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







Comments

digitalrelic

Jason Stieber

Great list, the number 1 was a perfect choice! The delorean is absolutely iconic.

May 8 - 02:52 PM

jester88

J Ester

thanks....
do you walk in to the movie theatre and annouce the end of the movie too? why not just make a copy of the list and post it so the rest of us don't have to read all the other 49

May 9 - 06:09 AM

cypress550

jeremy burnside

im glad the general lee which should be atleast number 2 but oh well and also torettos 1970 charger, what can i say im a charger fan

May 8 - 02:55 PM

IMAmoose24

Eric Schulze

I think the DB5 is WAYYYY more iconic than herbie, the general lee, and the mach 5. Think about it. 50 Most Memorable MOVIE CARS. Mach 5 and General Lee both came before in they're tv series and herbie, well Lohan ruined that for most fans.

I Agree with the De Lorean at that no. 1 spot, but the DB5 should have had that no. 2.

May 8 - 03:01 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Great list. The only car I think is missing is Kurt Russels car in Deathproof with the skull.

May 8 - 03:16 PM

tgibfo

Matt Ritchey

Nice list, M!
Although I have to admit I would have put Christine and the Eco 1 higher than Speed Racer and The General Lee which, as pointed out before, were really TV cars. And if TV cars are included, Kitt should be in the top ten!

May 8 - 03:27 PM

minderbinder

anonymous anonymous

Nice list, especially the delorian for #1.

But I have to disagree with the inclusion of the General Lee. You said in the intro you were leaving out TV cars, and while yes, it was in the movie, the car is only famous because of the TV show and not the turd of a movie. If it were only in the movie it wouldn't be on this list at all. Seems like you guys are bending your own rules.

May 8 - 03:34 PM

RT-Matchity

Matt Atchity

There was a brief debate about whether or not to include cars that started on TV (the General Lee, Starsky's Gran Torino, the Mach 5), but we ultimately decided to include them. Our reasoning was that if a successful TV actor (i.e. Neil Patrick Harris) appears in a movie or two, is he still just a TV star? And even though the Mach 5 and the General Lee were primarily TV cars, they were definitely treated as stars of their respective (big-budget) films. And we figured it's more of an oversight to leave them out, rather than include them.

May 8 - 03:45 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

jokerboy, Stuntman Mike's Death Proof car made the honorable mentions!

May 8 - 03:36 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Oh ok

May 8 - 04:47 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Hey Jen sicnce youve seen speed racer alreay is it any good? I wanna see it but the reviews have been negative, which I expected. Also is RACER X in it alot?

May 8 - 04:48 PM

RT-Matchity

Matt Atchity

There was a brief debate about whether or not to include cars that started on TV (the General Lee, Starsky's Gran Torino, the Mach 5), but we ultimately decided to include them. Our reasoning was that if a successful TV actor (i.e. Neil Patrick Harris) appears in a movie or two, is he still just a TV star? And even though the Mach 5 and the General Lee were primarily TV cars, they were definitely treated as stars of their respective (big-budget) films. And we figured it's more of an oversight to leave them out, rather than include them.

May 8 - 03:45 PM

davechung

David Chung

I busted out in a big smile as soon as I saw Fozzie's Studebaker made the list. Epic win for the bear.

May 8 - 04:20 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Oh ok

May 8 - 04:47 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Hey Jen sicnce youve seen speed racer alreay is it any good? I wanna see it but the reviews have been negative, which I expected. Also is RACER X in it alot?

May 8 - 04:48 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

jokerboy, I LOVED Speed Racer. I've never disagreed personally with the Tomatometer so strongly. Unless you have the heart of a cynic (like 65 % of critics at the moment), you'll enjoy it. And there's enough Racer X to make a Matthew Fox fan weep. You know what's interesting about Matthew Fox? EVERYTHING.

May 8 - 05:23 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Cool thanks Jen, Im gonna trust ya because u seem to like cool action flicks with ausome bizare style, like mostly the Night Watch series, and we both are excited for Wanted seems to look like we will finnaly get a cool R action flick. Im also happy theres alot of Racer X, matthew fox is ausome- hes ausome on Lost.

May 8 - 06:05 PM

jocorotten

Joanna Cohen

The Aston Martin DB5 is a machine of great beauty. I want one. Very very much. Great list Matchity. If you are into car movies, I recommend digging out an obscure, early Peter Weir Aussie flick called The Cars that Ate Paris. It scored 50% on the Tomatometer and it is very very weird and very very black but the cars are an experience! In trivia interesting probably only to myself, it was filmed in a tiny, one road Aussie town where I spent part of my childhood.

May 8 - 05:38 PM

mcload

Patrick McLoad

Well who doesn't want an Aston Martin DB5 these days? Will take at least a half mill to get one. A DB-6 would do me just fine....actually...ANY Aston Martin would be nice!

May 27 - 07:20 AM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Cool thanks Jen, Im gonna trust ya because u seem to like cool action flicks with ausome bizare style, like mostly the Night Watch series, and we both are excited for Wanted seems to look like we will finnaly get a cool R action flick. Im also happy theres alot of Racer X, matthew fox is ausome- hes ausome on Lost.

May 8 - 06:05 PM

JUDGE DREDD

idle one kenobi

Huh? The Batmobile shoulda been no 1
Then delorian at 2
then Ecto 1 at 3.

I dont care what happens after that.

May 8 - 06:12 PM

villain78

Enrico Banson

I was kinda hopin' to see Lightning McQueen up there, but then again I'm like one of five people who loved Pixar's Cars. Or maybe animated ones don't count. Great list!

May 8 - 08:00 PM

hitnrun017

Ethan Connolly

I would of thrown up if Herbie wasn't in the top 10, thank you!

May 8 - 08:05 PM

theginsengtree

Nicolaas van Oss

I have to take issue with Bullitt being so low. C'mon!

May 8 - 08:16 PM

Mr. & Mrs. B

Kevan and April Brenay

The movies made after TV shows such as Dukes of Hazzard were horrible and if the movie was to stand alone the car wouldn't be famous at all and should not be considered for a car in the top ten. Ok now that I'm done venting with a run on sentance, I loved the rest of the list. Awesome that the Batmobile made it on the list three times (thank God you didn't include the Batman and Robin Batmobile). Personally Christine should have been higher on the list. That car scared the crap out of me as a child, honestly I still have nightmares!

May 8 - 08:16 PM

Mr. & Mrs. B

Kevan and April Brenay

The movies made after TV shows such as Dukes of Hazzard were horrible and if the movie was to stand alone the car wouldn't be famous at all and should not be considered for a car in the top ten. Ok now that I'm done venting with a run on sentance, I loved the rest of the list. Awesome that the Batmobile made it on the list three times (thank God you didn't include the Batman and Robin Batmobile). Personally Christine should have been higher on the list. That car scared the crap out of me as a child, honestly I still have nightmares!

May 8 - 08:17 PM

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