Jump to content

General Lee is #01 - The 100 Greatest Movie and TV Cars of All Time!


Recommended Posts

Edmund's InsideLine has released it's 100 Greatest Movie and TV Cars of All Time list and sitting pretty in the top spot is - you know it - The General Lee!

The General beat out every other car you can think of including, for the second time in recent months, the Bandit Trans Am.

You can check out the list at InsideLine.com. See if your other favorites made the list! (What? There's others??)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

No quibbles with the #1, but I'd rearrange some of the other entries. I know the car chase in Ronin was good, and the Audi S8 is a great car, but 70 places higher than ECTO-1?.

Nice to see 4 Chargers in the top 40, and a good selection of Bond cars. I thought the DB5 from Goldfinger was a 1964, because it appeared along with Tilly Masterson's pre-production 1964 1/2 Mustang. The Bond Lotus that comes third did turn into a submarine, but I prefered the copper Turbo model that appeared in For Your Eyes Only - 2.2l 4-cylinder engine capable of 150+ MPH stock!.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

... I'm also wishing they would have done a nicer job on some of the photos.

After reading Brian's comment I thought it might be fun to collect pictures of the whole top 100 cars - it wasn't, but once I'd started ...

I tried to find as many pictures from the shows/movies as possible, but some are replicas/recreations. I'm sorry that the pictures came out quite small, but I had a lot to fit in. Before I started this I thought I knew most of the popular car movies/shows, but I probably only knew 75-80 of them. I not convinced that all the models/years are correct in the original list, but those are the ones I used. I hope y'all find something new to enjoy:


100. The Monkees 1966 Pontiac GTO

99. Cannonball 1970 Pontiac Trans Am

98. Easy Rider Captain America Harley-Davidson

97. Get Smart's 1965 Sunbeam Tiger

96. Diamonds Are Forever 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

95. The Saint 1962 Volvo P1800

94. Days of Thunder 1990 #46 City Chevrolet Lumina

93. Viva Las Vegas 1962 Elva Mk. VI

92. The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500

91. The Prisoner 1967 Lotus 7 Series II

90. Scooby-Doo 1969 Mystery Machine Van

89. Speed Racer 1966 Mach 5

88. Hooper 1978 Pontiac Trans Am

87. Green Hornet 1966 Black Beauty Imperial

86. Columbo 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible

85. Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac Ecto-1

84. The Munsters 1964 Munster Coach

83. The Munsters 1965 Drag-U-La

82. Animal House 1964 Lincoln Continental Deathmobile

81. Fireball 500 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

80. Miami Vice 1986 Ferrari Testarossa

79. Against All Odds 1984 Porsche 911 SC

78. Against All Odds 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi

77. 48 Hrs. 1964 Cadillac DeVille

76. Death Race 2000 1975 Shala-Vette


75. Stingray 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

74. Spenser: For Hire 1966 Ford Mustang GT

73. Vega$ 1957 Ford Thunderbird

72. McQ 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD455

71. Bad Boys 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

70. Cars Lightning McQueen

69. Batman Begins 2005 Tumbler

68. Laurel & Hardy 1908 Model T

67. Two-Lane Blacktop 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

66. Tucker: The Man and His Dream 1948 Tucker Torpedo

65. Cobra 1950 Mercury

64. American Graffiti 1958 Chevrolet Impala

63. Rain Man 1949 Buick Roadmaster

62. The Italian Job 1968 Mini Coopers

61. Casino Royale 2007 Aston Martin DBS

60. The Living Daylights 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

59. Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1986 Chrysler Town & Country

58. You Only Live Twice 1967 Toyota 2000GT Convertible

57. Rebel Without a Cause 1949 Mercury

56. Miami Vice 1972 Ferrari Daytona Replica

55. Transformers 1976 Chevrolet Camaro "Bumblebee"

54. Christine 1958 Plymouth Fury

53. White Lightning 1971 Ford LTD

52. Fast Five 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R

51. Iron Man 2008 Audi R8


50. Simon & Simon 1979 Dodge Power Wagon

49. 2 Fast 2 Furious 1998 Nissan Skyline GT-R

48. Better Off Dead 1967 Camaro

47. Le Mans 1970 Porsche 911S

46. The Fast and the Furious 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo

45. Hollywood Knights 1957 Chevrolet

44. Thunder Road 1950 Ford

43. Risky Business 1981 Porsche 928

42. The Blues Brothers 1974 Dodge Monaco

41. Route 66 1961 Chevrolet Corvette

40. The Italian Job 1967 Lamborghini Miura

39. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry 1969 Dodge Charger

38. 77 Sunset Strip T-Bucket

37. Bullitt 1968 Dodge Charger

36. Corvette Summer 1973 Corvette

35. Gone in 60 Seconds 1973 Mustang Mach 1

34. The Gumball Rally 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder

33. The Gumball Rally 1966 Shelby Cobra 427

32. The Godfather 1941 Lincoln Continenta

31. Vanishing Point 1970 Dodge Challenger

30. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1910 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

29. Back to the Future 1981 DeLorean DMC-12: Doc Brown

28. American Graffiti 1955 Chevy 210

27. Two-Lane Blacktop 1955 Chevy 210

26. The A-Team 1983 GMC Van


25. The Fall Guy 1982 GMC Sierra

24. Hardcastle and McCormick Coyote X

23. Take This Job and Shove It 1974 Ford F-250 Bigfoot

22. The California Kid 1934 Ford Coupe

21. Magnum, P.I. 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS

20. National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster

19. Le Mans 1970 Ferrari 512S

18. Le Mans 1970 Porsche 917K

17. The Cannonball Run 1980 Lamborghini LP400S

16. The Fast and the Furious 1970 Dodge Charger

15. Ronin 1998 Audi S8

14. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California

13. The Love Bug 1962 Volkswagen Beetle

12. The Rockford Files 1974 Pontiac Firebird Esprit

11. Starsky & Hutch 1975 Ford Gran Torino

10. Batman 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile

9. Mad Max 1973 Ford XB Falcon

8. Gone in Sixty Seconds 1967 Shelby GT500

7. Knight Rider 1982 Pontiac Trans Am

6. Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390

5. American Graffiti 1932 Ford Coupe

4. Smokey and the Bandit 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

3. The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Lotus Esprit

2. Goldfinger 1963 Aston Martin DB5

1. The Dukes of Hazzard 1969 Dodge Charger

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice Hoss!!

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of Trans Ams/Firebirds that made the list. (I woulda been verrrry disappointed if the Rockford Firebird had NOT made the list!).

However, I was kinda surprised the red T/A from "Hooper" got on there. Thought I was the only one who knew of that movie. LOL.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, grind mah gears! All of 'em at a glance, and much better pics than Edmunds. Hoss, you never cease to amaze us with the stuff you put together. Great job!

Ya know what? You should rearrange this list, and make it Hoss's 100.

I'd redo the list, but I'm too lazy. If I did though, I'd add a car or two from the campy 80's movie "The Wraith."

And, I'd add the Metallicar from the CW series, "Supernatural."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The "Hit Car" was a...one hit wonder, pardon the expression. Appeared in a single episode of Greatest American Hero. (as far as I know.)

Supernatural fans have more reason for offense given that the show is in it's what..6th season? I don't even know but it's been on awhile, and the Impala has been a focal point in many episodes.

(internal note: the Impala graphic in my posts isn't a nod to Supernatural, as much as it is to my own use of a 67 Impala, which was active long before Supernatural was on the air, so sometimes I wonder, but...anyway.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The "Hit Car" was a...one hit wonder, pardon the expression. Appeared in a single episode of Greatest American Hero. (as far as I know.)

Well, if we're counting movie cars, which appear in only 1 movie, I don't see why we can't include tv cars that appeared in 1 episode. LOL. That car certainly made an impression! Plus, it also appeared on the A-Team, I believe.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, if we're counting movie cars, which appear in only 1 movie, I don't see why we can't include tv cars that appeared in 1 episode. LOL. That car certainly made an impression! Plus, it also appeared on the A-Team, I believe.

That goes back to how Edmund's Inside Line put this together. What's the criteria for a car being "iconic?" A single movie? Sure, if the movie is like a cult classic or timelessly remembered for something, but then that would rule out "Better Off Dead." It's a fun flick, but iconic? No. That's where I'd put the Metallicar, which has a large fan base, over a single-movie machine that most people haven't heard of.

Maybe they should have broken this down by "movies" vs. "tv" cars. The General Lee would have still won.

There's a ton of car movies that weren't even touched in this list. Take "

" for example. The movie is pretty much one long game of tag between a 50's Caddy and an 80's Saab. Edge of your seat action. In every sense it's a car movie/thriller, and the chase scenes take place at night, in the winter. It's not what I'd call a "deep" movie but I couldn't tear myself away from it to refill my popcorn.

Maybe you should do a MeadowMufn 100 list, and we'll compare it Hoss's new one.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here's a clip with the Hit Car at the end.

I think we should have a HazzardNet 100 top cars. We're lazy though, so maybe we should only make it 25 or 50. LOL. We already know the General Lee will win, but it'd be neat to see what everybody else comes up with. If you guys are game, I'll create a nominating thread and give it a few weeks to fill up. Then we can create a poll thread for folks to vote.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here's some more cars to consider, ranging from 1921 to 2054. I started off thinking I'd come up with another 10 (that haven't already been mentioned) - I ended up with 30. They're in no particular order.

There's more British cars here (call me biased ;)) and the first 10 are from British TV shows that may not be familiar to US members, with the exception of FAB1 - they probably aren't well known enough to make the top 100, but I think they deserve a mention. I've included YouTube links where I can find a relevant clip.


Inspector Morse 1960 Jaguar Mk II: This long-running British TV detective show sees the Jag driving around Oxford.

Life on Mars 1974 Ford Cortina MkIII: In the British (original) version of Life on Mars, Gene Hunt drove this lovely looking Cortina - probably the best shaped Cortina that Ford made. It features in


Ashes to Ashes 1983 Audi Quattro: From the '80s-set follow-up to Life on Mars - when Gene Hunt says

, you do it! (Warning: mild bad language in link).

Thunderbirds FAB1 Rolls Royce: Owned by Lady Penelope and driven by Parker, this is the original from the '60s TV show.

The Professionals 1979 Ford Capri Mk III: Intelligence agents Bodie and Doyle had several fast Fords, but the Capri is the best known - see a selection


Bergerac 1946 Triumph Roadster: Unusual classic owned by the '80s detective Jim Bergerac on the Channel Island of Jersey. It wasn't always without its


Mr. Bean 1977 Mini 1000: The small green car with black hood suited the character perfectly, and could even be driven from a chair on the roof!.

Only Fools and Horses Reliant Regal Supervan III: Probably the only 3-wheeler on the list, this tatty van has iconic status in Britain. It even featured in a


The Avengers 1967 Lotus Elan S3: While Steed drove a vintage Bentley, Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) drove this little 2-seater.

Return of the Saint Jaguar XJ-S: When this series was revived, the Jaguar replaced the Volvo of the original. The car features heavily in the first three minutes of


For Your Eyes Only 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo: After the white Esprit blows up at the start of the movie, Q manages to put it back together and spray it bronze for its trip to Cortina.

Austin Powers 1961 Jaguar E-Type (XK-E): What could be more British than a Jaguar covered with the Union Jack?. Felicity's Corvette was cool too.

Beverly Hillbillies 1921 Oldsmobile Touring: Despite their new-found fortune and fancy house with its own cement pond, the Clampetts kept their original transport.

The Equalizer 1984 Jaguar Series 3: I haven't see the show for years, but I still remember Edward Woodward and his black Jag.

Nash Bridges 1970 Plymouth Barracuda: Don Johnson wanted a '71 Hemi Cuda convertible, but they're so rare that '70 Barracudas were modified. No real Hemis were used.

Knight Rider 2008 Ford Shelby GT 500 KR SVT: OK, so the new show didn't last long, but this is one of the coolest new Mustangs around.

Moonlighting 1985 BMW 635 CSi [E24]: Over 25 years on, and I still think this is one of the best looking Beemers. I hated the scene when Bruce Willis deliberately wrecked it.

Pink Panther Show car: The real-life car appeared with the cartoon Pink Panther in the

and closing credits of each episode..

My Name is Earl 1973 Chevy El Camino: A regular feature on the show - it's got the driver's door from a '77, and the transmission from an '87 Camaro.

Wayne's World 1977 AMC Pacer: Often referred to as "The Mirth Mobile", it even got stretched in the sequel.

Grease 1948 Ford De Luxe: I can't claim that this is my favorite movie, but "Greased Lightning" is a memorable car.

The Graduate 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Deutto: If Mrs. Robinson didn't seduce you, this Italian sports car might!.

Thelma and Louise 1966 Ford Thunderbird: What a sad way for the movie to end - the destruction of this '60s classic.

xXx 1967 Pontiac GTO: If James Bond was American he'd probably have driven a tricked out muscle car like this.

Dazed and Confused 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS 454: I haven't seen the movie for ages, but this beautiful Chevelle, known as "Melba Toast", sticks in my memory.

Every Which Way But Loose 1955 Chevy 3100: You've gotta love these '50s pickups. This one even had a camper for the back.

Malcolm 1972 Honda Z360 'Zot': If you haven't seen this great Australian film, I'd highly recommend it. I won't spoil it by saying why this car is special, but you can see

(Warning: some mild bad language again).

I Robot 2004 Audi RSQ: I haven't seen this movie, but I remember seeing the pictures of Will Smith's concept Audi when it came out.

Judge Dredd Land-Rover 101 FC: Land Rover designed the bodywork for this futuristic taxi and fitted it to surplus stock vehicles.

Minority Report Lexus 2054 EV: Again, I haven't seen this movie, but I remember the car from the publicity.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Chicken Pit! Good one Cap'n! "That guy just clucked at me!" ROFL The plucked chicken paint scheme was classic.

Great additions to the list. I agree, the Hit Car shoulda been in there too. I think it was a '66 Charger tho'.

And although the Hit Car only appeared in one episode of The Greatest American Hero, the '66 Charger was used a couple more times...

...as a Fed car for about five minutes, until it got torched...


Oops, lookit that I posted another picture of You Know Who. :)

...and in another episode as a getaway car...


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Great additions to the list. I agree, the Hit Car shoulda been in there too. I think it was a '66 Charger tho'.

Oops, my bad. '66 it is. You don't need any encouragement to post pics of you-know-who, do you?

Loved the Avengers and loved that Lotus Elan. "Mrs. Peel, we're needed."

I was familiar with about 5 of your top 10 there, Hoss.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How do y'all feel about a side poll for your favorite TV/movie big rig?. Here's eight to start the ball rolling, although I could add Waylon Jennings' rig from 'Welcome, Waylon Jennings' to the list.


Some of these are replicas - I'm quoting the make/model as they appeared in the show/movie. They are:

BJ and the Bear 1978 Kenworth K-100 Aerodyne: BJ McKay's truck.

Smokey and the Bandit 1974 Kenworth W-900: Snowman's truck.

The Highwayman 1980 Kenworth COE (before modification): The Highwayman's truck.

(NB. the truck is not exactly how it appeared in the series as this picture was taken part-way through the owner's conversion of the truck into a mobile home)

Duel 1955 Peterbilt 281: David Mann's mysterious nemesis.

Convoy 1977 Mack RS-712 LST: Rubber Duck's truck.

Knight Rider 1973 Peterbilt 352 Pacemaker: 'Goliath', built by Michael Knight's evin twin-brother Garthe Knight.

Transformers Peterbilt 379: Optimus Prime.

Cars 1985 Mack Superliner: Lightning McQueen's transport, voiced by John Ratzenberger.

Despite some stiff competition, I'm going to give my vote to Rubber Duck's truck from Convoy.

While I was searching for the pictures I came across the following picture of an aerodynamic, fuel-efficient concept truck - it wasn't in a show or movie, but it's not a million miles away from The Highwayman truck.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

But that tanker rig from "Duel"... GAAAHHH!! That rusting hulk was the scariest thing on the road! I'm impressed that somebody did a replica of it (along with the car).

I think the picture I used was an original, but there are replicas. There's a site for the surviving Duel truck here. There's also a thread I found by someone who created a great looking model of the Duel truck - it's here.

If Rubber Duck's more your thing there's a site dedicated to all things Convoy, including all the main trucks, and especially the surviving Mack - it's here. There's someone in Japan who's recreated a 1:14 scale (I think) model of Rubber Duck's rig - it's complete with radio control and working lights, and the detail's incredible. The text is in Japanese, but the pictures speak for themselves. The site is here.

Finally, if you like Smokey and the Bandit models then look no further than here. If you look around the site you'll also find pictures of loads of Trans-Ams and a Snowman rig on the Bandit Run. There's even a picture that looks like Snowman's rig got pulled over by the Hazzard Sheriff's Department :).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.