed onto a tank or a helicopter even if they're in the middle of traveling by or attacking him, instantly and gruesomely consume everyone inside, and then turn the vehicle on its former owners.
- Among other additions of Far Cry 4, one of the available takedowns that the player can purchase is the "vehicular takedown", which is this.
- Possible, if VERY difficult, in Battlefield. You can hijack enemy aircraft by jumping out from your own jet, shooting the pilot in the head and then enter the enemy jet mid-air. Notable due to not being a trick intended by it's creators, unlike most video-game examples.
- The Uncharted series features this in their signature convoy chase scenes, starting with Among Thieves. A Thief's End adds a grappling hook into the mix, allowing Nate to drag behind a larger enemy truck without missing a beat in the action.
- Fillmore!: At the start of "Codename: Electric Haircut", Fillmore jumps from his skateboard on to the back of a stolen bank of lockers that are being towed by a golf cart before clambering over the lockers into the golf cart to fight the driver.