'Smokey and the Bandit'
When "Smokey and the Bandit" drove onto screens in 1977, Burt Reynolds, thick sideburns and disco were all popular. Times and tastes change, but Reynolds' ride in the film -- a black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with T-tops and a golden screaming eagle -- is now considered a classic. Of course, the car wouldn't have such enduring popularity if the movie behind it had flopped. "Smokey and the Bandit" was a massive hit (it was the year's second-highest grossing film, falling only behind "Star Wars" in box office receipts). The plot involves a runaway bride and Reynolds' race across several Southern states to deliver some beer, but the details aren't important. Just know that it's funny and action-packed, and it features crazy car crashes, thrilling high-speed pursuits and one very cool car.