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20 Iconic Movie Cars

In the upcoming movie Getaway, Ethan Hawke stars as a former race car driver in a race against time when his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious villain. He steals a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake and takes Selena Gomez on the ride of their lives in order to save his wife’s life.

The Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake is a bad ass car and with the release of Getaway, I thought it would be cool to make a list of 20 other iconic movie cars.

These are cars that defined American Muscle Cars. These are cars that defined generations. These are cars that every guy wanted to drive and every lady wanted to be seen in. For a lot of these cars, people flocked to dealerships to buy them. And for the rare custom builts, they still see high prices at auctions. People customize their personal vehicles to resemble the cars that they love so they can show them off or look cool as they drive around town.

So strap into your seatbelts and let’s take a drive down memory lane.

#20 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Movie: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Year/Make/Model: Custom Built Paragon Panther

As a kid, I would watch this movie a lot. Who doesn’t know about our fine four fendered friend? The movie is based loosely on Ian Fleming’s book and the screenplay was written by Roald Dahl. Those two men are responsible for creating James Bond and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the respective rights. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang could fly and float on water. It really was a magical car.


#19 – The Gold Stealing Mini Coopers

The Italian Job Mini Coopers

Movie: The Italian Job (1969)  The Italian Job (2003)
Year/Make/Model: 1968 & 2003 Mini Coopers

Whether you love the original or the remake, these movies made driving a Mini Cooper super cool. I know I wanted to drive one after seeing the huge getaway chase scene at the end of the 2003 remake. I bet so did a lot of others because sales of the Mini Cooper soared after the film was released.


#18 – Charlie and Raymond Babbitt’s Father’s Car

1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Car from Rain Man Movie

Movie: Rain Man (1988)
Year/Make/Model: 1949 Buick Roadmaster

Rain Man is not only an iconic movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, but so is the car they drove. The Babbit Brothers had to take a road trip since Raymond was afraid to fly. This is such a beautiful car.  I wish I was also an excellent driver on my way home to Judge Wapner.


#17 – Lightning McQueen

Lightning McQueen

Movie: Cars (2006) Cars 2 (2011)
Year/Make/Model: Based on an American stock car

If you have kids, then you know this car. I personally think Lightning McQueen is a jerk, but you cannot deny him on this list. He’s sold millions of toys and t-shirts. If I didn’t add him, my kids would have yelled at me.


#16 – The EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle

EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle

Movie: Stripes (1981)
Year/Make/Model: 1973 GMC Motor Home

Unless you are a goofy white suburban family, no one likes to drive an RV, unless you are John Winger and Russell Ziskey and you have a fulled armed and operational RV. Made to look like an ordinary GMC Motor Home, it is the most elite vehicle the Army has for urban warfare.


Cars #20-#16 / #15-#11 / #10-#6 / #5-#2 / #1

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  • gregge

    The Car from “The Car”. It’s pure distilled badass.

    • Craig

      That car is pretty bad ass. Whenever I do these lists I could add 10 more, then I find another ten i could add. Sometimes I just have to stick to one number and be done. Thanks for stopping by!

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