Here at Volkswagen of Santa Monica, we are proud to be part of a community that makes significant contributions to the entertainment industry. The Los Angeles-area is the entertainment capital of the world — so it should come as no surprise that we love our movies. We’re also proud of the rich history of Volkswagen models in cinema. Check out our list of the best movies with a Volkswagen model in a co-starring role.
The Love Bug (1968)
The Love Bug is the gold standard of Volkswagen models in movies. The comedy film follows the trials and tribulations of a racecar driver and an anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie. The movie was very successful, resulting in many follow-up films, including Herbie Rides Again (1974), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), The Love Bug (1997), and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005).
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Starring Steve Carell, Little Miss Sunshine is a comedy-drama that achieved both commercial and critical success. In the movie, a dysfunctional family takes a yellow 1971 Volkswagen T2 Microbus on an 800-mile road trip to California for a beauty pageant.
50 First Dates (2004)
50 First Dates, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, is a memorable romantic comedy, with Sandler’s character having to repeatedly earn the love of Barrymore’s character, who experiences short term memory loss. Barrymore’s character drives around in beautiful Hawaii in a 1973 Volkswagen Thing.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood pays homage to Hollywood’s Golden Age, with an aging actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt), who drives around in a baby blue 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.
Bumblebee is another movie with the iconic VW Beetle in a prominent role. A 1967 VW Beetle, which can transform into a mechanized extraterrestrial, is discovered by a teenager in a junkyard. Bumblebee is noteworthy for being the only film in the Transformers franchise to receive widespread critical acclaim.