Dodges in Films Through the Decades: 5 Movies Starring Dodge Vehicles
A collection of the most iconic Dodge models to dart across the silver screen
Movies that involve cars more often than not involve car chases. When you have a big chase scene set up, you want a vehicle that packs a lot of power and possesses a ton of muscle. So it should come as no surprise that plenty of feature films feature Dodge vehicles. From classic models to more modern rides, Dodges have long been a staple of the cinematic car scene. Although there are plenty of notable Dodge models spanning several decades of film, these five are undoubtedly the most iconic.
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- Vanishing Point (1971)
- Death Proof (2007)
- The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- The Fast and the Furious (2001)
When it comes to movies with vehicles directly tied into the plot, one of the best examples is 1971’s Vanishing Point. Starring Barry Newman as the mysterious driver named Kowalski, the movie’s narrative follows Kowalski as he attempts to deliver a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Magnum from Denver, Colorado to San Francisco, California. Along the way, everyone and everything attempts to stop Kowalski from completing his mission. A staple of car-focused cinema, Vanishing Point is even one of Steven Spielberg’s favorite films.
Quentin Tarantino’s films are hardly lacking in exciting action sequences involving vehicles. However, his most car-centric piece is undoubtedly his 2007 exploitation film Death Proof. After all, what other films have Kurt Russell cast as a serial killer who uses cars to execute his victims? One of the cars Russell’s Stuntman Mike McKay uses near the end of the film is a black 1969 Charger. The finale also includes a 1970 Dodge Challenger, based upon the same model used in Vanishing Point.
Okay, so the 2005 film adaption of The Dukes of Hazzard is hardly a cinematic masterpiece. However, it would seem plain wrong to exclude the General Lee from the list. This 1969 Dodge Charger has launched its way into both popular culture and, more recently, a bit of controversy. While the movie fails to live up to the legacy of the television series in nearly every way, at least the model used for the General Lee is correct.
Them Duke Boys aren’t the only duo who rely upon a Dodge vehicle for their shenanigans. Few film vehicles are more famous than the “Bluesmobile” that brother Jake and Elwood use during their “mission from God” in the 1980 cult classic The Blues Brothers. The Bluesmobile is based on a 1974 Dodge Monaco police sedan. As is to be expected from the eponymous Blues Brothers, the Bluesmobile goes through some of the greatest and most hilarious car chases in cinematic history during the course of the movie.
Outside of the Transformers franchise, no other modern movie franchise places more emphasis on vehicles than the Fast and Furious movies. Of all the vehicles featured in the Fast films, none are as iconic as Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Originally belonging to Toretto’s father, the Charger is not only an icon for the movies but an emotional tether that binds the films together. Despite being involved in a violent crash at the conclusion of the first film, Dom’s main ride would appear in multiple sequels throughout the series.
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