The best part about a heist film is the fast getaway or chase scene that follows the robbery. Whether it’s zipping through city streets or pedal-to-the-metal on a highway, getaway cars have played a large role in many movie characters’ ability to escape capture.
But you may be surprised that how swanky the car is doesn’t always relate to how much money was stolen. In the infographic below, we’ve detailed the dollar value of what was stolen or damaged and paired it with the main cars from the movie. Take a look.
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Goldfinger: With a 1963 Aston Martin DB5 as the star vehicle of this movie, Goldfinger tries to rob Fort Knox, which is valued in the movie at $15 billion. As of November 2017, Fort Knox holds 4,582 metric tons of gold, valued at over $100 billion.
Inception: Most of the heists in this film were thefts of dreams, but they did incept a Japanese energy conglomerate to sell the consortium to a competitor. There are eight energy companies in Japan, and the sixth largest is worth 6.2 billion in equity. That’s a lot of cash at stake — a contrast to the 2003 Ford E-350 that was used in the film.
Ocean’s Eleven: A van was also the choice for this criminal consoriam. Using a 1999 Ford E-150 XL, the crew stole cash from the vault at the Bellagio casino, with the night’s cash count totaling $163,156,759. After splitting the take 11 ways, that’s still $14.8 million per person.
Fast Five: The car-heavy movies of the Fast and The Furious series gave us plenty of on-screen wheels. The prominent ones in this movie were the Armet Gurkha F5, a 2010 Dodge Charger SRT-8, and a 2011 Dodge Charger. In the movie, we know that they steal money from Reyes, but in the sequel, Fast 6, it’s revealed the amount stolen in Rio was $100 million.
The Usual Suspects: Among the many things that were stolen in this movie was $91 million worth of cocaine. You may remember the scene in this movie of the burning cop car. That car’s make/model was a 1984 Dodge Diplomat.
The Dark Knight: The concept cars included in this movie were the Batmobile and the Batpod. Both were custom-built wheels, but the robbery was for serious cash. When the Joker robbed the Gotham National Bank, he got away with $68 million dollars.
Fast & Furious: There were plenty of sweet wheels in this movie, but the primary ones were a 1970 Chevy Chevelle, a 1970 Dodge Charger, a 1972 Ford Gran Torino, a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R, and a 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. In the movie, Brian hijacks a 1999 Hummer H1 with $60 million worth of heroin in it.
2 Guns: With a 1970 Dodge Challenger as the leading lady in this movie, the characters rob the vault of the Tres Cruces bank. Instead of finding the $3 million they had expected, they find $43 million instead.
Italian Job: Colored red, white, and blue, the three 2003 Mini Cooper Hatchbacks are the wheels that the crew uses to steal back $35 million in gold that they lost in a double-cross. While we don’t condone revenge or robbery, we do think that the Mini-Cooper Convertible is a perfect car for a summer road trip. Just sayin’.
French Connection: A main part of this movie was the 1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III, and the crime was to smuggle $32 million worth of heroin into the U.S.
Public Enemies: This movie has old-school wheels in the form of a 1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 54. The heist was a $1.7 million haul from the bank, which is valued today at about $28 million.
Blue Streak: The take was $17 million in diamonds, and it was a 1998 Ford Crown Vic that Martin Lawrence was driving when he caught some air-time driving around Los Angeles.
The Fate of the Furious: Some of the main cars in this movie include a 2006 Lamborghini Murciélago, a 2010 Bentley Continental, a 2016 Jaguar F-Coupe and a 1972 Plymouth Road Runner. As part of the plot, Dom steals an Electromagnetic pulse device, Owen steals the Nightshade device and Mose Jakande steals God’s Eye, Ramsey’s software program. The total value is estimated at about $10 million.
Swordfish: In this movie, the most notable car is the 2000 TVR Tuscan. The heist is to steal $9.5 million from government slush funds.
Gone in 60 Seconds: There are a total of 50 cars stolen in this movie, but the most notable was Eleanor, a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500. After calculating the current value of each car, the total amount stolen equals $8,719,529.
The Fast and the Furious: The three cars that have the biggest role in this movie are a 1993 Honda Civic Coupe, a 1995 Toyota Supra, and a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse. And the biggest heist in the film was when they used illegal street racing cars to hijack $6 million in electronics stolen in under two months from four semi-trucks.
Sneakers: A Chevy Step Van took center stage in this movie when it was driven by a blind man. At the end of the movie, the crew used the stolen black box to bankrupt the RNC, and then they donated the money to Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and the United Negro College Fund. In 1992, the RNC reported that cash on hand at the end of 1992 was $2,256,421. That’s $3,936,851 today.
Speed: The bus was a 1966 GM TDH 5303, and while there was lots of damage sustained by keeping the bus driving over 50 mph, the big total from the movie was the $3.7 million in ransom that the bomber demanded.
3000 Miles to Graceland: The classic car in this movie was a 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, and the heist was $3.2 million cash, stolen from a casino.
2 Fast 2 Furious: The major cars in this movie were a 1969 Chevy Camaro, a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, and a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The crime was trafficking six duffel bags full of money. We estimated that each bag contained about $500,000, making the total $3 million.
Furious 7: One of our favorite cars from this movie was the Aston Martin D89, and the 2013 W Motors Lykan Hypersport that’s included in the film is valued at $3.4 million. But the theft in this movie was a “God’s Eye” computer program that uses digital devices to track down a person. We valued that at $2.5 million.
Bullitt: The two main cars in this movie were a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T and a 1968 Ford Mustang. The heist was $2 million cash stolen by witness Johnny Ross.
First Kill: In this recent movie, the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover HSE had a prominent role, and the bank robbery was for $2 million.
Reservoir Dogs: This movie had a 1972 Pontiac LeMans and a 1991 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, and the heist was a satchel with over $2 million worth of diamonds.
Heat: The car in this film was a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria LX with aftermarket wheels and tires. During a robbery from an armored car, they stole $1.6 million in bearer bonds.
Fast & Furious 6: You might remember the 1969 Dodge Charger from this movie. Shaw is stealing components to create a deadly device that we’ve valued at $1.5 million.
Drive: The main cars were a 1973 Chevy Chevelle Malibu and a 2001 Ford Mustang. In the movie, Standard robs a pawnshop for $40,000 to pay off the debt, and then Blanche admits that the bag contains $1 million dollars.
Ronin: There were lots of car scenes in this film, including appearances by a 1998 Audi S8 D2, a 1991 BMW 535i, a 1976 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9, a 1990 Peugeot 605, a 1996 Peugeot 406, and a 1995 Citroën Xantia. In the movie, we never know what is in the large metallic briefcase, but it’s worth more than $800,000, the maximum that the Irish are willing to pay the mercenaries.
Blues Brothers: The Bluesmobile was a 1974 Dodge Monaco that Elwood described in detail. In order to raise the $5,000 for the nuns, Jake and Elwood outrun the cops who are in pursuit because of 116 parking tickets and 56 moving violations. During the mall chase scene alone, the damage included an entire toy store, a bank, a department store, a bakery, a music store, a clothing store, a kiosk of picture frames and plants, an Oldsmobile dealer, a t-shirt kiosk, a record store, and a newspaper stand. One of the cops chasing them flipped their car, the other cop got stuck in a grocery store, and the Blues Brothers exited the mall via a JCPenny. Estimated damages are at $665,000.
Point Break: One of the main cars in this movie was a 1987 Chevy Caprice. The movie plot was built around a series of heists, but the group would only take money from bank’s cash drawers, avoiding the higher risk and reward of breaking into the vaults. The estimated total stolen is $550,000, enough to finance their surf trips around the globe.
Set it Off: The 1962 Chevy Impala used in this movie was a sweet ride, that is, before it had all of those bullet holes. The total take from robbing banks and stealing cash was $296,000.
Bonnie and Clyde: The 1934 Ford V8 and the 1932 Nash 970 were the two primary cars in this movie. As to the amount that was stolen, there’s no clear record because there were so many robberies. Each theft was usually quite small, somewhere between $10 and $400. So averaging those amounts and assuming there were two robberies per month for two years results in $11,480 of stolen cash. But the duo also stole cars. They were on the run from about February 1932 to May 1934. To evade the authorities, they stole a new car about every three months, and the cost of a Ford in 1932 was $500, resulting in the value of the stolen cars to be $4,667. So the total stolen including cash and cars was $16,147, which in 2017 dollars would equal $267,008.
Pink Cadillac: The namesake of the movie was a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, colored pink, of course. In the movie, Lou Ann accidentally steals $250,000 from white supremacists.
The Place Beyond the Pines: Using a Honda XR 650 R dirtbike, Luke steals cash from banks. We’ve estimated the amount to be about $150,000.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift: Some of the main cars in this movie were a 1967 Ford Mustang, a Mazda RX7, a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, and a 2002 Nissan Fairlady Z. Han has been stealing from Takashi’s uncle during side deals. We’ve estimated the total amount stolen to be $100,000.
Mad Max: You might remember the 1973 Ford Falcon GT from this movie. When Max’s family is murdered, he steals a Pursuit Special car, valued at about $95,000.
Thelma and Louise: The 1966 Ford Thunderbird in this movie is a memorable car. The theft and damage in this movie include: Louise’s life savings, $6,700, stolen by JD; Thelma robbing a convenience store for a bag of cash and a beef jerky, totaling $709; stealing the New Mexico state trooper’s gun and ammo and shooting out the cop’s radio and CB, totaling $840; and exploding a fuel oil tanker, totaling $76,374, with a $66,000 truck holding 91,00 gallons of oil at 1991 prices of $1.14/gal. So all in all, the total stolen and destroyed was $84,623.
Smokey and the Bandit: The 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was the main vehicle in this movie, and the payout was $80,000 to haul 400 cases of Coors from Texas back to Atlanta in 28 hours.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith: In an unlikely mashup, the Smiths steal the neighbor’s minivan, a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport, and outrun the 3 armored BMWs that chase them in pursuit of the bounty. The three destroyed BMWs total $75,500.
Run Lola Run: In this movie we see a 1989 Mercedes-Benz T1 and a 1991 Citroën XM. The 100,000 Deutsche Marks that were stolen convert to about $60,269 USD.
Grand Theft Auto: The stolen car that warranted the movie title was her parents’ 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I, valued at $48,900.
Hell or High Water: The main cars in this movie were a 1987 Camaro, a 1982 Ford Bronco, and a 2013 Ram 1500. The three bank robberies were to pay off the $32,000 in debt on the ranch’s reverse mortgage to prevent foreclosure.
Dukes of Hazzard (Movie): In an homage to the TV series, this movie had a 1969 Dodge Charger. They made their money running moonshine, and the duo stole a safe from Boss Hogg to find a core sample for a mining prospect. Estimated value is $20,000.
Gran Torino: It was a 1972 Ford Gran Torino that Walt’s teenage neighbor tries to steal. The car is valued at $7,100.
Dog Day Afternoon: The primary cars were a 1969 Chevy Impala, a 1969 Dodge Coronet, and a 1972 Dodge Coronet. However, the bank was robbed after the daily cash pickup so they only got $1,100 and some traveler’s checks.
Bottle Rocket: This movie has a 1969 VW Station Wagon and a 1970 Mercedes-Benz-280 S. Stealing “five little bags full of money” at the bookstore heist, they gave $383 to Inez and had just $16 left.
Ghost Rider: We wish we had a Harley-Davidson Panhead like this one. In the movie, Mephistopheles steals the soul of Blaze and offers to return it if he defeats Blackheart. The value of one soul: priceless.
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