General Motors and Hollywood: Making Magic on the Silver Screen

GM and the big screen go way back. It’s hard to imagine some of America’s favorite films without the co-starring GM car — heck, in some movies, the car was the star! Chevys, Pontiacs, GMCs, Buicks, and Cadillacs have been the most stylish and cutting edge automotive movie stars of all time.

GM’s History in Cinema

The magic of the silver screen plus car goes back many years. GM has associated with many high profile blockbuster hits, giving the brand a new level cool factor. 

Entourage caddy

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With the new Entourage movie featuring a Cadillac Ciel concept brought to life, as well as a Stingray piloted by Ronda Rousey’s character, many fans are reminiscing on some of the prior GM movie stars. Hardly a complete list, but some of the most popular GM movie cars include:

American Graffiti (1973)

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As an ode to the car culture of the 1950s, a 1955 Chevy one-fifty and 1958 Chevy Impala were cast in this iconic flick.

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

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This is probably the first movie that comes to most people’s mind when you mention GM and movies in the same sentence! It would be impossible to count the number of gear heads that emerged as the result of this movie — even to date, new enthusiasts are born at the sight of watching the stunts performed by this loud, tire roasting, outlaw Trans Am.

Ghostbusters (1984)


In this classic comedy, the team’s transportation is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ambulance. This car is coveted by both automotive enthusiasts and movie buffs alike.

Rain Man (1988)

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When Tom Cruise inherits a 1949 Buick Roadster Convertible from his father in this movie, the whole film got a little cooler. Thanks to the story line, the character spent the majority of the time in this car, making it the third star of the film.

Demolition Man (1993)

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This movie was full of concepts and prototypes and set in a sci-fi, futuristic world. Amongst the cast of cars was a 1991 Corvette Stingray Concept, 1992 GM Ultralite, and GM Lean Machine.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

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In the sequel to the mega hit Matrix blockbuster hit, the Cadillac CTS gets in on the action throughout the movie and takes the main characters through some wild scenes. If you want to meet this star, it now calls the GM Heritage Collection home.

Transformers (2007)

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In the first of the film series, Bumblebee starts off as a 1977 Camaro in need of some love and eventually converts into a fifth-gen Camaro. It was this role that would cement the fifth-gen Camaro as being one of the most anticipated cars since it premiered two years before before the new Camaro would go on sale. Throughout the movie series, new Camaros would take the big screen, alongside some very popular GM models, including the Stingray — but it was the first ragged Bumblebee that started it all!

You can probably thank a movie for your path to loving GM cars, or at least thank GM for making movies a little bit more exciting!