What makes a car 'one of the best' movie cars? For me, it’s not the fastest or even the most stylish car; it’s the car with the greatest impact on film fans and car lovers. There are cars that were made popular because they were used by specific characters or given a larger stage in certain movies, others were made specifically for a film, performing impossible feats and given unrealistic additions. There are also times when a car plays a specific role in the film, a character all to itself.
For any or all of these reasons, the cars on this list deserve to be here. The automobile has played such an integral role in film that the car chase has become a staple in most action films. We have stunt drivers to perform the crazy car crashes and special effects to help with the impossible. Film and automobiles have been inseparable since their inventions and that won’t change any time soon.
While there are a countless number of films that feature beautiful vehicles, the cars on this list are those that are held in the highest regard, even above their films in some cases. Several of the films on this list are all about cars, driving and racing, others have absolutely nothing to do with the plot, they just happened to feature an amazing car. Undoubtedly, some amazing cars have been left off the list. There are just too many to count and too many to include. The ones that did make it, however, are the ones that have left a mark on Hollywood and film fans and will continue to be remembered for years on end.
15 The Dukes of Hazzard – The General Lee
14 Smokey and the Bandit - 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
13 Starsky and Hutch - 1976 Ford Gran Torino
12 Christine - 1958 Plymouth Fury
11 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Paragon Panther
10 Grease - 1948 Ford DeLuxe
9 Speed Racer - Racer Motors Mach 5
8 Gone in 60 Seconds - 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500
7 The Fast and the Furious - 1994 Toyota Supra MK IV
6 James Bond Franchise - 1964 Aston Martin DB5
5 Mad Max – Doof Wagon (Morale Machine)
4 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB
3 Batman – The Batmobile
2 Back to The Future – The DeLorean
1 Bullitt – 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback
The iconic 1968 Ford Mustang from the high speed Bullitt will go down as having one of the greatest car chase scenes in film history, involving one of the coolest cars in film history. Whether it was the 110MPH speeds through the hilly San Francisco streets or the throaty purr from the Mustang’s engine, the primary 10-minute chase is about as memorable as a car chase gets, also considered the father of modern car chases. Ford’s 1968 Mustang became one of their more popular models after Steve McQueen put his stamp on it.
Sources: RoadAndTrack, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes
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