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Bullitt MustangTo those of us who love the excitement of fast cars, seeing them as part of the action on the big screen can make a movie even more enjoyable. Sometimes, cars in movies aren’t just a simple stage prop, but are nearly elevated to star status. While there are far too many cool movie cars for one list, here are some of the best in film history:

The 1968 Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt

Steve McQueen was the epitome of big screen cool. So when he was paired up with an equally cool vehicle, the result was pure movie magic. Not that the 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 and its growling V8 engine needed a whole lot of help.

Bullitt boasts one of the most famous and intense car chase scenes in movie history when McQueen and his Mustang are in hot pursuit of a 1968 Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco. The legend has been immortalized in two limited production runs of a Bullitt Mustang.

DeLorean Back to the FutureThe 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 in Back to the Future

The DeLorean was produced for the American market for the brief period of 1981 and 1982. As such, it is frozen in time as an icon of 1980s pop culture, thanks to the mega hit Back To The Future. Its futuristic body style lent itself to doubling as a time machine for Marty McFly.

However, the vehicle is more nostalgic relic than anything else, as the DeLorean only boasted a 130 horsepower V6 engine. While it maintains a small cult following, the vehicle flopped during its time.

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 in GoldfingerAston Martin James Bond

You could devote an entire article on Bond cars alone, but why not go with the most famous one of all time. The Aston Martin DB5 made appearances in a total of six James Bond flicks, starting with Goldfinger in 1963.

trans amThe 1977 Pontiac Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit

From sophistication and martinis shaken not stirred, to beer-hauling bootlegging trucker, Smokey and the Bandit couldn’t be much more different than James Bond. But both films sported enviable automobiles, even if they too were also very different. Thanks in large part to its appearance in Smokey and the Bandit, the Trans Am became synonymous with ’70s popular culture.

The 1958 Plymouth Fury in ChristineChristine

The most famous automobile antagonist in film history, Christine also had the most fitting name: the Plymouth Fury.

Based on Stephen King’s novel about an evil automobile that ran down its prey, it just may be the only movie in history where the human stars are forgotten, while the starring vehicle remains ingrained in our memories.

The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“You killed the car,” says Ferris Bueller in this ’80s teen comedy classic.

Ferrari 250 GTWe’ve saved the saddest for last. Sad, because the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets a much-too-early demise when Cameron Frye accidentally kicks the Italian sports car off a jack which then crashes out the garage window.

Granted, this list is definitely skewed towards old school movies. There’s plenty to choose from in recent films, starting with The Fast and The Furious franchise. Feel free to chime in with your picks in the comments section.

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