1 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Dick Van Dyke and ”cool” may go together as uneasily as meat and dairy in a kosher deli, but his flying jalopy is the alpha and omega of tricked-out wheels.
2 Kill Bill — Vol. 1 (2003) Ninjas and samurais are sweet, but it’s hard to get a lot cooler than Uma stepping out of the Pussy Wagon to scratch Vivica A. Fox from her marked-for-death list.
3 Bullitt (1968) Granted, this one’s more about the car chase than the car itself. But a turtlenecked Steve McQueen behind the wheel of this 1968 Mustang GT epitomized tough-guy chic.
4 Back to the Future (1985) ”If my calculations are correct. . .when this baby hits 88 mph. . .you’re gonna see some serious s—.” With the help of 1.21 gigawatts of electricity, of course.
5 The Blues Brothers (1980) Why the Blues Mobile? Ask Elwood: ”It’s got a cop motor. . .cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks.” In short, the perfect car for any ”mission from God.”
6 National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) Yes, it’s a station wagon. But the Family Truckster is also functional (strapping dead Aunt Edna to the roof) and a chick magnet (hello, Ms. Brinkley).
7 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Goldfinger‘s Aston Martin is a little obvious. We prefer 007’s Lotus Esprit, cruising underwater like Cousteau’s submarine with Barbara Bach riding shotgun.
8 American Graffiti (1973) Before she vaulted to stardom as Chrissy Snow, Suzanne Somers played Richard Dreyfuss’ dream girl whispering sweet nothings in her equally dreamy ’56 T-Bird.
9 Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Later the car of Long Island gym rats reeking of cologne, the Trans Am turned Burt Reynolds into a redneck icon — equal parts A.J. Foyt and Billy Jack.
10 Death Race 2000 (1975) It’s hell on wheels. David Carradine, in his spiky-spined ‘Vette with fangs on the front fender, has never been scarier or crazier. . .which is saying something.