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14 romantic movies featuring classic cars to watch on Valentine’s Day

Fall in love with the real movie stars of these classic romance films – the cars

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This Valentine’s Day, cuddle up on the couch and watch one of these romance films that feature some great classic cars.

Say Anything | 1976 Chevy Malibu

While every romantic’s heart did backflips when John Cusack serenaded his crush outside her window with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel’s hit song In Your Eyes, every car lover was checking out the blue Chevy Malibu behind him.

James Bond GoldenEye | 1964 Aston Martin DB5

What’s more romantic than sitting in the passenger’s seat of James Bond’s ’64 DB5 as he races a red Ferrari 355 GTS Spider?

This heart-racing scene ends with a kiss and a pan over the coast of Monaco.

Titanic | 1912 Renault 35CV

In the 1997 film Titanic, Jack and Rose share a steamy moment in a burgundy 1912 Renault 35CV. 

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The Notebook | 1946 Hudson Commodore

What’s a list of romantic movies without The Notebook? After years of being separated, this young couple finds their way back to each other and reignites their love affair.

Allie, played by Rachel McAdams, pulls up to her ex-boyfriend’s house he built just for her in a 1946 Hudson Commodore. You’ll see her Commodore in a few of the film’s most famous scenes, including the iconic fight where Noah tells Allie, “I want you. I want all of you, forever.”

Casablanca | 1940 Buick Phaeton

“Here’s looking at you, kid,” Rick Blaine says to his old flame Ilsa in their final goodbye before she and her husband, Victor, escape to Lisbon.

But here’s to looking at the 1940 Buick Model 81C Phaeton they pulled up to the airport in…

The Graduate | 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider

 In the 1967 hit film The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, is seduced by an older woman Mrs. Robinson when he moves back home after graduating college. Mrs. Robinson’s one rule: stay away from her daughter Elaine.

Needless to say, Benjamin breaks that rule and races after Elaine in his red ’66 Alfa Romeo Spider to break up her wedding.

Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson!

To Catch a Thief | 1953 Sunbeam Alpine

Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, the French Riviera and a blue ’55 Sunbeam Alpine is all the makings of a great romantic thriller.

In the scene below, Kelly and Grant’s character take a drive and stop for a picnic overlooking the coast of the south of France.

The Love Bug | 1963 Volkswagen Beetle

This lighthearted romance movie features a down-on-his-luck race car driver who comes across a magical 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that helps him win the El Dorado road race. Along for the ride is his love interest, Carole Bennett, played by Michele Lee.

Grease | 1948 Ford Deluxe Convertible

One of the most memorable cars in Grease is the red 1948 Ford De Luxe convertible. We first see this hot rod during Danny’s “Greased Lightning” number when he’s working on the run-down car with the gang and starts to fantasize about what it could possibly become.

The car makes a reappearance in the film’s final scene when Danny wins over Sandy’s heart.

Pretty Woman | 1990 Lotus Esprit SE

Julia Robert’s character in the 1990 hit film, Pretty Woman, won the hearts of gearheads when she hopped in the driver’s seat of Richard Gere’s Lotus Esprit to show him a thing or two about driving a manual.

Roman Holiday | 1937 Fiat Topolino

Audrey Hepburn, who plays a European princess, and Gregory Peck, playing an American reporter, spend the day gallivanting around Rome in this 1953 rom-com.

After a love-filled day, Peck drives Hepburn back home in a 1937 Fiat Topolino so she can return to her royal duties.

Before they share their last kiss, Hepburn says, “I don’t know how to say goodbye. I can’t think of any words.”

50 First Dates | 1973 Volkswagen Thing

When Henry, played by comedian Adam Sandler, meets art teacher Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, he is smitten. After discovering Lucy has anterograde amnesia and relives the same day over and over, Henry concocts a few plans to get Lucy’s attention as she drives by in her bright yellow VW Thing.

When Harry Met Sally | 1976 Toyota Corona Wagon

Harry met Sally and her ’76 Toyota Corona Wagon after graduating college when they share a ride from Chicago to New York. During the road trip they so romantically argue if men and women could ever be platonic friends.

Fast forward 10 years and Harry and Sally put their argument to the test in this romantic comedy featuring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

10 Things I Hate About You | 1983 Volvo GL

In this ‘90s rom-com based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, popular sophomore Bianca, wants to start dating but her dad’s rule is that she can’t start dating until her older sister starts.

So, Bianco comes up with a plan – to set her sister up with the high school bad boy played by Heath Ledger.

While Ledger is tying to win over Bianca’s sister, played by Julia Stiles, Bianca has her own fling with the nerdy boy head-over-heals for her. 

Did we leave out your favorite romantic movie car? Let us know in the comments.

Racheal Colbert
An experienced writer and editor, Racheal brings her enthusiasm for collector cars to her role as the Content Manager of the Collector Car Network. Former Content Writer and Marketing Manager in the tech and publishing industry, Racheal brings a fresh perspective to the Journal and the automotive world.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Johnny Dark set the stage for 2-seat (personal) fiberglass sports-cars before the Corvette came out.
    Tony Curtis and Piper did a great job of illustrating the passion, excitement, and fun of driving, not just having giant amounts of relatively un-useful, expensive, horsepower.

  2. How about “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Ferrari California Spyder GT 250? That’s the main star of the movie.
    There is also a “flash appearance” of a Mercedes Benz 190 SL Silver in “The French Kiss”(the only good thing about the movie)

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