There’s the Internet Movie Database, and then there’s the Internet Movie Cars Database, home to some of the most detailed automotive casting credits on the Web. Whether you’re looking for your favorite vehicle or want a list of all the cars in “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” the IMCDb has the information you need. After searching the site, we found the 10 vehicles that show up the most on movie and television screens across the globe.
1) Ford Crown Victoria — 2358 appearances
Whether it’s some sort of law enforcer, taxi cab, or rental car — and those understandably look to be its most prominent roles — Ford’s long-lived, full-sized sedan has appeared in 361 more movies or television programs than its next closest competitor. These fleet regulars are easy to acquire, easy to modify, and easy to recognize, but may not be the best choice for the headlining role, as exemplified by the high number of support and background credits.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): Heat (1995), Just Cause (1995), 15 Minutes (2001), Taxi (2004), Superbad (2007), Goodbye Solo (2008)
2) Ford Mustang — 1998 appearances
America’s original ponycar dons credentials as the second-most filmed and recorded vehicle. Immortalized in Bullitt, the Mustang would also later appear in two feature films with near-similar titles about boosting cars, then getting away with it. As the Mustang nears its 50th anniversary, we can expect to see more of these galloping horses on the silver screen for years to come.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): Bullitt (1968), Gone in 60 Seconds (1974), Team Knight Rider (1997-1998), Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), Saxondale (2006-2010), Death Race (2008)
3) Chevrolet Impala — 1920 appearances
The Impala of the 1960s is one of the most heavily recruited vehicles in film history, taking the bronze medal in this ‘most appearances’ contest. Even from afar, the Chevy’s wide nose and front grille are unmistakable.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): All the Gold in the World (1961), Perched on a Tree (1971), Olsenbanden 7 (1976), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Jeepers Creepers (2001), Blue Crush (2002)
4) Ford Econoline — 1662 appearances
Foraging for a full-size cargo van or MPV for your next feature presentation? Chances are you’ll happen upon an Econoline/E-Series while perusing your local Craigslist. Whether it is plastered with company graphics or bears no markers at all, these Ford vans can play different parts, including dressing up as an ambulance.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): Speed Zone! (1989), Born to be Wild (1995), No Code of Conduct (1998), Run for the Money (2002), The Ambulance (2005), Altered (2006)
5) Chevrolet Caprice — 1399 appearances
The other police car and taxi cab surfaces on this list’s fifth spot. After being conceived in the 1960s, the Caprice has had its share of run-ins with the law and cabbies over the decades.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): Street Crimes (1992), Car 54, Where Are You? (1994), Top Dog (1995), Dark Blue (2002), Duct Tape Forever (2002), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
6) Volkswagen Golf — 1273 appearances
The Volkswagen Golf looks to have appeared in a significant number of foreign films, most with non-English titles. The first- and second-generation Golfs seem to be especially popular with directors and producers abroad, and the Golf is the first European car to place on the list.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): Oh, Charles! (1985), The Oddball (1992), Gomez & Tavares (2003), Just a Kiss (2004), Full Throttle (2005), Sheitan (2006)
7) Ford F-Series — 1126 appearances
If you’re going to drive a pickup truck in a movie, you had better be behind the wheel of something from the F-Series line. Spanning multiple decades and generations, the full-size Ford trucks have been shot (by camera) in a wide variety of films and television.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): Mr. Majestyk (1974), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Near Dark (1987), Critters 2: The Main Course (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), Gran Torino (2008)
8) Mercedes-Benz S-Class — 1103 appearances
The Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan scores the eighth position with just over 1100 movie and TV appearances. As the flagship model, the S-Class bears the Mercedes name on the big screen as the E-Class holds the next highest number of appearances at 672.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): Momo (1986), Texasville (1990), Banditskiy Peterburg 4 (2003), Man Dancin’ (2003), The Stepford Wives (2004), Shadow Man (2006)
9) Ford Transit — 1090 appearances
We’re not talking about the compact Transit Connect here. Ford’s Transit full-size van can be obtained in other parts of the world and is an apparent hot choice for filming. The Transit is supposedly due coming to the U.S. in a few years.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): That Sinking Feeling (1980), The Van (1996), Among Giants (1998), Man Dancin’ (2003), Undead (2003), XXL (2004)
10) Toyota Corolla — 1061 appearances
The Corolla managed to edge out its fellow segment competitor, the Honda Civic, for the final spot. As one of the bestselling cars in the world, it comes with no surprise the compact Toyota has found its way onto the list. The Corolla also takes the honor of being the lone representative from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Notable roles (according to IMCDb): The Real McCoy (1993), Office Space (1999), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), The Classic (2001), Envy (2004), Green Zone (2010)
Source: Internet Movie Cars Database