10 Most Iconic Cars in Film History

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If there’s one thing both men (and women, too) can appreciate from a movie it’s a cool car. But agreeing on a “best of” list is like trying to choose the sexiest Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Do I select the car because of the one chosen an “appropriate” vehicle for the character driving or do I choose it based on the essential chase scene? Exactly.

10 Most Iconic Cars in Film History:

10. The Ecto-1

Movie: “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989)

Car: 1959 Cadillac Ambulance, modified

Bulky, clunky, and old. And, no, it’s not the prettiest car on the list it but it does make for a great eye-catcher. Where else will you get seating for four with a roll-out proton pack-rack?

9. The DeLorean

Movie: “Back to the Future” (1984)

Car: 1981 DeLorean DMC12, modified

As Doc Brown said, “the way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”

8 The Ford Coupe

Movie: “American Graffiti” (1973)

Car: 1932 Ford Coupe

This restored Deuce Coupe just might be responsible for jump-starting the modern-day hot-rod movement.

7. Lane Meyer’s Chevy Camaro

Movie: “Better Off Dead”

Car: 1967 Chevy Camaro SS, modified

It’s a classic 1980s storyline — boy loses girl, boys restores classic car to get old girl back. Sure, it had a few ski scenes, a malicious paperboy, weird neighbors, a weirder best friend and a suicidal plot, but it’s true magic lived under the hood.

6. The Batmobile

Movie: “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992)

Car: 1967 Chevrolet Impala, modified

While there have been so many Batmobiles it’s hard to pick a favorite. But the Tim Burton films gets top marks for its sleek yet muscular body and its surplus of cool design elements.

5. The Mach Five

Movie: “Speed Racer” (2008)

Car: Racer Motors Mach 5

Even if you didn’t like the movie, you can’t tell me that this vehicle isn’t awesome. It looks like it would be an absurdly fun car to drive.

4. The V8 Intercetor

Movie: “Mad Max” (1979) and “The Road Warrior” (1981)

Car: 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon

One of the most iconic cars in cinematic history — Mad Max’s aimless wandering through the post-apocalyptic Australian landscape wouldn’t be the same without it.

3. Cameron’s Dad’s Ferrari

Movie: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)

Car: 1961 Ferrari 250GT Spyder California

Who doesn’t wish they didn’t have a car like this to drive around when they ditched school?

2. JB007

Movie: “Goldfinger” (1964)

Car: 1964 Aston Martin DB5

The quintessential Bond car. Even to those with no appreciation of automobiles (or James Bond for that matter) can agree this beautiful machine evokes instant emotion.

1. Bullitt’s Mustang

Movie: “Bullitt” (1968)

Vehicle: 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Probably the most beautiful car in arguably the greatest car-chase scene in all of cinema. Don’t believe me? Watch the scene and take it all in. For seven minutes and fifty seconds a Ford Mustang is the star of the movie.

Honorable Mentions:

1958 Plymouth fury in “Christine “(1983)

1959 Austin-Healey 3000 in “Father of the Bride” (1991)

1965 Mercedes Benz 220SE in “The Hangover” (2009)

1966 Chrysler Imperial in “The Green Hornet” (2011)

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in “Vanilla Sky” (2001)

1977 Pontiac Trans Am in “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977)

2006 Ford Mustang GT in “Death Race” (2008)

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