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.
Let's continue, shall we?
|30. Toretto's Charger|
Type of car: 1970 Dodge Charger
Special features: Blower, wheelie bars
Appears in: The Fast and the Furious
This is the car that even Dominic Toretto admits he's afraid of. And what's better than watching the body twist as the engine revs? But it's tragic to see this car get wrecked (even if the blower and wheelie bars are faked).
|29. Buck's Pussy Wagon|
Type of car: 1997 Chevrolet C-2500 Silverado Fleetside
Special features: Custom paint, spoiler
Appears in: Kill Bill Vol. 1
Buck is such a sleazebag that we're glad to see Beatrix kill him. And his ride is as sleazy he is, but at least it's easy to find in a parking lot.
|28. Garth's Mirth Mobile|
Type of car: 1976 AMC Pacer
Special features: Custom flame job, cassette player
Appears in: Wayne's World
Wayne may be cool, but his best buddy Garth isn't, although he tries to be. Garth's car is the same way: it's isn't actually cool, but it's really, really trying to be.
|27. The Family Truckster|
Type of car: originally a Ford LTD Country Squire
Special features: Faux wood panelling, metallic pea paint
Appears in: National Lampoon's Vacation
The producers of Vacation wanted to create an example of a completly disgusting and awful station wagon. It's ugly, it's badly engineered, and it's unreliable. In other words, it's a typical early 80s American car.
|26. Pursuit Special|
Type of car: Modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe
Special features: Siren, enlarged gas tank, anti-theft device
Appears in: Mad Max
The last of the V8 Interceptors is the only Aussie car on the list, and it's a doozy. It's loud, it's fast, and it just plain looks mean. But it's also a cop car, which means Max gets to use it to run down evil bikers.
|25. Bullitt's Mustang|
Type of car: 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback
Special features: Makes you feel almost as cool as Steve McQueen
Appears in: Bullitt
Bullitt may be the coolest movie by the coolest actor ever, Steve McQueen. So naturally, his car has to be cool, too. Two identical Mustangs were used for filming the iconic chase scene; one was scrapped after filming, and it's rumored that the surviving car has been stored in a barn in the Ohio River Valley.
|24. Louise's Thunderbird|
Type of car: 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Special features: Good for flying off of cliffs
Appears in: Thelma & Louise
What is it about Road Movies that require old cars? Probably because a cross-country trip in a luxurious RV isn't that interesting. In this case, Louise's classic T-Bird convertible symbolizes the freedom that she and Thelma recklessly pursue.
|23. Pepe, the Little Mule|
Type of car: Customized 1982 Ford Bronco XLT
Special features: Both bulletproof and fireproof
Appears in: Romancing the Stone
Now this is our kind of drug mule; four-wheel drive, powerful V8 engine, and easily able to outrun Columbian Secret Police vehicles. Plus it's driven by Alfonso Arau, who was better known as El Guapo in The Three Amigos.
|22. Greased Lightning|
Type of car: 1948 Ford De Luxe
Special features: Auto-matic, System-matic, and Hydro-matic
Appears in: Grease
There are two versions of Greased Lightning; there's the white one that the T-Birds modify and race, and then there's the red fantasy version that they dance around on. That's the one that shows up at the end of the movie, and can apparently fly.
|21. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang|
Type of car: Customized Paragon Panther
Special features: Pontoons, wings
Appears in: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Although never mentioned in the movie, the original book by Ian Fleming(!) mentions that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had been a famous race car called the Paragon Panther. In reality, multiple versions were purpose-built for the movie, including a fully functional road-going car.
more to come!