Action movies and high speed car chases go together like a fish and chips. However once muscle cars on sale to the general public started outrunning police cars in the late nineteen sixties, it gave filmmakers a number of fresh ideas. What if the criminals were automotively better equipped than the police? Many classic films of the time addressed this subject, this in turn create the most entertaining chase movies of all time.
For this list, the author picked cars that were featured in films or that stole the show. Pure star quality was the sole component all of them share in common, although some have a simular make and model. USA automakers appear to be as competitive in Hollywood as they are on the sales floor.
Here are 10 powerful muscle cars that made an appearance in hit films:
10. 1971 Mustang Mach 1 in Diamonds are Forever (1971)
It wasn’t always an Aston Martin for 007. In Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connnery’s Bond hops off a three-wheeler in the desert and into a slick 1971 Ford Mutstang Mach 1 fastback on his way to thwarting Las Vegas police.
9. Chevy Nova SS in Deathproof (2007)
Kurt Russell plays Stunt Man Mike, a stalker and killer who drives a matte black 1971 Chevy Nova SS rigged for film stunts.
8. 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mel Gibson relied on his 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT to power him through post-apocalyptic desert lands in 1981′s Mad Max: The Road Warrior.
7. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Burt Reynolds did a lot of posing behind the wheel of a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit, and the word is a bunch of these rides were wrecked by stunt men during the shoot.
6. 1976 Chevy Camaro in Transformers (2007)
There’s a scene in Transformers when a 1976 Chevy Camaro becomes a 2009 Camaro Bumblebee. It’s product placement at its most flagrant, but the original car that gets its modernization is one choice ride.
5. 1969 Dodge Charger in Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
The Dodge Charger makes many appearances in films for obvious reasons. It has the quintessential American intimidator look, which works for Wesley Snipes in Blade as much as it did in a lighthearted film like Dukes of Hazzard.
4. 1966 Ford GT40 in Fast Five (2011)
The 1966 GT40 featured in Fast Five was the model that won the 24 hours of Le Mans, so there are few American cars with as much racing history as the GT40 had in its steel. It’s also one of the best looking models Ford ever produced.
3. 1970 Dodge Challenger in Vanishing Point (1971)
Barry Newman has the job of driving a supercharged 1970 Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in Vanishing Point.
2. 1969 Dodge Charger in Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)
Classic car fans gets two pieces of scenery to chew on in this film. “Crazy” Larry (Peter Fonda) is an aspiring NASCAR driver who needs funding to support his racing team. Naturally, he decides to rob a supermarket safe and hit the road with his mechanic and his driving skills in a 1966 Chevy Impala.
1. 1968 Mustang GT in Bullitt (1968)
Was any star more believable in car (or motorcycle) chases than Steve McQueen? Bike lovers have the jump in The Great Escape, but muscle car fans get McQueen in a dark green 1968 Mustang GT 390 fastback chasing a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T on the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt.