The 17 Best American Muscle Cars and the Films that Made Them Famous

Americans have long had a love affair with the automobile. Here we take a look at the most iconic American muscle cars and the movies that made them icons.

1. 1949 Mercury

Film: Rebel Without a Cause, 1955

This movie’s classic car “chicken” scene shows James Deans’ character racing his 1949 Mercury towards a cliff, jumping out of the car just in time. His opponent did not fare as well.

scene from Rebel Without a Cause

2. 1958 Corvette

Film: Hot Rods to Hell, 1967

The orange and yellow Corvette in this movie was a little worse for wear when it made its film debut.

scene from Hot Rods to Hell

3. 1968 Ford Mustang

Film: Bullitt, 1968

Steve McQueen’s detective character goes airborne more than once in his Mustang while chasing through San Francisco’s legendary steep streets.

Ford Mustang from movie Bullitt

4. 1955 Chevy 150

Film: Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971

Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and James Taylor travel on Route 66, stopping to race locals along the way.

Two Lane Blacktop car scene

5. 1970 Dodge Challenger

Vanishing Point, 1971

A car chase that takes place across 4 states uses a Dodge Challenger to escape police, on of the few films to feature a Dodge muscle car.

Vanishing Point car

6. 1958 Chevy Impala

Film: American Graffiti, 1973

Terry “The Toad” Fields looks too cool for school in his Chevy. The films features numerous other classic cars.

scene from American Graffiti

7. Custom Corvette

Film: Cleopatra Jones, 1973

In this classic film, sexy Tamara Dobson drives a custom Corvette, which features a device to raise the roof to prevent her afro from getting messed up.

Cleopatra Jones car chase scene

8. 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

Film: Smokey and the Bandit, 1977

Five Trans Ams were used to make this Burt Reynolds classic.

smokey and the bandit jump

9. 1974 Mount Prospect Doge Monaco

Film: Blues Brothers, 1980

Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi drive a beat-up old cop car to outrace cops in in their Bluesmobile.

Bluesmobile from the movie Blues Brothers

10. Ford Falcon XB GT

Film: The Road Warrior, 1981

In this post-apocalyptic sequel to Mad Max, Mel Gibson drives his hot rod in spite of the fall of civilization and gasoline being an extremely rare commodity.

road warrior ford falcon

11. 1958 Plymouth Fury

Film: Christine, 1983

This cherry red killer car exacts revenge on those who wrong her, and manages to repair itself to perfection after each deadly encounter.

Stephen King Christine

12. Bigfoot #2

Film: Cannonball Run II, 1984

This giant monster truck takes out a Porsche 928 like it’s a speed bump.

Bigfoot Monster Truck Cannon Ball Run

13. 1966 Thunderbird Convertible

Film: Thelma & Louise, 1991

This classic road trip car is the perfect companion to Thelma and Louise’s wild ride to the Grand Canyon.

Car from Thelma and Louise

14. 1968 Dodge Charger

Film: Blade, 1998

This bad ass vampire’s need for speed is satisfied by his black Dodge Charger.

Car from Blade

15. 1967 Dodge Charger

Film: The Dukes of Hazzard, 2005

The General Lee is decked out with a custom orange paint job, and catches enough air to make it seem like it can fly.

Dukes of Hazzard car jump

16. 1976 Chevy Camero

Film: Transformers Franchise, 2007-2011

Disguised as a Camero, the space robot Bumblebee eventually morphs into a newer, sleeker Camero in the subsequent films.

Bumblebee transforms from old camero to new

17. 1966 Ford GT40

Film: Fast Five, 2011

While the Fast and the Furious Franchise has always featured sexy cars at breakneck speeds, this beauty steals the show.

Car from Fast Five


It’s fun to watch these speed demons race on the closed sets of Hollywood, but remember that the stunts in these movies should never be attempted at home. To learn more about driver safety, or to find a car accident lawyer in Las Vegas, contact Laura Hunt at (702) 450-4868 today.