When it comes to vehicles, many screenplay writers look to create an extension of the characters themselves. However, there are times when the cars that these characters drive become characters themselves, sometimes even outperforming their owners.
A perfect example: When it came time for the eclectic crew of "Scooby-Doo" to climb into their vehicle to thwart crime, it easily could have been a high-profile SUV. However, staying true to the original series, the Mystery Machine in all its technicolor glory rumbled onto the scene, minus a few flowers. For such a varied group, it would only make sense that something as colorful as the Mystery Machine take them around town.
The James Bond franchise is another perfect example of vehicle and actor pairing. Even though in a majority of the films his Aston Martin is destroyed (leaving fans in a little bit of distress), that sleek and elegant car has become synonymous with 007's character.
Superheroes aren't left behind on the curb either. Every time a new Batman film is released, there are usually magazine articles written about the model, and in some cases, replicas are put out for fans to pose next to for pictures. The original Batmobile has been known to tour car shows for enthusiasts to enjoy.
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A silver DB III - made by Aston Martin and designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera - was the sleek British tourer that made its first appearance in the 1964 James Bond film, "Goldfinger." Since then, it's been featured in eight other James Bond films, including the recent 2012 "Skyfall" and 2015 "Spectre" films.
This 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, also known as the Ectomobile or the Ecto-1 in the 'Ghostbusters' film franchise, is a limo-style end loader combination. After Stantz pays $4,400 for its repairs, it becomes the team's primary mode of transportation during their ghost-hunting missions. And we all remember exactly what the siren sounds like.
Standing at 5.33 meters tall, this small yellow and black Autobot took on various forms shortly after arriving on Earth with his original vehicle mode being the Volkswagen Beetle. In the recent live-action films, Bumblebee is featured taking on the form of several Chevrolet models, including the 1977 Chevrolet Camaro, the 2006 Chevrolet Camaro, and the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro.
This luxury sedan is owned by lead character Frank Martin in the action-thriller film, "The Transporter 2." He uses it to chauffeur Jack, the young son of the wealthy Billings family, to and from school. The car is also seen throughout the rest of the movie as he tracks down an antidote to save the Billings family members who are infected with a virus
The 1967 Shelby GT500 is also called Eleanor and was used in the 2000 remake of the 1974 action heist film – "Gone in 60 Seconds." The film stars Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie who along with their crew, must steal a total of 50 cars with Eleanor to save Cage's character's brother.
This Thunderbird is well known for its appearance in the 1991 American film, "Thelma & Louise," which depicts two friends on the run after a planned weekend getaway turns into a crime spree that has them needing a getaway car instead. Pretty much all the ladies have going for them in the entire film is their friendship and this sweet ride.
The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle also known as Herbie, is the star of the 1968 Walt Disney comedy film, "The Love Bug." The film follows race-car driver Jim Douglas who develops a tight bond with a sentient anthropomorphic Beetle car named Herbie and then goes on to win many races as a team.
Frequently referred to as McQueen, he is the star of the Pixar's animated "Cars" movie franchise. He is depicted as a cocky anthropomorphic stock car that debuted as a rookie in racing competitions but soon learned the valuable lesson of humility; he went on to become one of the best race car drivers.
Featured in the 2011 superhero action comedy film, "The Green Hornet" shows a modified 1965 Chrysler Imperial Crown revamped to mimic the appearance of the original Black Beauty car of a masked crime-fighting duo.
This car is featured in the 1992 comedy film, "Wayne's World," which depicts loyal rock 'n' roll fans who host a public access television show from Wayne's parents' basement.
This buddy-cop action comedy film stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence who are caught up in a major drug investigation. The duo is seen driving around the city in the 1994 Porsche, catching up on leads and chasing suspects while light-heartedly referring to each other by obscene names.
The film follows a cynical Korean War veteran, Walt Kowalski who was recently widowed after a 50-year marriage. He later develops a friendship with his young neighbor and his family after the young boy was manipulated into stealing Walt's 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport.
The Dodge Challenger stars in the 1971 road action movie, "Vanishing Point," which depicts the adventure of car delivery driver as he attempts to deliver the vehicle to San Francisco. During his 1,900 km road trip, he is chased by the police across the Nevada desert for refusing to stop over for speeding.
It was one of the many remakes of a Batman movie. And although they differed in many ways, they all contained the ultra bad ass Batmobiles, each better than the rest.
The Italian Job stars Michael Caine as Charlie Crocker who plans a huge heist shortly after he is released from prison. He recruits a team of thieves and executes his elaborate plan to steal $4 million.
Based on true accounts of the 1979 cross-country outlaw road race, "The Cannonball Run" features a group racers who try evade authorities during an illegal cross-country race in Connecticut. The black Lamborghini Countach is driven by two attractive women who use their looks to distract and evade the police.
This car is featured in the 2006 film,"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." After losing his nerve, which led to a car crash, race-car driver Ricky Bobby relearns how to drive with the help of his absentee father.
A racing-red version of this sports car was featured in the 1986 American teen comedy film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and made its debut when the delinquent Ferris skipped school. He convinces best friend Cameron to borrow his father's rare Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder to meet his girlfriend, Sloane, at school. We dare you to watch the car's final scene in the film without cringing.
This spy film stars Vin Diesel as the rebellious and thrill-seeking Xander Cage. The 1967 Pontiac GTO accompanies Xander on his missions with a variety of useful buttons and gadgets such as flamethrowers and rockets, and an eject button used by Xander in the film to eject himself out of the car.
The Quentin Tarantino directed martial arts film, "Kill Bill," stars Uma Thurman as the revenge-driven "Bride" who was believed to be dead after an attack by members of the Deadly Assassination Squad. Shortly after waking from a coma, she kills the hospital staff by whom she was repeatedly raped and drives away from the hospital in his yellow 1997 Chevrolet 2500 van.
Steven Spielberg made cinematic history in this 1993 science-fiction film depicting cloned dinosaurs running amok in a theme park on a Costa Rican island. Many 1992 Ford Explore XLTs were modified to portray the company's colorful electric tour guide vehicles which can be seen at the beginning of the movie.
This British spy film is the tenth installment of the James Bond franchise. This sports car accompanies James Bond on his missions and at one point in the movie, is converted to a submarine after diving into the water during a road chase scene.
This 1968 American action film stars Steve McQueen as Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, and his team who are tasked to look after defected organized crime member Johnny Ross; he is the key witness for an organized crime hearing. The Ford Mustang can be seen facing off against Ross' hitmen in a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T during an exciting and tense chase scene which ends in a fiery explosion.
This 1980 comedy musical film told the story of the redemption of two brothers, Elwood and paroled convict, Jake, who are out on a mission to raise $5,000 to save their childhood Catholic orphanage from foreclosure.
This sleek black car with a gold bird design on its hood was featured in the 1997 action-packed film, "Smokey and the Bandit." The movie features a lengthy and winding chase scene as Sherriff Buford "Smokey" Justice tracks down Bo "Bandit" Darville who was hired to illegally deliver Coors beers from Texas to Atlanta in 24 hours.
This 2009 comedy film is the first of the Hangover trilogy. The film follows three friends as they struggle to recall the previous night's experiences and find the missing groom before the wedding.
In 2008, "Speed Racer" came to life on the big screen, starring Emile Hirsch as speed racer, an 18-year-old racer who follows the footsteps of his deceased brother. Built from scratch, the white and red racing car was customized with many buttons and gadgets (such as jump jacks, grip tires, tire shields, deflectors) which helped Speed throughout the Casa Cristo 5000 race.
"National Lampoon's Animal House" is about a group of misfits of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity who challenge the authority of Faber College's dean. The Lincoln Continental made its appearance as the Deathmobile during a float parade with words "Eat Me" written on it.
"Grease" is an iconic musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as high school sweethearts, Danny and Sandy, in the late 1950s. The 1948 Ford De Luxe makes its appearance as the Greased Lightnin' which belongs to Danny's best friend, Kenickie.
The Paragon Panther is the custom-made flying car featured in the 1968 British musical adventure film, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." The film revolves around an eccentric inventor who tells of a magical adventure where they must save their grandfather from the Baron Bomburst.
"Batman: The Movie" stars Adam West and Burt Ward reprising their roles from the 1960's Batman television show as Batman and Robin. A 1954 Lincoln Futura was customized to mimic the famous Batmobile used by the dynamic duo to roam the streets of Gotham, fighting crime and protecting innocent civilians.
This sleek red car is featured in "The Graduate" and is based on the 1963 novel of the same name. This film follows Dustin Hoffman, who plays a 21-year-old college graduate, seduced by the much older Mrs. Robinson.
This iconic Pursuit Special is a customized black 1972 HQ Holden Monaro driven by lead character, Mad Max, throughout most of the Australian dystopian action-packed Mad Max franchise.
Christine features a murderous and sentient 1957 Plymouth Belvedere named Christine that has a strange effect on its new owner, Arnie. The film details Christine's violent tendencies, such as murdering its previous owner and his family.
This shaggy van appears in the 1994 American comedy cult classic, "Dumber and Dumber," and its sequel, "Dumb and Dumber Too." The 1984 Ford Econoline was given a furry coat to resemble a giant shaggy dog, which is used by dim-witted best-friends Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas.
In 2008, Robert Downey Jr. took on the role of Marvel Comics character Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man. He is seen driving the 2008 Audi R8 throughout much of the movie, such as when he flies to the airport to meet with Rhodey, where they later fly to Afghanistan.
"Good Burger" is a 1997 comedy film starring Nickelodeon actors Kenan Thompson (Dexter) and Kel Mitchel (Ed).
"Training Day" stars Denzel Washington as crook detective, Alonzo, and Ethan Hawk as rookie. Jake. who spend a day in multiple gang-ridden LA neighborhoods. The 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo, driven by Alonzo, is frequently seen throughout the film and sustains multiple damages during a standoff against gang members.
Starring a young Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine" follows the dysfunctional Hoover family as they embark on an 800-mile road trip to get the youngest member of the family to a beauty pageant. They travel across the country in a yellow and white 1973 Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 determined to help 7-year old Olive accomplish her dream.
The Muppets appeared on the big screen for the very first time in the 1979 musical road comedy film titled, "The Muppet Movie." Kermit and friends are seen traveling across the country to Hollywood, California, where they dream of making it big. At some point in the movie, the dusty silver vintage car receives a very colorful makeover.
"Boyz n the Hood" is a 1991 hood drama starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne and Nia Long. The film revolves around Tre Styles who is sent to live with his father in a crime-ridden, ghetto neighborhood. The 1964 Chevy Impala is seen in much of the film and is driven by Ice Cube's character, Darrin "Doughboy" Baker.
The James Bond franchise makes yet another return to the big screen, this time with Daniel Craig starring as Agent 007, James Bond. The 2007 Aston Martin DBS V12 debuted in the 2007 movie, only to be wrecked during the film.
"Cruel Intentions" is a 1999 teen drama starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil, a vindictive and manipulative teenager who vows revenge on her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, Cecile. She is seen at the end of the movie driving away in her dead step brother's Jaguar XK140 Roadster after her true intents come to light.
"American Graffiti" takes place in 1962 in the small California town of Modesto, where high school graduates spend their last summer night together. The 1932 Ford Coupe is seen in the movie during the road race and is driven by Paul Le Mat's character, John Milner.
This 1983 American comedy film depicts Chevy Chase as the head of the Griswold family who decides to take a vacation and spend some time with his wife and children. The Griswold family travels from Chicago to California in the family's 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster where they encounter many unfortunate mishaps.
This 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 was converted into a high-tech time-traveling vehicle by eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown in the "Back To The Future" movie franchise. The film also stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly who accompanies his quirky friend on his adventures.
Released in 2010, "The A-Team" is an action-packed adventure film based on the popular 1980s television series of the same name. The movie centers four U.S. Army Ranger team members who, after escaping captivity, set out to clear their names after they were wrongly accused and imprisoned.
Starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, this 2001 film is the first of eight installments of the popular action-packed Fast and Furious movie franchise. The 1970 Dodge Charger is driven solely by Vin Diesel's character, Dom, which is later rendered unusable after he wrecks it at the back of a semi-truck.
In 2002, these meddling kids and their talking dog, now all grown up, received their first live-action movie. But it wouldn't have been much of an adaptation if the Mystery Machine wasn't there right along with the gang.
"The Dukes of Hazzard" film is based on the television show of the same name and outlines the adventures of cousins Daisy, Bo, Luke and their Uncle Jesse as they outsmart the corrupted duo, Commissioner Boss Hogg, and his dim-witted sidekick.