When Dax Shepard used his own hot rod in Hit and Run, it inspired Movie Fanatic to look back and go for a ride through film history. In many films, the car is as much of a character as the lead actor or actress. There are many iconic vehicles, but which ones will make our list?
Try to imagine James Bond without his Aston Martin, Burt Reynolds without him sitting in that Trans Am or even Back to the Future without a DeLorean… you can’t! So, without further ado, we present the Top 10 Cars in Movie History.
10. The Mini Coopers in The Italian Job
The makers of Mini Cooper could not have had a better advertising campaign than they had by simply allowing their vehicles to be used in the Mark Wahlberg-starring heist flick The Italian Job.
Not only did the film spur hundreds of thousands across the globe to purchase the new and improved Mini, but the movie utilized them in such a way that that chase scene has to go down as one of Hollywood’s best.
9. 1961 Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris and his buddy Cameron are having the day of their life, largely due to the freedom of cruising around Chicago in Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari. The film hums along merrily and when we need a little conflict, it is the car that provides it.
With hundreds of miles tacked onto a car whose owner knows exactly how many miles it should have, Cameron has a breakdown and our film launches smoothly into the third act.
8. Classic Ambulance in Ghostbusters
Director Ivan Reitman hit the nail on the head with his “casting” of an ambulance as the official vehicle of his Ghostbusters. Like an EMT responding to an emergency, the Ghostbusters too serve a similar purpose… so why not ride in a classic ambulance?
The car, since the film’s release, has certainly become legend and sits preserved here in Hollywood for generations to marvel at its brilliance.
7. 1973 Ford Falcon in Mad Max
Mel Gibson’s title character doesn’t stand a chance until he gets his hands on the wheel of his re-invented 1973 Ford Falcon. Once Max and machine become one, movie history is made -- the film becomes a cult classic and Gibson becomes an international superstar.
6. 1932 Ford Coupe in American Graffiti
Harrison Ford thinks his 1955 Chevy is the bomb, that is until he races John Milner and his 1932 Ford Coupe that leaves him in the dust. When the yellow painted car arrives on screen, it is an automobile enthusiast’s moment to treasure.
5. Pontiac Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit
There are iconic movie cars and then there’s the Bandit’s Trans Am. It is as much a part of the character of Burt Reynolds as his trademark hat. The Trans Am is the heart and soul of the series. Is it safe to say that the car became as famous as Reynolds when the film debuted? Absolutely.
4. DeLorean in Back to the Future
Over the decades, the DeLorean has became synonymous with Back to the Future and rightfully so. After all, it was Doc’s means for time travel and would serve as such for the entire three-film series. If we asked you how fast the DeLorean had to go before the time travel would be executed, you know the answer to that question, we’re sure of it -- thus speaking to the impact a car had on a movie.
With this film series, in the end, it is all about the car.
3. 1968 Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt
Steve McQueen will be forever remembered for Bullitt above all other of his outstanding roles. And it’s impossible to think of McQueen in Bullitt without him cruising the streets of San Francisco in his 1968 Mustang GT 390.
2. The Batmobile in Batman Films
It doesn’t matter which incarnation of the famous Batmobile... they're all equally impressive. From the kitschy television series to Michael Keaton’s movie and through Christian Bale in Dark Knight Rises, there are few vehicles in movie history as ever present as the Batmobile.
1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger
James Bond with Aston Martin is a relationship that is as old as the series itself. Even though there was a little detour with BMW, when Bond came back to his first love, the franchise once again rode in an Aston Martin and all its glory.
Of all the Aston Martins that Bond, James Bond, drives, none is more powerful in its pop culture impact as when Sean Connery drove the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger.