List: Ten Great Movie Jaguars

By John Beltz Snyder

June 28, 2010


Vertigo - 1957 Jaguar Mk. VIII: In this Alfred Hitchcock thriller, the Jaguar belongs to the beautiful, but troubled, Madeleine. Tagline: A Hitchcock thriller. You should see it from the beginning!


Play Misty For Me - 1957 Jaguar XK150: The car is fetching enough on its own, but when piloted by Clint Eastwood, it is beyond cool. Tagline: The scream you hear may be your own!


Austin Powers - 1961 Jaguar E-Type: Mike Myers’ character needs a vehicle that is equally outrageous as he is. The “Shaguar” is a perfect fit, if you can stand it. Tagline: If he were any cooler, he'd still be frozen, baby!


Harold and Maude - 1971 Jaguar XK-E: The Jaguar brand can play a lot of roles. Here, as a hearse, it is both creepy and funny, before coming to its tragic end. Tagline: They will defy everything you've ever seen or heard about screen lovers!


The Blues Brothers – 1974 Jaguar XK-E: Like its actress driver, Twiggy, this Jag only makes a cameo in the car-riffic film. We have to admit, though, that they make a stunning duo. Shame on you, Elwood, for standing her up! (She might have let you get behind the wheel.) Tagline: They'll never get caught. They're on a mission from God.


Like Father, Like Son – 1980 Jaguar XJ6: When Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron switch bodies, the more inept of the two is the only one who can legally drive, hence the damage to the headlight. Tagline: Chris and his dad have accidentally changed bodies - but no big deal. Chris gets the Jag and the Gold Card. Dad gets the fake ID and the bio final.


Shaun of the Dead – 1986 XJ12: Although eventually abandoned, this V-12-powered Jaguar helps the heroes navigate hoards of zombies to reach the safety of the Winchester pub. Tagline: It's just one of those days when you're feeling a little...dead.


Memento – 1997 Jaguar XK8: We get to see a lot of this Jaguar convertible as Leonard grasps for clues in this convoluted suspense film. Luckily, he doesn’t forget how to drive, though he does forget to wash his car. Tagline: Some memories are best forgotten.


Die Another Day – 2002 Jaguar KXR: Leave it to the James Bond franchise to combine cars with weaponry. We love the scene that pits the XKR convertible against Bond’s invisibility-capable Aston Martin in any dangerous, icy battle. We’d like to find out who supplies aftermarket rockets for the XK. Tagline: Events don't get any bigger than...


Doomsday – 2033 Jaguar Mk. II: In the future, when replacement parts are in short supply, rib cages will have to do instead of Jaguar’s iconic grille, though we’ll take the human skull headlight covers, now, please. Tagline: The end is nigh.

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It’s not too great of an assumption to say that our readers understand that a vehicle can provide as important of a supporting role as a flesh-and-blood actor. And, since the Jaguar brand has been around for much of the history of moviemaking, it’s no surprise that these cats have made their way into starring roles in so many movies.

The following ten films are ones in which a Jaguar has played no small part. Whether humorous, action-packed, or especially tragic, these moviemakers saw fit to make the car a star in our list of silver-screen Jags. We've included taglines for added weirdness.

For more fun, check out our list of Corvettes from film, or our favorite movie motorcycles.