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Good movies with various cool old cars/trucks?

Watched the movie Dazed and Confused last weekend. As I get older I much more enjoyed the movie for all the old muscle/vintage cars and trucks than why I watched it in my youth . What are some good movies that are set in that muscle car era? I still have not seen the movie Bullitt yet which I want to get ahold of. Watched Smokey and Bandit not too long ago.
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Anytime I watch a movie/TV show set in the 60s/70s, I spend as much time looking in the background for cool cars as I do paying attention to the plot.

Rockford Files is good and seems to have aged pretty well. It ran from 74-80, so there's a decent chance on seeing some 60s cars in there.
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I'm addicted to watching the reruns of CHiPs every afternoon! All the old cars- it's great! I also caught White Lightening and Gator a couple days ago. Great movies, but they sure kill my shop production when they come on!! lol
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American Graffiti. Part 2 isn't as car orientated, but still a good watch.

The original gone in 60 seconds is a must watch. I also love the Nick Cage version as well.

Neat story on the original gone in 60's seconds... the part where the car slams into a telephone pole halfway through the chase was an actual accident and wasn't supposed to happen. The driver was injured (can't remember if it was the actor or stunt driver) but it halted production for a short time, but it was too good to take out of the movie, so it was left in and they left the pole damage to continue the story. That's the best I can remember from watching the extras like 10 years ago.
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I go on Prime and watch the old 60's drive-in type movies.
Plenty of old cars.
I had also recorded The Mod Squad because of the old cars, and miniskirts.
The same with Room 222. Pete Dixon drove a convertible Valiant, and in later episodes, Alice bought a Camaro.
The movies from the 50's are the same way. Tons of cars to look at.
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When I was a kid I loved the Dennis Weaver movie "Duel", anything with Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood, etc. "Bullitt" and "Gone in 60 Seconds" are still favorites and there are TONS of old cars in the old movies. Heck, that's all they had ! !
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Watched the movie Dazed and Confused last weekend. As I get older I much more enjoyed the movie for all the old muscle/vintage cars and trucks than why I watched it in my youth . What are some good movies that are set in that muscle car era? I still have not seen the movie Bullitt yet which I want to get ahold of. Watched Smokey and Bandit not too long ago.
I graduated in 1977 so Dazed And Confused is like a flashback for me. It seems like I can pick out every character there and relate them to someone I went to school with and every car in the movie was parked in the school parking lot. I almost feel like I was there that night. Every song on the sound track evokes memories. I have it on CD.

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Check out King of the Mountain, (1981) if you can find it, based on a true story. The actual story is better than the movie.. How King of the Mountain didn't make the cut to be reproduced on DVD and The Wraith (1986) did, blows my mind.
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If you have an antenna you might be able to get reruns of Adam 12. Lots of highway footage there.
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Two little things about Smokey and the Bandit ;
1) the '65 fastback getting gas in the background as Bandit and then Smokey careen through the corner gas station
2) the obvious "junk" police cars at the end. All police cars in the movie are current GM iron... until the last few minutes where Snowman blasts his truck into the rodeo/race at the end, plowing through two "police cars" blocking entrance to the track. Those are (were) two nice 67 Galaxies in black and white. I'm always a bit sad to see that scene.
Another good series was The FBI with Efram Zimbalist Jr. Some good vintage Mustangs like 65-66 verts, 67's, etc were frequently seen there.
In the closing credits, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. could always be seen driving off in the current year's Mustang.

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