The many cars that Porsche has to offer have been a part of the cinematic landscape for decades. It seems like every time filmmakers want to show that a particular character is cool, they give him a Porsche. As a result, Porsches have become and international symbol for both elegance and effortless machismo. Some truly great Porches have been featured in some of the most popular and entertaining movies over the years. Here are the top five movie Porsches of all time.
5. Top Gun (1986) – 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster
The 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster featured in Top Gun may be a replica, but it is forever forged in the minds of movie watchers everywhere as one of the coolest cars in one of the most iconic movies to come out of the 1980s. The car, driven by Kelly McGillis’s character, Charlie, is a beauty like no other. This incredible car is an icon among ‘80s film buffs and deserves to be counted among the coolest movie Porsches, if not one of the all-around coolest movie cars, of all time.
4. Bullitt (1968) – 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet
Bullitt is one of the greatest car movies in the history of film. Some of the greatest car chases are featured in this blockbuster Steve McQueen flick. In the film, Steve McQueen’s character, Frank Bullitt, calls on his girlfriend, Cathy (played by the sublime Jacqueline Bisset) to help him solve his case. Cathy drives a canary yellow 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet that can only be described as stunning. The striking yellow paired with the incredible beauty of the Porsche styling makes this one of the best movie Porsches of all time.
3. Risky Business (1983) – 1979 Porsche 928
Risky Business has a special place in the hearts of most movie fans. The movie that introduced the world to Tom Cruise also features a beautiful 1979 Porsche 928. When Tom Cruise’s character, Joel, is running from a pimp, he does so in his father’s incredible Porsche. Later on, the Porsche is dumped into Lake Michigan and Joel must pay to fix it. You see, you can’t simply leave a gorgeous 928 at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Without the Porsche, nothing in this movie is possible. The fact that the main part of the plot of this movies is centered on destroying and restoring this car shows how unbelievably cool it truly is. It also made the Porsche in the film a true icon of the 80s. The 928 used in the movie recently sold at auction for $49,000.
2. Bad Boys (1995) – 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo
When you think of 1990’s buddy cop action movies, chances are, you think of Bad Boys. This movie had everything: cops, romance and a Porsche. The 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo owned by Will Smith’s character, Mike Lowrey, is cool for a number of reasons. For one, it was driven by Will Smith and that’s enough to make anything cool. Beyond that, the sleek styling and classic beauty are enough to turn any head. The real iconic moment for this car comes late in the film when it wins in a drag race against a Cobra Roadster. Nothing says effortless cool like winning a drag race in style.
1. Sixteen Candles (1984) – 1983 Porsche 944
No movie Porsche is more iconic than Jake Ryan’s 1983 Porsche 944 from the 1984 Brat Pack classic, Sixteen Candles. In the movie, Molly Ringwald’s character, Sam, thinks that everyone is going to forget her 16th birthday. That is, until Jake (Michael Schoeffling) saves that day is his cherry red ride. This car sent the message that Jake was the coolest guy on campus and everybody wanted to be part of his inner circle. The scene where Jake leans up against his car to wait for Sam is unforgettable in the best possible way. The Porsche is used throughout the movie to show off Jake’s many attributes and why is the deserving of Sam’s heart. This incredible ride not only solidifies Jake’s leading man status in Sam’s eyes, but the viewer’s as well. That is why this car catapults all the way to the number one spot. You would be hard pressed to find a more iconic movie Porsche than this beautiful 944.
There is clearly no short supply of cool Porsches in the movies. Certainly, in years to come, there will be many more to enjoy. For now, take a look back at the classics to see a great selection of some of the coolest cars on the planet.