Total Recall: 50 Most Memorable Movie Cars

We count down the 50 most famous cars to drive across the silver screen.

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50 - 46 | 45 - 41 | 40 - 36 | 35 - 31 | 30 - 26 | 25 - 21 | 20 - 16 | 15 - 11 | 10 - 6 | 5 - 1
Honorable Mentions

This week sees the long-awaited release of the live action Speed Racer, starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, and Susan Sarandon. But we all know the real star of the movie is the legendary Mach 5. After 40 years, the Mach 5 makes the jump from animation to the big screen, and to celebrate, we're counting down the most memorable cars of all time.

A couple of quick notes before we get started. For the most part, we're only picking one car per film. Also, a car has to show up in a movie to make it on the list, so KITT and the A-Team van don't make it. And the rankings refer to how memorable a car is, not how cool it is (that would be a much different list). Lastly, a special thanks to our friends at The Internet Movie Car Database for use of their screenshots and car data.

Editor's Note: In light of an overwhelming audience response, we've moved the Mustang from Bullitt into the top 5.

Get Shorty
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50. Chili's Minivan
Type of car: 1994 Oldsmobile Silhouette
Special features: It's the Cadillac of minivans.
Appears in: Get Shorty

On his trip out to Los Angeles, shylock Chili Palmer (John Travolta) orders a Cadillac from the car rental service, but gets this minivan instead. And Chili is so cool that by the end of the film, the Oldsmobile Silhouette becomes the "must have" car for the discerning filmmaker.

The Cadillac of Minivans

The Big Lebowski
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49. The Dude's Gran Torino
Type of car: 1973 Ford Gran Torino
Special features: Nihilists hate it.
Appears in: The Big Lebowski

It's rare that a car fits its owner so perfectly, but the Dude and this car are a perfect match. By the time the movie is over, it's been stolen, vandalized, crashed into a dumpster, and set on fire, but nonetheless, the Dude abides.

The Big Lebowski

48 Hrs.
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48. Jack Cate's Cadillac
Type of car: 1964 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
Special features: Doesn't look like a cop car at all.
Appears in: 48 Hrs., Another 48 Hrs.

This beat-up Cadillac has definitely seen better days, just like its owner. What's really sad is that even with access to Reggie's stolen drug money, Jack spends 25 grand to get another beat-up old Caddy in the sequel.

48 Hrs.

Better Off Dead
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47. Lane's Camaro
Type of car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 350
Special features: Muddy Waters theme song, attracts French exchange students
Appears in: Better Off Dead

Lane Meyer (John Cusack) has hidden this gem under a cover in the driveway for far too long. But his hot new friend Monique helps him get it running again so he can get a taste of winning.

Better Off Dead.

The Muppet Movie
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46. Fozzie's uncle's Studebaker
Type of car: 1951 Studebaker Commander
Special features: Custom paint job
Appears in: The Muppet Movie

What better car for a cross-country trip than an old Studebaker? Okay, so there are a lot of better cars, but considering that it's Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear taking the trip, this car fits them pretty well.

The Muppet Movie