The Top Ten Baddest Movie Cars
Here is a list of what I consider to be some of the baddest (best) cars to ever grace the silver screen.
Sometimes autos in films almost take on a life of their own (and in at least one case, the car actually DID take on a life of it's own), and you even hear, "I hated that movie, but that car was bad!"
Now these are just movie automobiles, KITT didn't make it because there hasn't been a theatrical Knight Rider movie (yet), and I didn't include the General Lee because the Dukes of Hazzard movie was..well...you know.
So here are ten cars (and a truck) that lit up the pavement and the big screen.
1. The Batmobile (Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight)
I'm talking about the Batmobile from Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns films here, not the neon glow travesties that followed.
The SR-71 Blackbird, Corvette, Indy car, train looking creation fit perfectly into Burton's art deco version of Gotham City.
And talk about factory options....
A jet turbine engine that powered this beast from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, twin Browning machine guns mounted in each fender, a grappling hook that approximated the old TV show's "Bat-Turn", side-mounted Bat-Disc (batarang) ejectors that could fire fifteen Batdiscs in a 1-second pulse, chassis-mounted shinbreakers, oil slick dispensers, smoke screen emitters, and spherical bombs could be deployed from its sides.
And talk about an anti-theft system, voice-command recognition system, ceramic fractal armor panels and bulletproof / fireproof steel plates that cover the entire body and cockpit.
The 1989 Batmobile at Amazon
Of course I have to give special mention to The Tumbler in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and the Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight.
While not as sleek and wicked looking as Burton's 1989 model, The Tumbler more than got the job done.
The Tumbler looked more like a Lamborghini, a Tank and the F-117 Nighthawk.
Twin autocannons mounted in the nose of the car, Rocket launcher, fire-extinguishing system, Jet engine booster, Stealth mode and while the 1989 Batmobile could turn into the "Batmissile" when damaged, the Tumbler broke off into the "Batpod" or the up-dated version of the Bat-Cycle.
In the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Suicide Squad we get a new Batmobile again.
Gone are the sleek lines from Burton's Batmobile and the functional look of Nolan's Tumbler.
I'm gonna wait and see how it looks on the screen before passing judgement though.
2. The Pursuit Special (Mad Max and Mad Max 2)
Number two on my list of movie cars is the Pursuit Special from George Miller's Mad Max and Mad Max 2.
What true muscle car lover didn't get a slight twinge when they fired that baby up the first time?
The Pursuit Special was a GT351 version 1973 Ford Falcon XB Cleveland.
Now I don't know anything about Australian car's, but I did have a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 with a 351 Cleveland in it like the GT Coupe, and it would flat out fly.
Of course Max's ride didn't have the gadgets like Batman's but what it lacked in tech, it made up for in sheer intimidation and power.
I was really sad when this beast met it's end in Mad Max 2.
It was like one of the characters died.
Maybe the only bad thing in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) was a noticeable lack of the Pursuit Special.
It was there, but pretty much just a cameo.
3. The DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine (Back to the Future Trilogy)
Yes I know the DeLorean DMC-12 was on one of my worst cars ever made Hubs, but Dr. Emmett Brown's time machine ride from Back to the Future trilogy is fictional, and thus exempt from real life problems.
The DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine's heart was the Flux capacitor (I wonder if that's related to Buckaroo Banzai's Oscillation Overthruster?) powered by a plutonium-powered nuclear reactor, and later the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor.
Once you hit 88 mph in the DMC-12, BOOM! you were gone.
Into time that is.
Like the Pursuit Special, the DMC-12 met it's end in the films, crushed by a train.
But hey, with the "timey-wimey" thing, it could show back up any time perfectly intact.
4. Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond Films)
Okay, really any of James Bond's rides could qualify here, but my first thought was the Aston Martin DB5 since it's shown up in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale.
To be fair though, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante from The Living Daylights had extending side outriggers, spike-producing tires, missiles, lasers, a signal-intercepting smart radio, heads-up display, rocket propulsion and could self-destruct when commanded.
Talk about an anti-theft device!
And the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day had front launched rockets, hood-mounted target-seeking guns, spike-producing tires, a passenger ejector seat AND one of the coolest mods ever, a cloaking device!
Take that Romulans!
5. Christine (Christine)
The demonic, self-healing, self-aware 1958 Plymouth Fury from the 1983 film Christine, directed by John Carpenter and based on the novel written by Stephen King.
Like many of the other cars on this list, Christine meets her end in the film.
Or does she?
6. Frankenstein's Monster (Death Race)
Jensen Ames' (Jason Statham) bad ride from Death Race.
Although the film is considered a remake of the 1975 film Death Race 2000, the opening sequence makes me look at it more as a sequel.
Frankenstein's Monster was a heavily modified Ford Mustang complete with 7.62 mm, M134 multi-barrel machine guns, smokescreens, napalm and an oil slick.
The original Frankenstein's Monster in the 1975 movie was a modified Chevrolet Corvette with red eyes, scales and teeth.
7. The Green Goblin Truck (Maximum Overdrive)
Okay, I know that it's technically not a car, but the sentient and genocidal Green Goblin Truck from 1986's Maximum Overdrive was bad.
The truck itself was a 1977 Western Star 4864 truck with the "Happy Toyz Co." logo on it, and a big, freaky looking Green Goblin face attached to the front.
The truck is so popular, I found a few links to websites devoted to it (see below).
8. The Black Beauty (The Green Hornet)
The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogan, came out on December 22nd, 2010, and while the film had a lot of problems, the Black Beauty wasn't one of them.
In the original 1966 TV show, the Black Beauty was a 1966 Chrysler Crown Imperial created by Dean Jeffries.
This Black Beauty is a tribute to the TV show also using the Imperial, with the addition of rockets, twin mounted mini-guns and a flame thrower.
And really cool "Hornet" wheels
9. The Wraith's Car (The Wraith)
A little known action/sci-fi movie you should really check out some time.
The Wraith was the main character of the movie, but his ride was the star to me.
The Wraith's car was a modified 1984 Dodge-PPG Twin Turbo M4S Prototype, powered by a Trans Four OHC 8 valve I4 Engine that put out 400-440 Horsepower and gave the prototype a top end of almost 200mph.
10. The Bluesmobile (The Blues Brothers)
"It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas.", what more could you ask for?
This almost indestructible 1974 Dodge Monaco carried the Blues Brothers on their "mission from God".
I actually got to see the Bluesmobile (or a replica) when they opened the House of Blues at Myrtle Beach.
No...I didn't get to drive it.
Honorable Mention - The Ecto-1 From Ghostbusters
Josh McMahon correctly pointed out that I missed a very important movie ride.
The Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters!
The real life Ecto-1 started life off as a Miller-Meteor Futura Ambulance/Hearse Combination mounted on a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Professional Chassis.
Originally it was in such bad shape (the backfiring in the movie was real) that it actually broke down during filming, blocking the Brooklyn Bridge and getting the filmmakers a hefty fine from the NYPD.
Like the refitted Enterprise, there have been several versions of the Ecto-1 throughout the Ghostbusters franchise, the Ecto-1, Ecto-1a and the Ecto-10 in the comics.
Mad Max Meets The Pursuit Special
Back To The Future trailer
The Bluesmobile (The Blues Brothers)
James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Tribute
Christine 1983 - Intro Scene
The Top Ten Baddest Movie Cars Comments
Non of your business on May 31, 2015:
Sorry but what about bullet or Smoky and the Bandit.
J Antonio Marcelino from Illinois, USA on June 28, 2012:
Great hub, I'm familiar with most of these movie vehicles. Except for the Wraith.
swhut on February 04, 2011:
Soo glad you got the Wraith in there..Charlie Sheen!..lol
movies star on November 27, 2010:
I never thought like that ...
but your article is good enough to read.
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 04, 2010:
cfleming1: Yeah...I don't really know what category the Land Master would fit into.
cfleming1 from USA on November 03, 2010:
Thanks for the Hub.
It wasn't a car exactly but what about that land-mobile from the movie "Damnation Alley?"
candle62 from London on August 26, 2010:
I agree on your list of cars, amazing hub
keep it up
I am DB Cooper from Whereabouts unknown at this time on July 31, 2010:
Fantastic Hub! This is an excellent selection of movie cars, I think my list would have been very similar.
David on July 02, 2010:
i love maximum overdrive its awsome and the truck
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 18, 2010:
David R Bradley: I added The General to my TV show cars!
AnithaPriya on May 18, 2010:
Really Super Cars!
David R Bradley from The Active Side of Infinity on February 27, 2010:
I say an honorable mention for the General Lee!
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on February 24, 2010:
humahub: Thank you and thanks for stopping by!
GmaGoldie and entertianmentplus: It seems the Batmobile is everyone's favorite! Thanks for stopping by!
entertianmentplus from United States on February 24, 2010:
Great hub love the Batmobile.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on February 24, 2010:
As a car lover from the standpoint of art and culture - this is perfect for me! The Batmobile is awesome.
For me, I remain in love and devoted to Spyker.
humahub from pakistan on February 23, 2010:
great compilation nice hub
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on February 23, 2010:
Yes it was!
Thanks for stopping by!
Yena Williams from California on February 23, 2010:
Gotta love the batmobile, that was bad-ass! Cool Hub =)