4 Iconic Dodge Chargers of the Silver Screen
Although not quite as popular as their human co-stars, muscle cars have been taking the movie screen by storm. Featured in some of the craziest stunts and thrilling high-speed chases, throughout the years, muscle cars have slowly built up their reputation as the most iconic cars of all time.
One of the most-used muscle cars in Hollywood films is the Dodge Charger. Given the model’s impressive movie career, it’s no wonder the Dodge Charger is one of the baddest muscle cars on the market today. Below we’ve compiled a list of the best movies in which the Charger makes an appearance.
1968 Charger R/T 440
The film “Bullitt” is where the Dodge Charger really started to sparkle on screen. The movie features a dramatic plotline consisting of a police officer protecting a witness for 48 hours, and things definitely don’t go according to plan. One of the highlights of the movie is an epic car chase on the highway — and you guessed it, their car of choice was the Charger R/T. With speeds up to 110 miles per hour and plenty of zigging and zagging along the way, the Charger delivered a magnificent performance. This film also set the trend for many more films to feature the Charger.
1969 Charger R/T 440
Starring in “Dirty Mary Crazy Larry,” the Charger R/T 440 brought to life one of the most exciting car chases to ever hit the big screen. After deciding to rob a supermarket, Larry hits the road and runs from the cops. Along the way, he meets a companion, and the two of them steal a 1969 Dodge Charger. That’s where things start to become a bit wild for them. Staying one step ahead of the police and helicopters, the Charger R/T proves to be a great getaway vehicle.
The movie “Big Fish” is a story about a father and son trying to understand each other. Weaving through his father’s fantastical stories, William tries to discover which ones are real and which ones aren’t. A large number of life experiences are portrayed in the film, and most of these adventures involve a red 1967 Dodge Charger. While there aren’t high-speed chases, the Charger does get submerged under water and stuck in a tree. It’s this movie that challenged the Charger to move past the typical muscle car performance seen in other movies.
We saved the best for last. For many people, the Charger’s best performance was being General Lee’s vehicle on “The Dukes of Hazard.” That show featured over 300 Chargers that delivered great stunt performances. When the show was made into a movie in 2005, the director stayed true to the TV show, and the Charger played a leading role. The movie features several 1968 and 1970 Chargers — all of which were dressed up to mimic that original 1969 Charger — and trust us, it definitely impressed.
From the sporty and sleek exterior to the nimble and smooth drive, there’s no mystery about why Hollywood directors pick the classic Dodge Charger to star in their films.
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