Ford Goes to the Movies – Iconic On-screen Moments over the Past 100 Years

Ford Goes to the Movies – Iconic On-screen Moments over the Past 100 Years

Compiling a bucket list of great movies featuring Ford nameplates is more about what to leave out than what to include. Fords have been a staple in films for decades, earning co-starring credits in numerous cinematic masterpieces. From the early days of Laurel and Hardy to modern blockbusters, Ford has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide.

Here’s a look at some of the most iconic Ford appearances on the silver screen.

Ford Cortina: Stander (2003)


Ford Goes to the Movies – Iconic On-screen Moments over the Past 100 Years


In the 2003 action-drama Stander, Ford’s Cortina XR6 takes the spotlight. The movie recounts the true story of Andre Stander, one of the youngest captains in the South African Police, who, alongside his gang, robbed over 100 banks from 1977 to 1983. His preferred getaway vehicle? A powerful Cortina XR6, with the movie featuring a light-colored XR6 for thrilling downtown Jo’burg chase scenes.


Ford Mustang

Goldfinger (1964) and Grand Prix (1966)

Launched in April 1964, Ford’s Mustang quickly became a silver screen favorite. One of its earliest appearances was in the James Bond classic Goldfinger (1964), where Bond is involved in a high-speed chase in a ’64-and-a-half Mustang convertible. The Mustang also featured prominently in the 1966 film Grand Prix, driven by James Garner’s character through the winding roads above Monte Carlo.


K9 (1989) and Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

In addition to Bond classics and high-speed chasing, Mustang has had a fair share of comedy moments. In K9 (1989), James Belushi’s character sends his disobedient dog through a car wash in a 1965 Mustang Convertible, top down. On a more thrilling note, the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds starred Nicolas Cage and a gunmetal grey 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500, nicknamed Eleanor, who starred in the movie’s most iconic scene – when Cage accelerates up the ramp of a tow truck and sends her soaring over a massive block of traffic, evading the small army of police in pursuit. This film sparked a cult following and inspired many to create Eleanor replicas from standard ’67 Mustangs.


Ford Anglia: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The Ford Anglia 105E gained magical fame in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This 1959 classic was portrayed as a flying, invisible car, bringing new life to the model. Author J.K. Rowling’s personal connection to the Anglia added a touch of authenticity, reminding audiences of its quirky charm and newfound aerial capabilities.


Ford GT40: Le Mans and Kyalami (1965)

The Ford GT40’s legendary status is cemented in motorsport history, most notably for its victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. South Africans recall the fierce battles between Ford and Ferrari at the Kyalami Nine Hour endurance race during the 1960s. The GT40’s near-win at its 1965 Kyalami debut is still celebrated by racing enthusiasts.


Gran Torino (2008)

Gran Torino (2008) features a pristine 1972 Ford Gran Torino at the heart of its story. Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, the film follows a Korean War veteran whose connection to his classic car leads him to form an unlikely bond with his Korean American neighbor. The movie was both a critical and commercial success, grossing over $270 million.


Ford Falcon: Mad Max (1979)


Ford Goes to the Movies – Iconic On-screen Moments over the Past 100 Years


The Ford Falcon XB GT 351, immortalized by Mel Gibson in Mad Max (1979), became an icon of the post-apocalyptic genre. The car’s raw power and distinctive design made it a favorite among fans.