Think about a character like Bo Darville from Smokey and the Bandit, who was played by the talented Burt Reynolds. Such a big part of his character was connected to his car, for it was his main companion throughout the whole movie. When we watched him set out on an ambitious quest to drive all the way from Texas to Georgia in under 28 hours, in attempt to transfer 400 cases of beer, it connected us not just to him – but to the car as well.
Many of the the cars on this list had multiple versions that graced our screens. This tells us a lot about how nostalgic we can get about vintage cars. It seems that Hollywood producers recognized that Americans missed some of the all time classic cars, and decided to create modernized films that gave these older cars a bit of tribute and respect.
One example of this is Starsky and Hutch – David Starsky’s beloved 1975 red Ford Gran Torino made its first appearance on screen in the late 70s, when the television series was at large. Perhaps the level of human-car romance is most apparent in the 2004 rebooted film, when Ben Stiller (who portrayed David Starsky) dives headfirst into the ocean in order to “save” his car.
Many cars that we’ve seen in films have also been famous due to their supernatural powers. The smoke and mirrors of Hollywood give writers the ability to give cars all sorts of magical powers, and sometimes artificial intelligence as well. But whether a car has superpowers or not, the most memorable fictional cars of all time are iconic for one reason alone: If they didn’t exist on their respective films… The movies or television shows wouldn’t be the same. So rev up your engines, lock them into top gear, and let’s burn some rubber, because we’re about to take you on a ride as we journey through some of the coolest cars to ever grace the big screens.