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The Windshield Shot: Famous Movie Scenes with Car Windshields

It’s never a bad idea to try something a little different. There are probably too many to count but we thought it would be fun to pay homage to the car windshield and look at famous and classic scenes (maybe some obscure ones) that use the windshield as a key part of the scene or setting. Let’s see if you remember any of these and if you have another one to add, let us know!

It’s probably not something you spend a whole lot of time thinking about, but, in fact, the windshield has played a tremendous role in movie history. Countless of films have used the windshield as a way to portray an intimate setting of characters in a car, the freedom of the road, and a visually compelling opportunity to show setting while concentrating on the conversation or interaction at hand. America was, after all, the inventor of the road film, fascinated by the concept of the open road and it only make sense that the windshield is the window to the soul of many many films and characters. Windshield scenes have appeared in films such as the Blues Brothers (the famous car chase scene as they evade police by driving through the local mall), Ace Ventura, Back to the Future, Clockwork Orange, Rush Hour and more. Here are just a few that you might remember:

Jurassic Park – Saved by the Windshield

The 1993 Steven Spielberg movie catapulted dinosaurs back into the popular imagination. And even with the less-than-sophisticated movie effects (as compared to today), Spielberg managed to create a spellbinding film that pondered the possibility of dinosaurs coming back to claim their territory against humankind. In one particular scene, the two kids are trapped in a jeep and inadvertently anger the T-Rex with a moving flashlight. At some point, the angered ancient reptile breaks through the jeeps exterior and is stopped only by the glass sunroof. Now that is one strong piece of glass!! The only thing standing between the jaws of the T-Rex and the kids is the glass and while part of it shatters, it holds just long enough to buy them some time.

Wayne’s World -Bohemian Rhapsody Framed by the Windshield

The somewhat cult-like figures of Wayne’s World have etched their place in the cultural memory of movie-goers of all ages. The film features a young Dana Carvey and Mike Meyers—in one of his most iconic roles—as they drive through the streets of Illinois belting out Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. There is something about the scene, as framed by the windshield of the car, that has become a famous image that represents the wild and crazy party days of these two rockers and public-access television hosts embroiled in a ridiculous plot.

Ace Ventura – Driving Out the Car Window

This may be an odd choice, but who can remember the bizarre character of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective? A young Jim Carrey shows off his comedic slapstick skills and erratic character portraying an unorthodox detective whose focus is solely on locating and finding missing animals. In one scene, he is attempting to rescue a small dog as an angered man pounds at his car with a baseball bat. The man slams the bat down into the windshield. If you notice, this scene —like the T-Rex above— shows just how sturdy these front windshields can be, for the bat coming down on it full-force does not manage to shatter it completely, instead it causes bad damage that forces Ace Ventura to drive his car while sticking his head out the window because he cannot see through the front windshield. We don’t condone this type of erratic driving, by the way— if your windshield has been smashed by a bat, we will gladly repair it for you!

Get Your Windshield Repair from the Experts

If you’re a movie fan, you likely thought up your own list of movies that feature the windshield. There are countless out there. And while we are not movie experts, we certainly know all about windshields and are ready to repair yours no matter what kind of damage it has sustained. T-Rex damage? Angry guy with the bat? It doesn’t matter, come by and we’ll fix it like new right away. Call Complete Auto Glass for complete service.