Steve McQueen and the "Bullitt" Mustang
The movie "Bullitt," is a 1968 action-drama starring all-around suave guy Steve McQueen as a San Francisco police lieutenant. The car is a dark green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, and it's almost as well-known as its driver -- a role which helped propel the Mustang to decades of near-legendary status. The film's plot is action-charged, to the point that it focuses on a seven-minute chase scene between the Mustang and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T driven by the antagonists. It's a scene that's still widely regarded as one of the best movie car chases of all time.
Steve McQueen, unlike most stars, was known for performing his own stunt work, too -- and that's just part of what made him such a stud. He was an actual race car driver and motorcycle rider in his free time and he owned a garage full of enviable vehicles. It's the photogenic Mustang in "Bullitt" that showed off McQueen's skills to a wider audience, though. A segment of the chase was, in fact, performed by a professional stunt driver. Though McQueen objected, the hilliest and twistiest stretches of the sequence -- what San Francisco is known for -- were just too much for his lead foot to handle. Regardless, Steve McQueen and the green '68 Mustang are forever linked in Hollywood history.