The Most Powerful Cars In Movie History

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Sometimes you see a car in a film and you think to yourself, "Man, I'd like to drive that." Think about all the magical cars in movies and we'd be willing to bet there is at least one car you'd like to take out for an evening drive. Seriously... there has to be at least one you'd want to take for a spin. Really give it a good think, people.

Maybe you'd like to take one of the Batmobiles for a spin. Or maybe the DeLorean from Back to the Future. There are absolutely some Potter-heads out there who have dreamed about driving the Weasleys' flying car from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. And even though Bumblebee is more of an alien than a car, wouldn't you like to hang out with him? Get to the starting line and rev up those engines - this list goes through some of the most powerful cars in movie history. Remember to vote up your favorites.

  • The DeLorean, 'Back to the Future' Trilogy
    Photo: Back to the Future, Part 2 / Universal Pictures

    There might not be a more recognizable piece of 1980s pop-culture geekery than Back to the Future's DeLorean. And since only about 9,000 DeLorean cars were ever made before the company went bankrupt in the early '80s, it's safe to say the car would be completely forgotten if it weren't for its use in the franchise. If it was cool enough for Marty McFly and Doc Brown to drive around in, it's cool enough for you. Don't act like you've never wished you could buy your own DeLorean...

    The Car: A DeLorean DMC-12.

    What It Can Do: It can travel through time! And fly!

    Most Powerful Moment: ANY TIME IT TRAVELED THROUGH TIME!!!

    Biggest Weakness: The Mr. Fusion Doc Brown installed took care of the flux capacitor, but the time circuits could be pretty finicky and, oh yeah, the need for gasoline to make it work seems like a major drawback if you get stuck in a time period where gasoline isn't readily available.

    58 votes
  • The Batmobile, 'Batman' Franchise
    Photo: Batman / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Batmobile has been a staple of Batman lore for decades, from the comics to the 1960s television show, from the original feature films to today. There is no Batman without the Batmobile. And the Batmobile introduced in 1989's Batman was pretty sleek for its time. It got makeovers as the series went on, and the version from Batman Forever is certainly unique, but we're partial to the original version.

    The Car: Different incarnations of the Batmobile.

    What It Can Do: It's got all kinds of gadgets for Batman to use at his disposal. It's got "cocoon-mode" armor-plating. It can go up walls with grappling hooks. It's got voice-command. It's got machine guns. It's got oil slick dispensers. The real question is, "What can't it do?"

    Most Powerful Moment: Destroying Axis Chemicals in Batman.

    Biggest Weakness: Sharp turns. When you have to use a grappling hook to take any kind of turn at high speed, you know there's a design flaw of some kind.

    47 votes
  • The Tumbler, The 'Dark Knight' Trilogy
    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Batman needs a Batmobile, which posed an interesting puzzle for Christopher Nolan and his production team when they were starting work on Batman Begins. Their more realistic take on the Dark Knight meant a traditional version of the iconic car would stick out like a sore thumb. So what did they do? Gave Batman a mini-tank! Though some purists decried the Dark Knight trilogy's lack of a true Batmobile, the Tumbler became a fan-favorite vehicle for those who were willing to look past its militaristic exterior.

    The Car: The Tumbler (AKA the Batmobile).

    What It Can Do: This Batmobile is equipped with a rocket launcher, stealth mode, explosive mines, a jet engine, and two machine guns. Oh, and it can turn into the motorcycle-like Batpod, if need be.

    Most Powerful Moment: Driving on the rooftops of downtown Gotham City in Batman Begins was pretty cool.

    Biggest Weakness: RPGs.

    39 votes
  • Bumblebee, 'Transformers' Franchise
    Photo: Transformers / DreamWorks Pictures

    Is this cheating? This feels like cheating. Bumblebee isn't really a car. He is an Autobot from the planet Cybertron who can transform into a car. You know - one of the titular Transformers. And though everyone and their mom loves Optimus Prime, we'd like to submit that Bumblebee is worthy of the spot on this list (if we are including an alien at all) because he has more of a personality than just being a military general.

    The Car: Throughout the various Transformers films, Bumblebee has taken the form of a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, a 2007 Chevrolet Camaro, a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS, a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle Type 1, and a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. You've gotta sell a new toy with each movie, people.

    What It Can Do: He can transform from an alien into a car and back into an alien.

    Most Powerful Moment: Stopping the Decepticons. Multiple times.

    Biggest Weakness: Having to speak through radio snippets.

    48 votes
  • "How do you kill something that can't possibly be alive?" Ah, yes. The age-old question pontificated by the marketing team behind the posters advertising 1983's Christine. What a conundrum! Master of 1980s cinema John Carpenter directed the picture from a script based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. And if you were looking for a film about the dastardly machinations of an evil car, look no further. This cult hit is for you.

    The Car: A red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury.

    What It Can Do: It's hard to measure the might of this murderous car, as in classic Stephen King fashion, its abilities are more mysterious than they are defined. Christine, the eponymous car whose first action in the film is taking out a factory worker who dared leave cigar ash on one of the seats, can repair herself seemingly at will and can drive herself around, among other things. Why is Christine so bloodthirsty? Jealousy, for one. Otherwise? Hard to say. The film does make a compelling argument against self-driving cars decades before that even became a possibility.

    Most Powerful Moment: Causing a gas station explosion that wipes out two teenagers who vandalized her.

    Biggest Weakness: Bulldozers and car crushers.

    50 votes
  • If you're gonna be humanity's last line of defense against intergalactic threats, you're gonna need an arsenal to make the job easier. And though the various agents in the Men in Black franchise have fancy weaponry at their disposal - not to mention the Neuralyzer - the most important gadget at their disposal is the Crown Vic. It may not be the coolest looking car around, but this thing can get the job done. Because it packs a secret wallop. Agent J may call it a "Ford P.O.S." but we'd be happy to take in on a drive any day.

    The Car: A 1987 Ford LTD Crown Victoria.

    What It Can Do: In "Auxilary Mode," the Crown Vic can defy gravity and drive on ceilings. It also reconfigures its body and showcases two massive twin rear-exhaust thrusters that act as a jet engine, propelling the Crown Vic to incredible speeds.

    Most Powerful Moment: Surprising Agent J and driving on the ceiling of a tunnel in Queens to bypass traffic.

    Biggest Weakness: Getting outmoded with a new model.

    38 votes