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

Speed Racer
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25. The Mach 5
Type of car: Racer Motors Mach 5
Special features: Auto-jacks, bullet-proof canopy, retractable saws, tire crampons
Appears in: Speed Racer

The Mach 5 historically known for the Japanese animated TV show, but is now the star of this week's Speed Racer. The physical version of the Mach 5 is gorgeous, and lives up to fans' high expectations (even though the movie didn't).


Speed Racer





Thelma & Louise
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24. Louise's Thunderbird
Type of car: 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Special features: Good for flying off of cliffs
Appears in: Thelma & Louise

What is it about Road Movies that require old cars? Probably because a cross-country trip in a luxurious RV isn't that interesting. In this case, Louise's classic T-Bird convertible symbolizes the freedom that she and Thelma recklessly pursue.


Thelma & Louise





Romancing the Stone
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23. Pepe, the Little Mule
Type of car: Customized 1982 Ford Bronco XLT
Special features: Both bulletproof and fireproof
Appears in: Romancing the Stone

Now this is our kind of drug mule; four-wheel drive, powerful V8 engine, and easily able to outrun Columbian Secret Police vehicles. Plus it's driven by Alfonso Arau, who was better known as El Guapo in The Three Amigos.


Romancing the Stone





Grease
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22. Greased Lightning
Type of car: 1948 Ford De Luxe
Special features: Auto-matic, System-matic, and Hydro-matic
Appears in: Grease

There are two versions of Greased Lightning; there's the white one that the T-Birds modify and race, and then there's the red fantasy version that they dance around on. That's the one that shows up at the end of the movie, and can apparently fly.


Grease





Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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21. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Type of car: Customized Paragon Panther
Special features: Pontoons, wings
Appears in: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Although never mentioned in the movie, the original book by Ian Fleming(!) mentions that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had been a famous race car called the Paragon Panther. In reality, multiple versions were purpose-built for the movie, including a fully functional road-going car.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


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