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50 Coolest Movie Cars

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

The Car: "Performance and image, that's what it's all about," reckons G.T.O. - the driver identified only by his ride, an orange Pontiac G.T.O.

Coolest Detail: The 455 V8 engine, lovingly described by G.T.O. thus: "when the 455 came out with the Mach IV Ram-Air with tunnel-port heads, beefed lower end and a Holley high-riser setup, I was on line -- 390 h.p. and 500 foot-pounds of torque."

Thelma And Louise (1991)

The Car: Louise Sawyer's 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible is a versatile vehicle. Not only is it a smart ride for a weekend getaway with pal Thelma, but it's also ideal for going on the lam.

Coolest Detail: How iconic it looks in freeze-frame.

Christine (1983)

The Car: The titular 1958 Plymouth Fury, a model with a (homicidal) mind of its own.

Coolest Detail: As if it wasn't impressive enough that the car is sentient, it can also repair itself at will into showroom condition.

Speed Racer (2008)

The Car: In an upgrade from the original anime, Speed Racer's main drive isn't his trademark Mach 5 but another T-180 stock car, the Mach 6, which despite being destroyed is rebuilt in time for the final race.

Coolest Detail: Four-wheel rotation, enabling Speed Racer to spin without losing control.

The Evil Dead (1981)

The Car: Ash's 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 is nothing special - just a dependable workhorse for driving into the woods for an ill-advised weekend with the Book of the Dead. Except…

Coolest Detail: ...The car is director Sam Raimi's own, and it has become something of a talisman, appearing in virtually all of Raimi's films, most notably driven by Uncle Ben in Spider-man en route to his death.

The Fast And The Furious (2001)

The Car: Dominic Toretto's prized 1970 Dodge Charger, the car he inherited from his father and modified into an unstoppable driving machine… until he totals it in a crash.

Coolest Detail: You can't keep a good car down, and Dominic had painstakingly rebuilt the Charger by 2009's Fast And Furious .

Death Proof (2007)

The Car: If ever a car was designed for its driver, it's the black 1971 Chevy Nova SS 396 belonging to Stuntman Mike, which he has rigged to be 'death proof' - but only to the driver.

Coolest Detail: The safety cage that protects Mike - standard issue in movie cars, of course, but trust Quentin Tarantino to make it part of the story.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

The Car: Mr Frye's beloved Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible - the only way to travel when you're thinking of bunking off school and heading for Chicago for a day off.

Coolest Detail: Its rarity. Only 100 were ever built and today can fetch in excess of $10 million. Cameron Frye's sang-froid at the car's destruction is, in retrospect, even braver.

Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)

The Car: You can rely on a master car thief like Randall Raines to choose a fine vehicle for his primary steal. Specifically, 'Eleanor,' a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500.

Coolest Detail: Valued at around $300,000, the car was sold at auction for an eye-watering $1 million.

Transformers (2007)

The Car: Controversy alert! Many are still upset that Michael Bay swapped the original Bumblebee (a VW Beetle) for a Chevrolet Camaro, but it's still a cool car.

Coolest Detail: That whole transforming-into-a-robot thing.