Total Recall: 50 Most Memorable Movie Cars

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

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

Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke
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45. The Van
Type of car: Customized Chevrolet Step Van
Special features: Tail fins, custom "organic" paint
Appears in: Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

Imagine you have a van. Imagine it's made out of marijiuana (just go with us on this one). Who do you get to drive it? If it's 1978, then the answer is Cheech & Chong.


Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke





The Car
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44. The Car
Type of car: Customized 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III
Special features: Demonic possession, George Barris design
Appears in: The Car

George Barris customized this Lincoln for a film about an evil car that's terrorizing a Southwestern town. And this car may look familiar to those who have seen Bender turn into a werecar on Futurama.


The Car





Vanishing Point
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43. Kowalski's Challenger
Type of car: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
Special features: V8 Hemi, good for playing "Ship's Mast"
Appears in: Vanishing Point, Death Proof

The Muscle Car Era inspired a lot of car chase movies, including this one about a cross-country car delivery that turns in to a multi-state car chase. The iconic Challenger was also seen in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, used in an exciting game of "Ship's Mast" (don't try that one at home, kids!)


Vanishing Point





Little Miss Sunshine
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42. 1973 Volkswagen Transporter (Type 2)
Type of car: 1973 Volkswagen Transporter (Type 2)
Special features: Bench seats, detachable door
Appears in: Little Miss Sunshine

The Hoovers have a few problems with their VW Bus: a broken clutch, a stuck horn, and a door that comes off. Writer Michael Arndt says that all of those problems happened to his own family on a cross-country trip while he was a kid.


Little Miss Sunshine





Gone in 60 Seconds
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41. Eleanor
Type of car: 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Special features: Can survive really, really long chases
Appears in: Gone in 60 Seconds (1973)

The original Gone in 60 Seconds had no script, and no real actors, and it shows. But none of that really matters in light of the 40 minute chase scene at the end of the film. That's where Eleanor, the only real star of the film really shines.


Gone in 60 Seconds







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