Two of America’s greatest senses of pride are film and automobiles. So, I decided to bring you a combination of the two by counting down the 15 greatest automobiles in movie history. Enjoy!!!
15. Kill Bill: 1997 Chevrolet 2500 Silverado Fleetside, AKA The Pussy Wagon
The 1997 Chevy “Pussy Wagon” became Uma Thurman’s ultimate icon of revenge and female power. Its bright yellow paint job and tailgate label will forever be ingrained in the minds of film lovers around the world.
14. Training Day: 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo
Denzel Washington’s Oscar winning performance couldn’t have been completed without his 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo. Throughout the movie, Denzel wreaks havoc across South Central L.A. from behind the wheel of his car, terrorizing Ethan Hawke’s naïve character the entire time.
13. Smokey and the Bandit: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
This classic film has accumulated over $125 million dollars in revenues and helped to solidify Burt Reynolds as a major movie star. Much of this can be attributed to the fact this movie was one of the first outlaw, on the road stories in cinema history. Without the perfectly fitting 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, none of this would have been possible.
12. Death Proof: 1970 Chevy Nova
If you’re a auto lover and you haven’t seen this film, I recommend that you run out and see it immediately. Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russell, and the 1970 Chevy Nova team up to bring a terrorizing thrill ride, the likes of which have never been seen.
11. Gran Torina: 1972 Ford Gran Torina Sport
Very few cars have become the title of a feature film, but in this Clint Eastwood tale, the 1972 Gran Torino does just that. Eastwood- who has perfected the grunting, angry old man character- observes as his neighbors and community crumble to gangs and criminals. His only refuge in this world is his car, which he protects to the end.
10. Dazed and Confused: 1970 Chevelle SS 454
In Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey bursts onto the scene as the cool, funny Dave Wooderson. Of course this hip, small town image could not have been completed without his 1970 Chevelle SS 454.
9. The Dukes of Hazard: 1969 Dodge Charger
Originating as a popular television sitcom, The Dukes of Hazard seamlessly transitiuoned onto the big screen. Jessica Simpson turned men on as the unforgettable Daisy Dukes, while the 1969 Dodge Charger revved guys up.
8. The Fast and the Furious: 1970 Dodge Charger
During the 2000s, the Fast and Furious franchise revitalized the speed racing genre and took it to a new level. Throughout the 6 films (!!!!), there has been a smorgasbord of great automobiles, but none better than Vin Diesel’s 1970 Dodge Charger. On a side note, rest in peace Paul Walker; we will forever miss you!
7. Batman Begins: Batmobile Tumbler
Ever since the original Batman film in 1943, the Batmobile has played a pivotal role in the storyline. Over the years, the car has become more and more powerful with an increasing range of functions. In the latest Christopher Nolan trilogy, the vehicle reached a new level of greatness, with more automotive power than we’ve ever seen on screen before.
6. American Graffiti: 1932 Ford Coupe
This classic film romanticizes the 1950s high school scene. Of course, this couldn’t be done without drive-in diners and….drag racing!
5. GhostBusters: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor
Even though this is not the most attractive car on the list, it is definitely one of the most memorable. It’s odd, long shape only adds comedy to this unique story. Growing up, I always pictured myself riding in this 1959 Cadillac with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, taking down the undead as we did so.
4. Mad Max: 1973 XB GT Ford Falcoln
This science fiction, action-adventure film was Mel Gibson’s first starring role. In the film, Gibson plays a rogue cop that patrols a post-apocalyptic world in his 1973 Ford Falcon. By the way, has anybody seen the cars in the new re-boot?? They’re unbelievable.
3. Bullitt: 1968 Mustang GT 390
Film history was made with the release of Bullit in 1967. In one crazy car chase scene, Steve McQueen’s title character revolutionizes car chases in film. Film critic Emmanuel Levy says, “Bullitt contains one of the most exciting car chases in film history, a sequence that revolutionizes Hollywood’s standards.”
2. Goldfinger: 1964 Aston Martin DB5
James Bond will go down as one of the coolest characters in film history. Of course, any cool guy needs an even cooler car to drive; say hello to the Aston Martin DB5.
1. Back to the Future: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Time magazine ranked the DeLorean DMC-12 as one of the 50 worst cars in history, but that doesn’t stop it from topping this list. No car has become more synonymous with a film than this classic 80s symbol. No doubt, adding to the coolness and allure is the DeLorean’s ability to travel through time. Long live the flux capacitor!!!