Responding to the "What Are Your Favorite Car Films Ever" post, UglyDuckCar offers

http://films.jalopnik.com/well-thats-difficult-to-say-for-me-theres-3-4-depend-161841918009403e76-acb5-4d2a-a26e-6b5771c5ca4f

of the different uses of cars in cinema. Let's tackle the first one, which is a car "as a character."

Naturally, the car could be the main character like Herbie, in a cartoonish way, or a more subtly painted sidekick like the 1990 Pontiac Bonneville in Blue Ruin. The point is, that the writer or director has either employed a car as an anthropomorphic device, or created an otherwise emotional attachment to a car to drive the plot, making viewers care as much about an inanimate object as they would about a human.

What are some other examples.