Movie cars are literally the stuff of dreams. After all, we see our first movie well before we get our first driver license. So we grow up dreaming of dicing with the Ferraris like Steven McQueen did in Le Mans. Or we're Batman in the Batmobile. And every orange Dodge Charger can fly, right?
For many of us, the love of cars starts on the big screen. It's Vin Diesel in a Charger, Dwayne Johnson driving a mean truck and Michelle Rodriguez wearing a T-shirt two sizes too small. These aren't TV cars or cars featured in YouTube videos or cars prominently mentioned in haikus. Every car on this list was featured in a film that appeared on some big screen in some theater somewhere in America.
This is the perfect list of the 102 movie cars that built that passion. It cannot be improved upon. It's flawless.
102. Furious 7 (2015) 1970 Dodge Charger — No matter what else he drives, it seems Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) always winds up in a Charger by the end of every Fast & Furious movie. This one is a 4x4 that drops out of an airplane.
101. Furious 7 (2015) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 — Roman (Tyrese Gibson) gets a vintage Camaro built atop a trophy truck chassis that is thrown out the back of an airplane. Wow.
100. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 1979 Volkswagen Bus — The T2 version of VW's glorious transporter is the setting for most of this cross-country comedy about family dysfunction. Reportedly five identical 1979 vans were used during filming.
99. Goldfinger (1964) 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville — Auric Goldfinger's sweet ride has a body made from gold, the license plate "AU 1" and a chauffeur named Odd Job. For, you know, low-key, clandestine smuggling reasons.
98. Cannonball! (1976) 1970 Pontiac Trans Am — Pure mayhem from the Death Race 2000 director. Based on the Cannonball race, it beat The Gumball Rally into theaters by a month in 1976.
97. Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Custom Ramp Car — Built by Dennis McCarthy's crew in California, it used the front suspension off a Chevy pickup, a V-Drive for the mid-mounted LS3 V8 to send power rearward, and had an appetite for Vauxhall cop cars.
96. Viva Las Vegas (1964) 1962 Elva Mk. VI — In Elvis Presley's best movie (released in 1964), he drove this lay-down, midengine Elva to victory in a wildly destructive race.
95. Need for Speed (2014) 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 — This terrible movie featured loads of exotic cars, but much of the heavy stunt lifting was done by a squadron of Mustangs portraying a GT500. It's cheaper to wreck Mustangs than Koenigseggs.
92. Fast Five (2011) 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R — This gorgeous, worn-down car does nothing but drive through Rio and park. And with that alone, it steals the 2011 movie.
90. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) 1968 Shelby GT500 — Seen for a fleeting moment in this 1999 remake, but it's so cool. A GT500 convertible modified for off-road work. Wicked. A replica Mustang was built and is owned by Richard Rawlings of Fast 'N Loud.
89. Wayne's World (1992) 1975 AMC Pacer — The Mirthmobile! Schwing. A sphincter says what?
88. Days Of Thunder (1990) 1990 NASCAR Lumina — The movie that launched NASCAR's most successful decade. It was the #46 City Chevrolet Lumina that Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) drove.
87. Scooby-Doo (2002) 1969 Mystery Machine Van — Without the Mystery Machine, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Scooby and Shaggy go nowhere. They've been going on TV since 1969 and through two live-action theatrical films.
86. Need for Speed (2014) 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R and S — The movie used replicas. But at least they were plausible replicas of great cars.
85. Green Hornet (2011) 1965 Black Beauty Imperial — The one thing the 2011 movie got right is that Black Beauty is an Imperial as it was in the 1966 TV series (which was re-edited into a theatrical movie based on Bruce Lee's popularity as Kato). Everything else sucked.
84. Fast & Furious 6 (2013) 1969 Ford Mustang — Based on the "Anvil" custom showcar built by Steve Strope's Pure Vision Design. The real Anvil is safe and intact. The same can't be said for the several Mustangs that were sacrificed in order to film it being run over by a tank.
83. Death Proof (2007) 1970 Chevrolet Nova — Director Quentin Tarantino's love letter to 1970s car chase movies features this flat-black and murderous beast.
82. Goldfinger (1964) 1964.5 Ford Mustang Convertible — Driven through the Swiss Alps by Tilly Masterson, it dances with James Bond's Aston Martin and gets chewed up by the Aston's spinning hubs before crashing in a ditch. First appearance of a Mustang in a film; filming took place under secrecy before the Mustang was introduced.
81. Fast & Furious 6 (2013) 1970 Ford Escort RS 1600 — Great Britain's favorite rally car becomes an action hero.
80. Ghostbusters (1984) 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ambulance — Call who you're gonna call in the 1984 film, and the Ghostbusters show up in "Ecto-1," this modified Miller-Meteor Futura ambulance.
79. Animal House (1978) 1964 Lincoln Continental — Flounder's brother's car in the 1978 classic comedy. Becomes the Deathmobile in the film's climax. Road trip!
78. Fireball 500 (1966) 1966 Plymouth Barracuda — Frankie Avalon used this Barris custom to tow Richard Petty's stock car. It was a Popular AMT model kit.
77. Death Proof (2007) 1969 Dodge Charger — The second of "Stuntman Mike's" flat-black death machines in Quentin Tarantino's ode to car movies. Taken out by a white 1970 Challenger. Since Bullitt, the second-generation Dodge Charger has been used in seemingly hundreds of film chases.
76. Dumb and Dumber (1994) 1984 Ford Econoline "Mutt Mobile" — Dignity isn't something Jim Carrey or Jeff Daniels cared about in this 1990s classic. Under the fur, the rumors go, is a Ford Econoline. Seems plausible.
75. Against All Odds (1984) 1984 Porsche 911 SC — This car and a Ferrari 308 GTSi on Sunset Boulevard in an underrated 1984 film. Stunt coordinator Gary Davis doubled Jeff Bridges.
74. Against All Odds (1984) 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi — In this great chase, the legendary stunt driver Carey Loftin drove the Ferrari. He was 68 years old at the time.
73. 48 Hrs. (1982) 1964 Cadillac DeVille — This is the 1982 movie that made Eddie Murphy a star. But it's the ratty Caddy Nick Nolte drove that everyone remembers.
72. Transformers (2007) 1976 Chevrolet Camaro "Bumblebee" — Sure Bumblebee became a 2010 Camaro in this 2007 megahit. But really, he was better off as the clapped-out '76.
71. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 — James Bond rips Vegas apart in a great chase from 1971. Goes into an alley up on its right wheels, comes out on its left. So?
70. Death Race 2000 (1975) 1975 Shala-Vette — Dick Dean's VW-based kit twisted by Dean himself and Dean Jeffries for "Frankenstein." 1975's Death Race 2000 is the best Death Race.
69. Fast Five (2011) 1970 Dodge Charger — In every Fast & Furious movie it seems Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) winds up driving a Dodge Charger. Why? The man has taste.
68. Fast Five (2011) 1963 Corvette Gran Sport — It takes a dive from the highest cliff ever imagined. And Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Conner survive anyhow. That lake had, like, the softest water ever.
67. Death Proof (2007) 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T — Quentin Tarantino swipes his hero car straight out of 1971's Vanishing Point. A good thing to steal, too.
66. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1986) 1986 Chrysler Town & Country — The misery of travel exacerbated by renting a K-Car convertible. Comically modified for this 1987 film.
65. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) 1949 Mercury — James Dean's ride in this 1955 drama of teen angst and delinquency. Released a month after Dean's death while driving a Porsche.
64. McQ (1974) 1973 Pontiac Trans Am — One of the few cars John Wayne drove in a film. This green beast tours Seattle and is ultimately crushed in an alley.
63. Bad Boys (1995) 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 — Director Michael Bay used his own car as the lead vehicle in the 1995 movie. Wound up making Will Smith and Martin Lawrence stars.
62. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster — Clark Griswold's indignities start when he doesn't get the Sport Wagon he ordered. John Hughes wrote and directed this 1983 film. Under all the goofball decoration, there was a Ford Country Squire.
61. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) 1910 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang — Musical about a miraculous car based on an old Grand Prix racer. You like this 1968 film? Congratulations on that.
60. Back To The Future (1985) 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 — Doc Brown: "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine in to a car, why not do it with some style?" It is 1985's best movie.
59. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) 1998 Nissan Skyline GT-R — Forgive the neon lighting; it was 2003. The R34 is the best F&F car. The on-screen R34s ran with a disconnected front diff.
58. Cars (2006) Lightning McQueen — Cars, released in 2006, isn't Pixar's best, but it has sold the most toys. Lightning McQueen is a cuddly version of a stock car.
57. Batman Begins (2005) 2005 Tumbler — The latest Batmobile (so far) is one of the most amazing props ever built. Yes, it really drives even if it doesn't leap across buildings and rivers.
56. Laurel & Hardy (1919-'45) 1908 Model T — The great movie duo practically invented the movie gag car with a series of Model Ts used in their films between 1919 and 1945.
55. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) 1970 Pontiac GTO — This movie doesn't make much sense if you think about it. So don't think, and appreciate this Pontiac driven by Warren Oates.
54. American Graffiti (1973) 1958 Chevrolet Impala — George Lucas' film about one summer night in 1962 features Steve Bolander's (Ron Howard) Chevy built in 1958. Got it?
53. Starsky & Hutch (2004) 1975 Ford Gran Torino — The "striped tomato" may be the world's worst undercover cop car. But for four seasons on ABC from 1975-'79 — and the 2004 movie remake — it was awesome.
52. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) 1948 Tucker Torpedo — Great Francis Ford Coppola movie all about cars. Fully 21 of the 47 surviving Torpedoes were used in filming.
51. Risky Business (1983) 1981 Porsche 928 — Four 928s were used in filming and two more in post-production. The 1983 movie made Tom Cruise a star. "Who's the U-boat commander?"
50. The California Kid (1974) 1934 Ford Coupe — This TV movie made the '34 Three-Window built by Pete Chapouris one of the most famous hot rods of all time. It's still beautiful. The film was so well received it was later released into theaters. So it qualifies.
49. Cobra (1986) 1950 Mercury — Eddie Paul reportedly built four '50 Mercs for this 1986 Sylvester Stallone movie. The movie is lousy, but the car is outstanding.
48. Christine (1983) 1958 Plymouth Fury — It's a Mopar, so of course it's evil. John Carpenter's 1983 film is rumored to have destroyed more than 20 '58 Plymouths depicting Christine.
47. White Lightning (1973) 1971 Ford LTD — The film that was the prototype for Smokey and the Bandit. A stripped LTD with a bench seat and a four-speed is always cool.
46. Hollywood Knights (1980) 1957 Chevrolet — Popular Hot Rodding magazine's "Project X" makes its film debut. The '57 was later rebuilt by GM Performance. The September 2014 issue was Popular Hot Rodding's last.
45. Thunder Road (1958) 1950 Ford — Robert Mitchum's moonshiner drama features this hot-rodded '50. It runs from the Feds, who have a '57 Chevy that grabs bumpers.
44. The Blues Brothers (1980) 1974 Dodge Monaco — The 13 different Dodges that portrayed the "Bluesmobile" in this film were bought from the California Highway Patrol. Hit it!
43. The Gumball Rally (1976) 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder — "The first rule of Italian driving," says Raul Julia as he rips off the rearview. "What's behind is not important."
42. The Gumball Rally (1976) 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 — Two genuine Cobras were used in this comedy that remains the best movie made about transcontinental street racing.
40. Rain Man (1988) 1949 Buick Roadmaster — The three stars of this drama are Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and this big Buick.
39. The Italian Job (2003) 2003 Mini Coopers — This remake used the new version of the Mini to steal gold in Los Angeles. And it replaced Michael Caine with Mark Wahlberg. OK, so there were some compromises.
38. The Italian Job (1969) 1968 Mini Coopers — Britain's greatest heist is stealing gold through a traffic jam under and over Turin, Italy. And Michael Caine was at his peak in 1969.
37. The Italian Job (1969) 1967 Lamborghini Miura — Reportedly, the Miura wrecked here was already destroyed before filming. That doesn't make its fate less painful to watch.
36. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) 1969 Dodge Charger — Sometimes a '68 or a '69 in this movie, the Charger's explosive fame came in the explosive credits for TV's The Fall Guy.
35. The Living Daylights (1987) 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage — "Winterized" by Q into a hardtop, 007's Aston features missiles, skis and a rocket engine in the 1987 film.
34. Casino Royale (2006) 2007 Aston Martin DBS — Few gadgets, but James Bond's DBS (a redressed DB9) performs a spectacular seven barrel rolls meeting its demise in the film that reignited the James Bond franchise.
33. Bad Boys 2 (2003) 2002 Ferrari 575 Maranello — Director Michael Bay's personal Ferrari is threatened by cars thrown at it from a transporter. Mayhem is what Bay does best.
32. The A-Team (2010) 1983 GMC Van — Fugitive mercenaries hide in a van with a big red stripe. But on NBC between 1983 and 1987 it made perfect sense — if you were 12. And it was back in the 2010 remake film.
31. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo — It's a stock car some kid drives on the street. Big-block power!
30. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 1995 Mazda RX-7 — Originally built for the 2005 Tokyo Auto Salon by Veilside, the wide-body RX-7 made a surprise return at the end of Fast & Furious 6.
29. Transporter 2 (2005) 2005 Audi A8 W12 — For the sequel, Frank Martin (Jason Statham) trades in his BMW 7 Series for a new top-of-the-line Audi. There may have been product placement involved.
28. Le Mans (1971) 1970 Porsche 911 — In Steve McQueen's racing epic, the first Porsche his character drives is this 911.
27. Corvette Summer (1978) 1973 Corvette — Converted to right-hand drive and drowned under overstyled fiberglass. Mark Hamill spends this movie getting it back after it's stolen.
26. Vanishing Point (1971) 1970 Dodge Challenger — The cops chasing Kowalski don't know his first name. A '67 Camaro doubles as the Dodge in the explosive climax.
25. Tommy Boy (1995) 1967 Plymouth GTX Convertible — Why do classic Mopars keep showing up in David Spade movies? And Spade just bought the world's nicest Charger Daytona for $900K, too. This GTX gets beat up, but it's still awesome.
24. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 — Toby Halicki wrote, directed, starred in and was the stunt driver for this mind-boggling film. What everyone remembers is Eleanor the Mustang. What no one understands is the dialogue or plot.
23. American Graffiti (1973) 1955 Chevrolet 210 — Bob Falfa's '55 challenges John Milner's self worth. It's the '55 from Two-Lane Blacktop painted black, with Harrison Ford driving.
22. Le Mans (1971) 1970 Ferrari 512S — By Ferrari standards, it wasn't a successful racer. But it looked spectacular running alongside Porsche 917s in this racing classic.
21. Le Mans (1971) 1969 Porsche 917K — The greatest Porsche of them all running full speed down the Mulsanne Straight. That's enough to make this 1971 film a must-watch.
20. The Cannonball Run (1981) 1980 Lamborghini LP400S — A black Lambo with Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman aboard? Wicked. The great Brock Yates wrote this 1981 movie.
18. The Love Bug (1968) 1962 Volkswagen Beetle — A very good Disney movie that opened in 1968 and became the highest grossing film of 1969. Herbie was a star from the start.
17. Batman (1966-'68) 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile— George Barris' crew reworked and restyled an old Ford concept car into the great Batmobile for the campy 1966-'68 TV series. And, of course, the 1966 theatrical film.
16. Ronin (1998) 1998 Audi S8 — In John Frankenheimer's automotive action film, it's this big green sedan that does most of the pushing in its best chase.
15. Bullitt (1968) 1968 Dodge Charger — This Dodge chased Steve McQueen's Mustang in this cop drama. Bad guys have driven Chargers in movies ever since.
14. The Fast and the Furious (2001) 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo — It beats a Ferrari on PCH. Then chases a motorcycle. And is given away to "Dom" (Vin Diesel) at the climax.
13. The Fast and the Furious (2001) 1970 Dodge Charger — The iconic car from this movie series is so intimidating that Vin Diesel is scared to drive it in the first one.
12. Transporter (2002) 1999 BMW 735iL — Frank Martin's hard-core choice for outrunning those who would do his clients harm.
11. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) 1955 Chevrolet 210 — Solid front axle, 454 with tunnel ram, glass nose and deck lid, Plexiglass side windows; it was nasty back then and it's nasty now.
10.Nightcrawler (2014)2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 — It's exactly the wrong high-profile, cop-attracting car to go hunting news stories in L.A. at night. But it's a perfect example of the lead character's twisted rise.
9. The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) 1969 Dodge Charger — More than 300 Chargers portrayed the General Lee during the TV series' 145 episodes (1979-'86). The remake film was, well, uneven.
8. Mad Max (1979) 1973 Ford XB Falcon — Australia's greatest export is George Miller's vision of a dystopian future. Everyone wants a blower that can be turned on and off.
7. Fast & Furious 6 (2013) 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona — It's Dom's nicest Charger yet. Cleverly uses a lower rear wing and fixed headlights for its starring role in this massive hit.
6. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) 1967 Shelby GT500 — Steve Stanford designed this exaggerated GT500 "Eleanor" and it's been copied and copied ever since the movie opened.
4. American Graffiti (1973) 1932 Ford Coupe — When this move appeared in 1973, street rodding was almost dead. John Milner's '32 five-window suddenly made it relevant again.
3. Smokey and the Bandit (1977) 1977 Pontiac Trans Am — 1977's second most popular film. But you couldn't buy a Millennium Falcon, and Pontiac dealers had plenty of T/As.
2. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) 1977 Lotus Esprit — It's a Lotus that turns into a submarine. That's enough to make it one of the great Bond cars from this solid 1977 film.
1. Goldfinger (1964) 1963 Aston Martin DB5 — The greatest James Bond car is fitted by Q with "modifications" for this 1964 movie. The standard against which all spy cars are judged.