Back to the Future singlehandedly made it cool to own a car that with doors that open horizontally.
The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12: A Time Traveling Marvel
Back to the Future singlehandedly made it cool to own a car that with a door that opened horizontally. This car already looked like something out of the future (if you lived in the eighties), so its inclusion in the film franchise was pure synergy. The DeLorean took Marty McFly back in time and into the future throughout the franchise, but in reality, the car couldn’t even reach speeds as high as the 88mph needed to jump the space-time barrier. It may have looked cool, but it wasn’t really the car to own unless you wanted to cash in on the movie fame.
1958 Plymouth Fury: The Car You Didn’t Want to Cross
In 1983, the Plymouth Fury enjoyed a renewed run of popularity when it became the star of Stephen King’s horror film Christine. The killer car was painted a bold red and ran down anyone or anything that hurt someone that she cared about. Even more impressive, after her murderous acts were complete, she was able to repair herself, so she never broke down. While most people wouldn’t particularly want a killer car, they probably would love the cheap maintenance costs!
1966 Ford Thunderbird: The Ultimate Getaway Car
The Ford Thunderbird has been a classic car for quite some time, but in 1991 it became the iconic getaway car in Thelma and Louise. The movie co-starred Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who take a road trip to escape their mundane lives. Things take a turn for the worst when one of them commits a murder, and suddenly they are running from not just their old lives, but the police, as well. Spoiler: Despite the power of the Ford Thunderbird, it cannot, in fact, fly.
1964 Buick Riviera: The Backbone Car
While the Buick Riveria is not the star of Road House, it does have a spot in one of the most prolific scenes. It’s not the Mercedes-Benz Patrick Swayze abandons, but it is the car he depends on to get to the bar every day. It's also the car bar patrons beat up when they lose faith in the establishment. The Buick gets its greatest moment when Swayze asks the dealer if the headlights work, and says he'll take it.
1963 Aston Martin DB5: The Ultimate Bond Car
Of course, no list of famous cars is complete without OO7’s vehicle of choice. The original Bond car, the Aston Martin could do almost everything in the film Goldfinger. It was able to turn into a submarine on demand and even packed machine guns. As a bonus, it looked almost as sexy as Bond, making it the car everyone wanted. Ironically, the DB5 was not even supposed to be in the film.
1969 Dodge Charger: General Lee and His Hundred Stunt Doubles
The Dukes of Hazzard would have been nothing without the General Lee, the car the Duke boys drove around Hazzard County, Georgia. In the television series, the Dodge Charger looked like it could do just about everything, but in reality, the studio went through about two Dodge Chargers each episode making its role an expensive one. The studio actually had a hard time finding enough Dodge Chargers to keep up with filming, and even had to send people out to scout highways for new models.
1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette: The Cadillac of Minivans
The Oldsmobile Silhouette was unique at the time of its release, due to its low profile and sleek appearance compared to other chunkier models on the road. However, its appeal shot up to a whole new level when the car took on a leading role in John Travolta’s Get Shorty. The marketing plug is pretty shameless: Travolta gets stuck with the Silhouette when he asks for a Cadillac and is told he'll have to take the "Cadillac of minivans."