The lighting in this scene from Drive creates much of the suspense. Shadows add character the faces of the actors, and draw the viewer's attention to them. Overall, the scene just has a much cooler feel to than were it to be set in daylight.
0:02- Face shrouded in shadow perfectly conveys the driver's anxiety
0:34- Police cruiser's light searching
1:20- Inside and around the vehicle is dark, but in the rear-view mirror the driver's face is illuminated, and we can see his eyes dart nervously