If there's one thing America loves more than cars, it's movies. Blockbuster films and sexy wheels seem like a match made in heaven, and many Hollywood directors have been sprucing up their flicks with cool cars for decades. In fact, some of the most well-known cars of today have been catapulted to icon status by their starring roles in our favorite movies. Here's a look at some of Hollywood's most motor-friendly movies, as well as the classic cars that stole the spotlight in them.
Few things are more synonymous with cool cars than Mr. 007 himself, James Bond. The British spy has been leading the charge as a purveyor of the finest wheels for decades, and is almost as famous for his souped up cars as he is for his daring exploits. From the classic Aston Martin DB-5 in 1964's "Goldfinger" – complete with oil slicks and ejector seat – to the classy BMW 7 Series that could be driven with a cellphone in 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," filmgoers always know that they're always in for a wild time when they ride along with Bond.
'Back to the Future'
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of the relationship between film and cars than the 1985 series "Back to the Future." The famous film trilogy almost single-handedly elevated the DeLorean DMC-12 from little-known auto industry curiosity to monolithic pop culture icon. Though the quirky steel car's starring role in the time-traveling adventure may not have brought the huge boost in sales the Texas-based manufacturer may have been hoping, it did firmly cement the car into the American consciousness. Over the past several years, DeLorean fan clubs, swaps and meetups have sprung up, and DeLorean Motor Company has resurfaced, ready to showcase the car to future generations of auto enthusiasts.
With its electric engine and self-driving capabilities, the yellow and green Ford Explorer from 1993's "Jurassic Park" is cited by Edmunds as one of the 100 greatest movie cars of all time. Whether peacefully taking parkgoers on a tour of the prehistoric island's dinosaurs or simply helping them run away, the sport utility vehicle is beloved by many fans as a constant stalwart companion throughout the film. According to Business Insider, the intrepid Explorer is allegedly being replaced in the upcoming 2015 sequel by the Mercedes G63 AMG, stepping aside for a new generation of rugged cars to help tourists run away from T-Rex's.
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