Top 10 Most Memorable Movie Cars
There have been a countless number of cars featured in movies over the years. From the sleek sports card to the lumbering behemoths, these machines of steel and rubber have been gracing the silver screen since its inception. While many movies simply feature every day cars, some transcend that to become truly iconic. Today we are going to dive back through cinema history and look at the 10 Coolest Cars to Appear in Movies. And for clarity’s sake, we will only be counting cars that have appeared in movies, not TV.
Top 10 Most Memorable Movie Cars
10. The Mach 5
Type of Car: Racer Motors Mach 5
Movie: Speed Racer
Originally just a cartoon car, the Mach 5 jumped to real life when Speed Racer made it’s way to the big screen in this live action movie. The physical version of the car was absolutely stunning and was well worth the wait.
9. Pussy Wagon
Type of Car: 1997 Chevrolet C-2500 Silverado Fleetside
Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 1
This unusual truck from Kill Bill didn’t have a lot of special features, other than one highly entertaining paint job. Bright yellow with a fireball on the front. Buck may have been a jerk, but he knew what he liked and wasn’t afraid to show it. And the look on Uma Thurman’s face when she saw the car was just priceless.
8. The General Lee
Type of Car: 1969 Dodge Charger
Movie: The Dukes of Hazard
Originally just a TV show, The General Lee finally made it’s way to the big screen in the 2005 Dukes of Hazard movie. While the movie was pretty terrible (and the TV show was all that great either), the crazy stunts the Duke brothers did with this car still kept people glued to the screen.
7. Ford Falcon
Type of Car: 1973 Ford Falcon
Movie: Mad Max, Mad Max: Fury Road
While only seen briefly in the most recent Mad Max movie (Mad Max: Fury Road), this modified Ford Falcon has been tearing its way through the wasteland for many years. It’s fast, loud, and a force to be reckoned with.
6. Cameron’s Father’s Ferrari
Type of Car: 1961 Ferrari GT250
Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
As you well know, Mr. Frye never actually drives his Ferrari, he just rubs it with a diaper. However, that doesn’t stop Cameron and friends from taking the car in a joyride throughout Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And it’s almost heartbreaking when the car is destroyed at the end of the movie.
5. The Blues Mobile
Type of Car: 1974 Dodge Monaco with police package
Movie: The Blues Brothers
While not the most glamorous of cars, the Blues Mobile survives a lot of abuse throughout The Blues Brothers. It may be ugly, and Joliet Jake sure wasn’t happy when Elwood picked him up from prison in a former police car. But this auto from the Mt. Prospect police auction was a hell of a driving machine. Jake and Elwood even take a moment of silence at the end when the car literally falls apart.
Type of Car: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor
When Ray first brought this hearse (or was it an ambulance) back to the firehouse, it only need a little bit of work: Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end. Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring…but it was practically a steal at $4800. Once it was decked out and given its iconic paint job, there isn’t a soul alive that would turn down a ride in the car from Ghostbusters.
3. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5
Type of Car: 1963 Aston Martin DB5
What does the most suave of secret agents drive? Why one of the sleekest, coolest cars to ever grace the silver screen. Not only is this Aston Martin a fantastic driving machine, but it’s tricked out with machine guns, oil slicks, smoke screens and even an ejector seat, all thanks to Q. James Bond has driven many fantastic vehicles throughout the series, but the car from Goldfinger has to be one of the best.
2. The Batmobile
Type of Car: Wayne Enterprises Tumbler
Movie: Batman Begins
There have been many Batmobiles over the years, but the Tumbler is definitely my favorite. It looks the least “car like” of all the Batmobiles, but it’s tough as a tank. As Lucius Fox tells us in Batman Begins, it was original invented as a bridge layer. While they never did get that feature to work to work, it’s still a ton of fun to drive. And it will even transform into a motorcycle (sort of) should the need arise.
1. Doc Brown’s Time Machine
Type of Car: 1981 De Lorean DMC-12
Movie: Back To The Future
If you are going to build a Time Machine, you gotta do it with some style. Not only did Doc Brown discover a way to travel through time, he built it out of one of the most impressive looking cars at the time, the De Lorean. Powered by plutonium (and regular unleaded gasoline), the time machine was also equipped with a remote control and eventually the ability to hover and fly. When the time machine first appeared in Back to the Future, it was hard not to be impressed.
Special thanks to the internet movie car database for photos of some of the cars.