13 of the Coolest Movie Cars of All Time
My favorite cars to ever make it on the big screen, including the 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal, Saleen S7, and 1989 Lotus Esprit SE.
Back in the day, I had an obsession with renting movies. Remember your local video rental stores before Blockbuster and Hollywood Video burst into the scene? I still have my Blockbuster membership card and will never forget the night I applied for one in Santa Barbara, California. It meant that I no longer had to rely on my boyfriend's card and whenever I come upon the flimsy blue card, I am reminded of the glory days.
A typical Friday night in those days went something like this: Taco Bell drive thru for dinner, 7-Eleven snack and beverage stop, and a straight shot to Blockbuster, and then home for movie night.
Then came Netflix, the Redbox movie vending machine, and all of the other streaming services. These convenient services would save us a few dollars, destroy the joy of renting movies, and forever change the movie rental game. But even before Blockbuster came into my life, I consumed every movie imaginable on HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime.
Lately, though, I find that I no longer have a predilection for watching movies. I blame it on adulting, laziness, and all of the noise in the world. With that being said, here is a list of my favorite cars to be projected on the big screen. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
1979 Porsche 928
(Risky Business, 1983)
Arguably one of the most original car chase scenes in the history of cinema, Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) is being chased by a pimp named Guido. Goodson, only a high school senior, is driving his dad's 1979 Porsche 928 as his girlfriend's former boss is closely tailing them in a huge Cadillac. The nimble 928 ditches the Cadillac without a scratch and at the end, after which Goodson confidently says, "Porsche: there is no substitute."
(Bruce Almighty, 2003)
Jim Carrey's character, Bruce Nolan, steps out of his apartment and has a rude awakening when he is met by his wrecked 1975 Datsun 280Z. Exercising the super powers he was given by God, Nolan converts the trashed Datsun 280Z into a mind-boggling Saleen S7. When traffic abruptly brings his gorgeous and insanely fast Saleen S7 to a dead stop, Nolan exclaims, "With all this horsepower and no room to go!" Within a matter of seconds, he clears the road, lays the gas pedal to the floor, and vanishes in the S7.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Convertible
(The Hangover, 2009)
Filled to capacity, this attractive 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE convertible is the car of choice for these man-children on their wild trip to Las Vegas. Any vintage car, especially a stylish convertible, is how a vacation in Vegas should be done.
2000 TVR Tuscan Speed Six
In what is perhaps the most dramatic and yet laughable scene of the movie Swordfish, John Travolta's character stands up inside a TVR Tuscan Speed Six as Hugh Jackman's character takes the wheel. They are being followed when electronic music begins to play. While Jackman maneuvers the right-hand drive TVR, Travolta stands up and pulls out two guns to fire back at the enemy. It is truly hilarious and done in style, and made possible thanks to the TVR Tuscan.
1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
(Training Day, 2001)
What could possibly be more gangster than a black Chevy Monte Carlo with Dayton wire wheels and hydraulics? When working the mean streets of Los Angeles, you've got to drive a car with a menacing personality. The modded Monte Carlo is the right weapon of choice for Denzel Washington's tough guy character.
1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal
(Atomic Blonde, 2017)
With Charlize Theron at the wheel, 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal is one of the many cool retro cars featured (if all too briefly) in Atomic Blonde.
1992 Acura NSX
(Pulp Fiction, 1994)
Driven by Harvey Keitel's character, Winston Wolfe, the 1992 Acura NSX is a bit of an odd choice for a man who helps fix problems-problems that sometimes involve cleaning up an accidentally exploded head. But when the problem is 30 minutes away and the solution needs to be there in 10, the NSX will take care of that.
1978 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus
(Little Miss Sunshine, 2006)
On their way to a beauty pageant competition in Redondo Beach, California, the Hoover family experiences a car breakdown. With the clock ticking and no luck finding a replacement part, the family is forced to push the yellow Volkswagen Microbus to get it started. After many arguments throughout the entire trip, the VW's mechanical failure makes the family work together as a team, bringing home the moral of the story—and making the bus an honorary member of the family.
1989 Lotus Esprit SE
(Pretty Woman, 1990)
In an effort to impress his date, Edward Lewis drives up in a 1989 Lotus Esprit SE to meet Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), who is waiting for him on the curb. The problem, though, is that Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) does not know how to drive a manual. Underestimating her ability to drive a manual, Lewis offers Ward a chance at the wheel, and she quickly accepts. Ward jumps into the driver seat and Edward Lewis how a Lotus Esprit should be driven.
1991 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
(Menace II Society, 1993)
Kaydee "Caine" Lawson (Tyrin Turner) acquires a stolen 1991 Ford Mustang GT convertible with clean paperwork and is in need of some fresh wheels for his new ride. While waiting at a traffic light, a fox-body Mustang with roadster wheels pulls up next to Caine, and that gives him a brilliant idea. Needless to say, Caine comes up on a nice set of wheels free of charge.
1969 Chevrolet Impala
A 1969 Chevrolet Impala lowrider comes to the rescue when a famous singer's tour bus gets stuck on the side of a road. Being no match for the massive tour bus, the Impala is unable to pull the bus out of trouble and its rear bumper is yanked off. Rather than being pissed about his bumper falling off, the owner of the Impala shrugs it off and says, "Anything for Selenas!"
(The Fifth Element, 1997)
When Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) jumps off of a building and lands on top of the B90 Taxi driven by Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), it becomes, perhaps surprisingly, one of the most romantic scenes in a science fiction film. And for that reason alone, the flying taxi earned a spot on this list.
1989 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary
(The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013)
Less than a mile away from his home and high out of his mind, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), decides to get behind the wheel of his Lamborghini Countach. What follows is an arrest and the disfigurement of his precious exotic, but it's nothing to a boss like Belfort.