"Cut to the chase."A plot, or part of one, centered around characters pursuing one another. A drawn out chase which forms an underlying theme for a series is a Stern Chase. They Have the Scent is common in short chases. See also the subtrope Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. Not to be confused with the game show of the same name or the film of the same name. Or the Fanfic of the same name, which features ponies.
— Hal Roach Sr, and many other directors who wanted to get to the dramatic part of silent films
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- The Third Man.
- The Fugitive.
- Parodied in Wrongfully Accused
- Smokey and the Bandit.
- Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
- The movie The Chase. Which makes it Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- The Warriors (Stern Chase example)
- Raising Arizona has a chase scene that starts in a store, on foot, moves outside, goes though an unsuspecting bystander's house, outside again, and finally in a car. Also, there are dogs involved.
- The Terminator has a spectacular chase with both the victim and the Terminator breaking both of their legs and crawling the last stretch of it.
- The middle of The Colony is this.
- Honored Enemy of The Riftwar Cycle in which soldiers on the opposing sides of a war band together to escape the dark elves chasing after them to kill them for a variety of reasons.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Black Colossus", after his defeat, Natohk abducts Yasmela. Conan chases after them.
- In "The Gods Of The North", an obviously magical woman lures Conan into a chase that brings him to her giant brothers. When he kills them, he chases her again — this time, she is seriously frightened.
- In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, chasing the escaped Rupert is half the book.
- The Time Scout series is full of these, starting with the second book. Mostly they involve Skeeter Jackson.
- In Andre Norton's Ice Crown, Imfray's rescuers have duocorns waiting — which then charge off without them, because Imfray is too weak to move; the false trail leads them off.
- The Lion of Farside is mostly about one character chasing after his kidnapped wife, though the story follows the wife herself for quite a bit of time as well.
- Snuggleninja is always chasing the butterfly.
- In Sinfest, after Death realizes the zombie's a fugitive, the chase is on.
- Also, annually, Death has to chase down the year, who always tries to make a break for it.
- In Reds Planet, after Red gives some food to an alien, it brings a whole stampede of friends. Red and her companion ''run''.
- Tower of God: Baam really just wants to see Rachel again.
- Looney Tunes has many examples.
- Tom and Jerry.
- Dick Dastardly and Yankee Doodle Pigeon.
- Gargamel and the Smurfs.
- ... etc., etc., etc., etc., we get it, cartoons involve chasing.
- The entire plot of the Danny Phantom episode "Reality Trip". The Guys in White constantly pursue Danny and friends after Danny accidentally exposed his half ghost power to the public.
- The episode "The Chase" of Avatar The Last Airbender stands out among numerous episodes dealing with the Fire Nation's pursuit of the heroes.
- Most of the Wallace & Gromit features end with a particularly spectacular chase. "The Wrong Trousers" is notable for having a chase sequence which occurs entirely indoors.
- There is an obscure animation named (approximately) "The Little and the Big" which consists out of nothing but the Big chasing the Little, encountering every painful mishap ever invented for the Big, plus some creative new ones (Escher geometry is not your friend). The film finally ends with two rockets (Little enters and escapes...Big enters and closes the door which has a big "H" painted on, as in "Hydrogen nuke"...Kaboom.