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The 24 Most Iconic Movie Cars Of All Time

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24. The Burger Mobile from Good Burger (1997).

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What's better than a Good Burger? A Good Burger you can actually drive! This 1997 Nickelodeon comedy, staring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, is a treasure trove of '90s absurdity, fast food humor, and one bizarre 1976 AMC Pacer designed to look exactly like, you guessed it, a Good Burger!

23. The Griswold Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983).

Warner Bros. Pictures

Sure, the Griswold Family Truckster is an outdated, ugly, gigantic bucket of scrap metal. But listen — sometimes it's not about the wheels that carry you, it's about the family you carry on those wheels. Wally World or bust!

22. The 1957 Plymouth Belvedere from Christine (1983).

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Based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, John Carpenter's Christine is a used-car nightmare for one teenage boy whose first car is a haunted 1957 Plymouth Belvedere with homicidal tendencies. It's an automative femme fatale from Hell!

21. The Mutts Cutts van from Dumb and Dumber (1994).

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What's not to love about the Mutts Cutts van? I mean sure, it more than likely smells like wet dog and there's probably a couple of loose beer bottles with something questionable overflowing from them. Actually, on second thought — you're better off trading this one for a moped.

20. Herbie, the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle from The Love Bug (1968).

Walt Disney Productions

Forget about the 2005 Lindsey Lohan re-make, Herbie's best incarnation was in 1968, when he first charmed audiences as a lovable Volkswagen Beetle with a personality big enough to fill a semi!

19. The 1970 Dodge Challenger from Vanishing Point (1971)

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This movie is about as raw and intense as the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum that Barry Newman's character, Kowalski, drives in the film. He's an ex-cop and a Vietnam war hero, who bets that he could deliver this beast of a car from Denver to San Francisco in less than nine hours. Did we mention that he's also, conveniently, a former race car driver? Talk about one hell of a road trip.

18. The Pursuit Special from Mad Max (1979).

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Long before Charlize Theron kicked ass in Mad Max: Fury Road, Mel Gibson roamed the apocalyptic wasteland of the original Mad Max in his Pursuit Special, a black muscle car based on a 1973 Ford Falcon Interceptor. In this wasteland, the Pursuit Special is "the last of the V8s!"

17. "Eleanor" the 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from Gone in 60 Seconds (1974).

H.B. Halicki Junkyard and Mercantile Company

There's something modest-sounding about a car named Eleanor. But don't be mistaken here, this Eleanor is a powerful 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and the crown jewel of the 48 cars that H. B. Halicki has been hired to steal. This movie is a pulse-pounding, action-packed flick that is infamously known for having wrecked a whopping 93 CARS in a SINGLE car chase scene! WTF!

16. Bond's 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Eon Productions

The 1977 Lotus Esprit is arguably one of the most fantastic James Bond rides to date. Don't let its nickname "Wet Nellie" fool you, this one comes equipped with cement spewing canons to deter any bad guys following close behind, a missile launch pad in its rear trunk, and a mine dispersion unit. Did we mention that it can also turn into a submarine?

15. Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger from The Fast and the Furious (2001).

Universal Pictures

It's arguably one of the most iconic scenes from any of the Fast and Furious movies. At the end of 2001's The Fast and the Furious, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker line up for one last street race — Paul in his Japanese import and Vin in this beast of car, a custom-built 1970 Dodge Charger.

14. The 1967 Shelby GT500 from Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).

Buena Vista Pictures

Fast forward 26 years from the original Gone in 60 Seconds and you'll find a whole new cast and a whole new "Eleanor". This time around, Nicolas Cage plays opposite Angelina Jolie as they attempt to steal 50 cars for a British gangster holding Cage's brother for ransom. And like the original, Eleanor is also the crown jewel steal — this time a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500.

13. The 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible from Thelma & Louise (1991).

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What car could possibly keep up with the unabashed intensity and charisma of Thelma and Louise? It could only be something as classic as the 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible.

12. Lightning McQueen from the animated Cars franchise.

Disney Pixar

Lightning McQueen is probably one of the most recognizable and lovable cars in the world. After this skilled and somewhat cocky race-car rookie is sentenced to hard labor in a small Californian town, he soon discovers that winning might not be the most important thing in life.

11. The 1963 Modena Spyder California from Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

Paramount Pictures

Let's be honest. Ferris Bueller is a total dick. Poor Cameron was minding his own business, when Bueller came along and convinced him to steal his father's prized possession — a 1963 Modena Spyder California. Besides being conned by Bueller into committing truancy, impersonating a police officer, and motor vehicle theft, Cameron also finds himself peer-pressured into taking the heat for the destruction of this gorgeous red sports car. What a terrible friend Bueller is!

10. The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

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Things were really different back in 1977. Coors was regarded as one of the finest beers in America and the Pontiac Trans Am was easily one of the most badass rides in the country. So what happens when a Trans Am-driving Burt Reynolds is offered $80,000 to illegally transport 400 cases of Coors beer from Texas to Atlanta in 28 hours? For starters, the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am becomes one of the most iconic cars in cinema history.

9. Bumblebee from the Transformers franchise.

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While the original Bumblebee was a compact Volkswagen Beetle, the Michael Bay incarnation of this iconic Transformer is far better suited for the total destruction and explosive nonsense that his movies are known for.

8. The Bluesmobile from The Blues Brothers (1980).

Universal Pictures

The Bluesmobile is the only car on this list that's on a mission from God. This bad boy is a decommissioned Mount Prospect police car that was purchased by Elwood Blues after he sold his old car in exchange for a microphone. This car has skillfully evaded law enforcement on multiple occasions, jumped an open drawbridge, performed a full backwards flip in midair, and even plowed through a busy shopping mall without a hitch. But surprisingly enough, its cigarette lighter doesn't work.

7. The 1968 Ford Mustang GT from Bullitt (1968).

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Steve McQueen and his 1968 Ford Mustang GT are the definition of cool. The flick set the bar on car chases in cinema, while this highland green Mustang GT was quite possibly the only ride that could ever keep up with McQueen's slick and moody portrayal of SFPD Lieutenant Frank Bullitt.

6. James Bond's 1963 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger (1964).

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Without a doubt, the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 is the quintessential James Bond car. It's the whole package: Timeless class, fierce horsepower, technological ingenuity, and did we mention an ejector seat?

5. The 1992 Ford Explore XLT from Jurassic Park (1993).

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Who would ever have thought that yellow, green, and red would look so good on a Ford Explore? These driverless cars were remotely operated for touring the Jurassic Park grounds and came equipped with night vision goggles, walkie-talkies, and coordinated motion sensor systems for detecting and identifying dinosaurs. Spared no expense here.

4. The Tumbler Batmobile from the Dark Knight Trilogy.

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In director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, the Batmobile has been reimagined as the Tumbler, a powerful vehicle with a design that's somewhere between a Lamborghini and a M1A2 Abrams tank. What's even cooler, is its ability to turn into a Batpod motorcycle when Batman needs to shed a bit weight.

3. The Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters (1984).

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When the Ghostbusters were first starting out, it was necessary to cut a few financial corners to get their ghost busting business off the ground. That meant investing in an old dusty firehouse as their headquarters and having to settle for an old 1959 Cadillac hearse as their work vehicle. Little did they know that these quirky business decisions would become iconic.

2. The Batmobile from Tim Burton's Batman (1989).

Warner Bros.

While Christopher Nolan's Tumbler was solely designed to kick ass, Tim Burton's Batmobile was designed to look good while doing it. Its long, exaggerated shape is arguably the most iconic Batmobile of the Batman movies, while its armored arsenal of machine guns, oil slick dispensers, and smoke emitters, is enough to deter even the baddest of bat villains.

1. The 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future (1985).

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A wise and passionate inventor once said, "If you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" Enough said.

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