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Top 10 Movie Cars

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Emily Brayton. If only we could buy these rides: from a shape-shifting yellow robot and a shaggin’ wagon, to a car that travels through time or a ride so slick only 007 could drive it, the cars of the movies are definitely memorable (in their own special ways). In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 movie cars. For this list, we’ve chosen iconic cars that gained fame as movie cars, and not on television. So sorry to KITT and General Lee, but that’s a list for another day. Special thanks to our users Cryptpikachu, Alexander David Bourns, ibriers 1, Jake Stimpson, Steven Malave, Brennan Young, Thomas Gorsuch, Tosh01fan, Brennan Young and Ridinspinaz04 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Emily Brayton.

Top 10 Movie Cars


If only we could buy these rides. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movie cars.

For this list, we’ve chosen iconic cars that gained fame as movie cars, and not on television. So sorry to KITT and General Lee, but that’s a list for another day.

#10 – Bumblebee: “Transformers” (2007)

Not every car has such personality. When the “Transformers” franchise revved its engines for live-action, ol’ Bumble got a makeover: to curb confusion between him and Herbie the Love Bug, the original Volkswagen Beetle was switched out for a Chevrolet Camaro. Not just a car but also a robot in disguise; this Autobot gives new meaning to the term autopilot. For $4,000, we’ll take him – custom paint job and all.

#9 – Sheepdog: “Dumb and Dumber” (1994)

It’s an ’84… Sheepdog. Well, actually, it’s a Ford Econoline. We’re not sure we’d spend our life savings on this custom look; but then again Harry isn’t the brightest. It’s a shaggin’ wagon, though, and with enough space for hitchhikers, it’s key for road-trips and the occasional sing-along. However, with the Mutt Cutts signage and guaranteed wet dog smell, we’ll pass. But we certainly wouldn’t trade it for this.

#8 – The Pursuit Special: “Mad Max” (1979)

Belonging to the Road Warrior himself, this 1973 Ford Falcon – also known as the Interceptor – is the angry Batmobile from down unda. Expertly modified to look as intimidating, futuristic and Australian as possible, this stallion and its 600-horsepower engine are perfect for taking the law into your own hands. It’s not that she’s the only car in the flick; but even this yellow ride pales in comparison.

#7 – Christine: “Christine” (1983)

She was born red. A ’57 Plymouth Fury, the model name gives away much of the car’s personality. While a few modifications were made both to Stephen King’s plot and the murderous car herself, the ultimate concept of a possessed ride who takes many victims remained. The one upside? Old Christine fixes herself. But even with the cheap upkeep, we still wouldn’t pledge our love to her.

#6 – Pontiac Firebird Trans Am: “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977)

Y’need a speedy car to run from the law, and this is just the right ride for picking up runaway brides, going on high-speed chases and jumping over broken-down bridges – especially the customized black and gold screaming chicken model. We’d look mighty fine driving this bad boy, with our cowboy headgear on and our pedal to the metal. But please remember: do not ask us to take off the hat.

#5 – Herbie: “The Love Bug” franchise (1968-2005)

We’ll place our bets on the car that drives itself. This 1963 Volkswagen Beetle dreams of being a race car – but silly Beetle; racing’s for muscle cars! Painted in patriotic red, white and blue, and bearing the number of baseball great Don Drysdale, Herbie couldn’t be more American if he tried – but he’s also got a mind of his own, which makes this movie car a different breed altogether.

#4 – Ectomobile: “Ghostbusters” franchise (1984-89)

Once that siren starts blaring, ghosts are sent a-packing. This 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor may’ve needed some repairs to become roadworthy – okay, a lotta repairs; but once fixed and customized with ghost-busting gadgets and proton pack storage, this part-limo part-ambulance showed corners who’s boss and drove the hardworking Ghostbusters around NYC in style. She may not be a main character, but, man, is Ecto-1 memorable. However, subtle she is not.

#3 – Aston Martin: “James Bond” franchise (1965-)

As timeless as the man that drives it, the Aston Martin DB5 was first seen in 1965’s “Goldfinger” and returned for a possible last hoorah in “Skyfall.” As indispensable as any of 007’s gadgets, this car gets you where you wanna go – and ensures your enemies don’t, with machineguns at the ready. But as classic as the Aston Martin is, we admit: the Lotus Esprit is also pretty slick.

#2 – The Batmobile: “Batman” franchise (1966-2012)

The Caped Crusader loves him some gadgets, so the Batmobile’s gotta keep up with the latest tech. Batman’s ride has gone through many iterations since Gotham’s hero first donned the cape and cowl. But there are a few standouts, and each represents its designated era perfectly. Who can choose between the campy classic, Tim Burton’s modernized model and Christopher Nolan’s tank-like Tumbler? Yes, it does come in black.

#1 – DeLorean: “Back to the Future” franchise (1985-90)

Are you telling us that this sucker is nuclear? The DMC-12 is the only model DeLorean ever produced, and this franchise made it famous. With gullwing doors and a stainless steel body, it’s definitely futuristic – plus, you know what happens when this baby hits 88MPH. Even if plutonium is hard to come by, we still want one of these to drive to Lone Pine Mall, or for those off-road experiences.

Do you agree with our list? Which do you think is the most iconic movie car? For more top 10s about your favorite flicks, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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