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While the “Fast” franchise definitely has some of the nicest cars in film history, some of the most memorable vehicles in Hollywood are made by Ford! While there are definitely other vehicles that are a staple in pop culture (Doc Brown’s DeLorean, the half Camaro half Autobot Bumblebee in Transformers, the General Lee, James freakin’ Bond’s Ashton Martin, I could go forever) we’re going to focus specifically on the Fords that have made a mark on cinema over the past 70 years.
10. The Dude’s Gran Torino
Appears in: The Big Lebowski
You think this list is just going to be Shelbys and Mustangs? While we generally want to showcase bright and shiny cars to you, this car just screams “The Dude.” This thing goes through hell and back, getting stolen, vandalized, and even set on fire.
9. Batman’s Tumbler
Appears in: The Dark Knight franchise
Ok, we lied. But how could you NOT include the most badass vehicle in a movie!? This thing has rocket propulsion, can take a hit from a rocket launcher, easily plays monster trucks with most vehicles, and has a freakin’ built-in motorcycle! You never know, maybe it’s got a Shelby engine underneath.
8. Louise’s 1966 T-Bird Convertible
Appears in: Thelma & Louise
In my opinion, one of the most under-rated cars Ford has put out. My first car was a 1993 Thunderbird. For some reason, this convertible just fits perfectly with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis and the freedom that they are chasing. Plus they jumped it into the Grand Canyon, which is pretty hardcore.
7. Sean’s Skyline-Powered 1967 Mustang
Appears in: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
It was just a matter of time before the “Fast” franchise made its way on the list. There were a few options out of these films, but the obvious choice was Sean’s father’s Mustang he restored to beat the Yakuza in a drift race? Not your everyday plot in car movies. But this Mustang was equipped with an engine from a Nissan Skyline GT-R. Say what you want about what happened under the hood, this pick is based purely on looks.
6. Grease Lightning (1948 De Lux)
Appears in: Grease Lightning
So there’s 2 versions of Grease Lightning. The one that the T-Birds race during the film, and the red fantasy one that shows up at the end of the movie and apparently flies. We’re going with the one that flies obviously. This car created a whole dance craze, and a musical that is still successful to this day. Did we mention that it can fly?
5. Eleanor 2 (1967 Shelby Mustang GT500)
Appears in: Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
A movie staring Nicholas Cage appearing on this list? Usually I would be surprised too. But how could you not include the nicest car in a movie about stealing nice cars? This movie single-handedly increased the popularity of 60’s Shelby fastbacks. This car just oozes American muscle.
4. Shaggin’ Waggin’ (1984 Econoline)
Appears in: Dumb and Dumber
Like we said before, this list isn’t just about nice and shiny cars. What’s the first thing you think of when you talk about one of the best comedies of all time? Most likely the giant sheep dog that takes sweet jumps. It may not be the prettiest, but it’s definitely the most hilarious.
3. Walt Kowalski’s 1972 Gran Turino
Appears in: Gran Turino
One of the most epic endings in all of film, Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece really pulls at the heart strings. Even though the Gran Turino is only driven for about 20 seconds on-screen, the car plays as much of a role as anyone in the movie. The coming-of-age of Thao and his struggle in his rough, gang-infested neighbourhood all circling around a car he once tries to steal. If you haven’t seen this one, stop and go check it out.
2. Starsky’s 1976 Gran Torino
Appears in: Starsky & Hutch
I don’t know what Hollywood has with Gran Torinos, but we are OK with it! The TV series really made the car popular, but it’s the 2004 movie adaption with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson that owns this spot. Usually an undercover vehicle wouldn’t be, you know, bright red and loud as hell. But with the little red light on the hood, these guys could chase anybody down.
1. Bullitt’s Mustang GT390 Fastback
Appears in: Bullitt
In the 1960’s, everyone wanted to be Steve McQueen. He was the coolest guy on TV, he got all the girls, and he drove the nicest cars. There’s probably no car nicer than his Mustang GT390 Fastback in Bullitt. If any Ford can hold the term “iconic” it would be this one. Coupled with being in one of the greatest chase scenes of all time, this vehicle is the quintessential muscle car of the 1960’s.