Can You Guess the Movie or TV Show From Clues About the Car?


By: Steven Symes

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Some people like to memorize everything about actors in movies and television shows, but car nuts focus on the vehicles everyone is riding in. After all, these cars, trucks, and SUVs are the real stars of pretty much any production. There are entire fan sites dedicated to vehicles in movies and TV shows, proving this point.

Oftentimes, directors and other people in the production crew put a lot of thought into what cars they use in a production. Sure, sometimes it's a matter of an automaker offering to help finance the movie or TV show if its vehicles are used, like what happened with the second Fast and Furious movie or the first Transformers, but that doesn't mean they put just any vehicle on the screen. After all, different cars are well-suited for different roles. What would "Back to the Future" be without its iconic vehicle? Or Knight Rider? The list goes on, because cars can often make movies or TV shows memorable.

Sit down, strap in, and start recalling all the vehicles on the big and little screen you can. Are you ready to test your movie and television show car knowledge? Take the quiz now!

It was a Trans Am that could talk.

Michael and K.I.T.T. were an inseparable team, mullet and all. They fought crime, showed us how cool it would be to roll into and out of a mysterious black semi, and pretty much made autonomous cars seem interesting.


Modified Minis driving through buildings for the ultimate heist.

One version came out in 1969 and was more comedic than the 2003 thriller. The newer film showed a heist in Venice that involved boats, then another heist later using Minis in Los Angeles.


Eleanor the unicorn Mustang is a high point.

Both the 1974 version of this movie and the one that came out in 2000 put Eleanor in the spotlight, although the older film makes it a 1971 Mustang Sportsroof, while the other makes it a 1969 Shelby GT500.


It's a Peugeot 406 and BMW E34 in a car chase.

Many car enthusiasts think the big car chase in Ronin is one of the best in movie history, thanks to its relative realism and unusual pairing of two "family-friendly" sedans, plus the super sharp driving displayed in it.


A red Subaru WRX as a bank robbery getaway car.

One of the more impressive details about the driving stunts in "Baby Driver" is not only are they all real (meaning no CGI) some are performed by the actors. In fact, Ansel Elgort bought one of the WRXs used for the film, he liked driving it so much.


Dodge Charger versus Ford Mustang in San Francisco.

Even though "Bullitt" came out in 1968, it keeps influencing the Mustang. When Ford originally released a limited edition of the car that looked like what Steve McQueen drove, it was a hit. Updated versions of the car have been released several times since.


A DeLorean with a flux capacitor.

When "Back to the Future" came out in 1985, it was too late to save DeLorean, an American automaker that had risen and fallen quickly. The film did make the DMC-12 a collector's item, instead of being forgotten in the past.


A 1983 GMC van that was black with a red stripe and roof-mounted spoiler.

The A-Team ran from 1983 to 1987, with Mr. T's character likely the most memorable thing about the show. The van, though, is a close second, since it had more personality and flair than everyone else.


A Volkswagen Beetle with 53 emblazoned on the hood and doors.

Plenty of people loved this cheesy movie, which came out in 1968, and it worked to endear the public further when it came to the Beetle named Herbie.


This van looks like a dog, with a tongue, nose, ears, and tail, plus fur.

The Mutt Cutts van in this 1994 comedy made such a splash, it's an icon of the film even today. Not too long ago, it went on sale, triggering a wave of news stories about the possibility of owning this vehicle.


A Jaguar E-Type emblazoned with the Union Jack.

In 1997, Mike Meyers mystified critics and struck a home run with fans when he became Austin Powers. The Shaguar has a starring role in the film, and went on to star in others, becoming an automotive legend.


A 1960s blue and green panel van with flowers.

The Mystery Machine originally transported Fred, Velma, Scooby, Shaggy, and Daphne in 1969. Since then, the crime fighting team has enjoyed notoriety with several TV shows and even two live action movies, but this beloved van is always a component .


A black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, complete with the gold "screaming eagle" decal on the hood.

In 1977, viewers were fascinated by this film, which essentially is about the most epic beer run in cinematic history. Of course, Burt Reynolds' Pontiac Firebird Trans Am completely stole the spotlight, making the car something after which many people lusted.


Green 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse with a blue and white eagle decal down the sides, plus a black hood and large aluminum rear wing.

In 2001, most people really didn't know much about the tuner scene, other than laughing when they saw Honda Civics with large exhausts and wings bolted to the trunk lid. Today, "The Fast and the Furious" is a wildly successful franchise, for better or worse.


A long black coupe with a jet turbine in the front and huge rear fins.

The summer of 1989 was absolutely ruled by "Batman" mania, creating a movement that hadn't been seen since "Star Wars." One of the central elements to the movie was the new Batmobile, which was zany enough to make people stop and really stare.


A Lotus Esprit that converted into the coolest submarine ever.

There's a lot to love about this film, but the part where James Bond plunges his Lotus Esprit into the ocean and it transforms into a submarine just amazed audiences. It's still something people admire today.


A yellow Chevy Camaro that could turn into a really big robot.

The 2007 film broke with tradition, since in the cartoon's Bumblebee was always a Volkswagen Beetle. Thanks to GM's sponsorship of the movie, the automaker talked filmmakers into using a Camaro for the robot, and the rest is history.


A silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 with lots of hidden weapons.

In just 13 minutes of screen time, this 1964 film turned the Aston Martin DB5 into a huge star. Some have called it the most famous car in the world, thanks in large part to the cool on-board gadgets 007 used to fight bad guys.


A bright yellow 1932 Ford Coupe

Before he made "Star Wars," George Lucas directed this movie about kids street racing, long before "The Fast and the Furious." The standout vehicle was John Milner's 1932 Ford Coupe, which was considered a true hero's ride.


The Tumbler, a military prototype designed to jump rivers, etc.

To really punctuate that the 2005 reboot of the Batman franchise was nothing like the films before, Christopher Nolan had this custom vehicle built. It looked hulking and crazy, but nothing like the old Batmobile, and it wasn't even called the Batmobile, for good measure.


A red race car with lightning rods down its sides and stickers instead of real headlights.

When Pixar and Disney launched "Cars" in 2006, many critics thought the movie would be a huge flop. Considering it's still a beloved film to many, thanks in part to the dozens of car-related jokes throughout, it's safe to say that wasn't the case.


A red 1961 Ferrari 250GT.

Most people don't realize that the car in this movie isn't really a Ferrari, it only plays one. Instead, filmmakers built a lookalike, thanks to budget issues. That means no Ferraris were harmed in the process of making the film.


A red 1958 Plymouth Fury with white stripes and the ability to corrupt a teenager.

This is a strange book and movie, where a boy buys a car, but then his whole persona changes. Cars theoretically can corrupt you, but usually more in the sense of getting too many speeding tickets or double parking.


A 1959 Cadillac hearse and red emergency lights.

A comedic paranormal film was pretty much never done before Ghostbusters, meaning the movie broke major ground. Of course, the Ecto 1 was a memorable part of the film, and still carries a lot of nostalgic weight with people.


A 1966 Ford Thunderbird that briefly flies... off a cliff.

"Thelma & Louise" was a groundbreaking film at a time when such movies just weren't made. It also marked Brad Pitt's debut in a major film. Of course, everyone will remember seeing this car careen over the cliff.


An orange 1969 Dodge Charger emblazoned with the Confederate battle flag.

The original TV series ran from 1979 to 1985, resulting in the destruction of almost countless Dodge Chargers. It also proved that at the time, people really weren't tuned into the controversial nature of the Confederate flag being displayed on the heroes' car.


A 1974 Dodge Monaco painted black and white like a cop car.

In 1980, Dan Akroyd and John Belushi engaged in one of the most celebrated car chase scenes ever, thanks to the massive amount of destruction that resulted, immortalizing the Bluesmobile.


A 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS cruising the streets of Hawaii.

During the fourth season of the show, Tom Selleck famously drove this exotic Italian classic. It was a great endorsement for Ferrari, but the actor reportedly barely fit in the car, so thankfully it was a convertible.


A silver 2009 Audi R8.

Robert Downey Jr.'s character, Tony Stark, is known as a rich playboy, so what better car to represent him? It wasn't predictable like a red Ferrari, even though Iron Man's armor is red and gold, and it made quite the dramatic entrance in the film.


A 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX missing its hood, doors, roof, and a lot more.

David Spade's character is pretty anal about caring for this, his personal car, and freaks out about​ anyone even eating in it. When he and Chris Farley are road tripping and hit a deer, they load it in the back. The deer wasn't dead, wakes up, and proceeds to destroy the car in the most hilarious fashion.


A 1970 Chevy Nova with a skull and crossed lighting rods on the hood.

This Quentin Taratino film had the director's mark all over it, from the gross amounts of violence, over-the-top plot elements, and even the brashness of the car itself. The ending is too good to spoil, so see it if you haven't.


A 1966 Chrysler Imperial with a ton of hidden gadgets.

In the 1960s, this TV show was a popular hit, with Bruce Lee playing the Green Hornet's sidekick. The car was loaded with all kinds of cool toys, like a telephone, guns, even brooms to hide its tracks.


A 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT with a huge blower sticking out of the hood.

When Mad Max hit movie theaters, it was a pretty unusual film. Mel Gibson fought a good fight as an Australian policeman in a dystopian future, and he has his car, called the V8 Interceptor, to help with his mission.


A 1972 Ford Grand Torino Sport in green with no flames or other stuff on it.

When this film hit theaters in 2008, it really made people stop and think. While the Gran Torino was obviously central to the film, the plot made quite a few bold statements about present-day society in several dimensions.


A blue 1976 AMC Pacer with flames pained right behind the front wheels.

One of the most famous scenes in "Wayne's World" happens inside the AMC Pacer, when Garth and Wayne are listening to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, singing along with plenty of emotion.


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