In the history of great car movies, it’s not uncommon to see the characters sporting four wheels steal the limelight. Certain films portray vehicles on screen that have an undeniable character, a presence that can rival even the biggest names you see all over the credits. Unfortunately, there’s no Automotive Academy Award, but if there were such a thing, this infographic would list some of its top recipients.

Created by Jennings Motor Group, this infographic seeks to answer the question of which car movie “was the most successful.” Standouts include American Graffiti (1973, Ford Model B ‘Deuce Coupe’), Gone In 60 Seconds (1974, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Eleanor), The Italian Job (1969, Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper), Senna (2010, McLaren MP4/4 F1), Bullitt (1968, Ford Mustang GT Fastback), Cars (2006, International Harvester Boom Truck), and The Fast And The Furious (2001, Dodge Charger R/T). 

It’s a pretty good list, but I can’t help but think about those unforgettable vehicles that didn’t make the cut because the films in which they appear aren’t necessarily considered “car movies.” For starters, there’s the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back To The Future. While not exactly the fastest two-door in the world, it’s hard to separate the movie and the gull-winged DeLorean.

Another is the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance from Ghostbusters, aka the Ecto-1. One look at the tall rear fins and roof-mounted gadgets is enough to make any fan reach for his or her proton pack.

Continue reading to learn which were the 10 greatest car movies ever made.

Why it matters

I don’t know about you, but if I see a movie starring one of my favorite automobiles, you can bet I’ll be lining up at the box office to see it. In some ways, these machines are better stars than the humans — there’s no Hollywood nonsense, no tabloid scandals, no gossip and no on-set freak-outs (unless you count mechanical issues, I suppose).

Be on the lookout for future vehicular stars coming to a theater near you. Just off the top of my head, there’s the rusted-out desert juggernauts from Mad Max, the brooding techno-wizardry of the Batmobile from Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the sublime Italian exotics draped in red from Ferrari.

De Niro who?

10 Greatest Car Movies Ever Made

Infographic: "10 Greatest Car Movies Ever Made"
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For years, car movies have taken the box office by storm thanks to films such as Disney Pixar’s “Cars” and “The Fast and the Furious” franchise. But which was the most successful?

In a bid to answer this question, Jennings Motor Group has created an infographic entitled “10 Greatest Car Movies Ever Made”. The graphic includes a number of fun and insightful facts about the movies and the cars themselves.

For example, did you know…

Gone in 60 Seconds (1973) used a total of 11 Mustang GT500s during filming; eight were shell cars and three were actual running and driving vehicles
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) was named Esquire Magazine’s film of the year, however at the time the head of Universal Studios hated the movie and refused to promote it!
The Italian Job (1969) used approximately 16 Mini Coopers for filming
Senna (2010) relied heavily on archive racetrack footage, and home video clips provided by the Senna family
Cars (2006) earned over $60 million in its opening weekend in the USA and was the second highest grossing film released by Walt Disney.
The Fast and the Furious (2001) was ranked No.1 at the box office and was produced on a budget of only $38 million

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