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Top 5 All-time Best Mustang Movies 

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Harrison

Written by Harrison

21st October 2019

Top 5 All-time Best Mustang Movies 
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Top 5 All-time Best Mustang Movies 

Since hitting the production line in the 1960s, Ford Mustangs have become one of the world’s most recognisable motor cars, with millions of models sold worldwide. It’s no surprise these iconic motor cars found their way into Hollywood productions over the years. Here is a list of our top 5 all-time best Mustang movies, whose cult followings have helped Ford Mustangs become the iconic car we know and love.

 5. 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof, Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

“Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one – a 1973 Ford Mustang – are in the bag. As Pace prepares in Long Beach to rip off the fastback, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute. Detectives ambush and pursue Pace through five cities as he desperately tries to get away.” (IMDB)

This film is known for having wrecked or damaged a total of 127 cars throughout the entirety of the film, 93 of which in a 40-minute car chase scene. Talk about action!

 

4. 1967 Ford Mustang, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

“An American teenager named Sean Boswell is a loner in school. However, after challenging his rival to an illegal street race he totals his car, leaving him desperate to avoid time in prison, he moves to Tokyo to live with his military father. As soon as he arrives he discovers a new, fun but dangerous way of street racing in the underworld of the streets of Tokyo, Japan.” (IMDB)

Because as a sequel it had to impress a large number of existing fans who were used to nuanced storylines and finesse driving, Tokyo Drift originally received mixed reviews. However, as the franchise over the years became more action-dependent and less realistic, critics started to acknowledge the engaging simplicity of the plot and the film gained cult status. It’s not subtle, it’s loud, it’s very American, but those car chases are absolute pillars in the history of car chases.

 

3. 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback, John Wick (2014)

“With the untimely death of his beloved wife still bitter in his mouth, John Wick, the expert former assassin, receives one final gift from her – a precious keepsake to help John find a new meaning in life now that she is gone. But when an arrogant Russian mob prince and his men pay Wick a rather unwelcome visit to rob him of his prized 1969 Mustang and his wife’s final gift, the legendary hitman is forced to unearth his meticulously concealed identity. Blind with revenge, John immediately unleashes a carefully orchestrated maelstrom of destruction against the sophisticated kingpin, Viggo Tarasov, and his family, who are fully aware of his lethal capacity. Now, only blood can quench the boogeyman’s thirst for retribution.” (IMDB)

In the words of the director Chad Stahelski himself, “Yes, John fights; yes, he shoots guns; and he drives a car very fast,” but “we fought for what we believed in, and chose to make a story-driven, character-driven action movie. That’s why I chose to do it. This was an opportunity to do something that wasn’t just about cars, explosions, fire and fights.” It’s refreshing to see such an approach in the action film industry, where you absolutely can have too much of a good thing. One of the reasons John Wick sticks to mind is the strength and the drive of the characters, and the chemistry between them, which makes beautiful elements like his Ford Mustang Mach 1 stand out in the best way.

 

2. 1967 Shelby GT500, Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

“In exchange for his little brother’s life, the reformed car thief, Randall “Memphis” Raines, has to do the impossible: in less than three days, he has to steal not one, but fifty exotic supercars for the ruthless crime lord, Ray Calitri. To stand a chance of pulling off this intricate and time-sensitive grand theft auto, once more, Memphis has to rely on his old gang. His knowledgeable mentor, Otto; the old friends, Sphinx and Donny; his reluctant ex-girlfriend, Sway, and a band of tech-savvy young thieves. However, the police are already onto them. Now, fast Lamborghinis, precious Ferraris, luxurious Porsches, and Eleanor–a rare Ford Shelby Mustang GT500–are just some of the cars in Raines’ long list. Can Memphis execute the perfect car heist?” (IMDB)

There are films you love for the quality and beautiful execution, and there are films you love for the fun. Even if they score a 4.4/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. A remake of the classic 1974 Gone in Sixty Seconds, this one was definitely just fun. An all-star cast gives a revamped plot the Hollywood treatment, and the result is loud, predictable entertainment. But, by golly: the cars. That Shelby Mustang is somethin’ else, baby. (Don’t judge us. We just like things that go brumm.)

 

1. 1968 Ford Mustang GT, Bullitt (1968)

“High profile Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt is asked personally by ambitious Walter Chalmers to guard Johnny Ross, a mobster who is about to turn evidence against the organization at the hearing. Chalmers wants Ross’ safety at all cost, or else Bullitt will pay the consequences. Bullitt and his team have Ross in protective custody for 48 hours until Ross provides his testimony. Bullitt’s immediate superior, Captain Samuel Bennet, gives him full authority to lead the case, no questions asked for any move he makes. When an incident occurs early during their watch, Bullitt is certain the full story is missing in order to protect Ross properly. Without telling Bennet or an incensed Chalmers, he clandestinely moves Ross while he tries to find out who is after him.” (IMDB)

Guys, this is the stuff of legend. The original and one of the best mustang movies, with a car chase setting the standard for the future of film. Steve McQueen’s original on-set Mustang (wire holes and camera gear and all) got sold at auction earlier this year for a record 3.4 million dollars. We’re not saying we’d spend our money of several lifetimes on it, but… we get it.

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