5. 1970 Dodge Challenger, Vanishing Point
Action-road movie Vanishing Point featured the 1970 Dodge Challenger prominently and people all over the world pinned to own the same car. The mission seemed simple enough: Kowalski (Barry Newman) had to deliver the now-iconic alpine white muscle car from Colorado to San Francisco in less than 15 hours. Except, Kowalski is nearly immediately spotted going at insane speeds by the law. Thus begins a wild chase across four states that ends on a controversial and existential note.
4. 1977 Pontiac Trans AM, Smokey and the Bandit
Who would have thought transporting 400 cases of Coors beer to Georgia (and Burt Reynolds’ mustache) would sell so many cars? With the release of Smokey and the Bandit, the Bandit Special Edition black and gold Trans Am became one of the most popular and well known muscle cars of all time. The movie and the car generated an almost cult-like following. One can’t deny that it’s a beautiful car even though it doesn’t come with a young Sally Field on the passenger seat.
3. 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, Bullitt
Featuring a spectacular car chase through the hilly streets of San Francisco which is widely seen as one of the most influential of all-time, Bullitt starred the decidedly tenacious Steve McQueen driving this green 1968 Ford Mustang. Going as fast as 110 mph, the nearly 10 minute sequence took 3 weeks to shoot and was superbly edited, becoming the epitome of entertainment and art. Two cars were used for the movie but only one remains, in non-working condition and with an anonymous owner.
2. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, Back to the Future
It’s powered by a plutonium reactor and has a flux capacitor that allows it to time travel. Its arrival is signaled by large and loud flashes and in later versions, it can actually fly. Is it any surprise that Doc Brown’s DeLorean is high on this list of the most awesome cars in movies? Picked for the movie due to its unconventional look and gull-wing doors, the DeLorean has become an iconic feature of American pop culture.
1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger
Equipped with dozens of incredible gadgets including a radar, machine guns and bulletproof glass, James Bond’s deadly Aston Martin DB5 did not require more than a few minutes of screen time to become the most awesome car in movies. Who hasn’t dreamed of spraying some oil slick on the inconsiderate tailgating jerk behind you or having an ejection seat at your disposal? That’s right, don’t come to close to this car if you ever see it on the road.
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