There are many things in life I like; summer, ice cream, pasta, the color red. But there are few things that I LOVE. Two of my loves have gone hand in hand since their respective creations. Ever since the cars were invented, they played an important role in movies often times being the only thing you can remember from some of the horribly bad movies out there. I have compiled what I think are the 10 more memorable, best movie cars ever!!! Have a different opinion? Well let me know.
#10 The Minis from The Italian Job
If you haven’t seen the original…you should. This is a great movie and what makes both the original and the remake great are the insane Mini car chase scenes. These bad boys are going down stairs, sliding down hallways, cruising on sidewalks, hopping over tiny bridges and hiding in closets….ok they don’t do that in the movie, but watch either or both of them…you won’t be disappointed.
#9 The 1957 Plymouth Fury from Christine
There isn’t much to say about this one. Christine is a movie about a blood thirsty, demonic Plymouth out to kill young kids… so as you can imagine, it is cinematic genius ha. Seriously, this car is badass and it will keep your attention during this ridiculous movie starring Keith Gordon of Back to School fame (the movie where Rodney Dangerfield goes back to college).
#8 The Pontiac Trans Am aka “Thunder Chicken” from Smokey and the Bandit
Almost as famous as Burt Reynolds oddly never graying mustache is this T-topped beauty. Used to escape the clutches of acting great Jackie Gleason aka “Smokey” and sweeping a young hottie by the name of Carrie (played by Sally Field), this muscle machine is best known for its Phoenix paint out on the hood. A must watch for many reasons.
#7 The Volkswagen Beetle from The Love Bug
Although these hilarious (for their time) movies were ruined with a remake starring Lindsay Lohan, this movie was great when I was a kid…How can you not like Buddy Hackett and a car named Herbie that frowns?! Cmon! Anyway…they bled this car dry with a grand total of 6 movies…I now hate Herbie…thanks Hollywood.
#6 The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
This movie needs to synopsis…it is a cult classic that everyone knows and if you don’t, we can no longer be friends…I’m sorry, that’s just the way it has to be, but back to the car. There are many great scenes from this movie but only one that brought a tear to my eye…when that Ferrari crashed through the glass window and landed in the….I’m sorry I can’t…it hurts too much to talk about. Great movie + great car = movie history
#5 The 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor aka “Ecto-1” from Ghostbusters
It’s pretty simple. If there’s something strange, in your neighborhood…you call the Ghostbusters and they come screeching in riding in these sweet set of wheels. From the basic paint job to the fin rear end to the awesome siren, this ride takes the cake when it comes to supernatural crime fighters’ transportation. (A competitive category)
#4 The 1967 Lavender Cadillac Fleetwood from Blues Brothers
I know I will get some debates about this one but the “Bluesmobile” was part of my favorite and one of the most hilarious chase scenes ever. The car isn’t anything special but what they did with it was. Just goes to show you that you can still be the epitome of cool while driving a hooptie.
For your viewing enjoyment, here is the infamous chase scene:
#3 The 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 CID Fastback aka “Bullit” from Bullit
Starring a dude that was, is and will always be cooler than you and me, Steve McQueen, this was one of the first great car movie. Filled with awesome chase scenes, this gorgeous Highland Green Fastback brought the fame of Mustangs to a whole new level and though this movie is well before my time, it was the cause of my Mustang infatuation. Seriously, Steve McQueen is so freaking cool.
#2 The 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 aka “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds
Although the original Eleanor from the 1974 film of the same name is a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1, I find the Eleanor from the 2000 remake starring Nic Cage. This car is simply gorgeous and just cemented my love for ‘stangs. This movie did have some ridiculous chase scenes that are not anywhere near realistic but I don’t know of any other movie that focuses more on a specific car than this one. I need to drive one of these things!
#1 The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future
How can this not be number 1? Let’s go through all the reasons why it deserves this spot. It is a DeLorean, that makes it awesome right there. It has an onboard Flux Capacitor, awesome. It has a lithium-powered nuclear reactor and it achieves time travel at 88 mph!!! CMON!!! If that weren’t enough at the end of the movie it runs on trash and can FLY! This movie was over 20 years ago and is still way cooler than any car we have around now. I will not be happy with any car until it comes equipped with a “Mr. Fusion”. We need more Doc Browns running the world.