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Famous Films featuring Famous Cars

10/14/2013

There are plenty of films in which the storyline and lead actors are overshadowed by a prop-a car. In fact, there are some movies that the vehicle itself is considered to be the actual star of the project. Take a look at the following list of automobiles that have made an impact on the Hollywood scene:

Christine

First appearing in Stephen King's classic novel of the same name, this 1958 Plymouth Fury is known for being the villain of the movie. Directed by John Carpenter in 1983, this horror film shows Christine (the haunted car) chasing down and murdering those who try to stand in the way of her and her owner. Interestingly enough, twenty cars were used to film this project, with several being destroyed during production. Cars used to portray the 1958 Plymouth Fury included Savoy and Belvedere models.

Batman

Though there have been many famous adaptations of this particular project, the first film appeared in cinemas in 1989. Featuring famous performances from Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, and Kim Basinger, it was the GM Batmobile that really stole the show. Of course, the vehicle was equipped with numerous special features, such as: hook launchers, remote controls, shields, and much more. The famous car was also featured in Tim Burton's sequel, Batman Returns. The Batmobile has made cameo appearances in other TV shows and films, including: Onstar TV advertisements, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and Animaniacs.

The Dukes of Hazzard

Known as the "General Lee," this 1969 Dodge Charger first appeared throughout seven seasons of the 1979 TV show, before showing up in the 2005 film adaptation. Though the film was universally panned by critics, the car still offered some great features, including: the famous musical horn, extensive race modifications, and doors that were welded shut, leading characters having to enter through the windows. It's believed that between 24 and 28 different cars were used to complete the filming of this movie.

The Back to the Future Series

A 1981 De Lorean DMV-12 was used, as the title suggests, to help Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) go back to the future. As if a car doubling as a time machine wasn't impressive enough, the vehicle offered other features, including: a flux capacitor, a remote control, and a hover conversion. Six different vehicles were used during the production of this trilogy, along with one made out of fiberglass to accomplish "flying" scenes. Only three of the cars are still in existence today.

Of course, there are hundreds of other films that feature equally famous cars or vehicles. A few selections left off the main list include: the 1966 Ford Thunderbird featured in Thelma & Louise, the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor seen in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, and the Mystery Machine from the Scooby-Doo TV series and films. The next time you watch a film, take note of how much emphasis is actually put on a character's means of transportation.

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