A couple of quick notes before we get started. For the most part, we're only picking one car per film. Also, a car has to show up in a movie to make it on the list, so KITT and the A-Team van don't make it. And the rankings refer to how memorable a car is, not how cool it is (that would be a much different list). Lastly, a special thanks to our friends at The Internet Movie Car Database for use of their screenshots and car data.
|40. Milner's Deuce Coupe|
Type of car: Customized 1932 Ford Coupe
Special features: Legendary license plate number
Appears in: American Graffiti
George Lucas was a hot rod enthusiast, and this film based on his own teenage years in Modesto, California definitely shows that. John Milner's 1932 Ford introduced a whole new generation to this type of old style hot rod.
|39. Cobretti's Mercury|
Type of car: Customized 1950 Mercury Monterey
Special features: Custom paint, nitrous injection system
Appears in: Cobra
Apart from relatively cartoonish violence, Cobretti's 1950 Merc is probably the most memorable thing about the whole movie. Sadly, the car is completely destroyed by the end of the film.
|38. Tucker Torpedo|
Type of car: 1948 Tucker Sedan
Special features: Directional front headlight, rear engine, padded dash
Appears in: Tucker: The Man and His Dream
In an attempt to start his own manufacturing company, Preston Tucker came up with a car with innovative features and radical styling. The company closed down amid fraud allegations, and only 51 cars were ever made, making the "Tucker Torpedo" a very rare and collectible car.
|37. Flounder's brother's Lincoln|
Type of car: 1964 Lincoln Continental
Special features: Custom bodywork and paint
Appears in: National Lampoon's Animal House
While on the ill-fated road trip with Otter, Boon, and Pinto, freshman Delta pledge Flounder severely damages his brother Fred's Lincoln Continental. But no matter, D-Day "fixes" it just in time for Faber's annual Homecoming parade.
|36. Charlie Babbit's Buick|
Type of car: 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Special features: Can be driven slow on the driveway
Appears in: Rain Man
This classic convertible is the sum total of Charlie Babbitt's inheritance, after his father passes away. It's not the same as getting $3 million, but the car's true value lies in bringing Charlie together with the brother he never knew he had.
|35. Richard's classic Plymouth|
Type of car: 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX
Special features: Can carry stunned deer in back seat
Appears in: Tommy Boy
Another road movie with a classic car, but this one gets more and more abuse as the movie goes one. They lose the top. And the hood. And a door. And finally the car catches fire. But at least Tommy and Richard save the company...
|34. Shaggin' Wagon|
Type of car: 1984 Ford Econoline
Special features: Custom bodywork and exterior fur lining
Appears in: Dumb and Dumber
Ask Harry and Lloyd; there's nothing like having a company car. Even if it does look like a giant sheep dog.
Type of car: 1977/2009 Chevrolet Camaro
Special features: V8 engine, robot mode
Appears in: Transformers
Although previously seen as a Volkswaken Beetle, Bumblebee makes his film debut as a 1977 Camaro. But he's sensitive about how he looks, so he changes himself in to a 2009 Camaro. What else can he change into? A giant robot, natch!
|32. Charlie's getaway MINIs|
Type of car: 2003 MINI Cooper S
Special features: Gold bar hauling capacity
Appears in: The Italian Job (2003)
When BMW reintroduced the MINI in 2000, it was only a matter of time before someone got around to remaking The Italian Job. The action moves from Rome to Los Angeles, but the idea is the same; watching MINIs outrun anyone trying to chase them.
|31. Cole Trickle's race car|
Type of car: 1990 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR
Special features: NASCAR racing specs
Appears in: Days of Thunder
It gets wrecked and rebuilt, and sees multiple paint schemes over the course of the film, but that's to be expected for a typical NASCAR racing machine.