Everyone has a favorite car from a beloved movie. The car sometimes even overshadows the actors who drive them. Whether you fell in love with Mondrian Pace’s Eleanor, Bandit’s Trans Am or John Milner’s Ford Coupe, this list is sure to get your motor running.
Classic car films such as “Vanishing Point,” “American Graffiti” and “Gone in Sixty Seconds” featuring souped-up muscle cars still grab car lover’s attention like rubber grabs asphalt.
So without further ado, here are 10 of the most famous Hollywood autos you may recognize from the big screen:
10. 2 Fast 2 Furious (1970 Dodge Challenger R/T)
The success of the first “Fast and Furious” movie surely made movie writers want to add another Mopar muscle car to their fast, furious repertoire. Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) ejects Roberto (Roberto Sanchez) using half-filled nitrous bottles mounted under the seats, saves Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), gets the money and the girl in a thrilling boat chasing scene at the end of the film.
9. 2 Fast 2 Furious (1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko/SC)
This 1969 Camaro driven by Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is equipped with the Yenko performance package. The 427-cubic inch Chevrolet powered Walker’s Camaro V-8 with a whopping 425 horsepower. Power and style make this one of the top cars in film.
8. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971 Pontiac GTO Judge)
Another Mopar makes the list at number eight. “G.T.O.” (Warren Oates) drives the beautifully painted Orbit Orange Pontiac powered by a 455-cubic inch big block in a transcontinental race for pink slips.
7. Death Proof (1969 Dodge Charger)
Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) drives a “death-proof” stunt car: the 1969 Charger. In a murderous thriller, the Charger’s driver survives high-speed collisions and evil-doing due to the stunt-driving capabilities of the car.
6. Smokey and the Bandit (1977 Pontiac Trans Am)
The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am is driven by the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) as blocker for the Snowman (Jerry Reed) in the classic film “Smokey and the Bandit.” Smokey (Jackie Gleason) pursues the Bandit from Texas to Georgia for bootlegging beer. The Trans Am proves to be powerful, fast, and even flighty as it jumps a bridge over a river in this classic 70s film.
5. Two-Lane Blacktop (1955 Chevrolet 150 Coupe)
In the coast-to-coast drag race for “pinks,” The Driver (James Taylor) in his modified 1955 Chevrolet 150 Coupe shows the Chevy’s capabilities against the new Pontiac GTO. The performance-built, primer painted Chevrolet turns out to be a more than worthy opponent.
4. Bullitt (1968 Ford Mustang GT)
A favorite among car enthusiasts, the Mustang takes the spotlight in this spectacular 1968 film. Even to this day, Bullitt (Steve McQueen) captivates audiences in the ’68 Mustang GT in one of the most enthralling chase scenes ever filmed in movies.
3. American Graffiti (1932 Ford Deuce Coupe)
“Where were you in ’62?” Growing up in the 60s, maturing teens could find themselves cruising about the strip and bee-bopping along to the disk jockey, Wolfman Jack. John Milner (Paul Le Mat), driver of the yellow Deuce Coupe casually rambles along the crowded streets hoping for another driver to test their luck against him in a street race.
The ’32 Ford Coupe meets its opponent, a 1955 Chevy 150 Coupe driven by Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford). Carefree, cool, and steady at the wheel, Milner drives his ’32 Coupe into movie history.
2. Fast and Furious (1970 Dodge Charger)
The 1970 Charger is a favorite among muscle car lovers. In 2001, the first “Fast and Furious” movie featured a blown 1970 Charger. During an age when imports were becoming all the rage, this supercharged Mopar quickly stole the hearts of young and old alike.
1. Vanishing Point (1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum)
The 70s was an exciting time for American Muscle. In the 1971 action-thriller “Vanishing Point,” James Kowalski is challenged to deliver a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Denver, Colorado to San Francisco, California in just 15 hours. High speed pursuits and evasive maneuvers—with a little help from Super Soul, a blind deejay—immortalizes the Challenger as the number one muscle car in film.