We list down the some of the most memorable cars that have cruised across the big screen. Hop in and check them out!
1. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – Back to the Future films (1985, 1989, 1990)
The winged-door Delorean rose to iconic status when it appeared in Back to the Future film trilogy as a modified time machine built by Doc Brown.
2. 1932 Ford Coupe – American Graffiti (1973)
Four years before Star Wars, George Lucas wrote and directed this coming-of-age drama based on his own teenage years. He was a lover of hot rods and this film, set in 1960s California, certainly attests to it. The movie features some great hot rods but John Milner’s 1932 Ford is easily the standout.
3. 1970 Dodge Charger – Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) and The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Dodge Charger is truly a movie and TV legend: it first appeared on the Dukes of Hazzard TV series and then in the cult car chase film Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. It returned in 2001, this time as a mean black racing machine for Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel).
4. 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto – The Graduate (1967)
The Graduate‘s critical and box-office success not only elevated Simon & Garfunkel into pop stars, but also boosted the sales of the of the Alfa Romo Spider. The car had become so iconic that it eventually inspired the release of the “Graduate” edition.
5. 1963 Aston Martin DB5 – several James Bond movies and The Cannonball Run (1981)
The Aston Martin is very much part of James Bond legend — it features awesome gadgets such as machine guns and an ejector seat, all the things that James Bond needs to carry out his espionage adventures. The car was first featured in Goldeneye (1964) with Sean Connery, and can be seen also in other James Bond films: Connery driving it again in Thunderball (1965), Pierce Brosnan drives one in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Daniel Craig using it in Casino Royale (2006). Even Roger Moore steered an Aston Martin DB5 while spoofing on his own James Bond character in the comedy film The Cannonball Run (1981).
6. The Tumbler – Batman Begins (2005)
The Batmobiles, like the James Bond’s Aston Martins, have become part of the Batman lore. But the menacing and military-like Tumbler in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight is possibly the baddest Batmobile since the George Barris-designed Batmobiles during the 60s.
7. 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon – Mad Max movies
Also known as the “Pursuit Special,” the GT Ford Falcon is the only Aussie car on this list. The legendary supercharger-equipped muscle car appeared in the three of the four Mad Max movies.
8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T – Vanishing Point (1971) and Death Proof (2007)
The Muscle Car boom during the 1970s inspired a lot of car-chase films such as the cult classic Vanishing Point. It stars Barry Newman as Kowalski who delivers hot rods (such as the Dodger Challenger R/T) on record but always gets in trouble with the highway police. The same Challenger appeared in the 2007 action-horror movie Death Proof.
9. 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback – Bullitt (1968)
Steve McQueen was considered one of the coolest actors during his time, and any vehicle driven by him was instantly guaranteed to become cool, too. This is no exception with the Ford Mustang that McQueen’s titular character drove in the film Bullitt. Two identical Mustangs were used for the movie’s classic car chase scenes.
10. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, Smokey and the Bandit
The sales of the outrageously-designed Pontiac Trans Am were remarkably boosted, thanks to the box-office success of Smokey and the Bandit and the star appeal of its lead actor, Burt Reynolds.