In films, Italian cars are like Italian actresses—fiery, irresistible and can’t-take-your-eyes-off-them beautiful. And, often, the cars make the film just as exciting to watch as the leading lady. While this certainly isn’t exclusive to Italian vehicles—who could imagine James Bond without his gorgeous Aston Martin?—we think there are few vehicles sexier than a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati.
In National Lampoon’s Vacation, supermodel Christie Brinkley drives up in a Ferrari, distracting Chevy Chase—and all male moviegoers. Brinkley is a stunner, but even she got a boost from the Italian luxury vehicle. The sweet ride only made her sexier.
After Rocky Balboa’s iconic rise from humble beginnings as an aspiring boxer to a heavyweight superstar throughout Rocky and Rocky II, he decides to indulge and, in Rocky III, he emerges as a rich man who knows what he wants, evidenced by his 1980 Maserati Quattroporte III. That car is a true symbol of his success, that both he (and us) know would impress the neighbors. But it’s not just on the big screen that we see our favorite characters hitting top speeds. Say what you will about James Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs’ hairstyles and fashion choices in the 1980s iconic television drama Miami Vice, but there’s no denying that the duo had a fleet of incredible cars, including a now-coveted 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP 500 S.
In the 1992 remake of Scent of a Woman starring the king of Italian cool, Al Pacino, his character, a blind man, recognizes the allure of an Italian car. In the film, the character declares that before he dies he wants to drive a beautiful car at top speed through the streets of Manhattan. The character’s wishes come true in a 1989 Ferrari Mondial. Just proof that, as to any person, there’s more to a car than its looks—it’s also what’s inside that counts.
Directors are obviously privy to the fact that cars can make or break a scene. There’s one general rule: The more extravagant the better. So why not choose Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis? They’re crowd pleasers, to say the least.