Cars in Films
Hollywood and cars, a match made in heaven some might say. Movies have brought us some of the most iconic cars in history and it’s easy to see why. They are sleek, fast, and capture our imagination. Whom among us can’t see ourself behind the wheel of the DeLorean? The fact that I can say “the DeLorean” and have you known which movie I’m referring to is a testament of just how big of stars some of these vehicles can be. In some cases, the cars might be bigger stars than their human counterparts. Let’s countdown the top 10 cars in film history.
1968 Mustang GT 390, Bullitt
Who could ever forget that iconic chase scene through the streets of San Francisco? The 1968 Mustang GT 390 is already an awesome looking car, now put Steve McQueen behind the wheel and we are in legendary status.
1967 Shelby Mustang GT500, Gone in 60 Seconds
Now some of you might say that the 1974 original film is better and the ’71 Eleanor is a nicer car, but the ’67 GT500 is truly something special. While both cars are absolute beauties, the ’67 Shelby GT500 has made grown men cry, the same cannot be said for the ’71.
2002 TVR Tuscan Speed-6. Swordfish
In all honesty, Swordfish isn’t that great of a movie. The film has absolutely no understanding of how computers work, much less networks and programming. It’s lack of understanding of tech aside, the film does know how to pick an awesome car. The TVR Tuscan is one of the best sports cars that has ever come out of the UK and everything that makes this car great is shown in full force throughout the course of the film.
1961 Ferrari GT 250, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Did you know that the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was not really a GT 250? How about that the car was not really a Ferrari at all? The 250 GT California would have cost around $300,000 and would have out the film over budget. The car we see on screen is a 1963 Modena Spyder. The car was designed to be a GT 250 replica and next to the real thing, no one can tell the difference.
1968 Austin MK I Mini Cooper S, The Italian Job
The Mini Cooper S is one of the most fun cars you can drive. They’re small, agile, quick, and oh so iconic. The chase scene in this film is one of my personal favorites.
1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT AE86, Initial D
Initial D is a Hong Kong film that’s all about drifting and the Toyota AE86 is the star. Race car driver Keiichi Tsuchiya, better known as Drift King among younger gearheads, made the AE86 his car of choice. Tsuchiya became famous for his use of drifting in non-drifting race events, and popularized drifting as a motorsport. After watching the Hong Kong film, you will find yourself falling in love with the motorsport.
2008 Audi R8, Iron Man
The car that launched a cinematic universe. Nothing says Iron Man like Audi’s V8 flagship. If you look carefully throughout the film you can see that Tony Stark has an AC Cobra and a Saleen S7 in his garage, yet he prefers the R8. You know you’re doing something right if you’re beating a Saleen. Not only is the R8 a powerful beast, it’s a beautiful one at that. The perfect car for old Shell-Head.
1994 Toyota Supra, The Fast and the Furious
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. What about the ’70 Dodge Charger? I’m sorry, but that’s exactly why I put the Supra over the charger. Everyone loves the Charger. Any list you find on the internet always features the Charger. Besides, the poor Charger has been blown up and wrecked so many times throughout all the films. I think the late Paul Walker’s vehicle of choice deserves the spotlight this time.
1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, GhostBusters
This is honestly one of my favorite movie cars of all time, and arguably one of the most recognizable. I would argue that the ’59 Cadillac and the ’81 DMC DeLorean are the two most famous cars in all of movie history.
2007 Aston Martin DBS V12, Casino Royale
The James Bond film series is legendary for its amazing cars. In fact, I had to limit this list to one car per franchise. Without that limit, this would quickly turn into a post about the top 10 cars in James Bond films, although that’s not a bad idea for a future post. The Aston Martin from Casino Royale is not only an absolute beauty, it is also a Guinness World Record holder. During the now iconic chase scene, stunt double Adam Kirley used a nitrogen cannon to roll the car a total of seven times, setting a world record for the most cannon rolls in a car.