We just finished award season, and there's always praise for best actor, best director, best costume design, best sound editing, etc., but I'd like to proffer we add a new category: Best Car. Sure, some vehicles are more important than others, but cars are often what drive a movie (pun intended) forward, and it's about time someone recognize this.
I'm not thinking the Oscars will add this category in 2014, but Best Car could surely have a home in Spike or MTV's annual awards, and being a bit of a car enthusiast, I took some time to pick my short list for the inaugural nominees.
10. Jurassic Park's Jeep 18 - 1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ
There isn't much love for the utilitarian jeep as the lead motor vehicle in movies, but in Jurassic Park, if it weren't for the Wrangler, no one would have made it out alive. Especially Dr. Malcolm. But other than that, just picture wheelin’ top down on a tropical island staring up at a nice Brachiosaurus. That's award-worthy!
9. Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 - 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance
Who ya gonna call? Ecto-1 is certainly one of the most iconic rides to ever drive down the streets of New York. The 1959 classic would fly down avenues, proton packs charging in the back, all while Egon and Venkman were talking about a giant Twinkie taking over the Big Apple. And who can forget about that siren? You know you can hear it now.
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Turtle Party Wagon - 1984 Volkswagen Transporter
When the Turtles weren't driving around looking for pizza, this wagon was tearing up the streets looking for the Foot Clan. Complete with the side door known as the "Foot Tenderizer" which could swing open and knock a dastardly ninja out, this van was made for taking down Shredder and the rest of his evil entourage. (Yes, this picture is from the animated Party Wagon as opposed to one of its live-action incarnations, but we're okay with that.)
7. The Blue Brothers' Bluesmobile - 1974 Dodge Monaco
This is a great car. First, it's a genuine classic car. Second, it's an old police car given new life. Third, it's pulled some sick stunts. Fourth, the immortal conversations between Jake and Elwood Blues while behind the wheel. Fifth, it's a Chicago institution, and I'd love nothing more than to rip through shopping malls, jump bridges and drift into parking spots all in the name of promoting C2E2.
6. Transformers' Optimus Prime - 2007 Peterbilt 379 Semi-Truck
The moment this truck rolled onto the screen in 2007, I fell in love. I'm not sure if it was the classic blue and red, the flames, or just the sheer rush of seeing Optimus in the flesh (well, metal), but this truck is the definition of badass. Almost makes me want to become a truck driver or someone who saves the universe.
5. James Bond's Aston Martin in Goldfinger - 1963 Aston Martin DB5
James Bond's cars should have their very own Top 10 list, but for me, there is no beating the original Bondmobile. The Aston Martin DB5 was not only fast and able to evade whatever assailant was after 007, it was tricked out with tons of gadgets -- from bulletproof glass and machine guns, to an ejecting passenger seat to end any annoying conversations. Q pulled out all the stops and set the bar high for James Bond's future equipment.
4. American Graffiti's Yellow Deuce Coupe - 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe
American Graffiti was filled with classic automobiles, but this one stood out. How could it not? The exposed engine, no wheel wells, and the roar it made coming off the line in the drag against Bob Falfa. This is the definitive definition of the American muscle car.
3. Gone In 60 Seconds' Eleanor - 1967 Shelby GT500
This car's gun metal grey sheen and black racing stripes make it irresistible. Just ask Memphis Raines. This car practically ruined his life, but he had to have it. He longed for it. And all it took was some extreme courage, a touch of insanity and "Low Rider" playing through the speakers to finally catch this unicorn of a car.
2. Back to the Future's Time Machine - 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
This stainless steel futuristic beauty wasn't the most practical car in real-life, but Back to the Future turned it into a masterpiece. Doc Brown said it best, "If you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"
1. Batman's Batmobile - 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept
Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed! Roger, ready to move out! What a classic! The original Batmobile is perhaps the most iconic car in entertainment history. There have been many variations of the Dark Knight's ride over the years, but this is where it all started. This thing would spit out nails to pop the tires of The Riddler's goons and spill an oil slick to spin The Joker to a stop. It even invented the car phone so Batman and Robin could touch with Commissioner Gordon while in hot pursuit of whatever villain was terrorizing Gotham. (And, yes, I'm aware this is a list of smexy movie cars, but there was a 1966 Batman film based on the Adam West TV series, so this Batmobile still counts.)
Well, there you have it. Whether you're looking for a ride that'll get you there in style or back in time, this list presents my favorites -- all, I believe, contenders for a superfluous, fictitious Best Car award which the world dearly needs. What are some cars you would love to get behind the wheel of and put at the top of your list?
Main Image - ceriwis.com, Jurassic Park's Jeep 18 - onscreencars.com, Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 - ceriwis.com, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Turtle Party Wagon - pitch.com, The Blue Brothers' Bluesmobile - cincinnatimini.com, Transformers' Optimus Prime - 3dartpol.nl, James Bond's Aston Martin in Goldfinger - nydailynews.com, American Graffiti's Yellow Deuce Coupe - theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com, Gone In 60 Seconds' Eleanor - caliart.deviantart.com, Back to the Future's Time Machine - nonstophits.co.uk, Batman's Batmobile - gawker.com
About The Author:
Chris is the International Content Coordinator at ReedPOP. Hailing from Long Island, when Chris isn't complaining about the pizza in Connecticut, he enjoys going to the casino, playing golf, listening to music (especially stuff with saxophones) and raving about Harrison Ford's badass performance in Air Force One. Chris is also a Jeep enthusiast and has a Wrangler named "Chloe" after 24's brilliant and sassy CTU analyst.