BMWs and the silver screen are a match made in heaven! In fact, name any movie involving cars, driving, speed, etc. and it is almost a guarantee that the director put a BMW in it. Below are examples of just a few of BMW’s appearances in films. We will keep our eyes out for more examples. If you can think of any important ones for us to include, please let us know in the comments!
1983 BMW 528e (E28) in Splash, 1984 movie
This BMW was driven aggressively by Tom Hanks and performed several stunts, including hard sliding, cornering and even one jump. Interestingly, the prominent bumpers are due to strict bumper laws enforced in the early ’80′s. The bumper laws relaxed in the following years, and by ’87 and ’88, BMW’s bumpers were reduced to a more conservative, subtle size.
1983 BMW 633 CSi (E24) in Back to the Future Part II, 1989 movie
This BMW, imported from Europe, is accessorized with the wrong tail lights to save production costs. The actual tail lights of this model cost $120 a piece as opposed to the $20 cost of the 320i tail lights which are featured here.
BMW 328i (E36) in My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997 movie
It’s hard to forget Cameron Diaz’s driving skills (or lack thereof) as she navigates a white-knuckled Julia Roberts and fiance through the traffic. Ironically, the license plate is a “Prevent Violence” specialty Illinois plate.
1983 BMW 733i (E23) in The Lost World – Jurassic Park, 1997 movie
BMW fans are crushed – no pun intended – when, in one scene, the driver throws his 733i into reverse, smashing the rear into another car.
1991 BMW 535i (E34) in Ronin, 1998 movie
An incredible BMW chase scene! View now on youtube
1999 BMW Z8 (E52) in The World is Not Enough, 1999 movie
James Bond drives this special BMW model – the Z8. Except this is only an imitation Z8. BMW had not finished production of the Z8 in time for the filming of this movie, so rumor has it that this “Z8″ is actually a Chevy with Z8 parts attached to it.
View James Bond – Tomorrow Never Dies – BMW chase scene clip on youtube
1998 BMW 318i (E46) in The Bourne Identity, 2002 movie
This BMW builds the intimidating persona of one of the assassins in this Bourne film. In this shot, only the day-time running lights are on rather than the normal headlights. The minimal lighting lends added mystery to the car.
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