Who says the most memorable character in a movie has to be a person? Sometimes the star has four wheels and an engine. These cars are the most well-known vehicles in film and television.
The Mystery Machine
The animated van from "Scooby Doo" that launched the dreams of a thousand teenagers. Who wouldn't want to travel the country with their best buds solving mysteries? Begun at the end of the 60's this throwback draws us into the freedom of a bygone time.
Though it's been through many versions, it's never failed to be iconic. The Batmobile is a symbol of the infinite resources of Bruce Wayne as well as the commitment to theme of the Batman. Whether you like the goofy bubbles of the 60's TV show or the bulky tank of the Nolan films, there's a Batmobile for you.
Greased Lightning was the inspiration of many a teenage drag racing dream. It also inspired some fantastic costumes and musical dreams. The car from "Grease" encouraged the incredibly dangerous past time of filming chases in the Los Angeles river.
What teenager doesn't dream of buying a junker and watching it transform into a brand new Camaro. The giant robot thing is pretty cool too. He's also the only Autobot who isn't over-serious or mind-numbingly grating.
The Volkswagen Beetle has an undeniable personality. From its quirky rear engine to its cheerful countenance its uniquely lovable. With some help from special effects wizards this little car carried six movies.
The only vehicle ever produced by the DeLorean Motor Company gained fame as a time machine in the beloved "Back to the Future" series. This car gets by on underdog charm and some flashy accessories. We won't mention the time traveling train.
A Pontiac Trans Am in stylish black with a supercomputer wired into it to become a crime fighting machine. KITT was always the main source of humor on "Knightrider," with a fragile ego protected by a dry humor. It was the interplay between KITT and Michael that really lodged him in our brains though.
The Aston Martin company has been very generous with MI-6. Each new "James Bond" movie has brought a new car and new fantastical gadgets. If anything embodies the cool, British exterior and deadly potential of James Bond, it's his Aston Martin.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The movie's named after the car. If that doesn't count for something I don't know what does. Chitty displays one of the widest ranges of undefined, magically functional, devices of any vehicle in any movie.
Yup, they turned an ambulance/hearse into a ghost fighting emergency vehicle. Where in the world they found this thing is anybody's guess, but a car that can be switched between hearse and ambulance being used to fight ghosts is just lovely. With the sirens on, the idea that you'll have to get out of the way of this goofy thing is mind boggling.
The General Lee may be the definition of the iconic car. With a horn that plays Dixie, a defiant paint job and a nutjob driver, it just oozes charisma. Famously, it received more fan mail than any of the cast members of "The Dukes of Hazzard."
In "Harold and Maude," this is the perfect embodiment of the film's exploration of life, death and living. It's a surprisingly clean marriage of two drastically different vehicles. It's sacrifice at the end of the film is just perfect.
The "Cars" universe is a strange one, but if any character feels like a race car it's Lightning McQueen. His journey from cocky self-centeredness to self-awareness and mastery is even more compelling since there is no driver to get in the way. Ka-chow!