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Everyone has their favorite cars from their most cherished car movies. An image of a 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 sliding away from police cars comes to mind. However, there are moments in cinema when an attention-grabbing car dominates the scene of a non-car film. 

These are a few of our picks for the best movie cars from films that aren’t about cars

While far from exhaustive, these are some of our favorite scene-stealing cars from popular crime movies, dramas, action flicks, and laugh-out-loud comedies. 

FilmMake and model
“Dazed and Confused” (1993)1970 Pontiac GTO
“The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)1989 Lamborghini Countach
“Rush Hour” (1998)1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
“Paid in Full” (2002)1987 SAAB 900 Turbo Cabrio
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017)1964 Jaguar E-Type

“Dazed and Confused” is a lot of things. It’s a coming-of-age story and a riotous comedy ride. However, it’s not a car film. Still, it manages to showcase one of the most iconic American muscle cars of all time: a 1970 Pontiac GTO. 

One of the best movie cars from 'The Wolf of Wall Street', a Lamborghini Countach for sale.
A Lamborghini Countach from ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ | John Lamparski, Getty Images

Everyone loves a white Lamborghini Countach. The iconic supercar looks like it flew off the poster in your early 1990s pad. However, this isn’t just any white Countach. No, it’s a 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, and it was one of two used in filming for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It’s a Countach, albeit with a redesign courtesy of Horacio Pagani. Yes, that Pagani.

“Paid in Full” is a gritty crime film and possibly the last setting you’d expect for a SAAB 900 Turbo Cabrio. However, car fans won’t mistake the drop-top Swede on gold wheels in the thriller. What’s more, 1987 was the year before the SAAB 900 Turbo’s move from an oil-cooled Garrett turbocharger to water-cooled units. As such, the ‘87 model is a quirky bit of SAAB history. 

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan are quite the duo in the “Rush Hour” films. As a viewer, you don’t want any harm to befall the intrepid police partners. However, you also want a peaceful outcome for Tucker’s on-screen ride, a black 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Of course, the drop-top Corvette is a perfect pairing for Tucker’s wild character. 

Sure, it’s not every day that you see a weaponized Black Cab in a spy movie. However, those credentials aren’t enough to upstage the green 1964 Jaguar E-Type in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Along with Henry Jackman’s swelling soundtrack, it’s a short-lived on-screen treat.

Of course, we’re moving right past a library of stellar rides from the “James Bond” films, the “Bad Boys” franchise, the 1969 Ford Mustang GT 390 from “Bullitt,” and the myriad other action movies over the years. Instead, we’re thinking of automotive setpieces that brighten up our favorite movies. It’s always lovely to witness an eye-popping ride in an unlikely setting.

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