24 July 2015

Love cars just as much as movies?

The internet’s great. You can find more or less anything on it. I know car insurance is a necessity but for those of you who are genuine petrolheads and who also love watching rented or streamed movies, there’s one website you really need to get digging. It’s called the Internet Movie Cars Database, which is a bit of a mouthful, but it’s one heck of an addictive and fascinating site. Just be warned, it could result in you wiling away a few too many hours than you really should!

In a nutshell, the Internet Movie Cars Database (IMCDB) is a database search site run by movie buffs and car geeks, where you can search for the make and model of car you drive and then see if it appears in any films. A whopping 42,092 movies have been scoured and an impressive 3,914 models included in the database. The advanced search lets you not only pull up a list of films in which your (or any) car appeared fleetingly for a few seconds, but it can also find films in which the main character drove the kind of car you own. Okay, I admit, it’s unlikely that Ryan Gosling or Jennifer Aniston spent a lot of time behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta, for example. I can tell you with certainty, though, that a 2010 Volkswagen Golf was driven by a leading actor in the 2012 film The Apparition, and a new shape Fiat 500 cropped up oodles of times in 2012 American TV series Fairly Legal.

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Other affordable, smallish cars that have made lengthy film or TV appearances include the Ford Focus, which starred in 2008 movie Cold Earth and in The Sweeney movie from 2012 with Ray Winstone, Damien Lewis and the lovely Hayley Atwell. Accused, the 2010-2012 UK TV series starring Christopher Ecclestone and the latest Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, featured a gorgeous, yellow Alfa Romeo MiTo. Talking of Doctor Who, the Internet Movie Cars Database website also tells me that a 2.0 HDI Peugeot 307 hatchback played a role in episode 4.11 of Doctor Who, which was called ‘Turn Left’. A Nissan Micra also appeared in hilarious movie The Inbetweeners and in Clocking Off.

If you’re proud to have discovered that the make and model of car you drive has appeared in a movie or TV series and want to share it with us, tell us on Twitter or Facebook. The IMCDB website gets updated with contributions from the public, so if you’ve got a beady eye and spot your car on TV or in a film, you can let the people behind the site know about it. Just don’t blame me if your other half or friends become bored to tears hearing about it, or if your parents become hooked on it too.

Oliver Hammond

Written by Oliver Hammond

Oliver is an established freelance motoring writer, published journalist and automotive copywriter based in Manchester. He regularly reviews cars and covers events and launches as editor of petroleumvitae.com and his articles appear in various magazines each month. No relation to Richard from Top Gear, he’s got a weakness for luxo-barges, proper 4x4s and oddball cars.