The cars are the stars

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While they’ll never get top billing, there are some automotive icons that have given their human counterparts a run for their money in the movies. Whether driven by international spies, or time travelling high school students, each and every vehicle on this list is as memorable, if not more memorable than the movie that it came from. So, in no particular order…

Christine
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Christine

Film: Christine
While many cars on this list can be thought of as the star of the movie, in Christine’s case, she really was the star. Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury, and after Arnie finishes restoring her, she’s an absolute beauty. Unfortunately she’s also demonically possessed and embarks on a killing spree that would make Michael Myers jealous. While Christine isn’t the sort of car you’d aspire to owning after watching the movie, you certainly won’t forget her.

Astone Martin DB5 in Goldfinger
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Aston Martin DB5

Film:   Goldfinger
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most famous movie automobiles of all time, and for good reason. This car was a showcase for Desmond Llewellyn’s Q, as it came stuffed with more gadgets than you could shake a stick at – machine guns in the bumper, metal bulletproof shield at the rear, ejector seat, auto-changing number plates, etc. So iconic is the DB5 that it has appeared in almost as many Bond movies as Roger Moore – Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Film: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Cars don’t get much more special than Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This is a car that has a mind and will of its own, and can not only drive, but also traverse water and fly! James Bond wouldn’t look out of place behind the wheel of a car with these kinds of hidden talents, which is no surprise when you consider that Ian Fleming wrote the original novel on which the film is based.   
The Batmobile in Batman Begins
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The Batmobile

Film:  Batman Begins
There have been many Batmobiles over the years and they’ve all stolen the show in one way or another. Chrstopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was an absolute triumph, but as immersive and dark as Batman Begins was, the Batmobile, or Tumbler as it was originally named, is as memorable as the Dark Knight himself. 
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Bumblebee

Film: Transformers
In the case of Transformers pretty much all the stars are cars, but the standout performance comes from Bumblebee. As alien life forms go, Bumblebee is pretty cool – he’s a bright yellow Chevrolet Camaro that adopts awkward teenager, Sam Witwicky. While Bumblebee’s choice of owners leaves something to be desired, his ability and presence as both car and robot are second to none. 
Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me
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Lotus Esprit

Film: The Spy Who Loved Me
While the Aston Martin DB5 will always be James Bond’s most memorable car, the white Lotus Esprit driven by Roger Moore around the hills of Sardinia was also a very special vehicle. Two things are unforgettable about the car chase in The Spy Who Loved Me. Firstly, the sight of a Ford Cortina keeping up with a Lotus Esprit on mountain roads, and secondly, watching that white Esprit driving off a pier and into the sea. Even by modern CGI standards, the scenes with the Lotus submarine are pretty cool. 
VW Beetle in The Love Bug
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VW Beetle

Film: The Love Bug
Herbie is one of the most famous automotive movie icons of all time. The fact that Herbie is a giant killing racing car is impressive enough, but his performance credentials pale by comparison to his other special feature – he’s alive! So well received was Herbie that he appeared in three sequels – Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo and Herbie Goes Bananas. There have also been a couple of reboots in the shape of 1997’s remake of The Love Bug and 2005’s Herbie: Fully Loaded.  
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DeLorean DMC-12

Film: Back to the Future
Every car on this list is special, but only Doctor Emit Brown’s DeLorean can travel through time. Despite the fact that the DeLorean is one of the most famous automotive failures, it certainly made a splash as the time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. Initially running on a diet of plutonium, the car is eventually modified to run on garbage, and by the end of the first film, it can even fly. 
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Mustang GT 390

Film: Bullitt
Given that the car chase in Bullitt is widely regarded as the best example ever put to film, it’s impossible not to mention the star of that chase on this list. Steve McQueen’ green 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback could steal the limelight just on its sound alone. But it’s safe to say that anyone who’s seen Bullitt, even once, will never, ever forget that car.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferrari 250 GT California

Film:  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
“If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away?” This particular car belongs to the father of Ferris’ best friend, Cameron. This is a car that Cameron’s father loves more than life itself, but that doesn’t stop Ferris taking it for the ultimate joy ride, and it’s a ride that everyone who grew up in the 80s will remember.
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