We here at Ford Addict love a good movie. Who doesn’t? You know what makes a good movie? Seeing our favorite automotive brand co-star! Some Fords are truly memorable throughout cinema history, so we decided to make a list of our favorite “Famous Fords in Movies”. Grab your popcorn, and sit back for your feature presentation!
1968 Mustang GT – Bullitt (1968)
This car was a no-brainer to make it on our list, as it was the main car used in the most iconic chase scene ever! This Highland Green ’68 fastback with the 390 motor was heavily modified by the studio to withstand the strain of being driven at 110mph while jumping down the streets of San Francisco. Steve McQueen, the lead actor in Bullitt, drove this Mustang in parts of the chase scene too, including the unscripted famous burnout scene (pictured). This car is so iconic even Ford made limited edition Mustangs like it!
1986 LTD Crown Victoria – Men In Black (1997)
The Crown Victoria has been a symbol of authority for years, but this movie made the LTD an intergalactic star! Although Will Smith’s character doesn’t particularly approve of the vehicle, because of its old technology, he definitely changes his views after he pushes the “little red button”. It kind of makes you wonder if blacked out undercover police cars are hiding similar features.
1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” – Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Everybody has that dream car they want to buy, well Nicolas Cage’s character didn’t exactly do that with his…because he stole it. But you can’t blame him, this is one is gorgeous! Specially modified for the film, the “unicorn” as it is described, is different from all other Shelby Mustangs, with unique paint, body kit, motor, interior, and according the movie even nitrous! Like the Bullitt Mustang, many copies of Eleanor have been made, even by companies partnered with Shelby too!
1972 Gran Torino – Gran Torino (2008)
Clint Eastwood’s acting and directing made this movie come together with a very powerful story, but the real star was the ’72 Gran Torino (and the ’72 F-100 made a great co-star). Eastwood’s character is a retired Ford assembly line worker, who put the steering column in his own Gran Torino, and his attachment with the car provides the set up for the movie’s overlaying plot. The sportsroof body style of this car was available from ’72-73, and this mint example looks particularly good with its GT package that added stripes and magnum 500 wheels. This tough muscle car was perfect for this role, because honestly if they chose a Pinto I’m not sure it would have been as good…
1973 Gran Torino – The Big Lebowski (1998)
Now that we’ve seen a mint, cared for Gran Torino, here’s one that’s seen better days. It’s owned by the one and only “Dude”. This car is the perfect companion for the Dude in this cult classic comedy movie. It starts off as an extension of his carefree, easy going lifestyle, but as his life gets worse over the course of the movie, so does his car. We won’t give away too many details, but we will say that this car really ties the movie together man.
1993 Explorer – Jurassic Park (1993)
When the Explorer first debuted in 1990 for the 1991 model year, it was sold as a comfortable, practical, and capable adventure vehicle. The ideal vehicle to chauffeur passengers around a theme park with REAL DINOSAURS! The Explorers used were customized with unique paint, sunroof, and completely new interiors with state of the art TV’s from the 90s (wow!). Unfortunately we all know the fate of Explorer #04, so maybe the all electric no driver tour strategy was a bad idea. Just remember, if a T-Rex ends up in front of your Explorer, shut the light off and stay still.