Original Bullitt Mustang as driven by Steve McQueen
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Binge-worthy Mustang Films: Top 10 Movies Starring The Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang team picks their top 10 movies featuring the Mustang. Pony car has always been part of pop culture since its beginning in 1964.
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If you’re like me, you’re probably itching for something else to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime. We’re all stuck at home right now, so if you’re a Mustang fan, there’s plenty of cinematic choices out there.

Since its beginning in 1964 the Ford Mustang has been an exciting part of Hollywood and pop culture. From James Bond to Steve McQueen, the Mustang earned many film credits. So much so, that it should have its own entry on IMDB.

The Mustang staff at Ford compiled their Top 10 list of favorite Mustang movies. Their list is somewhat predictable, but also pretty good.

For the Mustang purist, I recommend the documentary A Faster Horse, which is available on Netflix and YouTube. It came out in 1965 and goes over the (then) 50-year-history of America’s pony car. There are many great interviews including that of my friend Gale Halderman, who was the designer of the original Mustang.

Sadly, Gale passed away last week after a very short battle with liver cancer. Seeing him interviewed and talking so passionately about the Mustang warms my heart. I may have to just give A Faster Horse another watch here while I’m stuck at home.

Here’s the Mustang team’s picks for the top 10 movies starring the iconic pony car and where they can be streamed.

Bullitt (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
Two identical 1968 Mustang GT Fastbacks were used in the filming of the classic Warner Bros. movie “Bullitt” that debuted in theaters on Oct. 17, 1968. Ford revived the iconic nameplate as the 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

I’ve written a lot earlier this year about the Bullitt Mustang as the owner of the car sold it for a record $3.74 million. Ford created two different special-edition Bullitt Mustangs over the year, with the current year Bullitt being discontinued after this year.

John Wick's Mustang crashed

John Wick (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
When it comes to explosive assassin movies, the John Wick series is one of the best of the modern era. Enter the 1969 Mustang Mach 1, a car that matches Wick's quick-tempered reputation for swift and decisive action.

I wrote earlier this year asking fans to pick which Mustang was better, John Wick’s Mach 1 or the Eleanor Mustang (from Gone in 60 Seconds, mentioned below.)

Goldfinger (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
This classic 1964 James Bond movie was the first major motion picture to feature the pony car although Tilly Masterson’s 1964 Ford Mustang meets an unfortunate ending.

Original Eleanor Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds (watch on Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
For the 2000 remake of the original 1974 film, starring Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, the part of Eleanor was 'played' by a 1967 Shelby GT500. Seven Elanor replicas were created for production, with five being totaled during stunt sequences.

In 2019, the original Eleanor, which was a one-of-kind GT500 Super Snake sold at auction for $2.2 million. It was the record at the time for a Mustang, until Sean Kiernan’s original Bullitt hero car sold this year for $3.74 million.

2007 Shelby Mustang GT500

I Am Legend (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
Will Smith's character Robert Neville chose a supercharged red 2007 Mustang Shelby GT500 as his companion (plus his dog) in their fight for survival.

I wrote a story proclaiming the 2007 GT500 to be one of the best Mustangs Ford has produced. I bet Will Smith might agree with me.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
A 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback takes on a rival car in the final climatic mountain race in the third installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Diamonds are Forever (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
Bond, James Bond, puts a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 through its paces as a getaway car in a memorable chase sequence through Las Vegas, escaping through an alleyway on two wheels. The stunt was performed by legendary stuntman Bill Hickman.

I first reported in December that Ford was bringing back the Mach 1 as it will be replacing the Bullitt and GT350 Mustangs. The Mach 1 was the longest and heaviest Mustang built, but certainly looks the part of being aggressive and fast. Just what the next iteration of the Mach 1 will be remains a mystery, but hopefully Ford does right by it.

Transformers (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
This 2005 Mustang was built specially by Saleen and prepped by DreamWorks SKG for the movie. Before being turned into the rolling evil Decepticon known as Barricade, the car started life as a Saleen S281 Extreme with a 4.6-liter V8 and five-speed shifter.

1966 Ford Mustang GT350 fastback

Grand Prix (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
Featuring a 1966 Shelby GT350H, American acting favorite James Garner plays American Formula 1 driver Pete Aron in director John Frankenhiemer’s landmark film about F1 racing.

War of the Worlds (watch on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play)
The 1966 Shelby GT350H driven by Tom Cruise in director Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film is considered by many auto enthusiasts to be the best part of this particular movie.

The GT350 is being eliminated after this model year. Ford will only produce the GT500 version much to the chagrin of some enthusiasts who proclaim the GT350 to be such a driver-focused and affordable option for the Mustang purist.

Ford Mustang GT350R

Honorable mention: Ford vs. Ferrari. Although not a Mustang, the GT40 race car built by Carroll Shelby and driven by Ken Miles certainly played a role in Ford racing heritage. Obviously, Shelby played a huge role in Mustang heritage too. So, let’s include it on this list. Plus, it’s an awesome film too.

How many of these films have you seen? What else would you add to this list? Leave me a comment with your movie suggestion. And seriously, if you’ve not seen A Faster Horse it’s a must-watch for the Mustang fan.

Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.


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Comments

The mustang did have a bit-part in the Ford v. Ferrari - the scene where Miles took his son to the reveal ceremony for it.
You're right. I forgot. We will count it then, even if it's a minor role.