Calling all movie buffs who are also car aficionados! Do you think you can combine your love for the cinematic image with your love for cars? This quiz will definitely try -- and try you -- so rev up and ride with it!
Indeed, if there's one thing that the movies could enhance, it's the "cool points factor" of a car. Whether the car is a small one or a big one, it doesn't really matter much. What matters more is how the car also became a character in the movie, how the four-wheeled drive became an important plot device or even a silent character that helped move the narrative forward, so to speak. In many of these films, the car is a very important fabric of the movie's world, since it played a huge role in defining where the story would and should go next. In some films, this is very obvious. In others, it might not be too obvious at first, but it will be, eventually, as the story progresses with the hero's journey.
With that in mind, do you think you can successfully identify the kind of vehicle utilized in the particular movie we'll tell you? Take a wild guess, and hop along for the fun ride!
"The Italian Job" reboot in 2003 showed audiences how a group of cute 2003 BMW Mini Cooper S models could get away with a fast-moving heist. However, these cars were rigged to do the high-action job, and won't perform in the same capacity on a regular non-movie basis.
The 1963 white Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 vehicle named Herbie originally appeared in a series of films before 2005's "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with Lindsay Lohan. Herbie first debuted onscreen in "The Love Bug" back in 1968, then in four more film series from 1974, 1977, 1980, and then in a TV movie also called "The Love Bug," all under Disney.
In the original "Transformers" animated series, the character of Bumblebee was a yellow VW Beetle, a concept they're revisiting in a new origin solo movie. But in the 2007 "Transformers" movie version, we saw Bumblebee as an old 1974 Camaro model first, which later transforms itself into a newer model Camaro when 'Bee gets "insulted" by Megan Fox's character.
The 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport is the prized possession of cynical Korean War vet Walt Kowalski, played by Clint Eastwood in the 2008 film "Gran Torino." The plot revolves around youngsters getting pressured to steal the car for some sort of gang initiation rite, but of course our good ol' older Dirty Harry will have none of that!
"Back to the Future's" iconic time machine car was made out of a 1981 Delorean DMC 12 model, something that Marty McFly laughed at when he first saw it. But of course, after having adventures in the past and the future, he grew to love the car already, flux capacitor or no flux capacitor working.
"The Ghostbusters," both in the older films and the newer reboot one, is basically just a start-up business, so our hero scientists had to improve on their ride and their equipment, too. Their Ecto-1 vehicle, equipped with police-like sirens, is actually a borrowed hearse from someone's uncle, and is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor model in the original film.
"Kill Bill Vol. 1's" hospital escape scene featured a determined Bride, played by Uma Thurman, who kills a hospital worker and snatches his set of car keys with the keychain saying "Pussy Wagon." It turns out that this ride is a nice bright yellow pickup, a 1997 Chevrolet 2500 Silverado Fleetside, which the Bride uses as her new getaway vehicle.
The unmistakable yellow taxicab of New York City is prominent in the film "Taxi Driver," where Robert De Niro's Vietnam vet character Travis Bickle drives around at night and at wee hours of the morning, simply because he has insomnia. But if you really want to know, the kind and make of that cab is the 1975 Checker Taxicab V8, also known as the Checker Marathon, a popular car made into taxicabs from the 1960s to the 1980s.
In the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me," Roger Moore had to drive the British-made 1975 Lotus Esprit car, which actually transformed into a submarine in the film. The dapper British agent was running away from one of his scariest antagonists in that scene, aptly named Jaws.
"The Fast and the Furious" broke into the movie scene in 2001, with Paul Walker's character driving and racing an orange Toyota Supra. When the actor died in a car crash, one of the Supra picture vehicles used in the movie was sold in an auction, where the value was raised because of its movie tie-in, and of course the actor's death as well.
The 2005 film "Dukes of Hazzard" was, of course, based on the popular TV series that aired from late 1979 up to early 1985. Their car, fondly named, General Lee, was of course a character here as well; it was a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T model.
The 1994 hit movie "Speed" featured an LA bus that was rigged with a bomb by a terrorist, which will explode if it slowed down to less than 50mph. The picture vehicle used in the movie was a series of 1966 General Motors TDH-5303 buses, one of which actually got sold in a Hollywood memorabilia auction, reportedly bought for 102,000 dollars!
The 1994 Farrelly brothers film "Dumb and Dumber" featured a 1984 Ford Econoline van being driven in a cross-country ride by the two lead characters. But the van's make and model is hidden by the fact that it's dressed as a Mutts Cutts van, which Jeff Daniels' character drives for a living at the beginning.
"Batman Begins" is the 2005 film by Christopher Nolan, his own take on the Dark Knight and his origins, with Christian Bale playing the titular tortured hero. But he doesn't seem tortured upon the discovery of The Tumbler, a former military vehicle that Lucius Fox designed, which Bruce Wayne test-drove in a scene, and ordered a black version of it to become his Batmobile.
John Wick's character in the 2014 film of the same title was grief-stricken due to the death of his wife, so imagine the consequences if mobsters decided to play a trick on him and steal his prized 1969 Mustang vintage vehicle. It doesn't help the mobsters that John Wick is also skilled as a hitman, albeit retired already, so the action chase sequences ensue, forcing the widower out of his retirement.
The 2002 film "Scooby Doo" features all of the characters in the beloved cartoon series that started back in 1969. The movie version featured a 1972 Ford Econoline model for the film's other important element, the Mystery Machine van, which the characters use in their mystery-solving adventures.
The 1978 movie musical "Grease" featured 1958 teen culture, including various high school stereotypes such as jocks and greasers, and of course hot rod cars. One of them was the featured 1948 Ford De Luxe Convertible which the greasers lovingly sang an ode to, named Greased Lightnin'.
"Mad Max: Fury Road" saw Imperator Furiosa drive a heavily modified vehicle they called the War Rig through arid land, primarily to collect precious gasoline. In reality, the main body of this truck is a Czech Republic-made 18-wheeler brand called Tatra T815 model, fused with a 1947-48 model of Chevrolet Fleetmaster Sedan, with a Volkswagen Beetle shell fixed at the back end part.
"Wayne’s World" was the 1992 film version of an SNL skit featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, long-haired metal rocker dudes who does independent TV broadcasts of their antics from a basement. A memorable scene here involves the two inside Garth's Mirth Mobile, a cute blue 1976 AMC Pacer, with two other friends, and they start singing and headbanging along Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the beginning.
Film critics hail the car chase scene in the 1968 film "Bullitt" as one of the best ever filmed in Hollywood history. It featured Steve McQueen's character, Lt. Frank Bullitt, riding a 1968 Ford Mustang GT, as it was first chased by hitmen, then later he chases them until the enemy car runs into a gas station, causing an explosion.
Inspector Gadget's car, the Gadgetmobile, is actually another character in this series, since it's a car equipped with A.I. technology by its inventor. Actor D.L. Hughley actually lends his voice in the 1992 movie version as the speaking voice of The Gadgetmobile car character.
The 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger" saw the debut of the Aston Martin DB5 model onscreen, which became sort of a trademark car for 007 in later films. The car also somewhat debuted the concept of our modern-day GPS navigation system used in cars, when 007 used a map screen device inside his Aston Martin to track down his nemesis while driving.
The interesting 2006 dysfunctional family film "Little Miss Sunshine" featured a bright yellow VW Bus as the family car, specifically the Volkswagen T2 Microbus model. The filmmakers chose the car both for its aesthetic purpose as well as for the practical purpose of filming, since it's easy to rig a film camera within the vehicle due to its high ceiling design.
The 1980 comedy film "Blues Brothers" featured two musician brothers going around "on a mission from God" as they like saying. And they drove a repurposed police car which they named the Bluesmobile, which has the body of a 1974 Dodge Monaco car.
The 1967 film "The Graduate" certainly seduced moviegoers as Dustin Hoffman's character, Benjamin, tried to figure out if Mrs. Robinson was trying to seduce him. Roadster lovers were also seduced by the kind of car he was driving in the movie -- a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto -- which gained popularity when the film was released.
The 1991 dramatic film "Thelma and Louise" became an iconic part of global pop culture as it elevated the discourse surrounding women having choices, especially departing from abusive domestic situations, and sexual abuse in general. The iconic film featured a 1966 Ford Thunderbird that the characters used to drive away from their misery, figuratively and literally speaking.
The 1977 comedy "Smokey and the Bandit" is about the interstate smuggling of some bootleg beer hidden inside a huge truck, while the protagonist Bandit drives a Pontiac Trans Am to serve as a decoy for the highway patrol officers. The sexy-looking car got associated with Bandit star Burt Reynolds during that time, and the popularity of the film also made the car popular, even surpassing the popular Camaro in sales during the late '70s.
The 1979 Australian dystopian action film "Mad Max," which helped propel Mel Gibson's global movie star appeal, featured many vehicles that were heavily modified to suit the storytelling needs of the film. The most iconic vehicle to come out of that movie is called Pursuit Special, which is a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe, and it came in black.
The successful 1983 family road film comedy, "National Lampoon’s Vacation," was about a suburban family traveling from Chicago to California, riding their station wagon. The family car is termed as the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, which is actually a 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon model.
In the 2002 film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the second Potter film featured a muggle car -- a Ford Anglia -- owned by the Weasleys, modified by their father in his attempt to understand the human/muggle world. The Weasley twins first drove the light blue Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe to rescue Harry from Privet Drive, then Ron drove it to take himself and Harry to Hogwarts when they couldn't enter Platform 9 3/4.
"Tucker: The Man and His Dream" is the 1988 biopic featuring the life of American car manufacturer Preston Tucker, who wanted to create the so-called Tucker Torpedo, a 1948 Trucker Sedan. He labeled this the "Car of Tomorrow," but he was only able to make 50 of it, before being shut down due to some legal controversies.
To be exact, it was a red Subaru Impreza WRX featured in the opening sequences of "Baby Driver." It may look like an ordinary car traversing through major highways, but in the hands of the excellent Baby Driver, it becomes an undetectable getaway car, hiding in plain sight.
The 1998 film "Ronin" featured Robert De Niro's character driving a Peugeot 406 while chasing Natasha McElhone's character who was driving a 1998 BMW 535i. The great car chase scene of the film involved the use of four of those BMWs while five of those Peugeots were utilized, executed with the help of around 300 stunt drivers.
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is about a car that can communicate with human beings, and it can actually have wings so it can fly. In reality, it's a specially built car with a Ford 3000 V6 engine, equipped with an automatic transmission.
The 1989 award-winning dramedy film "Driving Miss Daisy" featured a storyline set in the late '40s, with an old and rich white widow named Ms. Daisy being driven around by a black chauffeur named Hoke Colburn. Also featured in the movie is the car Hoke drives for Ms. Daisy, the 1949 Hudson Commodore Custom Eight sedan, bought by Ms. Daisy's son since she crashed her own 1946 Chrysler Windsor car previously.
The 1995 comedy film "Tommy Boy" is actually a sort of buddy film and a road film rolled into one. Chris Farley plays Tommy while David Spade plays Richard, and they go on a cross-country trip inside a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX model car.
The 1973 teen flick "American Graffiti" was George Lucas' film about the teen culture of the early '60s in California, which featured classic cars, of course. One of the most famous ones is the canary yellow 1932 Ford Coupe, driven by the character named John Milner, played by actor Paul Le Mat.
As Dr. Alan Grant, Sam Neill got the chance to drive around a 1993 Ford Explorer XLT in Steven Spielberg's 1993 adaptation of "Jurassic Park," Michael Crichton's famous novel. When the movie hit it big, the Ford Explorer also hit it big, as many would-be car owners wanted to try the iconic SUV they saw riding away from dinosaurs.
The 1997 film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" was actually a parody of sorts of the spy film genre, notably the James Bond series, since Austin Powers was also British. So of course, he also has flashy cars, notably the classic 1961 Jaguar E-Type model, and also a newer 2001 Jaguar XK8 model, both of which he terms as the Shaguar.
The 1981 comedy film "The Cannonball Run" was a star-studded film about an illegal but world-famous road race that happens in America. Two lady driver characters in the film are Marcie Thatcher and Jill Rivers, who wore spandex clothing as they raced with their 1980 Lamborghini Countach LP400S model.