Cars featured in films in the 1980s
Here we put together a collection of cars from films of the 1980s .Some main featured others just used during filming.
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The 80s was also pure classic for car action, following on from the great films of the 70s.
Make a note of some you may of missed.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone
Catch Me If You Can (1989)
A hotshot car racer persuades the class president of a small Minnesota high school to gamble on illegal car races to raise money for their school facing closure.
Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Matt Lattanzi, Loryn Locklin, Grant Heslov, Billy Morrissette
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Frederic Forrest
Raising Arizona (1987)
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman
The Chain Reaction (1980)
An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility...
Director: Ian Barry
Stars: Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson, Ralph Cotterill
Used Cars (1980)
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival. (113 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
Director: John Landis
Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy
The Hollywood Knights (1980)
Led by their comedic and pranking leader, Newbomb Turk, the Hollywood Knights car gang raise hell throughout Beverly Hills on Halloween Night...
Director: Floyd Mutrux
Stars: Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julius Averitt, Steve Ballard
The Wraith (1986)
Jamie, killed by neighborhood thugs, returns as a mystical figure named Jake (The Wraith) to gain revenge.
Director: Mike Marvin
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid
Stand by Me (1986)
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.
Director: Stephen King
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith
Fair Game (1986)
A young woman running a wildlife sanctuary in the Australian outback is in for trouble when she is confronted by three kangaroo hunters...
Director: Mario Andreacchio
Stars: Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson
Gung Ho (1986)
When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor. (112 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers
Car Trouble (1986)
In the throes of a midlife crisis, a man buys a new Jaguar, and it immediately becomes his new love. What he doesn't know is that his wife is as attracted to the Jaguar salesman as he is to the car. (89 mins.)
Director: David Green
Stars: Julie Walters, Ian Charleson, Vincent Riotta, Stratford Johns
The Hitcher (1986)
A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Harmon
Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn
Killing Cars (1986)
In a complex story of automotive intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international villainy...
Director: Michael Verhoeven
Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Senta Berger, Agnès Soral, Daniel Gélin
Black Moon Rising (1986)
A professional thief is hired by the FBI to steal a data tape from a company under investigation. The analysis of this tape...
Director: Harley Cokliss
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Director: William Friedkin
Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen. (107 mins.)
Director: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn
Back to the Future (1985)
A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
Cannonball Run II (1984)
The original characters from the first Cannonball movie race across the country once more in various cars and trucks.
Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Farr
Against All Odds (1984)
A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.
Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.
Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid
Blue Thunder (1983)
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
Director: John Badham
Stars: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern
Midnite Spares (1983)
After discovering that a group of car thieves may have something to do with his father's untimely death, Steve pursues the criminals and attempts to capture them as well as prove his prowess as a racecar driver. (87 mins.)
Director: Quentin Masters
Stars: James Laurie, Gia Carides, Max Cullen, Bruce Spence
48 Hrs. (1982)
A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae
Running on Empty (1982)
This film collects just what it was like to be in Australia in the early 80's. It's about hot cars, hot chicks and hot times...
Director: John Clark
Stars: Terry Serio, Deborah Conway, Max Cullen, Richard Moir
Mad Max 2 (1981)
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.
Director: George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps
A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page
The Cannonball Run (1981)
A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks. (95 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise
The Last Chase (1981)
In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated... (101 mins.)
Director: Martyn Burke
Stars: Lee Majors, Burgess Meredith, Chris Makepeace, Alexandra Stewart
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