10-Mini “The Italian job”
The Mini was already a popular car in 1969, but The Italian Job is what helped make the car a legend in Europe. That, and a succession of mid-sixties Monte Carlo Rally wins. Although Michael Caine and Noel Coward are the stars of the movie, the Minis really steal the show.
9-Ford Falcon “Mad Max”
When it comes to cars, Australians are historically just as power-hungry as Americans. So in the 1960s and 1970s, the Australian arms of American car companies created some fairly brutal muscle machines. One of them was the Ford Falcon. In its third generation, the Falcon XB GT got its power from a 351-cid V8. But for the movie Mad Max, the filmmakers transformed the already cool Falcon into the “Pursuit Special” or “Interceptor.”
8-Chevrolet Camaro “Transformers”
Although previously seen as a Volkswaken Beetle, Bumblebee makes his film debut as a 1977 Camaro. But he’s sensitive about how he looks, so he changes himself in to a 2009 Camaro. What else can he change into? A giant robot, natch!
7-Lotus Esprit “The spy who loved me”
The 1977 Lotus Esprit is arguably one of the most fantastic James Bond rides to date. Don’t let its nickname “Wet Nellie” fool you, this one comes equipped with cement spewing canons to deter any bad guys following close behind, a missile launch pad in its rear trunk, and a mine dispersion unit. Did I mention that it can also turn into a submarine?
6-Dodge Challenger R/T “Vanishing Point”
This movie is about as raw and intense as the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum that Barry Newman’s character, Kowalski, drives in the film. He’s an ex-cop and a Vietnam war hero, who bets that he could deliver this beast of a car from Denver to San Francisco in less than nine hours.
5-Volkswagen Beetle “Herbie”
The Volkswagen Beetle was already an iconic car by the time the first Herbie movie, entitled the Love Bug, hit the silver screen in 1968. It’s a movie car that pretty much everyone will recognize if you ask them about it. Its most recent appearance was in the 2005 movie Herbie: Fully Loaded, starring Lindsay Lohan.
4-Dodge Charger “The Dukes of Hazzard”
Dumb movie, dumb TV show, awesome car. The General Lee is proof that you can keep a TV show on the air for 6 seasons simply based on the popularity of a single car (and Catherine Bach in tight shorts). Like some other cars on this list, the General was mainly known for TV, but found regained popularity when jumping to the big screen.
3-Ford Mustang 390Gt “Bullit”
Bullitt may be the coolest movie by the coolest actor ever, Steve McQueen. So naturally, his car has to be cool, too. Two identical Mustangs were used for filming the iconic chase scene; one was scrapped after filming, and it’s rumored that the surviving car has been stored in a barn in the Ohio River Valley.
2-De Loreon DMC 12 “Back to the future”
The Back to the Future movies were all blockbusters, and were all based around one thing – a De Lorean-turned-time machine invented by the eccentric Doctor Emmett Brown
1- Aston Martin DB5 “Goldfinger”
James Bond’s legacy of famous cars and far-out gadgets can be traced back from one car—the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 007 driven in Goldfinger. Without any Bond spy modifications, the Aston Martin DB5 is a work of art. But it’s the special effects that have made this car quite possibly the most beloved movie car of all time. The long list of cool tricks included ram bumper, machine guns, ejector seat, smoke screen, oil-slick sprayer and more. Looking back on the Aston from today’s perspective, the most interesting feature may be the map screen in Bond’s car, which foreshadowed today’s navigation systems.