We love cars, we love films and we love Valentine’s Day, so we had great fun putting this list together in the CarTakeBack office… It wasn’t smooth sailing deciding on a top ten, but we loved talking through our favourites and we’re guessing there’s some passionate opinions out there about your most memorable car-based romances!
Do you agree with our Top Ten Romantic Car Scenes?
Tarantino’s dark love story “True Romance” features the iconic Cadilliac Fleetwood Eldorado in passionate purple! This striking set of wheels appears heavily throughout the movie, being driven all the way from Detroit to Los Angeles by Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Partricia Arquette). Although not the original planned ending, the car is featured at the end of the film, which sees the two main characters managing to flee to their happy ending, truly in love.
The Twilight film franchise may have passed many of you by, but if you happen to be a lover of vampires and cars, each film had plenty to keep you interested! Although we could have picked more striking vehicles (including the canary yellow Porsche 911 Turbo tearing through the Italian countryside in New Moon), the moment Edward (Robert Pattinson) rescues Bella (Kristen Stewart) from a group of guys with some pretty spectacular driving in a Volvo C30, made a distinct impression on the fans. It seems many decided on their next car on the spot, with this unlikely romance inspiring a significant peak in sales of the C30!
This famous couple and infamous film had numerous romantic and not-so-romantic scenes. But we all know they fell in love in their first cross-country car ride together. And that road trip was made in a 1976 Toyota Corona Station Wagon. With less than 100 horsepower it would have been a long drive, and perhaps subconsciously set the scene for their entire romance being such a slow burner!
It may not have taken place inside the car, which incidentally was a fabulous 1976 Chevy Malibu, but the scene where Lloyd (John Cusack) serenades Diane (Ione Skye) with a gigantic boom box outside her house stayed with everyone that watched the film… Arguably for both the right and wrong reasons! We can hear Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes as we type.
This British classic, featuring an American sweetheart, has so many wonderful romantic moments from start to finish. We’ve selected what we think is a truly heart-melting moment when two of the film’s supporting cast members help Hugh Grant’s character race across London to rescue his relationship with Anna (Julia Roberts). Before a hilarious argument over which route to take in their bottle green 1998 Peugeot 406 Estate, Max (Tim McInnerny) refuses to set off on their race across town without taking the time to carefully ensure his wife Bella (Gina McKee) and her wheelchair join the gang in the car. It’s a beautiful moment and of course means Bella can pretend to be reviewing the Savoy as a wheelchair user and ultimately get Will (Hugh Grant) access to Anna for the triumphant and romantic end to the film.
OK, don’t start, we know, and agree, the iconic car from this film and in fact this era is the DeLorean! However, we’re talking romance and when George McFly (Crispin Glover) rescues Lorraine (Lea Thompson) from Biff’s clutches – resulting in their pre-destined first kiss and saving Marty – we all breathed a huge sigh of relief as well as enjoying the moment these two characters seal their love! The car they’d parked outside Hill Valley High’s Enchantment Under the Sea Dance was a Ford Crestline Victoria with a white roof. Classic.
Love it or hate it, James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic makes a lot of Top Ten lists when it comes to romance and seeing as one of its key love scenes happens inside a car, it had to make ours too!
Artist Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and aristocrat Rose (Kate Winslet) are exploring the lower decks of the ship when they find the only vehicle aboard – a Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville. After they climb into the back of the car we don’t see a lot of the romance that occurs, but the steamy windows certainly leave a lasting impression!
This romantic film favourite certainly isn’t considered a ‘car’ film, with most of the action happening on the dance floor. However, when Johnny is driving Baby back from their show at the Sheldrake and clearly realises how he feels about her as stares into the rear-view mirror, the romantic tension is palpable. The romance is certainly helped by the car radio selection, which is playing ‘Some kind of wonderful’ by the Drifters. (We couldn’t find this exact clip… but what a great excuse to re-watch the entire film!)
Johnny’s car is a beautiful 1957 Chevrolet BelAir sport coupe in black, although we’re not sure the character liked the car as much as we did seeing as in another scene he didn’t think twice about smashing the window when he’d simply locked the keys inside!
This Ridley-Scott classic from 1991 starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis evokes mixed emotions throughout the film, never more so than in the iconic final scene, where the women end their time on the run driving off the edge of a cliff. We appreciate this might not grab you as a signature ‘romance’ moment, but it’s undeniably moving as the women choose to spend eternity together rather than face jail apart. Of course, the scene is all the more striking for occurring in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible!
For those of you more interested in the wheels than the romance, apparently five identical Thunderbirds were used in the film, including two stunt cars. A surviving T-bird from the movie was sold at auction in 2008 for $65,000!
The standout car from this iconic film is arguably the rival gang’s 1949 Mercury Custom! But before we get caught up in all sorts of controversy, we’re focused on the romance, so our Top Ten had to be topped with ‘Greased Lightning’ – the 1948 Ford De Luxe. Apart from being a key part of the film’s story line and celebrating Danny and Kenickie’s heart-warming bro-mance, this enduring film chose to end with the reunited Danny and Sandie driving off to their future together, clearly ecstatic, in the Ford De Luxe. (We won’t mention the odd decision to make it a flying car in the closing moments…)