10 Movie Cars best of all time

Along with the leading man or woman, sometimes a car becomes a co-star in a certain movie or even eclipses a film's animate characters. While the list of car movie stars is a long one, click through for our best actor and actress picks for the 10 Movie Cars Best of all time.

1970 Dodge Charger (in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ movie)
1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Dodge Charger 1970 (The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Millennial generation's trademark car movie is undeniably "The Fast and the Furious," but, ironically, the standout car in the 2001 movie that cashed in on import tuner cars is an old-school muscle car. A 1970 with a 528-cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine under the hood was so imposing that even tough-guy character Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, was afraid to drive it. Doug Newcomb has been writing about automotive-related topics since 1988. His work has appeared in Consumers Digest, Road & Track, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal and many other publications. His book, "Car Audio for Dummies," is available from Wiley Publishing.

1973 Ford XB Falcon GT351 (in ‘Mad Max’ movie)
1973 Ford Falcon XB GT351 Coupe
Although the 1979 Australian low-budget action film "Mad Max" was panned by critics and has minimal plot, it became a classic and spawned several sequels; its wild desert chase scenes have made it a favorite of many auto enthusiasts. Mel Gibson's character, Max Rockatansky, is given a black Pursuit Special a fictional car model to entice him to stay on the force and rid the highways of marauding motorcycle gangs. The car used in the filming was a modified 1973 XB Falcon GT351 that was sold only in Australia.

1932 Ford Coupe (in ‘American Graffiti’ movie)
For his 1973 classic "American Graffiti," director George Lucas wanted a car that would evoke memories of growing up in Modesto, Calif., in the early 1960s. The 1932 Coupe was the perfect car to represent that era's hot-rod generation. The famous yellow rod, as well as most of the customized vehicles built for the movie, amazingly sat unsold when put up for sale after production was completed.

1968 Ford Mustang GT (in ‘Bullitt’ movie)
The 1968 film "Bullitt" set the standard by which all car chase scenes are measured. Nearly 11 minutes long, the chase scene features Steve McQueen as police detective Frank Bullitt driving a 1968 at more than 100 mph through the hilly streets of San Francisco. The legacy of the movie and the car is so strong that has twice released Bullitt-edition Mustangs, first in 2001 and again in 2008.

1963 Aston Martin DB5 (in ‘Goldfinger’ movie)
In the "Goldfinger" novel, James Bond drove an DB Mark III, but when the 1964 movie version was being filmed, producers opted for the then-new 1963 Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 would eventually appear in six James Bond films, becoming the most famous Bond car of all time. In addition to its sleek, luxurious design, it was equipped with anti-pursuit systems, weapons and other functions to assist 007 with the job of being a dashing secret agent.

1949 Mercury Eight (in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ movie)

Here's a film where the actor's not the car's demise led to instant stardom. Released in 1955 less than a month after star James Dean's fatal car crash, "Rebel Without a Cause" became an instant classic and has been preserved by the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. The Mercury Eight was a popular model car with hot rodders; the 1949 coupe driven by Dean in the movie is on display at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nev.

1958 Plymouth Fury (in ‘Christine’ movie)
Based on Stephen King's novel about an evil hunk of automotive metal, the 1983 horror classic "Christine" featured a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury as its title character. A sentient but possessed car that could mysteriously repair herself, Christine could also communicate her murderous intentions. Although there were some human actors in the movie, they've long been forgotten. Who could upstage an evil 1950s land yacht with huge tail fins?

1974 Dodge Monaco (in ‘The Blues Brothers’ movie)
This police cruiser, aka the Bluesmobile, was the beat-up chariot of choice for Jake and Elwood Blues in the 1980 comedy "The Blues Brothers," replacing a beloved that Elwood had traded for a microphone stand, much to Jake's dismay. But, as Elwood famously noted, the car had "a cop motor ... cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks" and a 440-cubic-inch engine. They would need all of it to outrun dozens of police cars that were crashed in pursuit of the Bluesmobile during the movie's climax.

1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition (in ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ movie)

Thanks to its role in "Smokey and the Bandit," the black and gold 1977 Trans Am Special Edition became commonly referred to as simply a Bandit Trans Am. The four Trans Am Special Edition cars used in the movie were actually 1976 models modified to take the abuse of stunt driving. The wheels and noses from 1977 models were added to make them appear as the latest model when the movie was released the same year.

2008 Audi R8 (in ‘Iron Man’ movie)
When the leading man is an engineer and inventor smart enough to build a high-tech suit that turns him into a superhero, his wheels have to match his mettle. 's 2-seater mid-engine holds its own next to Robert Downey Jr.'s larger-than-life, cocky Tony Stark character in the 2008 megahit "Iron Man." And while Iron Man has a pedigree as a comic book character, this all-wheel-drive sports car shares its name with Audi's very successful R8 prototype race cars  the same ones that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans an amazing five times.