The 50 Car Models Most Commonly Seen on Film and Television

Which car has made the most appearances on film and television? The team at Alan’s Factory Outlet turned to the popular Internet movie car database, IMCDB, to find the answer. Their ultimate list of cars in movies covers more than 70,000 pieces of media, including movies, animated features, movies made for TV, miniseries, TV series, short films, music videos, documentaries, and nonfiction TV. The Ford Crown Victoria was found to be the big winner when it comes to the most TV and film appearances, and it has twice as many appearances as its second-place cousin, the Ford Mustang. The Ford Crown Victoria has been the default choice for decades when filming police cars and taxis, which has helped it earn its well-deserved first-place spot with nearly 7,000 appearances. Which of your favorite famous movie cars made our list of the 50 car models most commonly seen on film and television?

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The 50 Car Models Most Commonly Seen on Film and Television

Which Car Model Has the Most Film and Television Appearances?

The car model with the most film and television appearances is the Ford Crown Victoria, with 6,874 total appearances across 70,335 pieces of media. This large number of appearances can be attributed to their common use as police cars and taxicabs. With the production of Ford Crown Victorias having ceased in 2011 and highway patrols across the nation now retiring their Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, how often will we see these nostalgic cars make an appearance in future pieces of media?

Below is the list of the 50 car models that had the most appearances on film and television. To tally the results, we narrowed our list down to the vehicles that were used a lot by a main character or for a long time, used by another character or in a car chase, used as a minor action vehicle, or used in only a short scene such as briefly shown in a garage or carport.

The Top 50 Car Models by Number of Appearances on Film and Television

  1. Ford Crown Victoria: 6,874
  2. Ford Mustang: 3,707
  3. Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse: 3,689
  4. Ford Econoline: 3,610
  5. Chevrolet Impala: 3,343
  6. Chevrolet Caprice: 2,985
  7. Ford F-Series: 2,770
  8. Ford Transit: 2,696
  9. Volkswagen Golf: 2,542
  10. Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse: 2,415
  11. Lincoln Town Car Stretched Limousine: 2,351
  12. Toyota Land Cruiser: 2,135
  13. Lincoln Town Car: 2,090
  14. BMW 5: 2,056
  15. Toyota Corolla: 2,025
  16. Land Rover Range Rover: 1,842
  17. Chevrolet Suburban: 1,795
  18. Chevrolet Camaro: 1,793
  19. Volkswagen Transporter: 1,718
  20. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: 1,714
  21. BMW 3: 1,656
  22. Ford Taurus: 1,543
  23. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 1,478
  24. Chevrolet Chevy Van: 1,446
  25. Honda Civic: 1,423
  26. Jeep Cherokee: 1,356
  27. Ford LTD Crown Victoria: 1,327
  28. Chevrolet Bel Air: 1,321
  29. Ford Explorer: 1,288
  30. Lincoln Continental: 1,288
  31. Volkswagen Passat Variant: 1,286
  32. Toyota Camry: 1,269
  33. Willys MB Jeep: 1,242
  34. BMW 7: 1,213
  35. Honda Accord: 1,209
  36. Ford Escort: 1,206
  37. Cadillac Fleetwood 75: 1,178
  38. Ford Falcon: 1,176
  39. GAZ 24 Volga: 1,164
  40. Ford Thunderbird: 1,145
  41. Jeep Wrangler: 1,141
  42. Chevrolet Corvette: 1,111
  43. Ford F-150: 1,109
  44. Plymouth Fury: 1,103
  45. Ford Focus: 1,077
  46. Toyota Crown: 1,076
  47. Toyota Hilux: 1,044
  48. Dodge Ram: 1,034
  49. Volkswagen Passat: 1,022
  50. Ford Mondeo: 995

Which Car Brands Are Most Commonly Seen on Film and Television?

The car brand with the most film and TV appearances is Ford, which had more than 30,000 appearances. With an American car brand like Ford creating some of the most recognizable car models for more than a century, it’s no surprise to see it have such a large number of appearances on film and TV. Another popular American car brand, Chevrolet, has the second most appearances, with 13,794.

The Top 15 Car Brands Ranked by Appearances on Film and Television

  1. Ford: 30,523
  2. Chevrolet: 13,794
  3. Lincoln: 5,729
  4. Mercedes-Benz: 7,818
  5. Toyota: 7,549
  6. Volkswagen: 6,568
  7. BMW: 4,925
  8. Jeep: 3,975
  9. Honda: 2,632
  10. Land Rover: 1,842
  11. Willys MB: 1,242
  12. Cadillac: 1,178
  13. GAZ: 1,164
  14. Plymouth: 1,103
  15. Dodge: 1,034

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By Alan Bernau Jr