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Do you agree? Ford's Mustang team picks the best Mustang movies of all time

This Mustang appeared in the classic car film "Gone in 60 Seconds".

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The Ford Mustang is a superstar in its own right. But, in the movies, it often takes a back seat to the star-studded cast until a chase scene appears.

There's an entire team at Ford Motor Company dedicated to the Mustang. They're already hard at work on the next generation of the vehicle in addition to modifications to the current.

While they're sheltered in place, members of the team have come up with a list of Mustang-centric movies worth indulging in.

"Bullitt"

'Bullitt' Car Chase

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Two identical 1968 Mustang GT Fastbacks were used in the filming of the classic Warner Bros. movie "Bullitt" that debuted in theaters on Oct. 17, 1968. Ford revived the iconic nameplate as the 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"John Wick"

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When it comes to explosive badass assassin movies, the John Wick series is one of the best of the modern era. Enter the 1969 Mustang Mach 1, a car that matches Wick's quick-tempered reputation for swift and decisive action.

"Goldfinger"

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This classic 1964 James Bond movie was the first major motion picture to feature the pony car although Tilly Masterson's 1964 Ford Mustang meets an unfortunate ending.

"​Gone in 60 Seconds"

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For the 2000 remake of the original 1974 film, starring Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, the part of Eleanor was 'played' by a 1967 Shelby GT500. Seven Elanor replicas were created for production, with five being totaled during stunt sequences.

"I Am Legend"

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Will Smith's character Robert Neville chose a supercharged red 2007 Mustang Shelby GT500 as his companion (plus his dog) in their fight for survival.

"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"

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A 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback takes on a rival car in the final climatic mountain race in the third installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

"Diamonds are Forever"

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Bond, James Bond, puts a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 through its paces as a getaway car in a memorable chase sequence through Las Vegas, escaping through an alleyway on two wheels. The stunt was performed by legendary stuntman Bill Hickman.

"Transformers"

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This 2005 Mustang was built specially by Saleen and prepped by DreamWorks SKG for the movie. Before being turned into the rolling evil Decepticon known as Barricade, the car started life as a Saleen S281 Extreme with a 4.6-liter V8 and five-speed shifter.

"Grand Prix"

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Featuring a 1966 Shelby GT350H, American acting favorite James Garner plays American Formula 1 driver Pete Aron in director John Frankenhiemer's landmark film about F1 racing.

"War of the Worlds"

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The 1966 Shelby GT350H driven by Tom Cruise in director Steven Spielberg's 2005 film is considered by many auto enthusiasts to be the best part of this particular movie.

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The BMW xDrive system celebrates its 20th birthday this year.

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The year was 2001. It was the second year of a new millennium that had gone ahead without much disruption despite all of the concerns about Y2K. It was the advent of modern infotainment systems and BMW was on the cusp of debuting their new iDrive system.

The technology first appeared on the BMW 7 Series, which was ridiculed for a whole host of reasons, with iDrive just another part of what critics thought was wrong with the car.

A new, four-minute video from BMW released to coincide with the beginning of CES celebrates (?) just how far the iDrive system has come in 20 years. Why the question mark? The video is the perfect example of the age old tale of the boy who likes the girl but to hide it he constantly picks on her and shows off in front of his friends, with a smattering of disrespecting your elders.

A story of generations. BMW is a part of CES 2021. www.youtube.com

The entire video takes place in a darkened garage with the 7 Series voiced by an aging male who uses words like "whippersnapper" to ridicule the forthcoming BMW iX, comparing it to a "Tomagachi" and accuses it of being a toy car because it's not in production yet. The iX is voiced by a female who accuses the 7 Series she calls "grandpa" with "sniffing at the gas pumps too long".

The iX accuses the 7 Series of being past its prime, saying that it's impossible to talk to "their generation". The two voices rattle through the various features of their iDrive systems and while the iX's voice goes over that system's, the 7 Series voice replies with a swear word that refers to feces from a male cow.

Then the iX voice explains what infotainment intelligence means to the 7 Series while touting that the iX "knows everything because I'm always online".

BMW iDrive Evolution: BMW 7 Series with iDrive (2001)

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After being thoroughly insulted, the 7 Series drives away and the iX seeks them out saying the popular refrain, "I didn't mean it that way" before explaining that without the original iDrive the iX wouldn't exist.

While amusing, the video clearly fits in with social media posts the company has featured recently where they make fun of older buyers, who are also known as the bread and butter of BMW's audience. It's an interesting sales tactic.

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A new ad puts DJ D-Nice in the driver's seat of a 2021 Ford F-150.

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A new ad campaign from Ford Motor Company taps into a bit of hip hop history for its latest TV spot promoting the 2021 Ford F-150. The commercial features Derrick Jones, better known by his stage name D-Nice, a legendary music artist, producer and DJ in its main role.

Jones's history doesn't go as far back as Ford's, but there's some notable entries that fans of pre-Diddy hip hop will look fondly on. The Harlem and Bronx native formed Boogie Down Productions in 1986. He soon signed a deal with Jive Records and his debut record featured collaborations by KRS-One, Naughty by Nature, and Too Short.

In the late 90s and early 2000s Jones transferring out of the music world, forming a creative services company. In March 2020, Jones began hosting "Homeschool at Club Quarantine" on Instagram Live. He won a Webby Award for the effort.

The All-New 2021 F-150: Work It Out | Ford (:30) www.youtube.com

"The 'More Than Tough' campaign recognizes and celebrates the spirit of American ingenuity," said Dibrie Guerrero, multicultural marketing manager, Ford Motor Company. "By developing many innovative features to accommodate the diverse needs of its F-150 owners, Ford elevates what's possible with a little creativity and the right pickup truck."

The "Work It Out" 3-second television spot airs today on OWN, BET and TV One. It features Jones driving to a gig in a 2021 F-150 filled with DJ equipment. Respecting social distancing rules and his responsibilities toward masking up, D-Nice brings the party to the partygoers, utilizing the F-150's available Pro Power Onboard generator to run his equipment.

The ad runs with the hip-hop classic "Call Me D-Nice" serving as the soundtrack.

"Being tough has new meaning to me after partying in Club Quarantine with some of the strongest people I have ever met," said D-Nice. "I'm proud to help introduce the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 that they built tougher to take your hustle to the next level."

The new F-150 has unique features including a fold-out work self, fold-down shifter, tailgate with designated clamp-down areas, and the on-board generator.

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