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The 10 Best Cars in Movie History

Automobiles in ''American Graffiti'' and ''Back to the Future'' made our list

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.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints