When researching a different question, I came across an article on horse stunts, which claimed that a stunt from the John Wayne movie Stagecoach was one of the most difficult and dangerous stunts on film.
Wayne is replaced by stunt rider Yakima Cannute in a dramatic scene where the hero jumps aboard a galloping horse that’s part of a team pulling a stagecoach. He leaps from horse to horse, trying to get control of the reins before getting shot. He then falls in between the horses, slides down the pole between them, under the coach, and is then left in the dust as other riders gallop by. It’s said to be one of the most difficult and dangerous stunts on film. It was filmed once, and in one shot.
Is this in fact the most difficult/dangerous stunt, or is there a general list/consensus of what are considered to be the most dangerous stunts to attempt when filming?
The French Connection car chase is arguably more dangerous in that the car chase was filmed without permits on mostly uncleared roads and most of the near-misses and one full-hit to a car were on open streets with unaware bystanders.
They did have some control and informal permission on several blocks because they had police on the set etc., but they did not stay in this area for the whole thing.