My Top 10 TV and Movie Cars

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Since the introduction of motion pictures, car enthusiasts have been intrigued by the vehicles seen on the big screen. Movie heroes and villains alike have been forever linked with the stunning automobiles they drive. Fans who watch the movies and love the cars therein can search used car websites like to locate a similar automotive treasure of their own. Whether you are searching for a pre-restored masterpiece or an economical project car offers both –  and virtually anything in between.

Here is a list of my top 10 movie cars in no particular order. If I had to pick an overall favorite, it would probably be tight race between the Interceptor from Mad Max and the chopped ’50 Merc from Cobra. You may not agree and if you have a favorite that I missed – please share it with us.

Driven by Vin Diesel, who played the lead role of Xander Cage in the Hollywood production of xXx, this 1967 Pontiac GTO posed an intimidating presence with a giant GMC 6-71 blower and twin four-barrel carbs protruding through the center of the hood.

In this timeless classic Mel Gibson played Mad Max a rogue post-apocalyptical Australian cop who chewed up black top in his Interceptor; a supercharged 1973 XBGT351 Ford Falcon Coupe. Australian movie and an Australian car, sorry folks.

The Bandit, played by Burt Reynolds, ran from “Smokies”, jumped rivers, and romanced “Frog” (played by Sally Field) in a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. The movie was a blockbuster classic, called Smokey and the Bandit.

In American Graffiti, a movie chocked full of classic hot rods, this yellow 1932 Ford Coupe stands out. Driven by Harrison Ford, who played Bob Falta a teenaged, cowboy hat wearing rebel. The Coupe was the terror of the local drive-in and street racing scene.

, named after the lead character a rebellious San Francisco cop (played by Hollywood icon Steve McQueen), featured a 1968 Mustang GT 390 in a hair raising chase scene that also involved a thug with a double-barrel shotgun and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T.

Yee-Haw! Bo and Luke Duke (played by John Schneider and Tom Wopat, respectively) navigated the dirt roads of fictional Hazard County, Georgia in the General Lee. It was an orange 1969 Dodge Charger (complete with a confederate battle flag painted on the roof) that became a star in The Dukes of Hazard, which was both a hit television show and later a movie.

In this 1986 action flick Sylvester Stallone plays detective Marion Cobretti — nickname Cobra — who takes on merciless criminals in a customized 1950 Mercury Monterey. This nitrous guzzling behemoth terrorizes the streets; jumping off the roof of a multi-story parking structure at one point.

Nick Cage plays a criminal with a heart of gold in Gone in 60 Seconds. He reluctantly attempts to steal his “kryptonite” a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang that has already cost him a past prison sentence. He has even given the car a name — Eleanor.

The role of Bond, James Bond, was played in Goldfinger by Sean Connery who wooed beautiful women and wowed bad guys in a specially equipped 1963 Aston Martin DB5.

Hip and trendy Southern California cops Michael Starsky and David Hutch(inson) (played by Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul, respectively) made this 1970s television series successful. A red 1976 Ford Gran Torino with slotted mag wheels and a unique white stripe made it even more fun to watch. A successful Hollywood movie, which featured the same car, followed in 2004.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.