When a vehicle eclipses the flesh-and-bone actors and becomes the superstar of a film—that’s when it’s a great movie car. You might have seen dozens of movie car lists. But our list is one of kind. It is not about the cars that are the strongest or the fastest but this list is about those cars that enthralled the viewers every time they appeared onscreen. They had us cheering at the end and shedding a tear during the movie. They outshone the flesh-and-bone actors and became more than just vehicles that ferried the characters to their plot points.
1. The Dude’s Gran Torino – The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges’ ‘Dude’ was a cool guy with an air of regality around him. Just like his automobile. It’s rare that an automobile fits its owner so perfectly. By the time the movie ends, the car has been stolen, vandalized and crashed into a dumpster because of a minor case of peeing on a rug that really tied the room together but nonetheless the Dude abides. And so do we.
2. The Hoover’s 1973 Volkswagen Transporter – Little Miss Sunshine
This Yellow van brought a dysfunctional family together and the audience to tears by the time the movie ended. Along the way, the vehicle suffered few minor glitches – a broken clutch, a stuck horn, and a door that comes off, but just like a faithful car, it never gave up.
3. The Christine – Christine
Unlike all other cars in this entry, you’d probably never want to own this Red 1958 Plymouth Fury. It was a car that took control of her owner and made every teenage guy give a look of doubt and fear to their own cars. This car was as frightening as it was beautiful.
4. The Love Bug – Herbie Fully Loaded
1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) has seen it all. It has appeared in more than four movies and is rumored to have inspired the 1968 Disney film The Love Bug. It has a mind of his own and is capable of driving himself, and is also a serious contender in auto racing competitions. But unlike the previous car, it means no harm. It is tiny, it is cute, it is Herbie.
5. Shaggin’ Wagon – Dumb and Dumber
This car features on this list just because it is so bad that it is good. There’s nothing like having a company car. Even if it looks like a sheepdog. Just ask Harry and Lloyd. From its weird exterior to transporting two funny goofballs, it is an integral part of what makes Dumb and Dumber such a fun experience.